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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!

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NSTA Mourns the Loss of Space Shuttle Columbia Astronauts
NSTA Institute Online Courses Start Feb. 24
NSTA Legislative Update
Presenting a Philadelphia Convention Flyer to "Print 'n' Post"
February 8 Election Deadline for 2003 Board and Council Draws Near
The NSTA Journals You Enjoy Every Month Are Also Available Online

NSTA Mourns the Loss of Space Shuttle Columbia Astronauts

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) mourns the loss of the Columbia astronauts, who perished on Saturday while pursuing the dream of space exploration. Columbia’s mission was to expand our knowledge of science for the benefit of this great nation, and for the benefit of the world. It is the hope of NSTA that this mission, as well as NASA’s objective to educate our nation’s youth about space science, will continue in earnest.

For information about the mission of Columbia and the resulting investigation, visit the NASA web site at www.nasa.gov.

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NSTA Institute Online Courses Start Feb. 24

The JASON Academy, in cooperation with the NSTA Institute, delivers online professional development courses for teachers of science, grades 4–9. The next course session begins February 24 and includes Introduction to Online Learning, Assessment of Student Science Literacy, Aquatic Ecology, Earth in the Solar System, Earth’s History, Electricity and Magnetism, Forces and Motion, Ocean Science, Structure of the Earth, Teaching Project-Based Science, Transfer of Energy, and Water Quality. 

Participants in the five-week courses earn five continuing education units (CEUs) and up to two graduate credits. Registration costs $175 for each course, with an additional charge for CEUs and graduate credit. NSTA members receive a 10% discount on course registration, and group rates are available for five or more teachers from the same district. For more information and to register online, visit www.jason.org/academy, or call toll free (888) 527-6600. For information regarding other NSTA online and onsite programs, visit http://ecommerce.nsta.org/institute

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NSTA Legislative Update
  1. NSF Issues an RFP for New Teacher Professional Continuum Program
  2. First Lawsuit Filed Under No Child Left Behind/Most States Late in Complying with NCLB
  3. House Committee Investigates the E-Rate Program
  4. NSF Webcast Slated for February 26

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Presenting a Philadelphia Convention Flyer to "Print 'n' Post"

Come March 27–30, thousands of science educators will gather in Philadelphia for NSTA's 51st National Convention, where they will find new knowledge, unique experiences, the latest "tools of the trade," new networking opportunities, and old acquaintances.

Help us spread the word about the most exciting gathering of the year! Go to http://science.nsta.org/poster/Philly03-web.pdf to download and print the full-color convention flyer, then post it in your school's faculty room. Thanks for your help, and watch this space for updates on speakers, agenda highlights, and advance registration deadlines. For full convention details and to register online, visit http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2003PHI.

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February 8 Election Deadline for 2003 Board and Council Draws Near

Balloting for the election of the 2003 NSTA Board and Council ends February 8, 2003.Members can vote by mail or online. Complete voting instructions were included with the paper ballots that were mailed to NSTA members the week of December 16, 2002. Questions? Contact Lori Pinson l_pinson@nsta.org.

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NSTA Membership. . .Working for You!

If you are an NSTA member, you can read the entire content of the Association’s journals online by going to www.nsta.org and then selecting one of the grade levels. You’ll find the current issue of your favorite journal. Members can also search the journal archives and read articles from September 1996 to the present. Here’s how to get the most from the NSTA Journal Archive. http://ecommerce.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_02_03_extra.htm?#2

Not a member and want access to the archive? Join today https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp!

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