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NSTA Legislative Update: President Unveils Plans for Math and Science Education

Following the State of the Union address, Congress responds with several proposals involving science education. To read the latest NSTA Legislative Update, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2007_01_29_legupdate.htm.

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NSF’s Math and Science Partnerships Demonstrate Continued Increases in Student Proficiency

An analysis of 123 schools participating in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program shows improvements in student proficiency in mathematics and science at the elementary, middle- and high-school levels over a 3-year period.

To read the complete press release, visit http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=26746.

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NOVA to Air "Forgotten Genius", Story of Chemist Percy Julian, February 6

Against all odds, African American chemist Percy Julian became one of the great scientists of the 20th Century. A grandson of slaves, this civil rights pioneer helped break new ground in the chemistry of plants and was the first African American chemist admitted to the National Academy. Julian’s story “Forgotten Genius,” will be aired Tues., February 6 at 8 p.m. EST on NOVA. For more information about the show, which can be taped for classroom use, go to http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/julian (a Teacher’s Guide and classroom activities are also available).

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Latest Podcast from NSTA Behind the Books Now Available!

Before your students can discover accurate science, you need to uncover the preconceptions they already have. Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 1: 25 Formative Assessment Probes helps pinpoint what your students know (or think they know) so you can monitor their learning and adjust your teaching accordingly. Loaded with classroom-friendly features you can use immediately, the book is comprised of 25 “probes”—brief, easily administered activities designed to determine your students’ thinking on 44 core science topics (grouped by light, sound, matter, gravity, heat and temperature, life science, and Earth and space science).

To learn more about how assessment probes help you teach more effectively, listen to a brief discussion with Page Keeley, one of the authors of Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, conducted by Tyson Brown, Director, New Products and Services, NSTA. To play the podcast, (your computer must have a media player installed and configured), visit http://www.scilinks.org/podcasts/studentideasshort.mp3.

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NSTA Offers Seven Symposia in St. Louis

Registering for the national conference in St. Louis, Missouri March 29-April 1? Get the most out of your professional development dollars and add a Symposium! Dr. Bill Robertson is presenting Energy: Stop Faking It!, while NASA will offer a look at living in space, NOAA will explain how global positioning systems can be used in the classroom, the FDA will lead a discussion on food safety and nutrition, and we’ll be celebrating the International Polar Year.

The NSTA Symposia are face-to-face professional development opportunities offered at NSTA Conferences on Science Education. These half or full day, standards-based programs are designed to enhance educators' scientific content and pedagogical practices. Each symposium is followed by several online experiences including NSTA Web Seminars. These professional development opportunities are designed to extend the interactivity between the participants and presenters at the conference.

Visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxsymposia.asp#schedule for details.

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NSTA Express Weekly Featured Career Opportunity!

Carlbrook School is a small coeducational boarding school in southern Virginia (located about 60 miles north of Raleigh/Durham, NC) for bright, underachieving students aged 15 to 18 who are experiencing difficulty in the academic mainstream. While the school is still somewhat new, we have been able to offer our students an uncommonly broad and advanced level of year-round instruction for a school our size. Despite a current student census of only around 120 students, the school now provides over 50 different academic offerings, ranging from traditional core subjects to a full range of AP coursework to a variety of nontraditional electives such as Existential Literature, Middle Eastern Studies and Anatomy/Physiology. For additional information, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2007_01_29_career.htm.

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And Don’t Forget…

  • NSTA and the American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC), are working to study how district–level policies and procedures have an impact on math and science student achievement. For more information, please contact Raileen Mangum at 713-685-4606 or 1-800-776-9676, ext. 4606.
  • The NSTA Science Store for an outstanding array of bestselling books and teaching resources: http://store.nsta.org. This month’s featured book special is Stop Faking It! Chemistry Basics. For 30% off, visit http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial2!
  • Membership Means You Belong! Join NSTA for these essential benefits that will enhance your marketability in the teaching profession and build your professional knowledge. Being a member of NSTA means you’re part of an international community of practitioners dedicated to improving science education.

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