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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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gearing Up for 52nd Annual Convention in Atlanta--Be There! Here’s
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
and register online at best-price rates.
Center Spotlight--Education & Public Outreach Program Manager
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.
details regarding this position or a list of other job opportunities,
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!
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.
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