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City Evolution Hearing Ends; State Board to Recommend Changes to
on the teaching of evolution in Kansas science classrooms ended
last Thursday in “acrimony, tears, finger-pointing, and heated
exchanges” reports Scott Rothschild of the Kansas City
Journal World. The hearing, which was boycotted by mainstream
science organizations, was “a gigantic waste of money and
an insult to Kansas teachers,"
says Pedro Irigonegaray, the Topeka attorney hired to defend the
teaching of evolution. Read more at http://www.ljworld.com/section/evolution/story/204530.
This issue continues to garner nationwide media attention; NSTA
Executive Director Gerald Wheeler was interviewed for an evolution
report that ran on the May 15 (Sunday) ABC World News Tonight
in most major markets. Watch for future NSTA Express issues
for more on the developing story in Kansas.
Read about these
stories in this issue of the NSTA
Legislative Update (http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_05_16_legupdate.htm)
- Senate Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Math Education Caucus Officially
Begins at Hill Event Tomorrow
- Key Members
of Congress Asks President Bush to Triple the Nation’s R&D
Budget; Reps. Wolf, Ehlers, and Boehlert Announce Fall Summit
- Rep. Ehlers
and Sen. Bingaman Honored for Contributions to STEM During Two-Day
Science, Engineering, and Technology Lobby Campaign
- DOD FY2006
Appropriations Bill Includes Language to Increase Students in
Bulk Purchase Option Now Available for Schools; Tell Us Topics You’d
Like to See Added to the List
recently introduced Webwatchers SciGuides are quickly proving popular
among teachers seeking internet science content and resources. Topics
are grade-band specific, and NSTA-reviewed, to provide fast, reliable
additional information while saving teachers time and guesswork.
Site resources include lesson plans, student work samples, and vignettes
and are aligned to the National Science Education Standards. Subscriptions
are priced per title for teacher purchase; and bulk pricing is now
available for schools and districts based on the number of titles
and teachers. For a demonstration video of SciGuides, titles currently
available, and to subscribe, go to http://www.nsta.org/main/SciGuides.
development team is interested in teachers’ needs, ideas and
suggestions as we broaden and enhance these valuable tools, so take
a moment to answer our quick survey at http://www.nsta.org/survey_sciguides.
Expert Dr. Henry Lee to Address General Session at NSTA Hartford
Convention, Oct. 20-22
Dr. Henry Lee—widely
recognized forensic expert—has just been announced as the
General Session Speaker for NSTA’s first fall 2005 convention
in Hartford, October 20-22. Lee is known internationally for his
investigative work on criminal cases—over 6,000 over the past
40 years—as a frequent guest expert on television discussions
of high-profile celebrity trials and as host and subject of his
own Court TV show. For more on Dr. Lee, go to http://www.drhenrylee.com.
preliminary agenda for Hartford is now available online at http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005HAR,
so you can browse the sessions and presentations, then create your
own itinerary as the basis for requesting funding to join thousands
of your peers for new experiences in professional development (more
to come soon on short courses and a professional development institute),
focused learning, exhibits, networking, and more.
From Science Teaching and Want to Stay Connected?
you’re retired from science teaching doesn’t mean you
have to be retired from the science education community. NSTA invites
retired or soon-to-be-retired science educators who have been NSTA
members for at least five years to take advantage of a special reduced
membership category just for them. The NSTA Retired Membership is
only $31 for a one-year, one-journal membership and includes all
the benefits of the individual membership. To take advantage of
this special membership offering, simply download the NSTA
Membership Form (http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/membership.pdf)
or contact NSTA Member Services at 800-722-6782 or 703-243-7100
or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pend Oreille School District Seeks Science Teachers
The Lake Pend
Orelle School District seeks two high school science teachers to
fill positions available at their Sandpoint High School facility
in Sandpoint, ID. Qualified candidates must be certified to teach
Earth science and/or biology. For more information or to post your
resume, visit the NSTA Career Center at http://careers.nsta.org.
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