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