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Congress has finally approved the FY2004 omnibus
appropriations bill, which holds a substantial increase for the
Department of Education Math and Science Partnerships program. Plus,
the Administration may phase out the National Science Foundation
Math and Science Partnerships (MSP) program, and they plan to introduce
a new grant program in FY2005 that would create an Adjunct Teacher
Corps for science and math. Read all about it in this issue of the
NSTA Legislative Update http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_02_02_extra.htm.
Superintendent Takes Heat for Omitting the Word “Evolution” in Draft
Symposia on Atlanta Convention Menu; Early Bird Deadline Nears; Poster,
$-Saving Coupons to Download, Print ‘n’ Post
Georgia State Superintendent Kathy Cox’s decision
to leave the word “evolution” out of new draft science standards
for middle and high school students has created a media firestorm.
Even former President Jimmy Carter weighed in on the issue, stating,
"As a Christian, a trained engineer and scientist, and a professor
at Emory University, I am embarrassed by Superintendent Kathy Cox's
attempt to censor and distort the education of Georgia's students."
An online petition requesting changes to the draft standards has
already collected more than 5,000 names. For the full news story
and for links to the online standards, go to http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_02_02_evo.htm
Once again, NASA will be an important and popular part of our annual
convention, as the NSTA Institute offers two NSTA/NASA Symposia
during the April 1-4 event in Atlanta, GA: Mars Symposium
(SC-91) for a session on how to incorporate NASA’s Mars mission
into the middle school classroom; and Aerospace Technology Enterprise
Symposium (SC-92), at which aerospace engineers and education
specialists will present the latest innovations in aerospace technology
and describe how the content can be used to classroom activities.
For details, schedule, and fees, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspx#symposia.
For information on the new NSTA Professional Development Institutes
at the convention, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspx#pdinstitutes.
For full convention agenda, special events, featured speakers,
hotel information and online registration forms, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004ATL.
Need a plan for obtaining funding to increase and enhance your professional
skills in Atlanta? Go to http://www.nsta.org/convtips.
Don’t Forget: Earlybird deadline is Friday, February 13… so
register NOW for best savings!
Special Request: If you’d like to help NSTA spread
the word about our fabulous Atlanta convention—as well as the special
coupon savings opportunities for attendees—just go to http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_02_02_coupons.htm
to download and print the full-color or black and white convention
poster and the coupon flyer… then post them in your school’s faculty
room. The coupons may be copied, of course, so that everyone planning
to attend can take advantage of these special savings!
Offers 30-Credit Master of Life Sciences Online Course for Practicing
Science Teachers… Registration Closes Feb. 15
Deadline for applications for spring admission to University of
Maryland Web-based Master of Life Sciences program—our partner through
the NSTA Institute—is Feb. 15, for the term starting March 8.
Created for practicing middle and high school science teachers,
the Master of Life Sciences program is a 30-credit interdisciplinary
course of study with concentrations in biology and chemistry. Admission
requires two letters of recommendation and is open to those with
one year of teaching experience, an undergraduate degree in biological
science, chemistry, biochemistry, science education, or related
field and who successfully completes a gateway review class or earns
a grade of B or better on the admission exam. (GRE scores are not
required.) For more information and to apply online, go to http://institute.nsta.org
to University of Maryland Life Sciences Program under NSTA
Partner Online Courses, or send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org for
a free brochure.
Project 2061 Announces New Science Educator Workshops
AAAS Project 2061 has announced new dates for its popular Using
Atlas of Science Literacy workshops.
In 2001, Project 2061 and NSTA published Atlas of Science
Literacy, a collection of conceptual strand maps for nearly
50 key topics in science, mathematics, and technology. Strand maps
display the connections among key ideas and skills and the sequence
in which K-12 students might develop their understanding of various
topics. The three-day Atlas workshop demonstrates how to
use Atlas maps and related Project 2061 resources to improve
curriculum, instruction, and assessment. For general information
on the workshops, including future dates and locations, please visit
The Atlas of Science Literacy is $39.96 for NSTA members and $49.95
for nonmembers and is available at the NSTA Science Store at http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PA001X
Photo Contest Offers Chance to Show Off Your
Class in Action (Plus Win $$)
The deadline for NSTA's The Science Teacher journal photo
contest has been extended! You (or your students) are invited to
grab a camera and show the world the exciting science happenings
in your high school class. All entries for this year's contest must
now be received by Friday, February 13, 2004. A $100 grand prize
will be awarded to the first-place entry, and $75 will go to the
second-place entry. Winning entries will be published in the May
2004 issue of The Science Teacher, NSTA's member journal
for high school teachers. For complete details, download The
Science Teacher photo contest form at http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/photocontest_poster.pdf
Career Center Spotlight— Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave
Observatory (LIGO) seeks Education and Outreach Program Leader. To
learn more about this position or the Career Center, visit http://careers.nsta.org for complete details!
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