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Science Education in the News: Results of Education Testing Service Poll, and More Teach for America Candidates with Math/Science Degrees

A poll commissioned by Education Testing Service (ETS) shows that almost half of respondents believe math, science, and technology skills are the most important ingredients in giving the United States an edge in the global economy and that schools are coming up short or falling behind in teaching the basics, such as math, science and writing. Read more at the NSTA Webnews Digest http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=52213 or by reading the ETS press release at http://www.ets.org.

In other science education news Education Week reports that nearly 20% of the almost 19,000 recent college graduates applying for 2,400 two-year teaching jobs available through Teach for America (TFA) had mathematics, science, or engineering majors, reflecting a two-year TFA recruitment push to “better meet the demand for teachers in these fields.” TFA posted a record number of applicants this year with slightly more than 9% over last year. The Education Week article is posted on the Teach for America website at http://www.teachforamerica.org/documents/061406_EdWeek_Math.Science.Graduates.Sign.On.pdf.

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First-Time Professional Development Institutes Linked With NSTA Salt Lake City Conference; Sign Up for VIP Notification of Registration Opening

This fall—for the first time in conjunction with an area conference—NSTA will present three one-day Professional Development Institutes (PDIs) on December 6 in Salt Lake City. A streamlined version of the highly successful PDIs presented for the past three years in conjunction with our national conferences, the Salt Lake City PDIs will present unique opportunities for educators to learn from nationally prominent science education experts. The event requires registration and a fee in addition to registration for the full December 7-9 Conference itself and features the following topics and presenters:

  • Using Professional Development and Community Partnerships to Anchor Inquiry-Based Science in School Systems—Washington University Science Outreach
  • Coaching as a Pathway to Reflective Practice in Science—South Carolina Department of Education Mathematics and Science Unit in partnership with South Carolina Coalition for Mathematics & Science
  • Redesigning Professional Development for In-Depth Inquiry—Center for Science Education, Education Development Center (EDC)

Full descriptions of the PDIs, the agenda for the full Conference, and registration will be available online soon. In the meantime, sign up for our ’06 Conferences VIP list to get details e-mailed to you as soon as information is available. Visit http://science.nsta.org/vipresponse to add your name and e-mail address.

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NSTA Announces Fellows Program to Honor Contributions and Commitment to Science Education by NSTA Members

NSTA is pleased to announce the NSTA Distinguished Fellows Program to recognize longstanding members for their contribution and commitment to science education. This first-ever honor recognizes NSTA members of at least 10 years who have made extraordinary contributions to science education through:

  • personal commitment to education, specifically science teaching or science;
  • educational endeavors and original work that position recipients as exemplary leaders in their field; and
  • significant contributions to the profession that reflect dedication to NSTA as well the entire educational community.

Awardees will be recognized at the NSTA Awards Banquet held at NSTA's National Conference on Science Education. Awardees will receive a formal citation and a commemorative pin designed to signify the importance of this new award. Awardees will also receive recognition in NSTA publications.

The deadline to submit applications is October 15, 2006. For additional information and to download an application, go to http://www.nsta.org/fellow.

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Attention Book Bargain Hunters: July Online Special Project Earth Science: Meteorology Will Be Available at 30% Discount

One of a family of four NSTA Press Project Earth Science titles, Meteorology features integrated activities that cover the origin and composition of the atmosphere as well as the variables that influence weather and affect the movement of air masses. For teachers of grades 5-10, the book will be available at 30% discount from July 1 through July 31 at http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial2. And while you’re waiting, you can still purchase the June online book special the Teacher Edition of Invasion Ecology at 30% discount at http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial.

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We Know What You’re Doing This Summer…Plenty!

Whew…a busy summer is in store. From professional development courses to camping and from getting an advanced degree to learning the basics of podcasting, many of you told us about your busy plans for the summer. For a sampling of what some of your colleagues have planned for the coming months, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_06_26_summer.htm. Thanks to all of you who took our summer survey. We value your feedback and enjoy hearing from our readers and colleagues. If you’re still looking for some last minute opportunities, be sure to visit the NSTA calendar at http://www.nsta.org/main/calendar/events.php, which lists upcoming events and activities by both region and category.

From all of us at NSTA Express, have a great summer!

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NSTA Express is Going Fishin’

In celebration of Independence Day—and to take a much-needed break—the NSTA Express editors are going fishin’ next week. The next NSTA Express will be issued on July 10, as we resume our regular weekly schedule. Have a safe and happy 4th!

Correction—The headline “San Diego School Board Drops Grade 9 Physics Course” in the June 19 issue of NSTA Express was misleading. The SDSB did not drop the grade 9 physics course, but decided that high school students no longer had to follow a particular sequence of science courses – physics in ninth grade, then chemistry and biology--and instead could decide on what order to take courses (three years of science is required to graduate). NSTA Express apologizes for this error.

And Don't Forget... 

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Professional development courses in your future?
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Take a look at these institutions offering courses for science educators!

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