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Registration Open for Online JASON Academy Spring Courses for Grades 4–9 Teachers

For the Knowledge, the Company, the Exhibition… Don’t Miss Philadelphia!
NSTA Press® Proudly Presents... "Must-Have" New Books for Spring!
Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education Week Slated for March 16–22
Building a Presence for Science Reaches Record Numbers
Gain Maximum Value From Your Membership Dollar All Year Long

Registration Open for Online JASON Academy Spring Courses for Grades 4–9 Teachers

The JASON Academy for Online Science Teaching and Learning, in cooperation with the NSTA Institute, announces its spring course session for middle and elementary teachers. Beginning on April 7, the five-week courses will focus on life, physical, and Earth sciences and carry five Continuing Education Units and optional graduate credit. Teachers may register for Introduction to Online Learning; Earth in the Solar System; Structure of the Earth; Earth's History; Ocean Science; Aquatic Ecology; Water Quality; Transfer of Energy; Forces and Motion; Electricity and Magnetism; Assessment of Student Science Literacy; and Teaching Project-Based Science by visiting the Academy website at www.jason.org/academy. For questions or to register by phone, call (888) 527-6600. NSTA members receive a 10% discount on registration! Register soon, as space is limited. For information regarding other NSTA Institute programs, visit http://institute.nsta.org.

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For the Knowledge, the Company, the Exhibition… Don’t Miss Philadelphia!

Whatever your busy schedule allows, NSTA offers the perfect registration for you to attend its 51st National Convention in Philadelphia, March 27–30. Your best buy is the 2–4 day registration, of course, but also available are One-Day Only, Last Day Only, and Nonteaching Spouse/Guest Registrations, PLUS special reduced rates for students! And to avoid waiting in line on-site, register online now, by visiting www.nsta.org/conventions

The convention will be an intense and exciting four days of featured speakers, an exhibit hall showcase, short courses, and workshops planned around three interest strands:

  • Empowering Leaders and Effecting Change topics include policies, aligning assessments with Standards, professional development, coordination of reform efforts, and selection and implementation of programs.
  • Preservice/New In-Service Teachers will offer building blocks of knowledge and awareness of the many facets of educating students, from classroom management to evaluation techniques and dealing with unique student populations…perfect for networking.
  • Rural/Urban Education sessions focus on diversity, materials acquisition, connecting with students, and meeting the challenges associated with urban or rural culture.

You’ll hear from an unforgettable blue ribbon group of speakers, including

  • Barbara Morgan, NASA’s Educator Astronaut
  • Dr. Ben Carson, well-known inspirational speaker and highly regarded physician

…And a host of luminaries from throughout the scientific community!

And don’t forget the social side: family-friendly tours of the city’s historical and cultural treasures, fine dining, and fun in one of America’s favorite cities.

For the full convention agenda, to register, and to make housing reservations, visit www.nsta.org/conventions.

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Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education Week Slated for March 16–22

Get ready for Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education (ESTME) Week, March 16–22. ESTME Week can excite students about science, mathematics, and technology and stimulate student interest in pursuing careers in these fields. The week is organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other public and private organizations, including NSTA. For more information, visit www.ostp.gov/html/gstw.html.

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NSTA Press® Proudly Presents... "Must-Have" New Books for Spring!

The Spring 2003 edition of the NSTA Recommends® catalog of books and resources for science educators will be in members' mailboxes this week, featuring a wide array of practical, peer-reviewed resources for teachers at all grade levels. 

New titles from NSTA Press® are Everyday Assessment in the Science Classroom, edited by Mike Atkin and Janet E. Coffey; Light, the third title in the highly regarded Stop Faking It! series by Bill Robertson; Decay and Renewal, third in the Cornell Scientific Inquiry Series; Inquiring Safely: A Guide for Middle School Teachers by Terry Kwan and Juliana Texley (following up their successful guide for elementary teachers, Exploring Safely); and Help, I'm Teaching Middle School Science by C. Jill Swango and Sally Boles Steward. Safety in the Elementary Science Classroom, the NSTA Press® best-selling quick reference flipchart, has been delightfully redesigned and completely updated for its Spring '03 release. 

All of the hundreds of books in the newest catalog are also available in the NSTA Science Store online at http://store.nsta.org and many may be previewed free.  NSTA members receive a 20% discount on all NSTA Press® products, and 10% off other catalog items.   

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Building a Presence for Science Reaches Record Numbers

During February, Building a Presence for Science, NSTA’s largest teacher outreach initiative, had more participants join the online system than during any previous month of this networking program's history. More than 2,200 science education leaders in districts, schools, and in other science education settings signed up to receive information on the teaching and learning opportunities offered by the Building a Presence for Science monthly e-blasts and are now able to contribute to their state’s dialogue about standards-based teaching and learning. Since 1996, Building a Presence has been enabling teachers to be more effective in using national and state standards-based practices. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia are participants, and the ExxonMobil Foundation is the major funder.  For more information, visit www.nsta.org/bap.

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Gain Maximum Value From Your Membership Dollar All Year Long

Let NSTA help you stay in touch all year long with 24/7 online bulletins about renewing your membership; new books http://www.nsta.org/pubs/nstapress/index.htm; members-only discounts  http://www.geico.com/ratequote/nsta.htm; and services—including Listservs http://www.nsta.org/listservsabout and VideoDiscovery’s Digital Library http://www.nsta.org/vdl, early-bird convention discounts and deadlines, and more by updating your membership profile information http://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/contact.asp. Not a member? Join today https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp to take advantage of these exclusive offerings!

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