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Convention Final Discount Deadline 2/17; Dr. Ben
Carson to Headline
NASA Announces Explorer Schools Program
NSTA Legislative Update: Bush Administration Announces
Math and Science Education Reform Initiative
Survey: How Has the Columbia Disaster Affected Your Teaching
Concerned About Professional Development Funding and
No Child Left Behind? NSTA Can Help!
Food Science—A Delectable Subject for Students!
$2,000+ in Vendor Coupons Mailed to Members!
Convention Final Discount Deadline 2/17;
Dr. Ben Carson to Headline
Hurry! The deadline
is February 17 to take advantage of advance registration discount
pricing to attend NSTA’s eagerly anticipated annual convention in
Philadelphia, March 27-30. For full details, complete convention
agenda, and to register, click on http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2003PHI.
To open the
four-day gathering of science educators, NSTA is honored to announce
that Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr., M.D., will address the General
Session on Thursday, March 27. Dr. Carson is recognized worldwide
for his accomplishments: triumphing over a background of dire poverty
to practice medicine, and attaining his current position as director
of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
in 1984 at the age of 33. Recipient of numerous honors and awards,
including more than 20 honorary doctorate degrees, Dr. Carson will
give attendees an inspirational look at the philosophy that helped
him deal with obstacles and overcome them as he prescribes his personal
formula for success: THINK BIG.
For more about
our remarkable featured speaker, select this link: http://www.nsta.org/main/conventions/ticketed_info.php?record_id=14939
address, Dr. Carson will be available at the NSTA Science Store
to autograph his recent books for purchasers.
Announces Explorer Schools Program
its commitment to education, NASA is announcing the new NASA Explorer
Schools (NES) program, which replaces its existing NASA Educational
by NSTA, the Explorer Schools program encourages teams of 4–5 science,
mathematics, and technology educators from a school or district
to apply for a three-year partnership with NASA. Educators will
receive NASA-unique scientific content, advanced technological tools,
and sustained professional development to develop rich learning
opportunities in mathematics, science, and technology. An exciting
component of the program will engage students and parents. Fifty
school teams will be selected for the 2003 program. For details
and an application, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov. Deadline
for entries is April 4.
Legislative Update: Bush Administration Announces Math and Science
Education Reform Initiative
Feb. 6, U. S. Department of Education Secretary Rod Paige joined
members of Congress, business executives, and researchers—in addition
to a number of high-profile math, science, and education advocates—to kick off a new initiative designed to improve mathematics and
of Education hopes to improve math and science education by developing
a research base for math and science education; educating the public
about the need for better math and science education; and improving
teacher knowledge in these areas.
The Feb. 6 event
focused specifically on mathematics education; a more detailed program
for science is still being developed and will be unveiled later
Paige for the morning-long session in Washington, DC, were John
H. Marburger, II, science advisor to the President; Tom Loveless,
Brookings Institution; William Schmidt, Michigan State University;
Representative Vern Ehlers (R-MI); Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corporation;
Russ Whitehurst, director of the Institute of Education Sciences;
Rita Colwell, director of the National Science Foundation; Frederick
Gregory, NASA deputy administrator; Alejandro Adem, University of
Wisconsin; and Deborah Loewenberg Ball, University of Michigan.
to the Department of Education, representatives from the National
Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration will work together on this
The nearly 300
participants invited to the Summit were asked to signify their interest
in participating in follow-up activities and recommendations to
address the three goals. The Department hopes to form action teams
focusing on each goal. A steering committee, which includes NSTA
Executive Director Gerald Wheeler, will work with representatives
from the Federal agencies to shape the recommendations that come
from the working groups. In addition to NSTA, the steering group
includes representatives from the American Association for the Advancement
of Science, American Mathematical Society, the Business Roundtable,
Council of Chief State School Officers, Committee for Economic Development,
Grantmakers in Education, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics,
and the Learning First Alliance.
The goals for
the initiative include
a broad-based public engagement campaign that draws attention
to the need for better mathematics and science education in our
nation’s schools. The initiative will work with the business
community and professional organizations of mathematicians, scientists,
engineers, educators, and researchers to (a) define the concepts
that all students must master; (b) sponsor events that excite
students and parents about scientific and mathematical careers;
(c) bring science and mathematics professionals into schools to
work with students and teachers; and (d) send teachers and students
to work with such professionals at the scientific job site.
a major campaign to recruit, prepare, train, and retain teachers
with strong backgrounds in mathematics and science. The campaign
will work with colleges of arts and sciences, colleges of education,
teacher training programs, school districts, and states to ensure
strong content knowledge in teachers through professional development
programs known to boost student achievement. It will also promote
alternative routes to recruiting and retaining qualified teachers.
a major academic research base to improve our knowledge of what
boosts student learning in mathematics and science in the classroom.
A research agenda will specify the learning processes essential
for success in a wide range of learners and identify effective
For more information
on the Secretary’s Summit on Mathematics, visit the Department of
Education website at www.ed.gov.
How Has the Columbia Disaster Affected Your Teaching Strategy?
Let us know what
you think about space travel and science education: Take our NSTA
have a place on future shuttle missions? We want to know what science
educators think. Give us your opinions by taking our first-ever
NSTA Express Poll at http://ecommerce.nsta.org/survey_columbia/survey_columbia.asp
About Professional Development Funding and No Child Left Behind?
NSTA Can Help!
development grants are gone, replaced by the new Title II grants
under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). As a result, many teachers are
unclear about the new programs under NCLB and concerned about finding
funds for professional development. NSTA can help! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a specific question
you may have about NCLB and/or federal funding for professional
development, or visit the NSTA website at www.nsta.org
for a quick overview of the new federal education law and how it
will affect science education.
Science—A Delectable Subject for Students!
and high school science teachers are invited to apply to the FDA/NSTA
Professional Development Program in Food Science, a sustained training
opportunity for certified teachers. Selected participants will attend
a one-week summer workshop in Washington, DC, and a two-day follow-up
enhancement conference held in conjunction with an NSTA area convention,
and they will be asked to lead their own workshop in their local
area. All expenses are paid. For more information and an application,
visit www.nsta.org/fda, or e-mail Jill Heywood at
email@example.com. The application
deadline is March 1, 2003.
NSTA Membership—Working for You!
Suppliers Guide for science educators, packed with more than
$2,000 in money-saving coupons, is arriving in member mailboxes.
This one-stop shopping source contains information on the most up-to-date
textbooks, computer programs, curriculum kits, and lab equipment
available from our participating suppliers. Available to NSTA
members only, the print-version Guide features science education
products and materials from vendors, associations, consultants,
and software producers. The online version at http://suppliers.nsta.org
allows customers to search, browse, buy, and even provide feedback.
Not yet an NSTA member? Join today at https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp,
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