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NSF Awards First Year of Robert Noyce Scholarships

The National Science Foundation (NSF) last week awarded $6.9 million to 15 universities and colleges in the first round of the Robert Noyce Scholarship program, a new NSF program that will provide scholarships, stipends, and programs for science, math, engineering, and technology undergraduates who want to become teachers and who agree to teach in a high-need school district. According to NSF, this year’s program will fund scholarships, stipends, and programs for more than 650 potential K–12 undergrads who want to transition to teaching. In addition, the program provides mentoring and other support to these new teachers in their early years of teaching. The program is named after Dr. Robert Noyce, co-founder of Intel Corp and the scientist awarded the 1961 patent for the integrated semiconductor. For more information on the Noyce awards, go to http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03544/nsf03544.htm - pgm_intr_txt.  

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New Research Grants Focus on Teachers and Science/Math Education

Four new research grant competitions are available from the U. S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Science; two grants focus on math and science education and teacher quality.

The Teacher Quality Research Grants competition has four goals (a) to support the development of new professional development programs; (b) to establish the efficacy of existing professional development programs for teachers; (c) to provide evidence of the effectiveness of teacher preparation or professional development programs for teachers; and (d) to validate new or existing assessments of teacher quality for teachers against measures of student achievement.

The Mathematics and Science Education Research Grants will fulfill three goals: (a) to support the development of new interventions and approaches to mathematics and science education that will eventually result in improving math and science achievement; (b) to establish the efficacy of existing interventions and approaches to math and science education with small efficacy or replication trials; and (c) to provide evidence on the effectiveness of math and science interventions taken to scale.

A letter of intent for each grant is due November 20, 2003, and the application is due January 8, 2004. Other grants also announced by the IES include Cognition and Student Learning Research Grants and Reading Comprehension and Reading Scale-up Research Grants. For more information on all of these grants, go to
http://www.ed.gov/programs/edresearch/applicant.html.

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Does the NSTA WebNews Digest Give You the News You Want the Way You Want it? Take a Quick Survey and Let Us Know

NSTA’s online WebNews Digest brings you the latest news from the world of science and education. Whether it’s ground-breaking research reported in Science Magazine, teacher-quality issues headlining The New York Times, or technology trends reported on CNN, the Digest helps you stay abreast of important issues in science education. Does the Digest give you the news you need the way you want it? Take our brief survey and tell us what you like—or don’t like—about this NSTA service. Go to http://www2.nsta.org/surveys/webnews.asp?src=ex. Not familiar with the Digest, check out the latest NSTA WebNews Digest at www.nsta.org/mainnews.

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Register Now for January 2004 NTEN Professional Development Courses Online

National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) Spring graduate-level online science courses for K–12 teachers in biology, science education, Earth science, entomology, geography, human development, food/nutrition, land resources and environmental sciences, microbiology, and physics begin on various dates in January, with registrations closing as early as January 8.  Courses carry graduate credit hours, and all are offered with a special 10% discount for NSTA members. To browse the full list of available courses and specific class dates, go to http://institute.nsta.org and follow the NTEN link, and register now. 

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NSTA’s ’04 Conventions are Ideal Forum for Sharing Your Knowledge…Session Proposals Being Accepted; Still Time to Attend Fall ’03 Conventions in Kansas City, Reno

Professional development strands, which unify and guide sessions, workshops, and short courses for NSTA’s area conventions in 2004 have been announced.  Proposals for sessions and presentations are now being accepted—online only!—at http://www.nsta.org/sessions. Area convention locations, dates, and strands are as follows:

Indianapolis, IN, Nov. 4–6, 2004
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Technology
  • Literacy
  • Science Outside the Box
Seattle, WA, Nov. 18–20, 2004
  • Leadership in Science Education
  • Building the Capacity of New Teachers
  • How People Learn
  • Applications of Science and Technology
  • Assessment
  • Teacher of Teachers
Richmond, VA, Dec. 2–4, 2004
  • Maximizing Resources in Standards-Based Instruction
  • Technology Integration
  • Biotechnology:  Applications and Implications
  • Interdisciplinary Study of Watersheds

Deadline for proposal submissions for area conventions:  January 15, 2004.

There’s still plenty of time to register to attend both of NSTA’s remaining Fall ’03 conventions in Kansas City, MO, (Nov. 13–15) and Reno, NV (Dec. 4–6). These events feature an impressive array of well known speakers including Bill Nye “The Science Guy”; Bob Ballard discussing his discoveries of the Titanic and the Bismarck in his presentation, “Deep Sea Exploration”; TV’s Bill Kurtis; plus a host of academic luminaries. Browse the agendas and register at http://www.nsta.org/conventions.

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Two-Year Campus Your Science Teaching Beat?  New NSTA Press® Book is for You!

Two-year colleges are critical to science education’s future—in fact, some data indicate that approximately half of future science teachers will take their first two years of science at a two-year school. To address the unique challenges of this special setting, NSTA Press has published Teaching Science in the Two-Year College featuring the most useful and relevant insights and advice from NSTA’s member publication, the Journal of College Science Teaching, collected in 24 articles under four headings:  An Overview of the Uniqueness of Teaching Science in a Two-Year College; Curricular Issues; Teaching Strategies; and Using Information and Communication Technologies. You can preview the actual pages of this and other NSTA Press books online at no cost—go to store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB180X.  

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