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Science Teaching as a Profession


for Members

Science Teaching as a Profession

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By


The New York Academy of Sciences is delighted to invite you to join us for an evening with Sheila Tobias, codirector of the Science Teaching as a Profession project, aimed at elevating the status of secondary school science teachers, and coauthor, with Anne Baffert, of Science Teaching as a Profession. The project was supported by Research Corporation for Science Advancement from 2007-2009, and the resulting book is scheduled to be published in soft cover by the National Science teachers Association, early this year.

Today, American students aren’t the only ones dropping out of school. Their teachers are leaving too. Poor working conditions and low pay are reasons that are often cited. The dropout problem among science teachers is especially critical because of the difficulty in replacing them.

The authors’ proposition is simple but revolutionary: Until and unless science teachers are successfully recruited into leadership at the school, the district, the state, and the national levels, it is doubtful the nation will succeed in increasing student achievement because it will have failed to meet and satisfy teachers’ needs.

Please join us for this lecture and workshop led by Dr. Tobias and working scientists, which is free to all members of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Supported by the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Research Corporation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sheila Tobias’ work has made her a sought-after consultant on college and university curricula, general education, post-baccalaureate alternatives, professional master's in science and mathematics, and women's studies. Educated in history and literature at Harvard/Radcliffe, Tobias earned a master's in history and an MPhil at Columbia University and eight honorary doctorates, the most recent from Michigan State University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

We invite you to stay following the event for a wine and cheese reception.

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