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Education Department Seeks Nominations for 2006 "American Stars Of Teaching"

The U.S. Department of Education plans to honor outstanding classroom teachers through the American Stars of Teaching program. The Department's Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative is seeking nominations and information about teachers who are improving student achievement, using innovative strategies in the classroom, and making a difference in the lives of their students. Teachers across all grade levels and disciplines will be honored this fall as 2006 American Stars of Teaching. Parents, students, colleagues, school administrators and others can nominate an exemplary teacher who they believe has the qualities to be an American Star of Teaching. One teacher will be recognized from each state. To learn more or nominate a teacher to become an American Star of Teaching, please visit the Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative Web site at:
http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/tools/initiative/index.html. All nominations must be completed by April 15. The U.S. Department of Education received more than 2,000 nominations for the 2005 school year. A list of past years' honorees can be found at:
http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/tools/initiative/american-stars-teachers.html.

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NSTA Express Poll Indicates Widespread Support for National Science Standards, Curriculum, and Assessments

A recent survey conducted in NSTA Express reveals strong support for national content standards in science, uniform assessments, and a national curriculum. The survey asked science educators if they thought a uniform set of national content standards in science that every state would be required to use is a good idea, and a resounding 71% said yes (27% said no). The results were similar when respondents were asked if they liked the idea of uniform national assessments (64% supported the idea and 34% did not) and a national science curriculum (73% supported the idea, 26% did not). To read a press release about the results, including comments from teacher respondents, go to http://www.science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_01_17_poll.htm.

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Deadline Quickly Approaching for Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Award

Start off your new year by submitting your application today for NSTA's premier student award program, The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards. Geared for all K-12 students in the United States and Canada, ExploraVision rewards students for their creativity and ingenuity in envisioning the future in science and technology. Students can win up to $10,000 in savings bonds. The deadline for this year’s competition is January 31. For details, visit http://www.exploravision.org/2005/home.htm.

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Sessions Strand for Administrators at NSTA’s 2006 Anaheim National Conference,
April 6-9, Features Panels, Short Courses, and Workshops

Especially for Administrators: Supporting Quality Science Instruction turns the focus on tomorrow’s big issues in science education, and looks at lessons learned from performance testing, building a statewide program to implement standards-based inquiry science, measuring the effectiveness of professional development, the ongoing debate over inquiry versus direct instruction and more. The special strand of panel discussions, short courses, and workshops is designed for school administrators attending NSTA’s 2006 National Conference on Science Education in Anaheim, April 6-9. For event descriptions and the conference agenda, and to register, visit http://www.nsta.org/anaheimconference. For the full article on this new strand from NSTA Reports, visit our Web News Digest at
http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/education_story.php?news_story_ID=51453.

Not an administrator? Forward this issue to your favorite administrator and keep science education "top of mind."

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And Don't Forget... 

  • The Creation Controversy & The Science Classroom is the January NSTA Press book special, available at 30% discount on retail price when you purchase through the online Science Store. To browse the book and to order, visit http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial2.

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Professional development courses in your future?
Online options give you a world of choice.
Take a look at these institutions offering courses for science educators!

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