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Scientists Vow to Fight Challenge to Evolution
As the Kansas
State Board of Education began hearings last week to determine the
fate of the state’s science standards, a story in The
Washington Post looked at the efforts of teachers and scientists
to address the evolving tactics of intelligent design proponents
who are gaining ground with their “carefully marketed theory.”
According to the article, “…scientists and teachers
are mobilizing to fight back, asserting that educational standards
are being threatened by what they consider a stealth campaign to
return creationism to public schools.” The article looks at
the outcomes of various evolution battles fought by scientists and
educators and notes a tactical shift to become more active in the
political debate. To read The Washington Post article,
go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/04/AR2005050402022.html.
In a letter
to the members of the Kansas State Board of Education, NSTA supports
Kansas Science Education Revision Committee's Draft Two of the standards
because it represents the “best practices of the National
Science Education Standards and exemplifies good science.”
To read the letter, go to http://www.nsta.org/pressroom&news_story_ID=50528.
Teacher Input Requested on 2009 NAEP Science Assessment Framework
Assessment Framework and Specifications for the 2009 National Assessment
of Educational Progress (NAEP) are being updated to better reflect
current research, developments, and viewpoints in science education.
Input from science teachers is requested to develop the content
of this new framework. Considered
the Nation’s Report Card, NAEP assesses what America's students
know and can do in various academic subjects in grades 4, 8, and
12. WestEd, a nonprofit educational research, development, and service
agency and the Council of Chief State School Officers are leading
the development project. Gerry Wheeler, NSTA Executive Director
is serving as co-chair of the Project Steering committee.
WestEd and the
Council of Chief State School Officers are seeking input from science
teachers about the importance of a number of content standards,
which have been selected by committees to be included in the assessment
framework. If you’re a K-12 classroom teacher, please select
one of the following surveys that most closely reflects your teaching
experience—grades 4, 8, or 12. The survey should take about
15 minutes to complete.
delay…you only have until Sunday, May 15, to take the survey.
Thank you for your participation.
Grade 4: http://surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=836341029341
Grade 8: http://surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=930381029575
Grade 12: http://surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=615491029677
Science—Dinosaur Bones Yield 'Missing Link'; Selected SciLinks
Give You Instant Information
of Falcarius utahensis made nationwide headline news last
week—To read the New York Times article on this latest dinosaur
discovery, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/05/science/05dino.html
(free registration required).
NSTA's popular SciLinks online teacher-approved internet service
to identify several grade-specific websites and resources to help
you expand your lessons without spending hours searching the web.
If bringing interesting science news into your classroom is a part
of your teaching strategy, visit the links below for a wealth of
dinosaur-related information for your classes.
Science is a new NSTA Express feature we'll present
from time-to-time, to bring you timely and valuable online resources
and materials you can use to examine breaking scientific news. The
online SciLinks sites we offer are normally available to NSTA members
only, but will be opened for brief periods of time to assist you
in bringing the news into your classroom.
in Science Education
Every few weeks in NSTA
Express we feature a promising new (or not so new) idea, strategy,
and/or innovative program in science and math education that we
think merits the attention of more than 200,000 NSTA Express
readers. This column is an interactive endeavor, so send your ideas
of a large-scale, innovative program in science and math education
to firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn
more about teacher professional development opportunities in nanoscale
science and engineering, visit http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_05_09_nanoscale.htm.
for Fall Conventions Now Open; “Science Assessment: Research
and Practical Approaches” Conference Announced for Chicago
a growing list of special events, speakers, and presentations for
NSTA’s fall conventions will be a daylong conference, Science
Assessment: Research and Practical Approaches on November 9,
in conjunction with—and one day before—the opening of
the November 10-12 convention in Chicago. As with last fall’s
sold-out conference on science and literacy, this event will offer
National Science Foundation-funded program findings on various aspects
of assessment. The conference is designed for teachers of grades
3-12 and school and district administrators. For complete details
and registration, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=110&Meeting_Code=2005CHI.
If the convention
in Hartford, CT (October 20-22), or Nashville, TN (December 1-3)
is your choice for the most rewarding science educator get-together
of 2006, take a look at the agendas for both these events at http://www.nsta.org/conventions.
Then create your own Personal Schedule, and use it to jump-start
the search for funding before leaving for the summer.
We’ll have much
more to tell you about all three of these exciting events as details
on featured speakers, short courses, professional development institutes,
field trips, and social events are available.
Career Center Spotlight: Public Charter School at the Foot of the
Rockies Seeks Chemistry Teacher
Teach chemistry and other
sciences at the foot of the Rockies. Monument Academy is a public
charter school recently certified by the International Baccalaureate
Organization to be a Diploma Program School. High academic and conduct
standards enhance the learning environment. For more information,
a complete list of job openings, or to post your resume, visit the
NSTA Career Center at http://careers.nsta.org.
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