Week of July 30, 2007
The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy was established in 2005 by ExxonMobil, Phil and Amy Mickelson, NSTA, and Math Solutions to provide third- through fifth-grade teachers from around the country with creative and innovative methods of teaching math and science. Two hundred teachers selected from school districts across the country participated in the National Town Hall Meeting and spent the remainder of the week participating in Academy activities and lessons.
To read more about and see photos of the National Town Hall Meeting and the Academy, visit http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2007_07_30_Photos.htm or the Department of Education site at http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2007/07/07232007.html.
The Center on Education
Policy (CEP) released a survey last week that examines the amount of time
spent during the school week on core academic subjects and how the allocation
of time across subjects has changed since the 2001-2002 school year, when
NCLB was enacted. The report finds that approximately 62% of school districts
increased the amount of time spent in elementary schools on reading and
language arts and/or math, while 44% of districts cut time on science,
social studies, art and music, physical education, lunch, and/or recess.
The National Science
Foundation is reporting that students' performance on annual math and
science assessments improved in almost every age group when their schools
were involved in a Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program.
Last week, a new report issued by the National Center on Education Statistics on rural schools found that students in rural areas do better in science than their counterparts in urban schools. The Status of Education in Rural America provides a series of indicators on the status of education in rural America, including the findings that in 2003-2004 more than half of all operating school districts and one-third of all public schools in the United States were in rural areas, yet only one-fifth of all public school students were enrolled in rural areas.
A larger percentage of rural public school students in the 4th and 8th grades in 2005 scored at or above the proficient level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading, mathematics, and science assessments than did public school students in cities at these grade levels. However, smaller percentages of rural public school students than suburban public school students scored at or above the proficient level in reading and mathematics.
Renowned former astronaut Kathryn C. Thornton will give the keynote address to thousands of teachers who attend the NSTA Fall Conference on Science Education in Birmingham. Currently, Thornton is a professor at the University of Virginia in the School of Engineering and Applied Science in the Department of Science, Technology and Society and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. Thornton was selected for four space missions between 1984 and 1995. These missions included the maiden flight of the space shuttle Endeavor and extravehicular activity to repair the International Telecommunications Satellite (INTELSAT) and Hubble Space Telescope. In her scheduled remarks, Space Flight: A Human Perspective, Thornton will recount her rich experiences as an astronaut and share her views on opportunities for future explorers. Don’t miss this enlightening and entertaining presentation. For more information, visit www.nsta.org/conferences/2007bir/.
Express archive: http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_archive.htm