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Every Vote Counts! Cast Your Vote Today in the NSTA 2004 Election

Polls are now open for the 2004 NSTA Board and Council Elections. NSTA members are urged to cast your vote now for President-Elect and three Division Directors: High School, College, and Coordination & Supervision. Members in the following NSTA districts will also vote on new directors:

District III: DE, DC, MD

District V: AL, CZ, FL, GA, PR, VI

District IX: MN, ND, SD

District XI: KS, MO, NE

District XV: ID, MT, WY

District XVII: AK, OR, WA

Voting is easier than ever. Members can vote online at http://www.intelliscaninc.com/nsta.htm using your membership number and a ballot control number. Complete voting instructions were included in the paper ballots mailed to NSTA members the week of December 8th, 2003. Those wishing to vote by mail ballot can still do so. Deadline for receipt of ballots is February 20, 2004. Election results will follow shortly after the deadline. If you have any questions, contact Lori Pinson l_pinson@nsta.org.

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Become a NASA Explorer School

Schools from across the country are now eligible to apply online for an opportunity to partner with NASA in a program designed to bring engaging mathematics, science, and technology learning to educators, students, and families. Each year the NES program establishes a three-year partnership between NASA and 50 school teams consisting of teachers and education administrators from diverse communities across the country.

While partnered with NASA, NES teams will acquire and use new teaching resources and technology tools for grades 4–9 using NASA's unique content, experts, and other resources. Schools in the program are eligible to receive up to $17,500 over the three-year period to purchase technology tools that support science and mathematics instruction.

For additional information and to apply, visit explorerschools.nasa.gov.

The application deadline is January 30, 2004.

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Deadlines Loom on Tax Deductions, Online Courses, Awards Programs, and More--Here’s a Do Not Forget List

Looking for things to do over the long holiday vacation?  Even if you’re not… here’s a reminder calendar of upcoming deadlines that we’ve highlighted in recent editions of NSTA Express:

December 31, 2003:  Your last day for purchasing books and supplementary classroom materials and receiving a personal 2003 federal tax year deduction of up to $250 as a Deduction for Educator Expenses.  For full information, go to http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/OI,,id=112593,00.html; for the best in science teaching books to browse and buy, visit http://store.nsta.org.

December 31, 2003:  Last day to make a personal difference in our nation’s urban science classrooms and get a 2003 tax deduction for your contribution to City Science:  A Campaign to Engage Urban Teachers. For a short video on NSTA’s City Science initiative and how your contribution can help, visit www.nsta.org/cityscience.

January 1, 2004:  Last day for high school science teachers whose classes are working collaboratively on improvement projects with their communities to submit manuscripts on their experiences for possible publication in NSTA’s journal, The Science Teacher.  Submissions are accepted online only; to submit visit http://msrs.nsta.org and note the “theme” is “Student/Teacher/Community Successes.”. 

January 8, 2004:  First of several January sign-up deadlines for NTEN (National Teachers Enhancement Network) Spring Graduate Credit online science courses for K-12 teachers in 11 subject areas.  Visit http://institute.nsta.org and follow the NTEN link for information and registration.

January 15, 2004:  Deadline for potential presenters at NSTA’s fall 2004 conventions--Indianapolis, Nov. 4-6; Seattle, Nov.18-20; and Richmond, VA, Dec. 2-4--to submit online proposals.  To review the strands and access the online proposal fill-in forms, go to http://www.nsta.org/sessions

January 16, 2004:  Last day to enter the 2004 Toyota TAPESTRY Grants program which will award $550,000 in grants to up to 70 K-12 teachers of science.  For full information, go to http://www.nsta.org/programs/tapestry.

January 30, 2004:  Final day for applications from schools to partner with NASA in their highly regarded Explorer Schools program, a three-year relationship designed to bring engaging science, mathematics, and technology learning to educators, students, and families… financial support included.  For information and application, go to http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

February 3, 2004:  2004 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards program deadline… win up to $10,000 for you and your students.  Details at www.nsta.org/virtualworkshops, under Virtual Workshop Archives, then “Invent the Future With ExploraVision.”

February 20, 2004:  Last day for members to vote online in the NSTA 2004 election (but you’ll be too late if you mail in your ballot… because that has to be received by February 20, 2004).  To vote online, visit http://www.intelliscaninc.com/nsta.htm. Please note that you’ll have to use the member and ballot control numbers listed above your name and address on the mail ballot you received to access your online ballot.

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New NSTA Press® Book Puts Evolution Issue in Perspective

If ever a subject could benefit from a strong dose of perspective, it’s evolution. NSTA Press has released an important new book with valuable insights and views from leading scientists, professors, and teachers on the issue. Evolution in Perspective: The Science Teacher’s Compendium is a collection of 12 influential articles first published in the NSTA member journal The Science Teacher. From a practical standpoint, the book can help you address the subject in the classroom without being dragged into endless, ultimately unproductive debate. From a substantive standpoint, it provides a remarkable overview of the state of teaching evolution in America.

Geared for science teachers at the 5-12th-grade level, Evolution in Perspective is now available from the NSTA Science Store at http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB181X

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Happy Holidays from the NSTA -- See You in 2004

NSTA would like to wish all of you a happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year. NSTA Express will return to a regular weekly schedule on Monday, January 5. See you in 2004!

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