K-12 association news roundup: ACTFL, ILA, NCSS, NCTM, NSTA

By: | April 8, 2019
From a foreign-language teacher training program to new guides on argument-driven inquiry for third- and fourth-grade science students, industry associations are working for your K-12 district.From a foreign-language teacher training program to new guides on argument-driven inquiry for third- and fourth-grade science students, industry associations are working for your K-12 district.

ACTFL is accepting applications for a foreign-language teacher training program in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. ILA is offering scholarships for local teachers to attend its 2019 conference. NCSS leaders discuss new standards for social studies teachers on a recent podcast. NCTM addresses the recent administration budget proposal that could eliminate federal investment in portions of the Every Student Succeeds Act. NSTA Press is releasing new guides on argument-driven inquiry for third- and fourth-grade science students.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has opened the application period for the STARTALK teacher training program in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. Up to 50 prospective teachers of languages that are not yet widely taught in the U.S. as well as a limited number of Spanish teachers for dual-language or immersion programs will be selected in those states. Educators must apply for the program, part of the federal government’s National Security Language Initiative, by May 15. Read more.

The International Literacy Association (ILA) is offering equity scholarships for educators to attend its 2019 conference, to be held October 10-13 in New Orleans. Each recipient—who must live within 100 miles of New Orleans and demonstrate experience, dedication and need—will receive a complimentary two-day registration and a stipend for related expenses. Applications are due April 30. Read more.


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The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Executive Director Lawrence Paska addresses the new standards for social studies teachers with Henderson State University Associate Provost for Enrollment Brandie Benton and NCSS Taskforce on Teacher Education Chair Alexander Cuenca on the “Education Talk Radio” podcast. Listen here.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) President Robert Berry is “disappointed” in the administration’s recent budget proposal that could eliminate many federal investments in education, including Title II-A and Title IV-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act. He said in a statement: “This plan would cut the already inadequate funds that provide professional development, teacher preparation, classroom instruction, and the many other programs, services and expertise that nurture successful teaching and learning.” Read more.

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will introduce its Argument-Driven Inquiry in Third-Grade Science: Three-Dimensional Investigations guide next month; a similar guide for fourth-grade science students will be published later this year. The NSTA Press guides include field-tested lessons, teacher notes, investigation handouts, and student questions ranging from how the climate changes (third grade) to how to make an electric car move faster (fourth grade). Read more.