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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, MA

NSTA Offers Two New Awards for Science Educators

With the generous support of corporate sponsors, NSTA is now offering two new award programs for science educators, thanks to contributions from Delta Education, (http://www.nsta.org/565) 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.

New NSTA Awards

Delta Education, 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.

Vernier 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.

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You, Too, Can Stop Faking It!…The Light Dawns on Light; Third Title in Series Now Available

Stop Faking 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.  

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You Spoke. We Listened.

Earlier this 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!

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Wonder What NSTA Has Been Up To This Year? Find Out in the 2002–2003 Member Update

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!

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Members: Don’t Say Good-Bye for the Summer! 

Winding up 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.

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What 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)

For information on the Retired Members Advisory Board, contact Judith McKee, chairperson, at jbmcke@aol.com.

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National Congress on Science Education Goes to Plymouth, MA

The National 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 jheywood@nsta.org; or for a complete list of NSTA Chapters and Associated Groups, visit http://www.nsta.org/chapters#chapters.

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