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Program managers provide invaluable assistance to instructors and learners as they seek to integrate science and math into adult basic skills development classes. This assistance takes many forms, including the provision of professional development activities. The intent of this section of the Science and Numeracy Special Collection is to provide administrators with a list of important science and numeracy education information and professional development opportunities. For additional information, see the section on Organizations and Associations and Science and Numeracy Education Standards.

Adult Numeracy Network (ANN):

ANN is community of instructors and administrators dedicated to quality mathematics instruction at the adult level. As an affiliate group of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, ANN conducts an annual meeting at the same time and place as the annual NCTM meeting. For information about this year's meeting, check the website.

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Math and Science Education:

The ENC has several sections of particular interest to program administrators, including

Ideas for Reform
Online Professional Development Opportunities

The Millennium Project–The Evolving Role of Technology in Learning (Academy for Educational Development):

The purpose of the Millennium Project is to engage the community at large, educators and policy makers, researchers and learners, in the U.S. and throughout the world, in an ongoing, mediated discussion of the evolving role of technology in education.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Education Programs:

The NASA Education Program provides educators with extensive resources in a variety of media, including print, video, and online materials. NASA also offers many valuable workshops for teachers.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM):

NCTM sponsors regional and national annual meetings. The next national annual meeting will be held in Orlando, Florida on April 4-7, 2001. For more information about these meetings, click here. NCTM also provides an extensive set of publications about standards and best teaching practices.

National Science Education Standards:

This project was directed and approved by the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. Major sections of the Standards deal with standards in content, teaching, assessment, and professional development. The standards in professional development provide the rationale for assisting instructors to have "…the on-going, in-depth kinds of learning opportunities that are required by and available to all professionals."

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA):

"Promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all" NSTA presents a series of regional conventions as well as the annual national convention. Information about these conventions can be found here. The next annual convention will be in St. Lousi, Missouri, March 22-25, 2001. The next area convention will be held in Boise, Idaho, October 5-7, 2000.

Science Education Events

NSTA also maintains this list of workshops and other professional development activities.

Project 2061--Science Literacy for a Changing Future:

Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science is a long-term initiative to reform science education nationwide. Its resources provide programs with important information about implementing science education. These include:

Benchmarks for Science Literacy
Blueprints for Reform
Resources for Science Literacy: Professional Development (CD-ROM)

To submit ideas and resources for this section, please contact Susan Cowles.