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No Child Left Behind Marks Second Anniversary

Amid growing concerns from state and district officials and continued criticisms from Democrats that funding for the new federal law is woefully inadequate, President Bush marked the second anniversary of No Child Left Behind last week during two stops to schools in St. Louis and in Tennessee. Read the January 6 New York Times article (free registration required) at www.nytimes.com about the visit to St. Louis. And in a January 7 speech to the American Enterprise Institute marking the 50th anniversary of Brown v. the Board of Education, U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige said of No Child Left Behind, “I find it staggering that the very critics and organizations that fought so hard for civil rights could leave our African American, Hispanic American, and special needs children behind. Some of the very people and organizations that applauded Brown and worked to implement it are now opposing No Child Left Behind: unions, teachers, civil libertarians, liberal politicians, and education advocates. Why? Because it exposes their special interests. Their opposition is about power, politics and pride, not the best interests of our children.” His remarks are available at the Department of Education website (front page under Headlines) at www.ed.gov.

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Triangle/NSTA Advocacy Conference Set for March 15

Add your voice to the call for increased support for science education, and learn about the myriad of federal initiatives developed for science, mathematics, and technology education at the March 15 Triangle Coalition advocacy conference “Informing Policy in Support of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education.” At the one-day event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., you’ll hear from policymakers, Hill staffers, and representatives from NSF and the Department of Education about key legislative issues such as No Child Left Behind and the Math and Science Partnerships. Then plan to spend some quality time with your elected representative and let him or her know about how these issues really affect you and your school. NSTA is a co-sponsor of the annual advocacy conference. For more information or to register, go to www.triangle-coalition.org.

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New NSTA Professional Development Institutes Set to Debut at Atlanta ’04 Convention—Now… Read Details Online

In response to the growing need for new models of professional development, NSTA will debut an important and innovative initiative at our 2004 national convention in Atlanta, April 1-4, 2004:  the NSTA Professional Development Institutes.  In partnership with well-known professional development providers—EDC, McREL, WestEd and BSCS Center for Professional Development—the Institutes will offer four program strands of focused, content-based sessions exploring key topics in significant depth, with an ongoing, year-long online follow-up relationship--up to and optionally including--the ’05 NSTA Dallas national convention. 

EDC (Educational Development Center, Inc.) will focus on building students’ science skills while enhancing critical literacy skills (pre-K–8); McREL will address designing high quality science lessons (K–12); WestEd will explore analyzing materials and aligning curriculum with Standards (K–12); BSCS will study the role of inquiry in promoting student achievement through challenging curricula and courses as specified in NCLB. Now you’ll find complete details posted on NSTA’s Atlanta Convention Web site… For full descriptions of the courses, the facilitators, and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/profdevinstitutes. And if you’ve already registered to attend the convention, you can still add your choice of the four Institutes… but don’t delay as the providers will soon begin pre-convention communications with registrants.

Participants will receive professional development certificates, and optional college credit is available. Participation will require separate registration (in addition to Convention registration) at a special introductory-year fee. Course sizes are limited, and sessions will meet beginning March 31 for a session each day throughout the April 1–4 convention event. 

For the full 52nd NSTA national convention agenda, including speakers, sessions, field trips, and more, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004ATL.

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January 15 Deadline for Session Proposals for NSTA ’04 Indianapolis, Seattle, and Richmond Conventions

Proposals for sessions and presentations at NSTA’s 2004 fall conventions must be submitted—online only—at www.nsta.org/sessions--by Thursday, January 15, 2004.  Professional development strands, which unify and guide sessions, workshops, and short courses for NSTA’s fall conventions 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

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Career Center Spotlight— Rhode Island College, Department of Elementary Education Seeks Science Education Specialist

The Rhode Island College, Department of Elementary Education in Providence, RI is in search of two Science Education Specialists (Assistant Professor; Tenure Track). Candidates must have doctorate degree and at least three years of teaching experience in an early childhood, elementary, or middle-level education setting. For complete details regarding this position and a full list of other available job opportunities, visit http://careers.nsta.org. Whether you're seeking a new position or need to fill a vacancy, the NSTA Career Center is the premier location for science education careers. Post your resume or current job opening today!

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Still Time to Cast Your Vote in the NSTA 2004 Election

You only have until February 20 to vote in the NSTA 2004 election. Cast your vote now for President-Elect and three Division Directors: High School, College, and Coordination & Supervision. Members in six districts will also select new directors. Get your membership number and a ballot control number handy and visit http://www.intelliscaninc.com/nsta.htm. Complete voting instructions were included in the paper ballots mailed to NSTA members the week of December 8, 2003. Those wishing to vote by mail ballot can still do so. Ballots must be received by February 20, so drop them in the mail now. If you have any questions, contact Lori Pinson at l_pinson@nsta.org, or (703) 312-9217.

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