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The Science Anchors initiative is a new NSTA project that seeks to help bolster student achievement in science by identifying a smaller set of core science concepts, or anchors, that can serve as the new national science framework. Science Anchors will emphasize the essential skills and topics in science that must be taught, given the limited amount of time teachers have with students. Achieving this objective will aid all of our nation’s education stakeholders in the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices and help teachers better manage their instruction, making teaching and learning more effective and efficient.
On February 23, the Board of Directors passed a motion for NSTA to begin to seek funding to support the Science Anchors project. As the largest association of science educators in the world, NSTA is uniquely positioned to engage the larger universe of science education stakeholders in supporting this project and the greater need for coherent progress in science education reform.
Recently, Education Week wrote an article entitled, “NSTA to Provide ‘Anchors: to Winnow Topics” that discusses the Science Anchors project in greater detail. To read the full article, please visit http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/02/26/25nsta.h26.html. Registration is required.
Washington, D.C. Meteorologist Bob Ryan sat down recently with Dr. Ralph Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences, to discuss global warming. To watch the interview and read more about global warming and the recent statement by the American Meteorological Society on the issue, visit http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2007_03_05_interview.htm.
position statement, "The Integral Role of Laboratory Investigations
in Science Instruction"
Science educators worldwide can help their students understand the global impact of the Earth’s polar regions by engaging them in International Polar Year (IPY). The global launch of IPY took place on March 1 in Paris. To read the recent NSTA Reports article, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=53499.
Do you find yourself wondering why one activity works for your class and another doesn’t? Perhaps you take detailed notes throughout the year and wonder how to pass that information on to other teachers….
Teacher Researcher Day at NSTA’s National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, Missouri might be just the place for you! From poster sessions to workshops showing you how to do research and teach and not feel overwhelmed to presentations of research conducted by your peers, Teacher Researcher Day will end with you inspired and armed with new tools!
Teacher Researcher Day is March 30. The conference runs March 29-April 1. For more details, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/pdfs/2007StLouisTeacherResearcherDay.pdf.
Sign up now to participate in National Environmental Education (EE) Week, April 15-22, 2007! Now in its third consecutive year, National EE Week (http://www.eeweek.org) seeks to enhance the educational impact of Earth Day (April 22) and provide recognition to American educators who are committed to implementing environmental education in their classrooms.
This year EE Week 2007 will focus on a special energy theme. Participants will have access to a wide variety of FREE environmental education resources, including:
You can join National EE Week’s efforts, promote environmental learning, and gain national exposure for your work by registering today at http://www.eeweek.org/register.htm. Questions? Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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