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Where Have Our Professional Organizations Gone?
Yesterday it was California English teachers; today it's the National Science Teachers Association. Here is their web page on NCLB Resources:

No Child Left Behind: Resources

On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the “No Child Left Behind” Act. This sweeping overhaul of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the major federal law for K-12 education, elevates the federal role in K-12 education and promises significant changes in the way schools educate our nation’s children.

No Child Left Behind provides new challenges—and opportunities—to science educators. The Eisenhower State Grants, which for many years funded much of the professional development provided to science educators, has been eliminated in the new law and has been replaced by a Teacher Quality grant program with strict accountability and flexibility provisions. It is important that science educators, department heads, supervisors, and other stakeholders in K-12 science education become familiar with NCLB. Science teachers are strongly encouraged to work with their districts to implement the new law, and take full advantage of the unique opportunities NCLB can provide.

NSTA has developed a number of resources that will help science teachers understand the new law and the changes it will bring. Please feel free to use this information, and share it with colleagues, supervisors, and others.

Under NCLB, all teachers must be "highly qualified" by 2005-06. Use this flow chart developed by the National Education Association to determine if you meet the "highly qualified" definition under the new federal law.

View a PowerPoint overview of the new law that was developed specifically for science educators. The PowerPoint presentation outlines key provisions of interest to teachers, detailed information on the federal grant that replaces the Eisenhower program, and much more.

You’ll find detailed information on how teachers can work with their schools and districts to ensure continued professional development funding for conventions and workshops in the article No Child Left Behind: How Will it Affect Science Educators, which can be used in state or district newsletters, at training workshops, or as a resource in science education classes. Or download the camera-ready NCLB half-page ad (in JPEG format) for your publications.

The NSTA paper titled "Beyond 2000-Teachers of Science Speak Out: An NSTA Lead Paper on How All Students Learn Science and the Implications to the Science Education Community" contains valuable information you can use to demonstrate why ongoing, effective professional development for teachers of science is critical to student achievement. (Please note: NSTA is currently seeking member comments on this lead paper; a final draft is expected to be published early next year.)

For a quick summary of key highlights in the law, we offer the one-page Quick Facts or the two-page Teacher Quality Q&A.

The new law requires that states work with their districts to ensure every core subject teacher is “highly qualified” by the 2005-06 school year—or face the loss of federal Title I dollars. The law also calls for programs and practices that are built on scientifically based research, and it provides guidance on quality professional development programs. Read the NCLB definitions for highly qualified teacher, scientifically based research, and professional development.

By Your Own Design is an extensive project from the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) and the National Staff Development Council designed to help science teachers plan, develop, implement, and assess professional development. Download this easy-to-use two page professional development worksheet from ENC (in Adobe Acrobat format) that will help you develop a personal professional development plan.

To help states and schools comply with the new highly quality teacher provisions of No Child Left Behind, the Department of Education has released non-regulatory draft guidance (in Adobe Acrobat format) on Title II, Part A, Improving Teacher Quality State Grants. The information in this document is intended to help readers understand how these funds should be used and how/what programs should be implemented. In FY 2002, states will receive $2.8 billion for Teacher Quality initiatives.

The Department of Education has also established an e-mail address designed to answer questions on Title II, Part A: TitleIIA@ed.gov.

— National Science Teachers Association
No Child Left Behind: Resources



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