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Florida Schools Motivating Students for Science Exams

In Florida, science scores will be included in the formula used to compute state performance grades this year, so administrators are using innovative techniques to motivate students, reports the Miami Herald. “Around 9:30 a.m., the soliciting began: 'We have five prom tickets plus limo service for seniors who scored above a Level 3. . . . Eleventh-graders who show up for the exam can win an iPod! . . . They can all be yours.''' Read the full article at http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/living/education/16563508.htm.

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'What Works' Reviewers Find No Learning Edge for Leading Math Texts

Education Week is reporting that the federal What Works Clearinghouse has issued the first four reviews of elementary math programs and only Everyday Mathematics, published by Wright Group/McGraw-Hill, was deemed to have “potentially positive effects” on achievement as compared to competitors. For more information, visit http://www.whatworks.ed.gov.

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Check Out the Winter Line-up for NSTA’s Web Seminars

From the International Polar Year to energy to space exploration, the winter line-up of NSTA Web Seminars offers something for everyone.

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NSTA Express Weekly Featured Career Opportunity

The Science Education for Public Understanding (SEPUP) program at Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley CA is seeking a Science Curriculum Developer. The candidate for this yearly appointment which begins on April 1 will develop issue oriented science activities for grades 6-12. Read more about this position available through the NSTA Career Center (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2007_02_05_career.htm).

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NSTA Professional Development Grows at the National Conference

Looking for an in-depth conference session for improving your content knowledge or pedagogical understanding? The NSTA Professional Development Division has just the sessions you’re looking for at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education March 28-April 1 in St. Louis, Missouri. Visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2007_02_05_pdi.htm for more information.

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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 Ten-Minute Field Trips. For 30% off, visit http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial!
  • 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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