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Table of Contents
K–14 Science Teachers: Registration Open for NTEN Summer '03 Online Courses
University of Maryland Offers Online Masters Program for High School Science Teachers
NSTA Legislative Update
Philadelphia National Convention Was 5th Largest in 51 Years
Presentation Call: Deadlines Loom for NSTA '04 Atlanta National Convention
Speakers—NEW International Roundtable Proposals Invited
Celebrate Earth Day and Other Spring Science Events
NSTA—Working for You: Automated Payment Plan Member Poll

K–14 Science Teachers: Registration Open for NTEN Summer '03 Online Courses

The National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN), in cooperation with the NSTA Institute, announces its course offerings (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nten_ad_2003_04_07.htm) for Summer 2003. The courses begin in May and June and carry 1–3 graduate level credits from Montana State University-Bozeman. Teachers may register for Terrestrial Ecology of Plains and Prairies, Biology of Riparian Zones and Wetlands, Environmental Measurement, Hydrology of Streams and Lakes, Construction of Curriculum, Summer Ecological Field Studies, Mathematical Modeling, Statistics for Teachers, Applications of Statistics, Microbial Genetics, Science and Photography, Astronomy for Teachers, Demystifying Quantum Mechanics, Studying the Universe, and Elementary Space Science by visiting the NTEN website at www.scienceteacher.org. Questions? Call (800) 282-6062, or e-mail nten_secondary@montana.edu. Space is limited, so register early.

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University of Maryland Offers Online Masters Program for High School Science Teachers

The Master of Life Sciences is an online, content-based masters program for high school science teachers. Presented by the NSTA Institute in partnership with the Office of Continuing and Extended Education (OCEE) at the University of Maryland, the program provides in-depth knowledge of current research areas in the biological, biochemical, and biomedical sciences.

Taught by full-time faculty of the College of Life Sciences, the Master of Life Sciences program features asynchronous lessons, Web-based chat rooms, threaded discussions, and full technical support. Students may complete the coursework in two and a half years from the convenience of a home or office computer. To learn more, log on to www.e-learning.umd.edu/mlfsc, or contact us at e-learning@umail.umd.edu.

The 30-credit interdisciplinary program provides science teachers with a content-rich curriculum with concentrations in biology and chemistry. Courses cover such diverse topics as molecular genetics, food and safety and genetically modified foods, evolutionary biology and behavior, and chemical ecology.

Launched in 2000 as the nation's first online graduate program of its kind created specifically for practicing teachers, the program started with only four students in one course. It has since grown to offer 13 courses and has admitted more than 120 students representing 34 states, as well as Canada, Israel, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.

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NSTA Legislative Update

Learn more about the new federal program for dedicated science and math funding coming to your state later this summer. Plus, is the amount of science taught in your district shrinking? A commentary in this week's Education Week examines why so many schools are putting science on the back burner. Visit (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_04_07_extra.htm) to read this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update.

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Philadelphia National Convention Was 5th Largest in 51 Years

The NSTA National Convention in Philadelphia was a smashing success. The energy level soared as thousands of science educators attended more than 1,500 workshops, sessions, tours, and short courses and scoured 27 aisles of exhibitor booths. The convention was the fifth largest in 51 years, with a registration count topping 13,649!

The Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association (PSTA), co-sponsor of the Philadelphia National Convention, is having a Post-Convention T-Shirt Sale. Don't miss your chance to get your official 2003 NSTA convention logo T-shirt. These 100% preshrunk cotton, long sleeved, ivory shirts have the attractive two-color convention logo on the back and NSTA, 2003 at the top left of the front. Sizes L, XL, & XXL are still available while supplies last. Allow 2–3 weeks for delivery of your shirt(s). Sale Price: $11.00 + $4.00 postage & handling (checks only).

Send a check for the correct amount ($15.00/shirt) made payable to "PSTA, along with your name, address, phone number, and shirt size(s) you are ordering, to William E. Ayers, 5330 Overlook Road, Slatington, PA 18080; weahea@enter.net.

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Presentation Call: Deadlines Loom for NSTA '04 Atlanta National Convention
Speakers—NEW International Roundtable Proposals Invited

Tuesday, April 15, 2003, is the deadline for submitting your online proposal for session presentations at NSTA's '04 convention in Atlanta, GA. Learning strands for the April 14, 2004, national science teachers get-together are "Maintaining the Professional Edge," "Science Beyond the Printed Word," "Hooking Kids on Science," and "Integrating Technology." Full details, submission instructions, and the online form are at the NSTA Web site. Hurry! Visit http://www.nsta.org/sessions, and submit information on your proposed session. 

Plans are under way for the first International Science Education Roundtable discussion to be held at NSTA's National Convention in Atlanta. We are seeking proposals for presentations to be included in this roundtable session. Please advise us of your interest by submitting a summary of your experience, knowledge, and opportunities with international education, along with your proposed topic. Suitable topics include science education in other countries, research into teaching and learning outside the U.S., and personal experiences teaching abroad. Presentations by international students and others relating their experiences in the U.S. will also be considered.

If you are interested in participating in this roundtable session or have questions, contact John Penick, NSTA President-Elect, at john_penick@ncsu.edu by May 1. Presenters will be notified of the scheduling details in the fall.

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Celebrate Earth Day and Other Spring Science Events

April 22, 2003, marks the 33rd celebration of Earth Day, a time when people around the world hold events to honor our home planet. Since 1970, Earth Day has reminded us about the importance of our ecosystem. Earth Day traditions remain a strong part of the nation's public commitment to protect our Earth for generations to come.

Looking for classroom resources for your school's Earth Day celebration? Visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/earthday_2003_04_07.htm for information on Earth Day and other science-related celebrations taking place this spring.

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NSTA—Working for You: Automated Payment Plan Member Poll

NSTA is considering offering quarterly credit card payment plans to facilitate payment of membership dues on an automatic basis. If NSTA offered this service for a small fee, would you take advantage of it?

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