Legislative Update: NCLB Reauthorization
Will NCLB be
authorized this year? That’s the $64,000 question education
advocates ask as they watch the Congressional calendar year wind
down. Read all about NCLB and more in this issue of the NSTA
Rolls Out National Action Plan for 21st Century STEM Education
October 3 at the U.S. Capitol the National Science Board unveiled
their long-awaited national action plan for 21st century STEM education.
Key recommendations made by the NSB (the oversight body for the
National Science Foundation) include the formation of an independent,
non-Federal National Council for STEM Education; voluntary national
STEM content guidelines; alignment of STEM learning across grade
levels; and increased STEM teacher compensation.
Action Plan for Addressing the Critical Needs of the U.S. Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education System also highlights
strategies to enable and encourage stakeholders from local, state
and federal governments, as well as nongovernmental STEM education
stakeholder groups, to collaborate.
One of the presenters
was former NSTA President Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez, currently a member
of the NSB and vice-Chairman of the commission that wrote the report.
Educators: Dig into NSTA With a Free Book PLUS $10 Off Dues!
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Science Teacher is Looking for a Few Good Questions
Teacher, NSTA's peer-reviewed journal for secondary science
teachers, invites teachers to submit questions for the journal's
Ask the Experts department. Previous questions include, "Why
does the Moon appear larger in winter?" or "Why doesn't
glue stick to the inside of its container?" In addition, the
journal is always looking for experts from industry, research, and
government to volunteer their time to answer questions. To submit
questions or to volunteer as an expert, e-mail department editor
Marc Rosner at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full contact info.
off the Press: NSTA Guide to Planning School Science Facilities,
so many schools planning to build or renovate, the fully updated
NSTA Guide to Planning School Science Facilities is a timely
addition to school administrators' and architects’ libraries.
It’s the definitive resource for every K–12 school that seeks
safe, effective science space without costly, time-consuming mistakes.
New to this edition is
a chapter on “green” schools, including how to think
outside the traditional walls and use the entire grounds to encourage
environmental responsibility in students.
Birmingham Earlybird Deadline is Flying Closer
Looking for an in-depth professional development
experience to improve your content knowledge or pedagogical understanding?
The National Science Teachers Association has just what you need
in Birmingham at our Conference on Science Education! Join us for
discussions and courses on timely and engaging topics to advance
your science learning and teaching.
Sample just a few of
our offerings. Elementary school teachers can learn new hands-on
activities integrating math, science, and literacy. Middle school
teachers become expert on assessment. High school teachers can attend
workshops in their disciplines, and college professors can learn
about formative assessment. Think of listening to keynote speaker
Kathryn Thornton talk about her space exploits. How about a workshop
on force and motion fundamentals? Take part in a workshop to help
you better teach science to English language learners. And then
there’s an exhibit hall chockfull of new products, lesson
plans, and giveaways. NSTA’s conferences have something for
everyone and we want you to take it all back to the classroom.
you attend our Birmingham conference as a member, not only do you
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Receive 30% off of the October featured book, Practicing
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information about these upcoming professional development opportunities.