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NSTA Legislative Update: House Science Committee Approves Science and Mathematics Education Bill

The House Science Committee okays a major science and math educaiton bill, and appropriators begin work on funding FY2007 programs. Read more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_06_12_legupdate.htm)

 

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Should Science Be Included in AYP? NSTA Express Readers Speak Out

By an almost two-to-one margin, NSTA Express readers told us they think science assessments should be included in Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The survey was taken in response to the NSTA Legislative Update in the May 31 NSTA Express about legislation key members of Congress have introduced, which would amend No Child Left Behind (NCLB) to require that science assessments be counted in state and school accountability measures. To read what your colleagues are saying both for and against science in AYP, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_06_12_quotes.htm.

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Keeping Safe in Diverse Environment is Topic of Newest NSTA Press Title: Science Safety in the Community College

How can science educators lay a sound safety foundation for students with widely differing science backgrounds? This new book’s special emphasis is on what works in introductory science courses and for new students in 11 easy-to-grasp chapters. The authors take a narrative approach that discusses safety concepts in the context of common situations in real classrooms. Science Safety in the Community College is the fourth in NSTA’s popular series of safety guidebooks for all grade levels. To preview the book and to order, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB166X4.

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Topic Strands Announced for NSTA Fall Conferences; Sign on for VIP List Notification of Online Registration Opening

If you only attend one conference this school year, it should be NSTA in Omaha (October 19-21), Baltimore (November 2-4) or Salt Lake City (December 7-9). Here’s why: Topic strands cover all the cutting-edge issues in national and regional science education today:

Omaha: Assessment for Learning; Teaching for Learning in Science: Exemplary Practices—Good, Better, Best; and Water Systems Science
General Session Speaker: Timothy Gay, University of Nebraska on “Football Physics”

Baltimore: Designing Authentic Investigations to Understand the Nature of Science; Supporting Science Learning Through Reading and Writing; and Evaluating Instructional Success Through Assessment
General Session Speaker: Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus.

Salt Lake City: The Nature of Science: What is Science?; Using Science to Teach Language Literacy and Mathematics; and Putting Science Education Research into Action
General Session Speaker: Eugenie Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education.

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NSTA Career Center’s End of the School Year Sale

As you know, the NSTA Career Center is the best meeting place for science education professionals seeking new positions and for educational institutions with staffing needs. For a limited time, you can post a job opening for only $99 (multiple position discounts are also available). This is a savings of $31 off regular listing price. Simply enter source code ESY06 to receive the $99 rate when you visit http://careers.nsta.org.

Hurry. Offer expires June 30, 2006.

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And Don't Forget... 

  • During the month of June, you can purchase the Online Book Special—The Teacher Edition of Invasion Ecology—at 30% off list price when you buy online. To browse the book and to order to order now, visit http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial.
  • Special $22 Preservice, New-Teacher Membership Offer…Check it out! Visit http://www.nsta.org/geicospecial to learn more.
  • Tune in to the first of NSTA’s new podcast conversations with NSTA Press Authors: Karen Rohrich Ansberry and Emily Morgan work with youngsters using their best-selling book, Picture-Perfect Science Lessons, at http://www.nsta.org/behindthebooks.

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Take a look at these institutions offering courses for science educators!

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