Below are a collection of articles, books and other materials on a topic of interest to NCSLA members recommended by the current president.

Building an Online Presence

As a service to NCSLA members, the Advocacy committee is developing curriculum modules to help educators.  The first module focuses on using Twitter as a tool for professional learning and development. 

Watch the video below to get started with this powerful tool that can connect you to educators around the world.  Then download this list of "Who to Follow on Twitter" to get going!

 

Teaching Evolution

This past year NCSLA has followed the theme set by our sponsorship of The Human Spark on UNC-TV of evolution. Here are a list of resources for learning and teaching about evolution.

Defeating Evolution in the Courtroom, But Not in the Classroom
Science 28 January 2011:
Vol. 331 no. 6016 pp. 404-405

NSTA's Position Statement on The Teaching of Evolution

ENSIweb
a collection of classroom-tested, freely downloadable lessons for teachers (MS and HS), providing interactive experiences with the nature of science and evolution, plus a selection of curriculum strategies.

Virus and the Whale: Exploring Evolution in Creatures Small and Large
by Judy Diamond, Carl Zimmer, E. Margaret Evans, Linda Allison, and Sarah Disbrow
Follow seven scientists into their labs and out to the field to discover how evolution works. Includes practical help  with the twin challenges of evolution: what to teach and how to teach it.

Evolution in Perspective
by Rodger W. Bybee
This book supplies the necessary insights by bringing together the views of leading scientists, professors, and teachers. Working from the premise that only those students whose schools teach them about the nature of science will truly understand evolution, the collection gathers 12 influential articles first published in the NSTA member journal, The Science Teacher.

 

Find more at http://www.nsta.org/publications/evolution.aspx



Advocating to Make Science Count

This year NCSLA is committed to advocating with state and national policy makers to build understanding about investigative and problem solving science instruction. As science leaders we should strive to communicate with administrators, other teachers, parents and business leaders emphasizing the importance of science education to our country's future. Here are resources for learning about advocacy for science.

This document from the NCSLA Board of Directors outlines issues and suggestions for exemplary science instruction:

Talking Points of Key Issues for Policy Makers (pdf)

Developing Next Generation Science Standards (pdf)

To build your case based on data, check these out:

NC’s K-12 STEM Education Report Card
http://www.usinnovation.org/state/pdf_stem/STEMEdNorthCarolina2011.pdf

STEM Education web tool
http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/sei/edTool/

To learn more about advocacy, this is an on-line guide from ASCD
http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/newsandissues/ascdadvocacyguide.pdf

Two books about general advocacy for educators:

Why School Communication Matters: Strategies From PR Professionals, by Kitty Porterfield and Meg Carnes

Building Bridges with the Press (A Guide for Educators), by former Education Week reporter, Julie Blair 

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