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An eventful day in Washington, D.C. last week when a bi-partisan group of four senators introduced legislation based on the National Academy of Sciences report Rising Above the Gathering Storm; the bill contains a substantial number of programs for K-12 science and math education. And speculation continues as to whether President Bush will highlight the issues raised in the NAS report during his January 31 State of the Union address. Read more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_01_30_legupdate.htm)
The next session of the popular AAAS Project 2061 professional development workshop, “Using Atlas of Science Literacy,” takes place March 20-22 at the AAAS headquarters in Washington, DC. Designed for K–12 science teachers, curriculum specialists, and other educators, the workshop demonstrates how participants can use the Atlas strand maps and related Project 2061 resources to enhance their understanding of science literacy and take a benchmarks-based approach to improving curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The Atlas, copublished by AAAS and NSTA, is a collection of 50 linked maps that show exactly how students from kindergarten through 12th grade can expand their understanding and skills toward specific science-literacy goals.
Space is limited and filling up quickly. Sign up now to secure your spot and to receive early-bird registration rates. For more details and a registration form, visit http://www.project2061.org/events/workshops/dcMarch.htm.
Where else but at NSTA would you find these leading science education experts all in one place at one time? BSCS Center for Professional Development; Concord Consortium, Charles A. Dana Center, First Hand Learning, Inc., Education Development Center, Inc. (CDC), Lawrence Hall of Science, Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), National Science Resources Center (NSRC), and WestED join NSTA in the 2006 presentation of NSTA’s highly successful Professional Development Institutes. The PDI program on April 5--preceding the 54th National Conference on Science Education in Anaheim, April 6-9--promises even richer in-depth learning opportunities than ever. The Conference-long program begins with the one-day ticketed workshop followed by an individualized 3-1/2-day path of focused and related sessions within the Conference. For an in-depth look at PDI presenters and their topics, visit http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=123&Meeting_Code=2006ANA. For complete information on the Conference and to register, visit http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2006ANA.
The NSTA Institute’s program of free online professional development events continues with four interactive Web Seminars in February:
On February 1, Bill Robertson, author of the popular Stop Faking It! book series will talk about Newton’s Third Law and Circular Motion, for teachers of grades 3-8. On February 8, Olaf Jorgenson, co-author of Doing Good Science in Middle School, takes a look at inquiry in the classroom. Bill Carlsen, co-author of Watershed Dynamics returns with more environmental science concepts and activities for high school teachers on February 16. On February 22, Juliana Texley, Terry Kwan, and John Summers, co-authors of Investigating Safely, will discuss more safety requirements for the high school classroom and laboratory.
These 90-minute, live professional development experiences allow distant participants to interact with recognized experts including NSTA Press authors, and scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NASA. Seminars are from 6:30-8 p.m., EST, so that participants in all U.S. time zones may interact live with content and pedagogical experts who provide real-time answers to questions. Grant-funded, these online events are offered at no cost, but because the number of participants is limited, advance registration is strongly advised. NSTA sends e-mail reminders to registrants just prior to the event date. For a full schedule of Seminar topics, dates and times, and to register, visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxweb_seminars.asp.
Here’s a book just loaded with ideas on how you can step up the pace with Standards-based activities that make learning more effective and efficient for students in grades K-6. Compiled from member journal Science & Children, the 21 articles provide interdisciplinary options for linking inquiry-based activities to mathematics as well as language arts and social studies—and they’re all “teacher tried-and-true.” Starting Wednesday, February 1, you can browse the book and order it online at a 30% discount when you visit http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial.
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