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Newly introduced bipartisan legislation based on the National Academy of Science Rising Above the Gathering Storm report introduced in the Senate last week includes a number of key initiatives that could vastly change science and math education; and the new director for the National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Directorate will begin in early 2007. Read all about it in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_10_02_legupdate.htm)
Several news stories related to significant education reports and events appeared this week:
Looking for an in-depth experience to improve your content knowledge or pedagogical understanding? The National Science Teachers Association has just what you need at our Fall Conferences! Join us for discussions and presentations on timely and engaging topics in advancing science learning and teaching.
You already know the NSTA brings the best speakers with the most current pedagogical and content information to the conferences, so why wait until the last minute to register? Register ONLINE for the October 19-21 Omaha NSTA Midwestern Area Conference by October 11 to receive the Advance Deadline discount! Omaha’s setting provides an ideal location to discuss topics as diverse as Assessment for Learning, Teaching for Learning in Science, Freshwater Systems Science and so much more! Please note: the Advance Deadline discount is available to online registration ONLY.
As with each NSTA conference, we provide the best speakers to give you the latest tools for educating your students and enhancing your own content and pedagogical knowledge. From strands which give you a quick look at what presentations are of similar interest to half day and full day long Symposia and short courses with experts to an exhibit hall chockfull of exhibitor workshops, giveaways and new ideas, NSTA’s area conferences have something for everyone! For more information or to register, visit http://www.nsta.org/omaha.
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The second installment in NSTA Reports’ new series is titled “Alternative Certification: Aspirations and Realities”. Written by Norman G. Lederman, Judith S. Lederman, and Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, this excerpt from NSTA Press’ Teaching Science in the 21st Century, offers insights into this timely topic.
This series offers opinion pieces by many of the leaders in science education today. To read the second installment in the series, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=52697. To find out more about the book, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB195X.
Make sure to tune in to The Science Channel on October 29, at 8 PM ET to watch New Jersey science teacher and proud NSTA member Brad Edwards’ under-equipped science classroom transformed into a Dream Science Classroom—complete with hands on tools and cutting edge technology. Brad remains unaware that his classroom is now a haven for learning, research, and experimentation. The show chronicles the process of transformation, and reaches an emotional crescendo when Brad is ushered into his new classroom for the first time by his former pupils. Learn more by clicking to http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_10_02_sciencechannel.htm.
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