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'Major Turnover' of College Presidents on the Way, Says New Report

College presidents have gotten older and have been in their positions longer than at any time in the past 20 years, indicating an upcoming wave of turnover at the top. "The data…suggests that we will likely see a major turnover in the leadership of American colleges and universities in the next 5 to 10 years," said James Renick, senior vice president of the American Council on Education (ACE). ACE surveyed the nation's 3,396 presidents last year for the report being issued today.

"This is a challenge. But it also represents an opportunity to promote greater diversity in our leadership," Renick said. To read more about the report, visit http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-02-11-harvard-president-side_x.htm.

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Teaching Science in the 21st Century: Part 6 in a Series from NSTA Reports

The sixth installment in NSTA Reports’ series is titled “Virtual Professional Development: The Good, the Bad, and the Future”. Written by Karen J. Charles and Jane E. Griffin, the piece begins “Improving science programs for students means improving professional development for their teachers. As curriculum materials and instructional programs evolve, educators need to know how to use new textbooks and materials based on inquiry and on cognitive research. They also need to know how to establish collaborative learning environments in which teachers can learn and grow while studying these new materials (Nelson 2006). What does this mean for professional development? What are the new tools and strategies that can meet the demands of a new workforce, one raised on 24/7 access to technology, to information, and to peers? Most of us are familiar with the term “online professional development,” but we would say that our experiences with it have been less than satisfactory.

This series offers opinion pieces by many of the leaders in science education today. To read the sixth installment in the series, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=53347. To find out more about the book by the same name that inspired the series, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB195X.

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2007 Presidential Awards For Excellence In Mathematics And Science Teaching (PAEMST) Seeks Nominations

Each year, The White House recognizes outstanding mathematics and science teachers for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) from the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. The Presidential Awards program recognizes exemplary mathematics and science teachers for their deep mathematics and/or science content knowledge and their ability to show evidence of student progress in these areas. The PAEMST program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House. To nominate a grade 7-12 teacher, visit http://www.paemst.org; applications for 2007 are due by May 1, 2007.

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Got Forensics? Take This Week's NSTA Express Poll

In October 2004 we asked NSTA Express readers if popular television shows such as Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) and other forensic-based shows had an effect on students or classroom lessons. It's time to revisit this issue, and this week we want to know how widespread these activities have become. If you're a middle or high school science educator, take this week's NSTA Express poll (http://science.nsta.org/survey_forensics_2007_02) and tell us what you think.

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New Online Course on Evolution from the American Museum of Natural History

Sign up today for an exciting, in-depth course on evolution with Seminars on Science. Designed by the American Museum of Natural History for K-12 educators, each award-winning six-week course from Seminars on Science is co-taught by a scientist and an educator and immerses participants in an area of contemporary research. ‘Evolution’ draws on the Museum’s long-standing leadership in the fields of paleontology, geology, systematics, and molecular biology to tell a modern story of evolution. Learn about the contributions of Darwin, the mechanisms of evolution, human evolution, and modern applications in medicine, public health, and conservation. To read the complete article, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2007_02_12_amnh.htm.

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NSTA Presents Science for English Language Learners Conference

On March 31, 2007, NSTA, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, is holding a daylong conference—Science for English Language Learners—on research, practical approaches, and policy directions for classroom teachers, school and district administrators, and university faculty.

NSTA will provide critical information, guidance, and leadership to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in science.

The conference will take place within NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education to be held in St. Louis, Missouri March 29-April 1. For more details, visit http://www.nsta.org/ell.

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And Don’t Forget…

  • NSTA Express Weekly Featured Career Opportunity—The Grossmonnt-Cuyamaca Community College District seeks an Astronomy/Physics Instructor. Visit the NSTA Career Center at http://careers.nsta.org for more information. Registration is free!
  • 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.
  • NSTA is offering three more Web Seminars this month. Visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxweb_seminars.asp for topics and registration information.

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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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