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The U.S. Department of Education
plans to honor outstanding classroom teachers through the American Stars
of Teaching program. The Department's Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative is
seeking nominations and information about teachers who are improving student
achievement, using innovative strategies in the classroom, and making
a difference in the lives of their students. Teachers across all grade
levels and disciplines will be honored this fall as 2006 American Stars
of Teaching. Parents, students, colleagues, school administrators and
others can nominate an exemplary teacher who they believe has the qualities
to be an American Star of Teaching. One teacher will be recognized from
each state. To learn more or nominate a teacher to become an American
Star of Teaching, please visit the Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative Web site
A recent survey conducted in NSTA Express reveals strong support for national content standards in science, uniform assessments, and a national curriculum. The survey asked science educators if they thought a uniform set of national content standards in science that every state would be required to use is a good idea, and a resounding 71% said yes (27% said no). The results were similar when respondents were asked if they liked the idea of uniform national assessments (64% supported the idea and 34% did not) and a national science curriculum (73% supported the idea, 26% did not). To read a press release about the results, including comments from teacher respondents, go to http://www.science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_01_17_poll.htm.
Start off your new year by submitting your application today for NSTA's premier student award program, The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards. Geared for all K-12 students in the United States and Canada, ExploraVision rewards students for their creativity and ingenuity in envisioning the future in science and technology. Students can win up to $10,000 in savings bonds. The deadline for this year’s competition is January 31. For details, visit http://www.exploravision.org/2005/home.htm.
Administrators: Supporting Quality Science Instruction turns the
focus on tomorrow’s big issues in science education, and looks at
lessons learned from performance testing, building a statewide program
to implement standards-based inquiry science, measuring the effectiveness
of professional development, the ongoing debate over inquiry versus direct
instruction and more. The special strand of panel discussions, short courses,
and workshops is designed for school administrators attending NSTA’s
2006 National Conference on Science Education in Anaheim, April 6-9. For
event descriptions and the conference agenda, and to register, visit http://www.nsta.org/anaheimconference.
For the full article on this new strand from NSTA Reports, visit
our Web News Digest at
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