Category Archives: NSTA Reports

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NSTA Legislative Update: K-12 Primer on the Midterm Elections and Everybody’s Talking about Testing

There is plenty of discussion this week on what’s ahead for education and science as Americans head to the polls on November 4, and the testing/accountability issue is really moving to the front burner as major players in education—including President Obama—weigh in on the issue. But first, take a look at Education Week’s election guide, […]

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Science Education Evolving: NSTA’s Plan for Supporting Science Educators and Working Toward a More Scientifically Literate Future

A clear vision supported by specific plans is critical to the success of any organization. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has the dual responsibility of furthering the important mission of promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all while also maintaining viability. For this reason, we recently updated our strategic vision […]

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NSTA Legislative Update: What’s Ahead for K-12 Education and CCSS Snapshot

Official Washington has slowed to a crawl with the midterm election just weeks away and the possible power shift in the U.S. Senate. This Ed Week blog has a great take on what’s ahead for education if the Republicans take control of the Senate. In the House, the message that many parents and educators are […]

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Engaging in the Art of Teaching With the Next Generation Science Standards

For the past 15 months, a four-letter acronym has been on the tip of science educators’ tongues: NGSS, the Next Generation Science Standards. Whether you personally are or your state board of education is “in favor of,” or “opposed to,” or you are simply “engaged with” the NGSS, there is no doubt that their release […]

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Solace in the Solstice? Shedding Light on the Nature of Science

The coming of autumn at 9:29 EDT last night (which I was pleased to see featured in today’s Google Doodle) serves as the perfect segue to a theme of mine as Executive Director of the National Science Teachers Association: We must teach students to understand that there are testable predictions about that physical world that […]

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Using STEM Clubs as a Catalyst for Change in K-12 Education: A Statewide Model

The growing abundance of research supporting the importance of incorporating increased Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) into schools, combined with the recently vocalized excitement in regard to STEM by high profile individuals appears to be having only minimal impact in our classrooms. This appears to be the case despite all of those who have […]

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Career Education, NGSS, Teacher Tenure, Creationism, and Dissections: The STEM Landscape Across the United States

As schools get back into session and teachers prepare to go back, many stories are popping up in the news about science and STEM education across the United States. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) follows these stories and gets involved through our journals, conferences, and professional development programs. This week the stories I found […]

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An Enchanted Evening With Synchronous Fireflies

Today’s Guest Blogger is award-winning author Emily Morgan. The flickering of fireflies has always been one of my favorite things about summer. This regular summer phenomenon always seemed extraordinary to me, so when I started the Next Time You See book series, fireflies were high on the list of topics I wanted to write about. […]

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eCYBERMISSION 2014: Standout STEM Students Succeed

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) congratulates the national winners of the 12th annual eCYBERMISSION competition, which NSTA administered for the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. The online collaborative learning competition cultivates student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by encouraging sixth through ninth-graders to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their communities. […]

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Imagination Wins at the NSTA/Toshiba ExploraVision 2014 Competition

In many textbooks you’ll find a page on the scientific method. But of course there’s no such thing—the method is a myth. There is no single path to scientific discovery. The perspectives and procedures of history’s great discoverers and inventors are amazingly diverse. But it’s safe to say that they all began with imagination. That […]

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