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States Address Evolution Issue
NSTA '04 Ballot Won't Be the Longest...Just the Best! Here’s Your Chance to Run for Office
Share Your Knowledge and Experiences—Write for NSTA Journals
NSTA Reports Kicks Off the School Year With a New Look
3 Fall Convention Agendas, Details Announced; Registration Program In the Mail
NSTA Now Makes It Easier to Spread Annual Membership Dues Over Time—Automatically With Your Credit Card

States Address Evolution Issue

As the school year begins, New Mexico and Texas are being challenged to include tenets of intelligent design in science standards and textbooks. NSTA fully supports the teaching of evolution and encourages states and districts to resist any efforts to include non-scientific theories in science teaching. We encourage you to monitor the issue in your state and voice your support for quality science education. For a synopsis of the activity and to view the NSTA position statement on The Teaching of Evolution, go to http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=48498.

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NSTA '04 Ballot Won't Be the Longest...Just the Best! Here’s Your Chance to Run for Office

The NSTA Nominations Committee invites NSTA members to run for an office on the 2004–05 NSTA Board of Directors or Council and help lead our growing Association. Apply before September 10, and you could have the opportunity to enhance your career skills, network with other teachers, and support science education at local, state, and national levels. Consider running for one of ten open positions, including President-Elect; Director of the High School, College, or Coordination and Supervision Divisions; or Director of one of the following NSTA Districts:

District III—Delaware, District of Columbia, and Maryland
District V—Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
District IX—Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
District XI—Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska
District XV—Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
District XVII—Alaska, Oregon, and Washington

For more information or to download the nomination form, go to www.nsta.org/forms/2004nominationform.pdf. Questions? Contact Lori Pinson at 800-722-NSTA, or e-mail her at lpinson@nsta.org.

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Share Your Knowledge and Experiences—Write for NSTA Journals

NSTA’s highly regarded member journals have announced upcoming issue themes for the 2003–2004 publishing year, along with deadlines for related article submissions. NSTA’s ability to present vital information to support your science teaching efforts is due in large part to the insightful editorial contributions from the field, which ensures that your journals will continue to influence the discussion of important issues such as professional development, interdisciplinary instruction, core content, assessment, and many others. Submit your article proposal online at http://msrs.nsta.org for the following upcoming theme issues:

Science & Children article submission deadlines are Sept. 1 for the January 2004 issue, featuring “Science and Mathematics Integration,” and Oct. 1 for the February issue highlighting “Professional Development Opportunities.”

Science Scope deadlines are Sept. 1 for the January 2004 issue, to focus on “Science Fairs”—organization and management tips to maximize student participation…and alternative presentation formats and Oct. 1 for the February 2004 issue, showcasing “Professional Development”—committee work, national certification, summer programs, grants, and conferences. The journal also seeks manuscripts on “assessment strategies aligned with inquiry instruction, yet capable of improving scores on standardized tests.”

The Science Teacher posts its first deadline of Nov. 1, 2003, for the March 2004 issue featuring “Teaching Science in Multicultural Classrooms.”

Watch for additional 2004 deadlines and journal themes in upcoming editions of NSTA Express.

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NSTA Reports Kicks Off the School Year With a New Look

NSTA members—look for the first issue of the new, redesigned NSTA Reports to arrive in the mail shortly. We gave the NSTA members-only newspaper a fresh look with a sleek new design, new typeface, and four-color photos. But we kept such popular articles and columns as the Science Teacher’s Grab Bag, which provides information on free materials and low-cost resources for your classroom; summer programs for science teachers; NewsBits and Bulletins; plus all the major news and information about science and K–12 education. We’ve also added a new column from the NSTA Executive Director so we can keep you up-to-date on what’s happening in science education. Take a look at your August/September issue, then e-mail us at nstareports@nsta.org to tell us what you like—or don’t like—about the new look! And thanks for your support for NSTA and NSTA Reports over the years.

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3 Fall Convention Agendas, Details Announced; Registration Program In the Mail

Hour-by-hour program agendas, featured speakers, special events, travel and hotel details, and more—you’ll find it all in NSTA’s Fall ’03 conventions Advance Registration Program for upcoming events in Minneapolis (Oct. 30–Nov. 1), Kansas City, Missouri (Nov. 13–15), and Reno, Nevada (Dec. 4–6). You’ll be among the best and the brightest in science education when you join us at any of these 2 1/2-day events—each one a unique opportunity to expand your professional development, engage with your peers, and browse the exciting exhibits—the newest and best in science teaching products and services—all in one place. Someone “borrow” your copy of the Program? You’ll find the same information and online registration available instantly at http://www.nsta.org/conventions. Don’t wait…take advantage of advance best prices and lock in the best hotel choices when you register early!

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NSTA Now Makes It Easier to Spread Annual Membership Dues Over Time—Automatically With Your Credit Card

NSTA members now have the option to have membership dues billed automatically to a credit card on a quarterly or annual basis—FREE of charge. If you choose to take advantage of this exclusive benefit, indicate your automated payment preference (quarterly or annual) on your next membership renewal statement, or visit https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/renew.asp to renew online. Questions? Contact NSTA Member Services at (800) 722-NSTA or (703) 243-7100, or e-mail membership@nsta.org. Just another way NSTA is working for YOU!

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