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AAAS Launches Public Outreach Initiative Focused on Science Literacy
Ed Publishers Association Honors 3 NSTA Press® Titles
Boston Public Schools Announce New Teacher Residency Program
Dr. John Penick Becomes 58th President of NSTA
...Another Fall Convention Highlight
Science Events At Your Fingertips

AAAS Launches Public Outreach Initiative Focused on Science Literacy

"Science. It's Everywhere" is the message of a new public outreach initiative announced earlier this month by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Designed to help parents and families play a more active role in their children's science education, the Partnership for Science Literacy initiative includes television, radio, magazine, and newspaper advertising endorsed by the Advertising Council and a web site to help motivate parents and families to take action in helping their children learn science. The initiative focuses special attention on minority and Hispanic audiences and will feature Spanish language versions of the web site and other materials.

Funded by the National Science Foundation through a grant to AAAS's science education initiative, Project 2061, the Partnership for Science Literacy is a collaborative effort involving AAAS and many other organizations. NSTA supports the effort and is helping to spread the news about the campaign. The initiative's web site is hosted by TryScience.org and offers great information for parents and others, including a brochure, "Family Guide to Science." Visit the web site at www.ScienceEverywhere.org.

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Ed Publishers Association Honors 3 NSTA Press® Titles

NSTA has been honored with the designation of three NSTA Press books among only four finalists in the Reference books category of The Association of Educational Publishers' 2003 Distinguished Achievement Awards competition. Selected titles were Exploring Safely: A Guide for Elementary Teachers (click on http://www.nsta.org/main/pdfs/store/PB166X1np.pdf );

Energy: Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It (click on http://www.nsta.org/main/pdfs/store/PB169X2np.pdf); and

Science Fairs Plus K–8: Reinventing an Old Favorite (click on http://www.nsta.org/main/pdfs/store/PB173Xnp.pdf). In its announcement letter, NEP praised NSTA Press and staff for helping "define the standards of excellence in educational publishing." To browse these bestselling titles, click on the related links above.

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Boston Public Schools Announce New Teacher Residency Program

On May 15, officials of the Boston public schools launched the Boston Teacher Residency Program, a new teacher recruitment campaign designed to attract more science, math, and special education teachers into urban classroom settings.

Sixteen teacher candidates from these disciplines will begin coursework in August, then spend four days a week in the classroom under the direction of a Master Teacher (the fifth day is spent on coursework). After they complete their coursework in July 2004, they can begin teaching in the Boston public schools in September 2004. The teacher candidates will receive a $10,000 stipend to defray living costs and a $10,000 loan to help them earn a master's degree at the University of Massachusetts in Boston; the loan is forgiven if the teacher agrees to teach in Boston for three years. Boston hopes to eventually enroll 120 candidates a year into the program over the next six years.

The Teacher Residency program is adapted from a "teaching hospital" model geared toward teacher preparation, which will allow candidates to bridge theory and practice and work with students right away, all under the direction of Master Teachers chosen for their expertise and skills. In announcing the program, Boston Superintendent Thomas W. Payzant told the Boston Globe, "No existing teacher needs to [feel] threatened by the program. It's not going to have any impact on taking any teachers' job for the next school year." For more information on the Boston Teacher Residency Program, go to http://boston.k12.ma.us/bps/news_5_15_03.asp.

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Dr. John Penick Becomes 58th President of NSTA

On June 1, Dr. John Penick, professor and head of the Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education Department at North Carolina State University, became the 2003–2004 NSTA President. In his role as President, he will direct the general affairs of the Association and serve as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and the Council.

Dr. Penick is committed to helping NSTA better meet the needs of all teachers of science, enabling them to continually learn and grow in the profession. He has adopted the theme of "Teaching with Purpose." Look for more news about this effort in the coming months.

Also on June 1, Anne Tweed, a science teacher and department coordinator at Eaglecrest High School in Centennial, CO, became the 2003–2004 NSTA President-Elect. To learn more about the NSTA President and President-Elect, go to http://www.nsta.org/nstaleadership.

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...Another Fall Convention Highlight

Minneapolis General Session Speakers Jerry and Nancy Jaxx will share their expertise in researching and combating chemical and biological weapons and viruses, including Anthrax, Ebola, and Congo Fever, and talk about their real-life experiences, which are described in the New York Times bestseller The Hot Zone. What else is in store for you at a fall NSTA Area Convention? Click on www.nsta.org/conventions.

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Science Events At Your Fingertips

Check out NSTA's online calendar http://www.nsta.org/main/calendar/events.php for the latest science-related events and activities. This information-packed service is great if you are looking for a specific program, grant, or workshop in the field of science. Visitors can search by category, grade level, or region, or submit their own upcoming event. Don't miss out. Visit http://www.nsta.org/main/calendar/events.php today!

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