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On September 29 the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on “Closing the Achievement Gap in America’s Schools: The No Child Left Behind Act.” Two champions of science and math education—Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) and Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ)—asked Education Secretary Margaret Spellings many pointed questions about NCLB and science and math education during the hearing. To view the webcast of the September 29 hearing, visit http://edworkforce.house.gov/hearings/hrgarchive.htm. Questions on science and math begin 56 minutes into the webcast.
In other science education-related news, the House of Representatives Science Committee has a link on their web site titled "Science Education and You," (http://sciencedems.house.gov) which can help teachers (and students) access federal science and mathematics resources.
Model lesson plans organized by grade level and other resources from the Department of Energy, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the Environmental Protection Agency can be found at the site. Students will find links that allow them to ask scientists questions.
The editors of Science and Children (S&C), NSTA’s journal for elementary school teachers, are pleased to announce that Bill Robertson, author of the Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It series of books, has signed on as their new “Science 101” columnist. Each issue, Robertson will answer a submitted question that gets at the heart of science inquiry or content, and then relate the response to the classroom. The goal is to offer science insights as well as practical applications…and teachers can expect those delivered with the popular author’s usual down-to-earth style and wit. To take a look at his debut, NSTA Express invites you to visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/science_and_children.php?category_ID=86&news_story_ID=51054 for this column normally available only to members.
In other NSTA publications news, the Journal of College Science Teaching (JCST), NSTA’s award-winning journal for college level science educators, has named Dr. Ann R. Cutler, a University of Indianapolis faculty member, as its new field editor. In her three-year term as editor, Cutler will guide the editorial content and direction of the journal, which is read by more than 5,000 science educators nationwide. The first issue published under her leadership will appear in January 2006. For additional information on Cutler and JCST, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_10_03_cutler.htm.
If you’re one of our thousands of nonmember readers who might like to know more about NSTA membership including grade-specific journal subscriptions to these or other journals, visit http://www.nsta.org/memcategories.
Just what is “science,” and how can you get your students in grades 6–8 interested in the details and mental exercises that define "real science"?The Truth About Science from NSTA Press is an engaging book that shows you how to teach students about scientific research by developing their creative and critical thinking skills to make qualitative and quantitative observations; composing testable research questions and hypotheses; designing an experiment; collecting and analyzing data; and presenting results and conclusions orally and in writing. Use the 40 daily linked activities, or the three optional fast-track alternatives, all in handy, reproducible pages. And during the month of October, when you buy The Truth About Science through the online Science Store, you’ll get a 30% discount off the regular price. To browse the book and to order, go to http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial.
Last week, 12 inventive
students convened at Chicago’s famed Museum of Science and Industry
to collect their awards in the 2005 Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards
Program. The students’ innovative ideas for new tools ranged from
The Over the Edge Wheelchair Lift and the Extract-a-Nail to the E-Z Grout
Cleaner and the Doggie Water Walker. NSTA President Mike Padilla was on
hand to present 2 national winners and 10 national finalists with their
awards, which included $10,000 and $5,000 U.S. savings bonds. To learn
more about the award-winning ideas, visit http://www.nsta.org/programs/craftsman/winningtools.htm.
Back by popular demand…the National Science Teachers Association Career Fair comes to the Windy City of Chicago on Friday, November 11, for a one-day special event in conjunction with the NSTA Midwest Area Convention, November 10–12. The event will bring together a highly qualified and diverse group of candidates for all your job openings!
For an all-inclusive fee of $500, participating employers will be able to:
A perfectly targeted addition to every recruitment plan, the NSTA Career Fair gives you the opportunity to meet face-to face with hundreds of science educators actively seeking a challenging new career.
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