Offers Two New Awards for Science Educators
NSTA Offers Two New Awards for Science Educators
You, Too, Can Stop Faking It!…The Light Dawns on Light;
Third Title in Series Now Available
You Spoke. We Listened.
Wonder What NSTA Has Been Up To This Year? Find Out
in the 2002–2003 Member Update
Members: Don’t Say Good-Bye for the Summer!
What to Expect When You’re Retiring
National Congress on Science Education Goes to Plymouth,
With the generous
support of corporate sponsors, NSTA is now offering two new award
programs for science educators, thanks to contributions from Delta
and Vernier Software and Technology (http://www.nsta.org/566).
Deadline for all of NSTA’s 2004 awards is October 15, 2003.
Applications and information can be found at www.nsta.org/awardscomp.
LLC, is sponsoring the Delta Education Awards for Excellence
in Inquiry-Based Science Teaching. Three teachers—one
from each of three grade categories, preK–5; 6–8; and
9–12—will be recognized for their successful use of
inquiry-based science to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom.
The winning teachers will each receive a $1,500 cash award and $1,500
to attend the NSTA National Convention.
Software and Technology is sponsoring the Vernier Technology
Awards. Seven science educators—one in grades K–5;
two in grades 6–8; three in grades 9–12; and one at
the college level—will be recognized for their innovative
use of data collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator,
or handheld in the science classroom. Each award-winning teacher
will receive a $1,000 cash award; $1,000 in Vernier equipment; and
$1,000 to attend the NSTA National Convention.
Too, Can Stop Faking It!…The Light Dawns on Light; Third
Title in Series Now Available
It! Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It author
Bill Robertson believes science can be both accessible and fun for
teachers—if it’s presented "so that people can understand
it." And judging by the success of Robertson’s first two books in
the series—Force & Motion (a first-run sell-out
just into its second printing) and Energy—he’s found
the perfect balance of clear, lighthearted presentation of the underlying
concepts of physics—accurate and including math—but
"without all the detail on units, calculations, and intimidating
formulas." He follows that hugely successful formula for teachers
of grades 3–8 with his newest title: Light. Introduced
at NSTA’s Philadelphia convention last month, Light was snapped
up by series fans as well as newcomers to Robertson’s easy-to-read
and engaging style. The book also features an NSTA Press®
first: an experimental light kit attached to the inside back cover
containing color gels, polarized film, and a "diffraction grating
peephole" (A what?, you may ask…Read the book.) To preview
Light online, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB169X3.
For Force & Motion, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB169X1;
for Energy, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB169X2.
Spoke. We Listened.
month, we asked your opinion about a proposed plan that would automatically
charge membership dues to your credit card. A number of you were
very interested—especially if no fee was assessed for the
service. NSTA is pleased to announce that beginning on June 1, members
will have the option to automatically charge membership dues to
a credit card on a quarterly or annual basis—FREE of charge!
Watch for information about this new service in future issues of
NSTA Express and in your membership renewal notice. NSTA.
. .working for YOU!
What NSTA Has Been Up To This Year? Find Out in the 2002–2003
NSTA has had
a busy year developing and enhancing services, resources, and programs
for our members. Read all about it in the 2002–2003 Member
Update, now available online at www.nsta.org/main/pdfs/memberupdate2003.pdf
and also coming to you in the May issues of all NSTA journals. Read
about our latest professional development activities, the new City
Science campaign, and the many new and enhanced benefits to
better serve NSTA members. Also read what your colleagues are saying
about belonging to the largest and most vibrant science teacher
organization in the world!
Don’t Say Good-Bye for the Summer!
a truly hectic school year? Looking forward to summer to catch up
and be really ready next Fall? Let NSTA help you plan ahead
by helping you stay in touch all summer long. We’ll bring you information
about new books; speakers, agendas, and earlybird savings for our
exciting fall ’03 conventions; online professional development courses;
and more. Thousands of you have already taken advantage of this
new service. Don’t miss a thing this summer; help NSTA keep your
member benefits coming year-round…and please be sure we have your
current e-mail address! To verify or change your current member
information, visit https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/login.asp.
to Expect When You’re Retiring
Can I afford
to retire? What are my career options? How far ahead before I retire
should I announce my retirement? If you’re thinking about retiring
or are already enjoying the good life, then you won’t want to miss
these thought-provoking articles, brought to you by the members
of the NSTA Retired Members Advisory Board who have already undergone
the retirement process and are sharing their experiences.
So You’re Thinking
About Retirement (www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=46424)
What to Expect
as You Prepare for Retirement (www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=46852)
What to Expect
After Retirement (www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=48028)
on the Retired Members Advisory Board, contact Judith McKee, chairperson,
Congress on Science Education Goes to Plymouth, MA
Congress on Science Education, which consists of one voting delegate
from each of NSTA’s 93 Chapters and Associated Groups, meets annually
to discuss issues and bring forth recommendations that are of interest
to both NSTA and the science education community. The next meeting
will take place in scenic Plymouth, MA, on July 16–20, 2003.
The topics for this year’s focus groups include The Many Facets
of Assessment; Science Education in Our Ever-Shrinking World; How
Can Technology Enhance Teaching and Learning?; What Is Our Content
Domain?; Science For All! All For Science!; and What Is a Highly
Qualified Teacher?. For more information, visit www.nsta.org/ncse2003,
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org;
or for a complete list of NSTA Chapters and Associated Groups, visit
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