Week of June 4, 2007
With hurricane season upon us, the Army Corps of Engineers is using simulation to predict the effectiveness of levees and other methods of storm and surge protection in the Gulf Coast. Read the complete article in the New York Times. (Requires free registration.)
The United States spent an average of $8,701 per pupil to educate its children in 2005, the Census Bureau reported on May 24, noting that some states paid more than twice as much per student as others. New York was the biggest spender on education at $14,119 per student, with New Jersey second at $13,800, and the District of Columbia third at $12,979, the Census Bureau said. Seven of the top 10 education spenders were Northeastern states. The states with the lowest spending were Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. The 10 states with the lowest education spending were in the West or South. The May 25 Reuters article provides additional information on education spending.
A survey by the Institute of Biology shows that 85% of teachers believe dissections are far less common in schools than 20 years ago. The packed curriculum and lack of funding are partly to blame for the decline, but 22% of respondents cited confusion over health and safety regulations, and 28% said many students were too squeamish to carry out dissections. Read the recent article in The Evening Standard (United Kingdom). [See also the NSTA Position Statement on The Responsible Use of Live Animals and Dissection in the Science Classroom.]
The Personal Scheduler is now available for NSTA’s Conference on Science Education in Detroit (October 18-20). This handy tool allows you to present your proposed professional development itinerary to request funding support... use it as a calendar to organize your conference experience to get the most from your participation when you're with us in Detroit!
At NSTA Conferences on Science Education you can update your content knowledge and teaching techniques, network with other science professionals, hear from world renowned experts, and pick up the latest goodies from hundreds of exhibitors.
Visit the Personal Scheduler to plan your conference experience.
The National Science Teachers Association’s recent release, Teacher Research, is a welcome aid for busy science teachers. This essay collection, compiled by Deborah Roberts, Claire Bove, and Emily van Zee, shows teachers the paths others have taken to deepen their understanding of the philosophy and practice of teacher research. It’s the kind of research that takes place when one question leads to another, when a colleague’s observation offers a different lens to view the classroom, or when a conversation with a student sheds light on unexplored issues in classroom performance.
For more information or to order this book, visit the Science Store.
Space is still available in the July session of Seminars on Science. Join an extensive network of remarkable teachers in exploring the Museum’s rich, diverse courses, including the newest course, Evolution. Summer Session Two registration is now open until June 25.
Sign up by June 11 for Summer Session Two (July 2–August 12) and receive a $50 early registration discount. For more information and to register, go to learn.amnh.org or call 800-649-6715.
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