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NSTA Legislative Update

Earn Credit for Online Summer Science Learning; JASON Starts July 28
Efforts to Support Urban Science Teaching Can’t Wait—City Science Needs You!
NASA Announces First 50 Schools to Participate in New NASA Explorer Schools Program
Looking for Supplies for the Upcoming School Year?
Gone Fishin’

NSTA Legislative Update
House and Senate appropriators have approved two different funding levels for the Math and Science Partnerships at the U. S. Department of Education; read about it and more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update.

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Earn Credit for Online Summer Science Courses
The second summer session of JASON Academy online science courses for teachers starts July 28, with a selection of 15 five-week courses in Earth, life and physical sciences, and science education pedagogy. The courses are designed for elementary and middle level teachers and provide animations, discussion forums, resource lists, and many classroom activities. Teachers may earn up to two graduate credits and five CEUs for each course. The Academy gives a 10% discount on registration to members of NSTA, reducing their cost to $157.50 per course. For more information about the courses and tuition for non-members, go to http://www.jason.org/academy. Teachers may register online, or by downloading and faxing the registration form, or by calling toll-free, 888-527-6600. As always, enrollment is limited.

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Efforts to Support Urban Science Teaching Can’t Wait—City Science Needs You!
Children in urban schools are more likely to be poor…to score lowest on science and math achievement tests…and to have teachers who struggle to get the continuing training and preparation they need to teach challenging science courses. NSTA has a plan to address these challenges—with your help: City Science—A Campaign to Engage Urban Teachers is an aggressive outreach initiative to support quality science teaching in urban classrooms. Since our initial launch announcement at NSTA’s annual convention in Philadelphia last March, contributions of all sizes are being received, and our thanks go out to those who have already participated. We extend an invitation to NSTA’s members and friends to learn more about this unique initiative by visiting http://www.nsta.org/cityscience, where you can read the story behind City Science, view the video, or browse the brochure and—we hope—get involved.

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NASA Announces First 50 Schools to Participate in New NASA Explorer Schools Program
On June 30, NASA announced the first 50 schools to participate in the pilot phase of the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) program. The new initiative, which is sponsored by NASA’s Education Enterprise in collaboration with NSTA, establishes a three-year partnership between the agency and 50 Explorer Schools' teams, consisting of teams of teachers and education administrators from communities across the country. As part of the program, NASA will invite the teams to participate in a one-week workshop to be held at each of the ten NASA Field Centers in an effort to spark innovative science, mathematics, and technology instruction directed by NASA content at the five through eight grade levels. The announcement was made by NASA Associate Administrator for Education Adena Williams Loston at the annual National Educational Computing Conference in Seattle. For more information, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=48399.

Teams of science, mathematics, and technology educators of grades 4-9 will have the opportunity to join the NES program in 2004. Beginning in September, the NES program will be accepting applications at http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

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Looking for Supplies for the Upcoming School Year?
Check out NSTA’s Online Suppliers Guide http://suppliers.nsta.org packed with quality product and service information from more than 475 leading suppliers to the science education market. Visitors can search by company name, category, or keyword. The printed version, only available to members, contains more than $2,000 worth of vendor coupons.

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Gone Fishin’
The July schedule for NSTA Express is abbreviated to two Monday editions(m)this one and one more on July 21. Our regular weekly schedule will resume on August 4.


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