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Providing Real-World Science Through CTE

As the need for skilled science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workers grows, schools and districts nationwide are revamping or expanding their Career and Technical Education (CTE) STEM courses and curricula.

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Senate Education Committee Passes ESEA Reauthorization Bill

On Thursday April 16, 2015, on a unanimous vote of 22-0, the Senate HELP Committee approved a bipartisan bill that rewrites the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind). This means the bill will go to the Senate floor for final consideration, although floor time has not yet been scheduled. During Senate markup […]

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Science and the Media

Scientists Christian Tomasetti and Bert Vogelstein published an article in the journal Science, “Variation in cancer risk among tissues can be explained by the number of stem cell divisions” (Science, January 2, 2015, p 78). The discussion this article engendered provides an excellent teaching tool for teachers to showcase how scientific debate takes place among […]

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Science and Literacy: Reflections on Time

Science and literacy are inherently linked in so many ways. Just as a matter of practice, scientists must possess great proficiency in reading dense, data-filled texts. They must be expert technical writers who can describe their proposed studies for funding considerations, detail their experimental protocols for their peers to replicate, and summarize their work for […]

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Senate Releases Bipartisan Bill to “Fix” No Child Left Behind

Senate education leaders released their bipartisan draft of the bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act [No Child Left Behind (NCLB)] on Tuesday, April 7. The bill, titled Every Child Achieves Act, cuts back on the federal footprint in education by providing more authority to the states and reducing the powers of the […]

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NSTA Legislative Update: Negotiations Continue on ESEA Rewrite

Bipartisan negotiations continue between the two education leaders in the Senate. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have issued a statement that they indeed intend to release their bill to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) the week of April 13 (Congress is now off for their two […]

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It’s All About the Hashtag for @2footgiraffe

Hi, Social Media at NSTA? Oops, I mean #NSTA. Double oops, I mean #NSTA15. It’s all about the hashtag. Want to see what happened at #NSTA15? Well, go to Twitter, Instagram, or Vine and search the hashtag. Yes, there are pictures and funny videos being shared. However, there is much more than images and jokes. […]

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NSTA Legislative Update: ESEA Reauthorization Stalls in the House, Senate Bill Expected Soon?

House consideration of H.R. 5, the bill to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) ended on February 27 amid chaos around funding for the Department of Homeland Security and seemingly after reports that two conservative organizations, the Club for Growth and the Heritage Foundation, opposed the legislation because it did […]

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Creating Children’s Science Books: A Lesson in Teamwork, Part Two

In part one of this series (Creating Children’s Science Books: A Lesson in Teamwork), I wrote about the ways photographer Ellen Harasimowicz and I have worked together to create our most recent books, Handle with Care and Beetle Busters, both of which were selected as Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 by the National […]

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NSTA Legislative Update: Senate Leaders to Start Over on No Child Left Behind

Last week the Washington Post reported that Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chair and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee respectively, will work together to draft a bipartisan bill to reauthorize No Child Left Behind (NCLB), instead of working from a discussion draft bill introduced […]

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