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Files Lawsuit Over No Child Left Behind Funding
largest teachers union and school districts in Michigan, Texas,
and Vermont filed suit in a U.S. District Court in Michigan last
week seeking to force the Bush administration to pay the costs of
the rules and regulations under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Read
this and more in this issue of the NSTA
Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_04_25_legupdate.htm).
NSTA Welcomes Five New Student
Chapters to Fast-Growing Program
chartered five university and college student organizations as official
NSTA Student Chapters. The list includes University of California—Santa
Barbara, Binghamton University (State University of New York), Wartburg
College (IA), Georgia State University, and the College of William
networking and professional development opportunities, the NSTA
Student Chapter Program is growing strong with more than 75 active
student chapters. The groups hold face-to-face meetings as well
as virtual get togethers. For more information or a complete list
of student chapters, visit http://www.nsta.org/chapters
or download a copy of the Student
Chapter Procedures Manual (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/manual.pdf).
Two Titles in New Exemplary Science Monograph Series Now
Available from NSTA Press
after passage of the National Science Education Standards (NSES),
how well are science educators actually using them to plan content,
define improved teaching, and assess real learning? Robert E. Yager,
an active contributor to the development of the NSES and editor
of two new books from NSTA Press, looks at that question from two
Science in Grades 9-12: Standards-based Success Stories is
a collection of 15 essays from educators describing successful programs
they’ve developed to fulfill the NSES vision for the reform
of teaching, assessment, professional development, and content at
the high school level, “providing evidence that the new directions
are feasible and worth the energy and effort needed for others to
implement changes.” Browse this title at http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB192X3.
Science: Best Practices in Professional Development, comprises
16 essays directed to staff development providers, district supervisors,
lead teachers, principals, and preservice science methods instructors.
Each essay describes a specific program designed to train teachers
to carry out the constructivist, inquiry-based approach of the Standards,
and have taken place in universities and school districts from Florida
to Alaska, in rural and urban areas, as summer institutes to on-site
support programs. For more details and to sample this new title,
go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB192X4.
Online Summer Courses for Master of Science in Science Education
Open for Registration
University (MSU) Bozeman’s Master of Science in Science Education
(MSSE) degree program has been designed specifically for practicing
science teachers. The program meets their needs in important ways:
personalized student communication; up to 80% of classes are offered
over the internet; online courses were developed by the National
Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN); the Burns Telecommunication
Center (BTC) provides important technical support; and the 30-credit
program is flexible with courses in 12 departments. Registration
is open for summer graduate credit courses, with several beginning
in May including PRAXIS Preparation for Middle School Science
Teachers for 7-8 grade teachers; Environmental Science
Education: Summer Ecological Field Studies for K-14 teachers,
and a diverse selection of other courses starting throughout the
summer months. To learn more about the MSSE program, go to http://www.montana.edu/msse;
for course information and registration, http://www.scienceteacher.org/courses.htm.
Hartford, CT, NSTA Convention, Oct. 20-22; Start Quest for Funding
coming attractions are now online for “Connections for Student
Achievement,” NSTA’s important fall convention in Hartford,
CT, October 20-22, and new information is added as it becomes final.
Browse the impressive array of workshops and presentations, for
all grade level educators, and in all your special interest subjects.
Our convention Personal Scheduler feature--the perfect tool to prepare
a convention professional development agenda to support your funding
request--is now available at http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxpersonal_sched.asp,
and online registration is on the way, shortly. Watch for updates
and new information in upcoming issues of NSTA Express.
To browse a preliminary schedule of Hartford convention events,
go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005HAR.
And to peek at the preliminary schedules for the other fall events
in Chicago (November 10-12) and Nashville (December 1-3), go to
Web Seminars Explore Convention Topics; Thursday’s Picture-Perfect
Science Lessons is First in Diverse Summer Series
The NSTA Institute
presents the next phase of professional development enhancement
opportunities with NASA and NSTA Press, begun at the recent national
convention, and continuing with open-to-all Web Seminars. These
engaging online events will be presented at no cost to participants,
and the full summer calendar of topics and dates is at http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspx#webseminar.
First in the series, Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using
Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry, will be presented
on Thursday, April 28, from 6:30-8 p.m. EST, by the book’s
authors, Karen Rohrich Ansberry and Emily Morgan. For more information
and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxseminar_reg.asp.
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