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Governors to Discuss Science Education at Upcoming Meeting

The nation’s governors will discuss strategies to attract students to science careers and offer their perspectives on enhancing science education at the August 6 National Governors Association (NGA) Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. Joining the governors will be the head of the National Science Foundation, business leaders, and a former NASA astronaut. To read the press release from the NGA, visit http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.cd3012220d4005eac3363d10501010a0/?vgnextoid=759b8f2005361010VgnVCM1000001a01010aRCRD and click on the July 26, 2006, press release "Governors Urge Student Engagement in Science Careers."

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Most States Fail Demands in NCLB Law

Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that most states failed to meet the 2005-2006 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) deadline that all teachers be “highly qualified” in core teaching fields. The ED also provided states with feedback on the status of their standards and assessment system under NCLB. Writes New York Times reporter Sam Dillion, “Faced with such findings, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, who took office promising flexible enforcement of the law, has toughened her stance, leaving several states in danger of losing parts of their federal aid . . . In an interview Ms. Spellings acknowledged her shift in emphasis. ‘I want states to know that Congress and the President mean business on the law,’ she said.”

To read this message from the Department of Education to find out how your state did with meeting the NCLB federal requirements, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_07_31_nclb.htm.

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Texas Will Require Students to Complete Four Years of Science and Math

Beginning with freshmen in 2007-2008, Texas will require students to complete four years of science and math to graduate from high school. Struggling students may have the requirement reduced to three years of math and two years of science with school and parent permission. Teachers of electives concerned about their subject areas are asking state lawmakers to raise the number of elective credits for graduation. The only other state with a four-year requirement is Alabama. To read more in this online story from the Dallas Morning News, visit http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/071706dnmetrequired.1a20f17.html.

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New Book from NSTA Press Offers Hands-on Projects for Teaching Physics

If You Build It, They Will Learn is the perfect do-it-yourself guide for physics teachers who want custom-made demonstration projects to use in their classrooms. Devices like Galileo’s Track, Coupled Pendulum, and Gum-Wrapper Thermostat will help you teach forces, energy, properties of matter, and much more. To browse sample pages and order, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB200X.

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Need to Fulfill Degree, Certification, or Professional Development Requirements? Take an Online Science Course From the American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History’s (AMNH) Seminars on Science offers its award-winning online graduate courses this fall:

  • Earth: Inside and Out
  • The Ocean System
  • Genetics, Genomics, Genethics
  • The Link Between Dinosaurs and Birds
  • Space, Time, and Motion

Designed for K-12 educators and co-taught by Museum scientists and educators, each six-week course features rich web-based discussions and immerses the learner in contemporary research. Graduate credit and certification are available to meet professional development needs, NCLB, and salary gradation requirements. Fall sessions run August 28–October 8 and October 30–December 10. For more information on individual courses and to register, visit http://learn.amnh.org or call 800-649-6715. The AMNH course website also offers free sample resources for each course and a video explaining how scientists duplicate DNA at http://learn.amnh.org/genetics.

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Nominations for the NSTA Board of Directors and Council

Are you looking for a challenging leadership position that impacts local, state, and national science education? Would you like to serve the association that serves you? We are currently accepting applications for the 2007 NSTA election. Submission deadline is October 20, 2006, but why wait? Click here to complete your nomination form online (http://ecommerce.nsta.org/nominations).

If you have questions or need additional information, click here or contact NSTA at nominations@nsta.org.

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NSTA Express is “Going Fishin’”

NSTA Express is "going fishin’" for a few weeks so we can put together our very popular Back-to-School edition loaded with resources, materials, and more that you can take back to your classroom in the new school year. Look for the Back-to-School NSTA Express on August 21, and enjoy the rest of the summer!

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And Don't Forget... 

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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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