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Legislative Update: House Funds Dept. of Education MSP at $190M
The Math and Science
Partnerships at the Department of Education receive
$190 million for FY2006 following a House committee markup and the
House of Representatives gives final approval to an appropriations
bill for FY2006 programs at the National Science Foundation. Read
all about it in this issue of the NSTA
Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_06_20_legupdate.htm).
Second NSF-funded Conference to Connect with Chicago Convention;
Focus Turns to Science Assessment: Research and Practical Approaches
For the second straight year, NSTA, with support
from the National Science Foundation, will present an intensive
daylong conference in conjunction with—and one day before—an
area convention. This fall, the subject will be Science Assessment:
Research and Practical Approaches for grades 3-12, and the
conference will take place in Chicago on November 9, the day before
the start of our November 10-12 convention at the city’s famous
Navy Pier. The conference is designed to familiarize practitioners
with current NSF-funded research on the multiple forms, roles, and
contexts for student assessment in science. Approximately 25-30
presenters from the fields of science education research, instructional
materials development, assessment design, school administration,
and teacher professional development are expected to participate.
Early registration is encouraged, as last year’s
NSTA/NSF conference in Seattle was a sellout. For details on this
important professional development event, visit http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=110&Meeting_Code=2005CHI.
Releases New Position Statement on Use of Animals in the Science
NSTA, led by
a panel of K-12 science teachers, has developed a new position statement,
"Responsible Use of Live Animals and Dissection in the Science
Classroom." The statement examines the issues surrounding the
integration of animals into the K-12 science curriculum and highlights
key considerations that should be addressed when deciding to introduce
live animals in the classroom and involve students in dissection
activities. The statement will be a useful resource to both educators
and school officials and will help them make informed decisions
about the integration of animals in the science curriculum. NSTA
thanks its members who provided valuable feedback during the development
of this statement. To read and download the statement, go to http://www.nsta.org/positionstatement&psid=44.
To read all NSTA position statements, go to http://www.nsta.org/position.
to Science Teaching and Need Advice? NSTA’s “New Teacher”
Member Listserve Now Online
We know how
difficult it can be starting out as a new teacher or at a new school.
That’s why NSTA developed the New Teacher Listserve to address
the specific needs and questions of new teachers of science. Exclusively
for NSTA members, this online forum allows subscribers to post messages
and responses right from your computer desktop. Ten other list topics
are also available. For more information, visit http://www.nsta.org/listserver.
To subscribe, simply update your personal settings at http://www.nsta.org/update.
Once you’ve logged in, scroll to the “Subscribe to NSTA
Listserves” section of the form. Questions? Contact NSTA Member
Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
are you doing this summer? Plenty! Say Educators
part-time jobs to graduate courses and from eco-vacations to workshops,
many of you shared with us your busy plans for the summer ahead.
For a sampling of what some of your colleagues have in store for
this summer, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_06_20_summer.htm.
Many thanks to all who took our survey and congratulations to the
teacher who told us he/she is getting married this weekend! Have
a great summer from NSTA Express.
Winning Season for NSTA Member Journals as Science Scope,
Science and Children Entries Among Elite Group of 2005
of Educational Publishers recognized two NSTA member publications
with inclusion among finalists for their AEP Distinguished Achievement
Awards: Science Scope for the ongoing “Scope on Safety”
column (for a sample column, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/science_scope.php?category_ID=87&news_story_ID=50316
and Science and Children for a March 2004 editorial by
Chris Ohana on force and motion (to read the editorial, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/sceditorial.pdf).
of National Association Publishers (SNAP) presented a Gold Award
for Cover Design to Science Scope for the September 2004
issue and a Bronze Award in the same category to Science and
Children, for its March 2004 issue. Science and Children
also received a Gold Award in the Design Excellence category.
Blog With Science
and Children Online and Explore PreK-2 Science Learning in
"The Early Years" at http://science.nsta.org/earlyyearsblog
to fill in your school or district? NSTA’s Career Center is
your best classified ad option to find just the right candidates.
Find out how at http://careers.nsta.org.
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at a 30% discount during June…online Science Store only, at
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