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-->Welcome to NSTA Express! NSTA Express contains the latest news and information from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and is delivered to you every Monday. Best of all, the information is presented in short “news bites.” If you want to know more, simply select the quick link. As always, NSTA is working to create products and improve services for science educators. If you’re not already a member, we invite you to join the crowd!

Table of Contents
NSTA Members Honored with Disney’s American Teacher Awards
Last Chance to Be an "American Idol," NSTA Version!
No Child Left Behind, the NSF Math/Science Partnerships, and the President's New Plan to Bolster Science and Math Education
Deadline for 2003 Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Teachers Program Is Approaching
A Word to the Wise on Keeping the Teaching Talent You Already Have
New Year's Resolution: "Update My Member Information"
 

NSTA Members Honored with Disney’s American Teacher Awards

Four NSTA members were among 32 teachers chosen to receive the 2002–2003 Disney’s American Teacher Awards, which honor outstanding and creative teachers and provide them with $10,000 each. From this group, the honorees will select an Outstanding Teacher of the Year, who will be announced during a September television broadcast of the awards ceremony. Find out more about these special teachers at this link: http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_01_13_extra.htm
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You're Invited to Submit Your Session Proposals—But Please HURRY!

Wednesday, January 15, 2003, is the deadline for submitting session proposals for the NSTA Area Conventions in 2003! Minneapolis; Kansas City, MO; and Reno are this year's venues, and your expertise may fit perfectly within a wide spectrum of subject strands—from Assessment for Standards-Based Systems to Biotechnology to Earth's Hidden Treasures—and in such challenging topics as Making a Place for Science in School Improvement, Discovering the Gems of Diversity, and more. For full details and online submission forms, visit http://science.nsta.org/sessions/proposal_submission.asp.
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No Child Left Behind, the NSF Math/Science Partnerships, and the President's New Plan to Bolster Science and Math Education

Decisions and education policies made at the federal level will have an enormous impact on science education for years to come. As a classroom teacher, department head, science supervisor, or state leader, you need to know and understand these programs and policies, as well as learn how you can work with key decision-makers to effect positive reform and change.

Interested? Then plan to attend a conference sponsored by the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education and co-sponsored by NSTA. Informing Policy in Support of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education will be held on March 3-4, 2003, (immediately following the NSTA Leadership Institute) at The Capitol Hill Club in Washington, DC. For more information or to register, visit the Triangle Coalition at www.triangle-coalition.org today.
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Deadline for 2003 Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Teachers Program Is Approaching

All proposals for the 2003 Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Teachers program must be received at NSTA Headquarters by Thursday, January 16. For last minute tips or questions, please visit www.nsta.org/programs/tapestry. Toyota and NSTA will award $550,000 in grants this year, and all large-grant awardees will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the NSTA National Convention in Philadelphia.
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A Word to the Wise on Keeping the Teaching Talent You Already Have

Science Teacher Retention: Mentoring and Renewal, a new NSTA Press® book, offers administrators a wealth of ideas and practices to help find real solutions to the science teacher "brain drain." This collection of essays produced in collaboration with the National Science Education Leadership Association addresses some of the underlying issues that cause an estimated 40% of all new science teachers to leave the profession within five years. For more information or to order this uniquely informative book, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB127X4.
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New Year's Resolution: "Update My Member Information"

Though you may assume your NSTA member information is up-to-date, the new year is the perfect time to check it and edit it online by visiting https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/contact.asp. In addition, more and more members are taking advantage of the new option to add their home address to at-school information...giving you full 12-month value for your 12-month membership!
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