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Table of Contents
Science Education Summit Scheduled for March 16, 2004—Part of ESTME Week
Call Congress! Conference Leaders Working to Determine Final Funding for FY 2004 Education Programs
NSF Awards FY 2003 Math Science Partnerships
Share Your Wisdom, Your Experiences, Your Successes—Write for NSTA Journals
Register by Oct. 10 for Reno Convention Early-bird Savings  


Science Education Summit Scheduled for March 16, 2004—Part of ESTME Week

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The Science Education Summit has been scheduled for March 16, 2004, as part of the Excellence in Science, Technology, and Math Education (ESTME) Week, a nationwide celebration of math and science education taking place March 15–20, 2004.

The Science Education Summit is a high-profile day of speakers and activities that will kick off the science portion of the Department of Education’s Mathematics and Science Initiative. The Initiative focuses on achieving three interdependent goals: engaging the public in recognizing the need for better mathematics and science education for every child in our nation's schools; initiating a campaign to recruit, prepare, train, and retain teachers with strong backgrounds in mathematics and science; and developing a research base to improve our knowledge of what boosts student learning in mathematics and science.

The activities during ESTME Week serves as an opportunity for the nation’s schools to focus on math and science education. The week will include activities for students, parents, and teachers presented by participating organizations. Scientists, engineers, and mathematicians will be encouraged to visit K–12 classrooms, and many federal agencies, private corporations, and members of the scientific community are planning activities nationwide. Watch for more information on the Science Education Summit and ESTME Week in future issues of NSTA Express.

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Call Congress! Conference Leaders Working to Determine Final Funding for FY 2004 Education Programs

A conference committee is now working out the differences between the House and Senate- approved levels of funding for the FY 2004 Labor, HHS, and Education appropriations bill, which includes funding for the Math and Science Partnership programs at the U. S. Department of Education. Now is the time to call your Representative(s) and Senator(s) and ask for their support of this dedicated program for science and math educators. Read more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update: http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_10_06_extra.htm

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NSF Awards FY2003 Math Science Partnerships

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $216.3 million in funding for the second year of the Math and Science Partnerships (MSP).

According to NSF, the awards will directly impact at least 2.85 million students nationwide and in Puerto Rico. This year's MSP funding comes in four forms: comprehensive awards, targeted awards, research, evaluation and technical assistance awards, and a Prototype Institute Partnership award. The single Prototype Institute Partnership award emphasizes middle and high school mathematics. For a complete list of the MSP awards made, go to https://www.ehr.nsf.gov/msp/.

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Share Your Wisdom, Your Experiences, Your Successes—Write for NSTA Journals

NSTA’s ability to present timely resources in our member journals to support your science teaching efforts is due in large part to the invaluable and insightful editorial contributions from educators in the field. With your important response and editorial participation, we continue a dialogue that enables us to publish journals that will lead and influence the discussion of important issues such as assessment, interdisciplinary instruction, core content, professional development, and more. For a list of 2004 issue themes and submission deadlines, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/write_for_nsta_journals.htm

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Register by Oct. 10 for Reno Convention Early-bird Savings

NSTA’s Reno Convention, taking place Dec. 4–6, 2003, offers an exciting variety of professional enhancement opportunities in a breathtaking setting. From the opening general session featuring everyone’s favorite TV science spokesperson, Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” consultant and on-air host of cable’s Noggin Television, you’ll be immersed in 2-1/2 days of content and instructional strategies, peer networking, and more. The deadline for early-bird registration at maximum savings is Friday, Oct. 10, so go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2003REN, browse the entire agenda, and register online. 

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