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Math and Science Partnerships Get 48% Increase for FY04

Congress is just about finished with the final appropriations for FY 2004 federal education programs, and the Math and Science Partnerships Program under No Child Left Behind is slated to receive a huge increase for FY 2004. This funding will go to the states as competitive grants for dedicated science and math education initiatives. Read all about it in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update, http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_12_08_extra.htm#1


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Superintendents and Principals Weigh In On Challenges of NCLB

A new survey of school superintendents and principals conducted by Public Agenda, a public policy research group, shows that the majority of these school leaders believe they are fighting “an uphill battle against stifling bureaucracy and a torrent of local, state, and federal government mandates.”

In Rolling Up Their Sleeves: Superintendents and Principals Talk About What's Needed To Fix Public Schools, school leaders cite as their biggest headaches insufficient funding and the amount of time it takes to comply with local, state, and federal mandates. Ninety-three percent of the superintendents and 88 percent of the principals interviewed say their district has experienced “an enormous increase in responsibilities and mandates without getting the resources necessary to fulfill them.” For more information about the survey, go to http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_12_08_extra.htm#2.

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American Museum of Natural History Offers Online K-12 Professional Development, Access to Research, Collections, Exhibitions, and Labs

In partnership with the NSTA Institute, The American Museum of Natural History will offer Seminars on Science, its award-winning online professional development program. From February 16 to March 28, six-week courses in genetics, earth science, physical science, and ichthyology will be available to K-12 educators. Participation requires Internet access and can occur at any time and at any location.

Each course provides participants with unique access to the Museum’s scientific research, collections, exhibitions, and laboratories. Facilitated by an instructional team composed of a scientist and an educator, each course highlights the Museum’s rich resources through original essays, videos from the field, interactive simulations, and facilitated discussion. Participants receive valuable learning resources that can be used in the classroom.

These courses align with the National Science Education Standards and are available for graduate credit. For more information, visit http://institute.nsta.org or access the American Museum of Natural History Web site at http://learn.amnh.org/welcome.php?w=NSTAIW041. Space is limited, so early registration is advised.

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NSTA Gearing Up for 52nd Annual Convention in Atlanta--Be There! Here’s How

As the pace of early bird registrations quickens for NSTA’s most exciting and rewarding annual convention yet, we created a highlights and “how to” brochure that provides all the information you’ll need to locate and obtain district funding so that you can join us in Atlanta, GA. Mark the dates on your calendar: March 30-April 1, 2004, and click on http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/CAGS-AtlantaPrelimMailer.pdf for everything you ever wanted to know about professional development opportunities at NSTA’s convention and how you can participate. For the complete--and continually updated--Atlanta agenda, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004ATL and register online at best-price rates.

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Career Center Spotlight--Education & Public Outreach Program Manager Needed

The University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory seeks a full-time Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) Manager for the Phoenix Mars Mission. In cooperation with the Mars Exploration Program education office and with oversight by authorized NASA Headquarters Office of Space Science education officials, the E/PO Manager will be responsible for the planning, management, and coordination of all formal and informal education activities.

For complete details regarding this position or a list of other job opportunities, visit http://careers.nsta.org. Whether you're seeking a new position or need to fill a vacancy, you'll find that the NSTA Career Center is the premier location for information on science education career opportunities. Post your resume or current job opening today!

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NSTA Journals--A Science Teacher’s Best Friend

Members can browse NSTA’s award-winning, peer-reviewed journals online. Simply have your NSTA ID number handy when you visit www.nsta.org/journals to access current and past issues of any of our four grade-specific journals. Not a member and want to join? Visit www.nsta.org/join today! For a complete listing of NSTA member benefits and services you can use every day, visit www.nsta.org/benefits. NSTA. Working for You!

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