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NSTA Launches NEW Online Career Center

Want to hire the most highly qualified teacher?

Looking for a challenging new job or career change?

Then visit http://careers.nsta.org to find the latest information regarding science education careers. This unique online service provides a timely link between science education professionals seeking new positions and educational institutions with vacancies. Whether you want to post your resume or announce a job opening https://ecommerce.nsta.org/careers/new_job.asp?action=login, the new NSTA Online Career Center has something for you.

And for a limited time, employers can take advantage of our special introductory rates http://careers.nsta.org/rates.asp and search candidate resumes at no extra charge!

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NSF Issues RFP for Centers for Learning and Teaching—Makes Three Awards for New Centers

The National Science Foundation has issued a program solicitation for the Centers for Learning and Teaching (CLT), an initiative developed a few years ago to increase the number of K–12 educators prepared in content, pedagogy, and assessment methodologies. The Centers specialize in one of three categories: Issues in Elementary and Secondary Education, Issues in Higher Education, and Nanotechnology Education. Each center works to combine education research, high-quality professional development, and the teaching of innovative instructional practice. Partnerships consist of a doctoral degree-awarding university, one or more school districts, and other partnering organizations. Required preliminary proposals are due December 2, 2003, and full proposals are due February 20, 2004.  Seventeen awards have already been made to CLT’s nationwide, and three more that focus on Technology-Enhanced Learning in Science and mathematics education were announced last week. For more information, visit www.ehr.nsf.gov/esie/programs/clt/clt.asp.

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NSTA Express Teacher Survey: Safety in the School Science Laboratory

Do you conduct science labs for students in grades 7–12? If so, take a minute to answer a few questions from NSTA about safety and your science laboratory (http://science.nsta.org/survey_safety_science_lab). Results of the survey will be released in the next edition of NSTA Express.

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Are You “Highly Qualified”?  No Child Left Behind Analysis Sessions Highlight Area Conventions; Save on Kansas City Registration Before Oct. 17

At every NSTA convention since the inception of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), interest in our featured presentations on the application and interpretation of the legislation has continued to increase. You won’t want to miss this important panel discussion at our Kansas City, MO, convention, Nov. 13–15, as we speak to the challenges and opportunities states are addressing...with special attention to how Missouri and Kansas are incorporating NCLB into state practice. 

The panel discussion will feature Carolyn Randolph, NSTA Retiring President, and V.P. for Outreach and Student Research, South Carolina Governor's School for Math and Science; Alexa Pochowski, Assistant Commissioner of Education, Kansas State Department of Education; Bert Schulte, Assistant Commissioner, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; and Jodi Peterson, NSTA Director of Legislative Affairs. 

For best savings, browse the convention agenda and register by Friday, Oct. 17, at http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2003KAN.

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NSTA Introduces Online Book Club for Science Teachers—Autumn Is October Topic for Elementary Educators

Elementary teachers looking for great new ideas to integrate books about autumn into science lessons are invited to participate in the new NSTA Book Club. The Club features a discussion of autumn books and lots of activities and ideas for exploring the science of Fall with elementary students. Throughout the month, teachers are encouraged to read to students from a book on the recommended list, engage them in activities provided on the web site, and then share examples of student work and other insights with teachers online. The discussion will also feature award-winning author George Levenson, who will be answering questions about his book Pumpkin Circle. Book Club resources include activities, background material about the science of Fall, ideas for using trade books to teach science, links, and discussion. For more information or to participate, visit www.nsta.org/bookclub. It's free and open to both NSTA members and non-members.

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NSTA, Shell Oil Company Announce 14th Annual Shell Science Teaching Award—November 15 Deadline Quickly Approaching

Now’s the time to nominate one of your teacher colleagues—or yourself—for the Shell Science Teaching Award. This prestigious award recognizes K–12 classroom science teachers who have had a positive impact on their students, school, and community through their exemplary classroom teaching. One teacher will be awarded $10,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to NSTA's National Convention in Atlanta, and two finalists will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the convention. For more information or to download an application, visit www.nsta.org/192, or contact Lori Pinson at (703) 312-9217 or by e-mail at lpinson@nsta.org.

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A Message From President-Elect Anne Tweed: Join an NSTA Committee

The success and vitality of any organization can be directly attributed to the work of dedicated people who believe in the organization’s mission and goals.

The mission of the NSTA is to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. We are looking for NSTA members who want to help us achieve this mission through their work on an NSTA committee, advisory board, or review panel.

As an active committee member, you will interact with colleagues, gain insights into the complexity of issues, and have a positive impact on science teaching and learning in your own state as well as nationally. NSTA depends on volunteers just like you—we need your expertise and value your input. Please consider volunteering your time and knowledge to NSTA next year; for more information, visit www.nsta.org/standingcommittees. Deadline for submission is November 15, 2003.

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