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U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings announced last week that she will let up to 10 states measure student progress by tracking kids over time instead of the current system under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) that compares the scores of different groups of kids from one year to the next, her latest effort to be flexible in enforcing the federal education law. States selected for the trial still will have to meet NCLB goals of having all children proficient in math and reading by 2014. To read more, visit http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2005/11/18/student_progress_trials_approved.
In Silicon Valley, many white students are leaving the public schools because the schools are too “academically driven and too narrowly invested in subjects, such as math and science at the expense of liberal arts and extracurriculars like sports,” reports the Wall Street Journal. Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman speaks about the “Quiet Crisis” in Science Education, and New York Times editorial writer Brent Staples argues the United States should look to Japan for better schools. Read more in this installment of Education in the News (http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_11_28_education.htm).
Through committee participation you will interact with colleagues, gain insights into the complexity of issues affecting science education, and have a positive impact on science teaching and learning in your own states as well as nationally. NSTA depends on volunteers just like you! If you are an NSTA member and wish to be considered for an NSTA committee assignment, go online and complete the application form at http://www.nsta.org/standingcommittees. The application deadline is December 10, 2005. Appointments will be made through the end of the year, and notification will begin at the end of February 2006.
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Voting has never been easier, now you can do it all online. The 2006 NSTA Board and Council election information will be distributed in December. NSTA members will receive a personalized e-mail with complete instructions for voting online. The process is simple and quick. However, your current email address must be up-to-date by December 2. To review your profile information, simply have your NSTA ID number handy and visit http://www.nsta.org/update.
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The new name for the world’s largest gathering of science educators means something important: We’re new where we should be new—yet comfortably familiar in all the ways you’ve come to value. Join us April 6-9, 2006, in Anaheim for the 54th NSTA Conference on Science Education featuring the Exhibition of Science Teaching Materials for a new era in science learning for tomorrow’s science teaching. To browse the agenda and register, go to http://www.nsta.org/anaheimconference. And you can help NSTA spread the word about this exciting international gathering of science educators. Visit http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/anaheim.pdf, download, print, and post the earlybird brochure in your school’s faculty room. Thanks for your help, and we hope you’ll plan early to join us.
This practical booklet from NSTA Press for K-12 science teachers will help you analyze your questioning techniques and greatly improve them. Starting Thursday, December 1, you’ll find it available at 30% off regular retail price when you order it online before the end of 2005. To order How To… Ask the Right Questions, visit http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial.
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