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No Educators Left Behind? 'Teacher Trust' Would Boost Pay, Provide More Career Mentoring

Worried that the United States could lose ground in global competitiveness, the College Board’s Center for Innovative Thought has unveiled a plan for a national “Teachers Trust” that would increase public school teacher pay in the future. According to an article by Greg Toppo in the July 12 edition of USA Today, federal, state, and local governments, as well as private enterprise, would fund the trust. Several blue-ribbon panels over the past few years have proposed innovative ways to pay teachers, but the idea of a national trust is thought to be unique, as is the push for private-sector contributions to supplement salaries.

Acknowledging that salary isn't the only factor in teacher turnover, the group also wants to improve working conditions and foster mentoring of younger teachers.

"If we don't have great people going into teaching, we don't have world-competitive schools," says former West Virginia governor Gaston Caperton, who heads The College Board, the nonprofit organization that owns the SAT and the Advanced Placement program.

To read the entire article, visit http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2006-07-11-teacher-trust_x.htm. To learn more about the College Board’s plan, visit
http://www.collegeboard.com.

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Teachers Derrick Rivers from Beaumont, Texas, and Yesenia Cardoza from Dallas show Phil and Amy Mickelson what they learned in the class titled "May The Force be With You," which uses toy cars to help illustrate Newton's Second Law of Motion.

NSTA Supports Second Annual Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

The second annual Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy was held the week of June 26 at ExxonMobil headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. Developed in partnership with PGA golf pro Phil Mickelson and his wife Amy, the week-long, intensive professional development program trained 200 third- through fifth-grade teachers. The goal of the program is to inspire teachers and hone their skills in math and science subjects so that they pass along their knowledge and excitement to their students.

Throughout the week, teachers investigated links between math and science and deepened their understanding of these concepts through hands-on experiments and team interaction. NSTA and Math Solutions (a math-based professional development organization with a strong commitment to improve the quality of math education nationwide) developed the curriculum for the Academy and provided the instructors.

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NSTA Press’ Latest Book, Garden Genetics, Digs Up Fresh Ideas for Teaching Genetics in Grades 9-12

Teaching genetic concepts with the same old pink petunias and Mendel’s peas can get a little repetitious. With Garden Genetics, now available from NSTA Press, teachers in grades 9-12 can present core content in ways that are fun for students and fresh for them. This two-part set—a teacher edition (which includes a full student edition) and separate student edition—is adaptable to biology students at all levels, including AP. To browse sample chapters and to order, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB199XT.

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Find qualified candidates fast! The NSTA Career Center is your quick and easy way to reach the science education community. Our online services attract more than 25,000 page views per month and offer a database of nearly 300 resumes of science educators actively seeking new career opportunities.

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    Posting a job on NSTA’s website has been an invaluable recruitment resource. The resumes we receive are from dedicated and experienced candidates. The free, rotating featured listing function on NSTA’s job board really helps drive traffic to our posting.

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    Director of Recruitment and School Services

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Visit http://careers.nsta.org/rates.asp for complete details.

If you are not responsible for staff recruitment, please forward this message to the person who is.

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Effective PD for K-12 Science Teachers: Omaha Conference PDI Offers Research, First-Hand Experience, and New Strategies

The first NSTA Area Conferences on Science Education will be in Omaha, October 19-21, and the theme is “Pioneers in Science.” A special Professional Development Institute, Professional Development for Science Teachers: Designing, Implementing, and Sustaining, will be offered the day before on October 18 to district science supervisors, directors of staff development, and everyone who designs professional development for K-12 science teachers. The objective of the presentation by Iris R. Weiss and Joan D. Pasley of Horizon Research, Inc., is to “provide participants with the knowledge and strategies for designing, implementing, and sustaining quality science professional development.” To browse the Omaha agenda of sessions, visit http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2006OMA. For details on the Baltimore Conference, November 2-4, visit http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2006BAL, and for Salt Lake City, December 7-9, visit http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2006SAL.

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And Don't Forget... 

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