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U.S. Leaders Fret Over Students’ Math and Science Weaknesses Reports Education Week

“Bill Gates, the chairman of the behemoth Microsoft Corporation, says he’s a little “scared” by it. Rep. Vernon Ehlers declares it a steadily worsening crisis. And the Business Roundtable says the United States cannot wait for another challenge, such as the Soviet Union’s launch of the Sputnik satellite in 1957, which propelled the United States into the space race, before the country starts working on it. What they and other national business and political leaders are worried about is U.S. schools’ ability to stimulate students’ interest in math and science. Others, meanwhile, wonder if the fears are akin to those that arose in the early 1980s, when many prominent Americans were sounding the alarm over Japan’s ascendance in the world economy.” Read more of the debate in the September 14 issue of Education Week, available at http://www.edweek.org (free registration required).

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Need Grant $$$ to Put Your Innovative Science Program into Action? Apply for a 2006 Toyota TAPESTRY Grant and You Could Get $10,000!

Now’s the time to download your application for the 2006 Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers Program. Up to $550,000 in grants will be awarded to at least 70 K-12 science projects nationwide—that’s a whopping 50 grants of up to $10,000 each and a minimum of 20 "mini-grants" of $2,500 each. Application and guidelines are now online at http://www.nsta.org/programs/tapestry/howtoapply.asp. Deadline for applications is January 19, 2006.

The TAPESTRY web site also has tips for submitting a winning proposal, lists of current and former winners, and contact information for teachers ready to help you through the application process. For more information, visit http://www.nsta.org/programs/tapestry/index.htm.

Chief State School Officers’ Report Looks at Status and Trends in Policies Nationwide; NSF Notes Changes in Science and Engineering Enrollments

The Council of Chief State School Officers announces the publication of its biennial report, Key State Education Policies on PK-12 Education. The primary purpose of the report is to inform policymakers and educators about the current status and trends in policies across the 50 states that define elementary and secondary education. The report provides a 50-state analysis and highlights trends for state policies that define teaching and learning across the United States and contains information on state Teacher Licensure Requirements; Standards for Learning: Policies on Pre-School; Student Assessments; and Graduation Requirements. Some of the report’s information deals with science and math education. To download a pdf of the report, visit http://www.ccsso.org/publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=270.

The National Science Foundation’s August InfoBrief includes data on 2003 enrollment in science and engineering (S&E) related graduate and post-doc programs for U.S. citizens and foreign nationals studying in the U.S. Although enrollment increased 4.2% over 2002, enrollment of foreign nationals substantially decreased. In addition the report found that female participation in S&E programs grew 5.6% from 2002 to 2003, and in 2003 women represented 42% of all graduate students in those fields. This data is used by policymakers and other decision makers in discussions focused on K-12 and graduate education. The August InfoBrief is available at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf05317.

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Earlybird Deadline for NSTA Chicago Convention Nears; Join Us Nov. 10-12 for World Class Science; Nov. 9 for Science Assessment NSF Research Conference

Register by Friday, September 23, to attend NSTA’s Chicago convention and you’ll get the earlybird best price. In case you haven’t yet browsed the agenda, here are just a few highlights of this exciting 2-1/2 days of science immersion and networking that you won’t want to miss:

  • Four topic strands for sessions, workshops, short courses and presentations: Connecting Classrooms Through World-Class Technology, The World as a Classroom, World-Class Scientific Research, and World-Class Theory to Practice
  • NSF-Funded research dissemination conference Science Assessment: Research and Practical Approaches
  • NSTA Symposia by Bill Robertson, author of NSTA Press Stop Faking It! series on Force & Motion
  • Exhibit Hall and more than 30 Exhibitor Workshops from our vendor supporters.
  • General Session “A World of Crocodiles,” by Paul Sereno, University of Chicago Professor and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.
  • NSTA’s biggest ever Career Fair, a day-long face-to-face for job seekers and employers.
  • Fabulous Field Trips to Chicago’s world-renowned museums, and science attractions.

To view the full advance program in pdf format, visit http://science.nsta.org/2005_area_advance_program; for the online agenda, the personal scheduler and to register, visit http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005CHI.

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Receive $50 Off Your Next Job Posting—Don't Miss the Deadline!

For a limited time, advertise your science-related job opening now and receive a $50 discount on each job posting through September 30! The NSTA Career Center is a quick and easy way to reach the science education community. Our unique online service attracts more than 25,000 page views per month and offers a database of more than 300 resumes of science educators actively seeking new career opportunities.

Enter B2SE06 in the Promotional Code box when posting each new listing at http://careers.nsta.org. Subscriptions to browse the resume database are available for only $20 per month. Visit http://careers.nsta.org/rates.asp or e-mail jobs@nsta.org for complete details.

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Changes to NSTA Awards Provide More Opportunities—and Money—for Science Teachers; Apply Online Before the October Deadline

Many changes are taking place in the NSTA Award Program and they give educators even greater opportunities to win money, secure a trip to the NSTA National Convention in Anaheim, and get well-deserved recognition. This year, the DCAT “Making a Difference” Award, which recognizes and honors excellence in a science program developed and implemented by science teachers, is expanding its grade range to K–12. And the Ciba Specialty Chemicals Exemplary Middle Level and High School Science Teaching and Principal Awards are increasing winning prize money to $2,000. NSTA again welcomes it newest award—the Vision Services Plan (VSP) “Science of Vision” award—which is available for K-8 teachers. Check out all the 2006 Teacher Awards at http://www.nsta.org/awards.

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And Don't Forget... 

  • Reserve your space at the NSTA Career Fair in Chicago on November 11, 2005.
  • Give your new teachers the support they need to succeed with reduced rate NSTA membership.
  • Celebrating Cultural Diversity covers three must-know areas of multicultural science education: curriculum reform; teaching strategies; and science and language. To browse the book and to order at 30% off for the month of September, visit http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial2.
  • Get recognized for your classroom achievements. Submit your applications for one of NSTA’s teacher awards programs. To learn more, visit http://www.nsta.org/awardscomp.

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