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Leading Business Groups Launch Action Plan To Improve Science and
Math Education; Call for Doubling of STEM Graduates in 10 Years
15 major business
groups representing business of every size and from every sector
of the economy—led by the CEO members of the Business Roundtable—last
week called for doubling the number of science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics (STEM) graduates by the year 2015 and issued an
action plan to do this by:
an awareness campaign to make improvements in STEM fields a national
students and adults to study and enter careers in these disciplines;
elementary and secondary teaching in math and science;
visa and immigration policies to enable the U.S. to attract and
retain top STEM students; and
and sustaining funding for basic research.
In a press statement
Business Roundtable President John Castellani says the business
community would “take the lead in building public awareness
and support for greater interest, investment, and performance in
science, technology, engineering, and math by:
To read more about the recommendations
in Tapping America’s Potential: The Education for Innovation
Initiative, go to http://www.businessroundtable.org/pdf/20050727002TAPStatement.pdf.
the successful State Scholars program that encourages students
to take rigorous courses in high school;
more opportunities for company employees to serve as role models
and mentors in these fields;
teachers with materials that will show students the importance
of math and science in a wide range of careers;
- Funding scholarships
for students and professional development for math and science
- Working with
education groups, the media, and the entertainment industry on
messages showing how math and science learning leads to a wide
range of interesting careers; and
- Meeting with and lobbying Governors and Members of Congress
to carry out the report's recommendations.
NSTA SciGuide Online Resource Guides Exploration to Mars for Grades
more of a good thing: The growing library of NSTA SciGuides now
includes another new title: A Close-up Look at the Red Planet
is available by subscription for science educators of grades 5-8.
The newest SciGuide, developed under the sponsorship of NASA Explorer
Schools, examines Mars from various viewpoints beginning with a
look at the surface of the red planet and progressing through how
NASA and others are exploring it. Following close behind NASA
Exploration: The Moon, Mars, & Beyond, which was released
last month this newest online resource, like all SciGuides, delivers
key science concepts, lesson plans, student work samples, and vignettes
using targeted web resources aligned to the National Science Education
Standards. Other titles on the core content list for middle school
include Earth and Sky, Organisms, and more. And
of course there are content topics designed for elementary and high
school educators as well. To learn more about SciGuides subscriptions,
view a multimedia demo, and get a free SciGuide sample, go to http://sciguides.nsta.org.
Explorer Sylvia Earle on Deck for NSTA Hartford Convention General
Sylvia A. Earle is recognized by the Library of Congress as a Living
Legend. And NSTA is pleased to announce that she will be a General
Session Speaker at the fall convention in Hartford, October 20-22.
Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society, she has
led more than 60 expeditions worldwide involving more than 7,000
hours underwater in connection with her research. Dr. Earle will
be addressing “Sustainable Seas—The Vision, The Reality.”
For more about her fascinating and extensive life and career, go
For more on the Hartford convention agenda and to register, go to
And keep in mind that the earlybird registration deadline for best
savings is September 16.
Block Scheduling Part of Your Back-to-School Picture? The August
30% Discount Book Is For You
Thanks to this
great resource from NSTA Press, block scheduling need no longer
be a stumbling block when you have Block Scheduling to
guide you. You’ll adjust to the transition more easily with
this special collection of articles—originally published in
NSTA’s award-winning member journal The Science Teacher.
“From these articles, we picked out valuable information on
developing a schedule that worked,” noted a reader in our
NSTA Recommends online book review service. And if you buy Block
Scheduling online during August, you’ll save 30% off
the retail price! For more information and to order, go to http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial.
Express Poll: What Will Be Your Biggest Challenges This Fall?
We know that
teachers face many challenges that make it difficult to teach—and
for students to learn—science. As you prepare to head back
to the classroom this fall, what challenges do you anticipate being
the most significant? Please take our NSTA Express Poll
and tell us: http://www.nsta.org/survey_fall_challenges
Look for results in an upcoming edition of NSTA Express.
Now that you
have time on your hands, take a look at NSTA's new topic-specific
SciGuides for classroom internet use... check out the demo and download
a free sample at http://www.nsta.org/main/SciGuides.
Blog with Science
and Children Online and Explore PreK-2 Science Learning in
"The Early Years" at http://www.nsta.org/earlyyearsblog.
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