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NSTA Legislative Update: Administration’s FY2005 Budget Eliminates NSF Math and Science Partnerships

Last week the Administration released the budget for FY2005 programs, and it includes major changes to the Math and Science Partnerships at both the National Science Foundation and the U. S. Department of Education. Read all about it in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update: http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_02_09_extra.htm.

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NEW!  Plan Your Convention Professional Development Agenda Online… Print, Present, Persuade, and Get Funding to Attend NSTA’s Atlanta 2004 Event

As a service for science educators in their quest to remain or become “highly qualified,” NSTA offers tips so you can obtain the funding you need to attend our richly rewarding national convention. And now, to use in combination with the full online Atlanta four-day agenda of sessions, workshops, presentations, and enrichment activities, we’ve adapted our popular Convention Scheduler form for you to use BEFORE you register… to create your best, on-paper case to support your request for funds!  It’s convenient, it’s flexible, and it’s all spelled out when you’ve finished—the what, why, when and wherefore to convince your decision-maker (principal, district science supervisor, school/district instructional leader, or superintendent’s office) that you should join NSTA in Atlanta, April 1-4 for a successful professional development experience. 

To use the Personal Scheduler, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxpersonal_sched.asp. You’ll want to consider enrollment in NSTA’s new Professional Development Institutes as the centerpiece of your convention plan; for the details, visit http://www.nsta.org/profdevinstitutes.  To browse the overall Convention agenda, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004ATL

Earlybird convention registration deadline is Friday, February 13… so register NOW for best savings!

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March 16 Entry Deadline Quickly Approaching for 2004 Craftsman/NSTA

Young Inventors Awards Program

Join the fun by sponsoring your students in the 2004 Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program. But don’t wait—you only have until March 16 to submit entries for this year’s program.

The Young Inventors Awards Program challenges students to use their creativity and imagination along with science, technology, and mechanical ability to invent or modify a tool. The tool should perform a practical function, such as mend, make life easier or safer, entertain, or solve an everyday problem. Some of last year’s winners include the Paper Shaper, a device that turns shredded paper into fireplace logs, and the Keasy, a key equipped with a handle to make opening doors easier for those with arthritis.

Two national winners, ten finalists and 24 regional awardees (representing two grade categories) will receive US Savings Bonds ranging from $250 to $10,000! All students who enter will receive a certificate and gift.

To request entry materials and a teacher's guide, visit us online at www.nsta.org/programs/craftsman; e-mail younginventors@nsta.org; or call 1-888-494-4994.

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Are Science Teachers Still Getting Funds for Professional Development?  Your Response is Requested

For years science teachers relied on the Eisenhower state grants for professional development funding. How has the No Child Left Behind law changed the way your school or district provides training opportunities for science teachers? Let us know by taking a few minutes to complete this NSTA survey: http://ecommerce.nsta.org/survey_nclb_pd_funding

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Feel Challenged in Your Career? If Not, Maybe it’s Time to Make a Change          

To help you get where you want to go, we’ve created the NSTA Career Center. Registration for job seekers is easy and FREE! Search the online database for the newest jobs in science education and take a look at valuable tips for successfully landing your next job. And if you post your resume before March 15, 2004, you will automatically be entered to win one of five $20 NSTA Science Store gift certificates! Winners will be notified and their names will available at the NSTA Showcase at the 2004 national convention in Atlanta, April 1-4. Visit careers.nsta.org and find your new career!

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