Parents Content to "Outsource" Science and Math
Leaders and experts across
the country say schools must do more to ensure that students have
strong skills in science, math, and technology. Parents and students
surveyed in Kansas and Missouri agree that these skills are indeed
crucial—but for others, not them.
The study, conducted
by Public Agenda, shows that parents and students know that the
nation’s standings in science, math, and technology education
have slipped below those of other countries, and they are aware
that students who succeed in advanced courses in these subjects
can expect a bright future. But only 25% of Missouri and Kansas
parents believe their children should study more science and math,
and 70% said things “are fine as they are now.” Parents
tend to view the curriculum their children are studying to be much
harder than what they were taught, causing them to think that their
children are on track for the future.
Can Still Save on Your Detroit Conference Registration
pay full price for registration to the Detroit Conference on Science
Education October 18-20! Our advance discount ends September
28. Our NSTA conferences offer you the professional development
sessions you need to become the best teacher you can be. From presentations
on content knowledge to new assessment techniques to strategic teaching
for NCLB requirements, NSTA conferences open the door to your future.
Save as much
as $99 if you are an NSTA member. Remember, when you attend as a
member, you get a whole year’s worth of member
benefits. Keep in mind: if you are a Michigan teacher, you can
earn state board CEUs to help fulfill your career-building goals.
NSTA's Online Short Course Offers Graduate Credit
NSTA is pleased to announce that participants of the NSTA Short Course will be able to receive two graduate professional development credits from the University of Idaho upon completion of the course. Complete details are provided on the NSTA Short Course page.
Our first short course is Force and Motion. The first "class" will be October 3. As a participant you will meet live online with a content expert, Dr. Matt Bobrowsky, and other educators on five Wednesdays to ask questions and have discussions about force and motion. You will also be able to work on your own time with self-paced materials to boost your knowledge of the topic.
There is still time to register, but space is limited. For more details and to register, visit the NSTA Short Course web page.
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ExploraVision Awards—Now in its 16th Year!
Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards Program, one of the world’s
largest K–12 science and technology competitions, is calling
young scientists to enter its 2008 challenge. Since 1993, ExploraVision
has encouraged students to envision a better future by asking participating
teams to select a current technology and imagine what it might be
like in 20 years. By combining their imagination with the tools
of science, students have conceptualized creative solutions for
current world and societal problems as well as quality-of-life issues.
innovative ideas hatched by young ExploraVision “inventors”
earn winning students up to $240,000 in savings bonds each year,
in addition to Toshiba laptop computers for schools and other Toshiba-branded
products for students, coaches, and mentors. ExploraVision’s
propensity for enhancing student learning and interest in science
has fueled its popularity, and many teachers now include it as part
of their overall science curriculum. The program is open to all
K-12 public, private, and home-schooled students, and teachers have
coached more than 230,000 students in the competition so far. All
students are recognized for completing an entry and receive a unique
gift and a certificate of achievement.
Entry Kit, Brochure, Program Rules, Resources, Tips, and past winners’
projects are now available at www.exploravision.org.
Or request information and an application at 1-800-EXPLOR-9 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educators: Dig into NSTA With a Free Book PLUS $10 Off Dues!
When you make
use of the information in NSTA Express, you’re just
scratching the surface of the many ways that NSTA membership helps
you be the best science educator you can be. Science education is
changing, and you need to know how to teach to meet the new federal
requirements and state standards and assessment practices. NSTA
makes it easy for you to expand and enhance your knowledge and teaching
skills, to make your voice heard on important state and national
education issues, and to share your expertise with other members
as part of a national community of committed educators.
EXTENDED on our annual Back to School special. You can
join NSTA now through October 19, receive $10
off your individual regular* membership dues, and have your choice
of a free book: (Elementary Teachers get
Picture Perfect Science Lessons; Middle
School Teachers get Doing Good Science in Middle School;
and High School Teachers get both the Student
and Teacher editions of Watershed Dynamics!)
here to join thousands of educators who find NSTA teachers’
resources unmatched. Take a look at what members enjoy.
valid only on new memberships. This offer cannot be combined with
any other offer. This offer is only valid on individual, regular
membership at the standard $74 rate and not for any other membership
category, such as Student, New Teacher, or Retired.
Apply for NSTA's Awards
NSTA and its sponsors recognize and reward exemplary
teachers (preK-College) and principals (middle level and high school)
with cash, trips, workshops, science program materials, and more.
These awards offer opportunities to receive professional and personal
recognition and to share your school's science education success
Don't miss the
application deadline for NSTA's awards: October 15, 2007.
The SeaWorld Outstanding Environmental Educator Award has a November
For more details
about the awards or to download an application form, consult www.nsta.org/awards.
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.
the NSTA Science Store
for an outstanding array of bestselling books and teaching resources.
Receive 30% off of the September featured book, Doing
Good Science in Middle School: A Practical Guide to Inquiry-Based
our member services web page to ensure that NSTA has your
offering more Web
Seminars starting in October. Visit the website for more
information about these upcoming professional development opportunities.