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The National Center for Education Statistics released two major reports last week on the academic performance of America's twelfth-graders—The Nation's Report Card: 12th-Grade Reading and Mathematics 2005 and America's High School Graduates: Results from the 2005 NAEP High School Transcript Study. To read the highlights from the study, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2007_02_26_naep.htm. For more more information, go to http://nces.ed.gov.
In a new draft position statement, NSTA affirms that “induction programs with a science-specific focus are critical for the initial and on-going development of teachers of science.” It further states that these science-specific induction programs should have a strong mentoring component for all preK–12 new teachers of science. “Such a program focuses on the content of science, science teaching, and includes a robust mentoring component.” A panel of science educators and experts in the induction and mentoring arena set forth key elements that should be a part of a comprehensive induction program and established roles and responsibilities of program participants, including mentors and mentees, as well as school, district, higher education, local, state, and national stakeholders.
NSTA encourages you to review the new draft statement and tell us what you think. To view and comment, go to http://www.nsta.org/main/forum/showthread.php?t=1932 and click on Post Reply. (Note: You must register to use the NSTA Discussion Board before posting comments.) Comments must be received by Friday, March 9.
The latest NSTA Web News Analysis examines the debate over what is the best approach to teaching middle school students. “After witnessing a lack of academic achievement for several decades, educators nationwide have debated where to place 11-to-14-year-olds in school. Do school districts expand elementary schools to accommodate these students? Or should these students be placed in traditional middle schools designed for sixth through eighth graders?” To read more, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=53442.
Absolute Zero, a two-part PBS television special scheduled to air later this year, will demonstrate how civilization has been profoundly affected by the mastery of cold. Based largely on Tom Shachtman’s acclaimed book, Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold, the documentaries will explore key concepts, significant individuals and events in the field of low-temperature physics, and the enormous impact that the mastery of cold has had on society through such technologies as air conditioning, refrigeration and liquefied gases.
On Thursday, March 22, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time, NSTA, in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will host a one-of-a-kind, interactive Absolute Zero web seminar, free to anyone who would like to attend. Join Nobel Laureate Dr. Bill Phillips, a leading researcher in the physics of ultra-low temperature atomic gases, as he explains how and why he and his colleagues made the coldest gases ever seen. Phillips will provide engaging ideas on how to make the physics of the ultra-cold appealing to middle and high school students, and suggest low-temperature demonstrations. The web seminar is designed primarily for grades 5-12.
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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 National Conference on Science Education. 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 for the March 29-April 1 conference in St. Louis, Missouri by March 2 to receive the Advance Deadline discount!
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 that give you a quick look at what presentations focus on similar topics to half-day and full-day symposia and short courses with experts to an exhibit hall chockfull of exhibitor workshops, giveaways, and new ideas, NSTA’s conferences have something for everyone!
See you in St. Louis! To register, visit http://www.nsta.org/stlouis!
Two different NSTA Press titles share the discount promotion spotlight this week: February’s Ten-Minute Field Trips is available at 30% off regular retail price through Wednesday at http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial. And starting on Thursday, and throughout March, you can order NSTA Press’s Linking Science and Literacy at 30% off the regular retail price. If you’ve ever believed you don’t have time to teach much science—or feared you don’t know how to integrate it with all-important language arts lessons—this is the book that will change your thinking. The message: It isn’t just possible to incorporate science into language arts; it also makes a lot of sense. To browse the book and to order, go to http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial2.
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