As your career moves along, you focus on different needs at different
times. We do the same thing here at Science Class. Although
we devote a column to Professional Development in every issue, we
think it's a topic that warrants an entire issue on the subject
from time to time. Use the resources, ideas, and examples provided
in this issue to begin, guide, or continue your professional development
Professional Development in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit
for nationwide news for science educators).
Beyond the Blackboard (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Elementary educators nationwide work with scientists to develop
projects that will help engage and educate students in science.
Articles on Professional Development
The following NSTA journal articles tell teachers' tales of professional
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NCLB Could Alter Science Teaching
When it comes to science instruction, do students
learn best by doing, or by "direct instruction?" The
federal No Child Left Behind Act provides some powerful incentives
for the direct approach, observers say.
Click here to read more: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2004/11/10/11science.h24.html
The International Task Force, chaired by Mike Padilla, President-Elect,
held its first meeting in Indianapolis. A broad range of topics
was discussed, including the Task Force's input to NSTA's Strategic
Goals and Objectives.
Additionally, the Task Force hopes to concludes its work and present
its report to the NSTA Board of Directors in August, 2005.
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