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The National Council for the Social Studies has named the first five teachers to win "advanced certification" through its newly created national teacher recognition program. Only 10 teachers applied for the honor.

Among a number of efforts nationally to upgrade the teaching profession by recognizing exemplary teachers, the social-studies certification program was unveiled last January. Teachers who applied for it underwent a comprehensive evaluation process that required them to compile a portfolio of student work, write descriptions of students in the class and their diverse educational needs, describe three to five days of lesson plans, and write a "reflective log" analyzing the successes or failures of those lessons. Their applications were due last June.

"Considering it's a brand-new program and it's a long, involved process to apply, I think it's been successful," said Dawn Marie Warfle, director of member services for the organization.

The next deadline for applications is Jan. 1.


To help teachers translate its curriculum standards into classroom practice, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is publishing a series of books containing sample lessons and teaching ideas.

The "Addenda Series" books are designed to support the N.C.W.M.'s "Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics," a 1989 report that called for changes in the way mathematics is taught.

The series consists of seven grade- level books for kindergarten through 6th grade, as well as four thematic books on such topics as patterns and making sense of data. The series also includes five thematic books for grades 5-8, and five for grades 9-12, including a core curriculum called "Making Mathematics Count for Everyone." List prices for the books range from $9.50 to $15.


"Sir Isaac Newton" and other renowned scientists will answer callers' questions about their discoveries and the nature of the universe as part of new science-oriented program to be broadcast by National Public Radio.

Underwritten by a grant from the National Science Foundation, "The Talk of the Nation" is scheduled to feature a "grab bag" of science topics. The call-in segment will be a regular feature of the Friday-afternoon show, which airs between 2 P.M. and 4 P.M.E.S.T.

The schedule of deceased "guests" has yet to be announced, but callers may reach the program by dialling 1-800-989-TALK. --D.V., D.G., & P.W.

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