Legislative Update: The Latest on No Child Left Behind
get around to rewriting the No Child Left Behind Act this year?
That’s the question education advocates, state leaders, and
just about everyone in K–12 education continues to ask. As the Congressional
calendar winds down, will Rep. George Miller, Chairman of the House
Education and Labor Committee, introduce a bill to reauthorize NCLB
and bring the bill to the House floor for consideration before the
Congress adjourns later this fall? Read all about NCLB and more
in this issue of the NSTA
O2 and Myth Busting
Times reporter Natalie Angier visited the prestigious Academy
of Science in Loudoun County, Virginia, and writes about the exemplary
science education provided there. “Many people wring their
hands over the state of science education and point to the appalling
performance of America’s students in international science
and math competitions. Yet some of the direst noises about our nation’s
scientific prospects may be premature. Far from rejecting challenging
science courses, students seem to be embracing them.”
A new Urban
Institute report challenges the assumptions produced by two major
studies—the Trends in International Mathematics and Science
Study (TIMSS) and the Programme for International Student Assessment
(PISA)—and a subsequent Business Week commentary
calls into question “The Science Education Myth.”
Your E-mail Address—NSTA Elections Are Just Around the Corner
the election of NSTA's Board and Council members whose terms begin
in 2008 will be e-mailed to NSTA members on December 28, 2007. This
is the first year of all-electronic balloting. Members
are urged to go to the membership
section of the website to check their e-mail information and
update it if necessary. Alternatively, you can e-mail Member Services
If we do
not have a valid e-mail address on file for you, you will not be
able to vote!
Take Your Pick of NSTA Web Seminars in November
Here is a list
of NSTA web seminars remaining this month:
the Best Gift of All—the Gift of Membership in NSTA!
With the holidays approaching, now is the time to
give the gift of resources that will help the science educators
in your life be the best they can be—gift membership in NSTA.
You can download
the gift application.
generous gift of an NSTA membership is an investment in the professional
growth of your favorite science educator. Each membership includes
a subscription to one grade-specific journal and NSTA Reports,
a 20% discount on NSTA Press® books, up to 40% off conference registrations,
award and professional development opportunities, and much more.
Each new member will receive an acknowledgment letter indicating
that his or her membership was a gift from you. Click
here for more information, and happy holidays!
is on the Road
NSTA is in Denver,
Colorado, this week at the Conference on Science Education. Keynote
speaker Homer Hickam—a former NASA engineer, a best selling
author, and a storyteller unmatched—will share his story,
which formed the basis of the hit film October Sky. Educators
can expect to hear a presentation from Kirk Johnson, chief curator
at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, on Using Fossils
to See the Future. Count on interesting workshops: Charlotte’s
Web Gone Wild or The Invisible Universe: Investigating
Sources and Detectors. There’s more for teachers
in every grade band, so don’t miss it. Most popular are the
freebies handed out by world-class exhibitors. You can register
on site at the convention center in Denver. Can’t make it
to Denver? Don’t worry—we’ll be in Birmingham
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 November featured book, Virus
and the Whale: Exploring Evolution in Creatures Small and Large.
our member services web page to ensure that NSTA has your
offering more Web
Seminars this fall. Visit the website for more
information about these upcoming professional development opportunities.