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Kansas City Evolution Hearing Ends; State Board to Recommend Changes to Science Standards

The hearing on the teaching of evolution in Kansas science classrooms ended last Thursday in “acrimony, tears, finger-pointing, and heated exchanges” reports Scott Rothschild of the Kansas City Journal World. The hearing, which was boycotted by mainstream science organizations, was “a gigantic waste of money and an insult to Kansas teachers,"
says Pedro Irigonegaray, the Topeka attorney hired to defend the teaching of evolution. Read more at http://www.ljworld.com/section/evolution/story/204530. This issue continues to garner nationwide media attention; NSTA Executive Director Gerald Wheeler was interviewed for an evolution report that ran on the May 15 (Sunday) ABC World News Tonight in most major markets. Watch for future NSTA Express issues for more on the developing story in Kansas.

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NSTA Legislative Update

  • Senate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education Caucus Officially Begins at Hill Event Tomorrow
  • Key Members of Congress Asks President Bush to Triple the Nation’s R&D Budget; Reps. Wolf, Ehlers, and Boehlert Announce Fall Summit on Innovation
  • Rep. Ehlers and Sen. Bingaman Honored for Contributions to STEM During Two-Day Science, Engineering, and Technology Lobby Campaign
  • DOD FY2006 Appropriations Bill Includes Language to Increase Students in STEM Fields
Read about these stories in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_05_16_legupdate.htm)

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SciGuides Bulk Purchase Option Now Available for Schools; Tell Us Topics You’d Like to See Added to the List

NSTA’s recently introduced Webwatchers SciGuides are quickly proving popular among teachers seeking internet science content and resources. Topics are grade-band specific, and NSTA-reviewed, to provide fast, reliable additional information while saving teachers time and guesswork. Site resources include lesson plans, student work samples, and vignettes and are aligned to the National Science Education Standards. Subscriptions are priced per title for teacher purchase; and bulk pricing is now available for schools and districts based on the number of titles and teachers. For a demonstration video of SciGuides, titles currently available, and to subscribe, go to http://www.nsta.org/main/SciGuides.

Our SciGuide development team is interested in teachers’ needs, ideas and suggestions as we broaden and enhance these valuable tools, so take a moment to answer our quick survey at http://science.nsta.org/survey_sciguides.

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Forensics Expert Dr. Henry Lee to Address General Session at NSTA Hartford Convention, Oct. 20-22

Dr. Henry Lee—widely recognized forensic expert—has just been announced as the General Session Speaker for NSTA’s first fall 2005 convention in Hartford, October 20-22. Lee is known internationally for his investigative work on criminal cases—over 6,000 over the past 40 years—as a frequent guest expert on television discussions of high-profile celebrity trials and as host and subject of his own Court TV show. For more on Dr. Lee, go to http://www.drhenrylee.com.

The impressive preliminary agenda for Hartford is now available online at http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005HAR, so you can browse the sessions and presentations, then create your own itinerary as the basis for requesting funding to join thousands of your peers for new experiences in professional development (more to come soon on short courses and a professional development institute), focused learning, exhibits, networking, and more.

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Retiring From Science Teaching and Want to Stay Connected?

Just because you’re retired from science teaching doesn’t mean you have to be retired from the science education community. NSTA invites retired or soon-to-be-retired science educators who have been NSTA members for at least five years to take advantage of a special reduced membership category just for them. The NSTA Retired Membership is only $31 for a one-year, one-journal membership and includes all the benefits of the individual membership. To take advantage of this special membership offering, simply download the NSTA Membership Form (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/membership.pdf) or contact NSTA Member Services at 800-722-6782 or 703-243-7100 or via e-mail at membership@nsta.org.

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Lake Pend Oreille School District Seeks Science Teachers

The Lake Pend Orelle School District seeks two high school science teachers to fill positions available at their Sandpoint High School facility in Sandpoint, ID. Qualified candidates must be certified to teach Earth science and/or biology. For more information or to post your resume, visit the NSTA Career Center at http://careers.nsta.org.

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