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Report Identifies PreK-12 Programs that Help Underrepresented Groups Succeed
in Science and Mathematics
Building Engineering and Science
Talent (BEST), an initiative of the Council on Competitiveness, has released
its final report on effective programs that help underrepresented groups succeed
in science and mathematics. The report, "What it Takes: PreK–12 Design
Principles to Broaden Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics," showcases nine programs with significant evidence of effectiveness
and eleven that warrant further research, based on an in-depth evaluation of
research evidence programs by the BEST Blue Ribbon Panel on Pre-K-12 Education
and the American Institutes of Research (AIR).
BEST was created to bring
together the nation’s most respected practitioners, researchers, and policymakers
to identify what’s working across the country to develop the technical talent
of under-represented groups in preK-12, higher education, and the workplace.
The BEST Blue Ribbon Panel, chaired by Dr. Shirley Malcom, head director for
Education and Human Resources at the American Association for the Advancement
of Science, screened 200 programs and selected 34 for detailed examination.
To read the full report, go to http://www.bestworkforce.org/publications.htm.
to “Test Drive” Online Learning for Professional Development? JASON Academy
Offers “How-To” Plus Additional Course at 30% Discount
If you’re new to the online learning
environment, try it out with the JASON Academy’s Introduction to Online Learning
course, which begins June 28, and is designed to reduce anxiety about the Web-based
professional development experience. Co-facilitated by a college professor and
a fourth-grade teacher, this five-week course leads you through the components
of Web-based learning beginning with a week devoted entirely to Web and course
navigation. The following weeks emphasize teaching using inquiry, addressing
different student-learning styles and creating and implementing a personal professional
As a special, limited time offer,
educators who combine the Introduction to Online Learning course with
any other JASON Academy course for the June 28 or October 4 2004 semester sessions
can register for both courses for $300--more than a 30% discount. Use Promotional
Code ACAD150 when ordering your second course. Both courses must be ordered
at the same time.
JASON Academy offers courses
in life science, physical science, Earth science, mathematics, and
pedagogy. The Academy’s newest addition, Learning Reading Strategies
through Middle School Science, provides excellent activities
for combining literacy and science instruction. Another new course,
Chemistry through Inquiry, for teachers of grades 3-8, provides
a set of physical science activities to help teach major concepts
in the study of matter. Both graduate credit and continuing education
units (CEUs) are available. Visit http://www.jason.org/jason_academy/courses/courses.htm
for full course descriptions, credit options, and to register. Or
call toll free (888) 527-6600, ext. 240.
Math-Science Online Lobby Week Scheduled for June 14-18
Join your colleagues
for this nationwide campaign to increase federal funding for K-12
science and math education programs. During the week of June 14-18,
hundreds of science and math teachers, administrators, supervisors,
and professors--in short, everyone with an interest in K-12 science
and math education—will be asked to take a minute online to email
their members of Congress with one simple request: to increase funds
for the Math and Science Partnership program at the Department of
As you know,
the Math and Science Partnership program makes funds available at
the state level specifically for science and math programs that
include collaborative opportunities between higher education, K-12,
and the public and private sectors. Since important funding decisions
are now being made in Washington, D.C., members of Congress need
to hear from you about the importance of this program.
Join us next
week, and plan to e-mail your Representatives and Senators for this
online advocacy program: It's quick, it's simple, and IT WORKS.
For more information on the Math and Science Partnerships, go to
as an Academic Discipline—Give Us Your Opinion
Attention NSTA Express readers—What do you
think about engineering as an academic discipline—and as a profession?
NSTA and the American Society for Engineering Education want to
know! Please take about 10 minutes to complete the survey at http://www.engineeringk12.org/teachers/survey1.cfm
and thanks in advance for your support.
What Are You Doing This Summer?
Thanks for responding to our survey in last week’s edition of
NSTA Express. From graduate courses to workshops and from
second jobs to vacations, we heard from many of you about your busy
plans for the summer. Curious? Here is just a taste of what your
colleagues have in store for this summer: http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_06_07_extra.htm
Science Events At Your Fingertips
Check out NSTA’s online calendar (http://www.nsta.org/calendar)
for the latest science-related events and activities. This information-packed
service is great if you are looking for a specific program, grant,
or workshop in the field of science. Visitors can search by category,
grade level, or region, or submit their own upcoming event. Don’t
miss out. Visit http://www.nsta.org/calendar today!
Career Center Spotlight—Support Specialist Needed in Clarke
County School District: http://careers.nsta.org
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