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of California and California State University Launch Major K-12
Science and Math Teacher Initiative
Earlier this spring the
University of California (UC), California State University, and
business leaders launched the California Science and Math Initiative,
a new effort to enhance the supply and preparation of science and
mathematics teachers for California's public schools.
press information from the UC system, the "California Teach"
program “will quadruple its annual production of credentialed
science and mathematics teachers, from 250 per year to 1,000 per
year by 2010.” Undergraduate students at UC will be able to
achieve, in four years of study, both a bachelor's degree in science,
mathematics, or engineering and the preparation to enable them to
become a secondary school science or mathematics teacher. “The
California State University system will join in the effort by expanding
its teacher preparation programs for science and mathematics teachers
as well as its recruitment of students to the profession.”
leaders have pledged to contribute an initial $4 million over a
five-year period to fund the program; lead gifts of $1 million and
$2 million were received from SBC and Intel. A few of the other
companies who have committed to funding this program include Qualcomm,
Boeing, Sun Microsystems, HP, Adobe Systems, US Bank, and Apple.
in science and mathematics in our public schools is critical to
securing the economic future of California," said UC President
Robert C. Dynes. "Throughout its history, UC has worked to
address the real challenges confronting the people of California,
and today the challenge in science and mathematics achievement demands
our attention. We are eager to bring the educational resources of
the UC to help create better futures for our state’s young
people and to help preserve California's position of global economic
Read more about this
initiative at http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/academics/1000teachers.
Scope Debuts "Issues In-Depth" Column to Explore
Science Behind Today's Most Talked About Issues; Free Peek for Nonmembers
on Topic of Stem Cells
journal for middle school members, Science Scope, debuts
a new column, “Issues In-Depth,” in its just-mailed
summer issue. In keeping with the issue’s Cell theme, the
first column takes an in-depth look at stem cell research. “Issues
In-Depth” is designed to help teachers as they work to meet
the challenge posed by the Standards of producing students who “are
able to engage intelligently in public discourse and debate about
important issues that involve science and technology.”
sides of any controversy involved will be presented with citations
and references to expert opinions, pro and con. Instructional strategies
such as problem- solving, debating, role-playing, and critical thinking
will be suggested,” notes Science Scope Editor Inez
Liftig. To introduce the column—which was highly praised in
focus groups held to test the idea—we are pleased to offer
NSTA Express readers a special look at this exciting new
feature at http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/science_scope.php?category_ID=87&news_story_ID=50676.
Content of NSTA’s journals is available only to members, with
the exception of one or two “sample” stories per issue
open for all to read online.
for the NSTA Board of Directors and Council Now Available Online
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association that serves you? We are currently accepting applications
for the 2006 NSTA election. You can now submit your application
online or download a form at http://www.nsta.org/nominations.
Deadline for submission is September 16, 2005. Questions? E-mail
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Workshops, Sessions Will Help Teachers Stop Faking It!, Probe Students'
Ideas, Tackle Science Fairs, Apply for Awards and Grants, and Much
Take a leisurely
look at the agenda for NSTA’s fall convention in Hartford,
October 20-22. Even when you use the Personal Scheduler to work
through your tailor-made itinerary, you’re going to have a
hard time choosing how to spend two-and-a-half days honing your
Within the convention
theme of Connections for Student Achievement, you’ll find
hundreds of sessions gathered under five strands: Managing Transitions:
Effective Teaching Strategies and Assessment; Coastal and Wetland
Environments; Next-Generation Technology: Will We Be Prepared?;
Science + Technology = Achievement; and Elementary Science: Improving
Student Performance. Plus there’s a roster of notable speakers
including Dr. Henry Lee, internationally known forensics expert.
Short courses include Science for ALL Children: Science
Activities for Students With and Without Disabilities; Sound Science;
and There’s Energy in this Classroom.
will be all the details for a very special professional development
institute “Assessment Techniques for the Elementary Classroom,”
for K-5 teachers, to be held October 20. Attendance will be limited,
so watch for the announcement with details and availability of online
registration. For all you ever wanted to know about the Hartford
NSTA convention, stay in touch at http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005HAR.
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