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NSTA 2004 Convention Savings Deadlines, Professional Development Institute Openings, NSELA Event, and Other Reasons to Join Us in Atlanta!
Connecting Science to the World: NSTA National Convention
  • Last chance to save on registration fees for the April 1-4 convention is this Friday, March 5--the advance registration deadline. For the full convention agenda, the online professional development personal scheduler, a complete list of speakers, ticketed social events and field trips, housing and child care information, and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004ATL .
  • The highly anticipated launch of our new NSTA Professional Development Institutes at the 2004 National Convention in Atlanta has clearly met the need for new models of professional development for science educators—and the four diverse programs are filling up rapidly.  Because of the interest in these focused, content-based sessions, NSTA’s four presenting partners have extended the registration deadline to March 17 for the remaining slots.  Presenting partners are EDC (Educational Development Center, Inc.), McREL, BSCS and WestEd.  For full descriptions of the Institute sessions—which begin on Wednesday, March 31, reconvene throughout the convention, and include year-long online follow-up—and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/profdevinstitutes.
  • The National Science Education Leadership Association is presenting a one-day mini-conference on Wednesday, March 31:  “No Child Left Behind Act: Implications for Science Education” to be held at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta, GA.  For full information and to register, click here: http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_03_01_nsela.htm
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JASON Academy Adds New Chemistry Curriculum to Online Course Mix; 1st Class—and Others--Start March 22

Adding to its varied program of online science and math courses for elementary and middle level teachers, JASON Academy has announced a brand new course: Chemistry Through Inquiry, prepared in conjunction with the American Chemical Society, is chock-full of engaging activities designed for 3-8 grade classrooms. As a special introductory price, teachers may register for the five-week chemistry course--which starts March 22--for $150

Also beginning on March 22, Forces and Motion and Structure of the Earth will be offered at $150, and teachers registering for either of these two courses can take part in an SRI evaluation and receive a $100 stipend, for a net cost of only $50. Teachers taking JASON online courses may earn CEUs or graduate credit in science or education from one of several universities.  Since the JASON Academy is part of the NSTA Institute, NSTA members receive a 10% discount on course registration fees. Group discounts are also available.  To register for a JASON Academy course, go to www.jason.org/academy or call toll-free 888-527-6600, ext. 240.

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Legislative Update

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced changes to No Child Left Behind that will provide states more flexibility at a time when many are grappling with the costs and mandates associated with the federal education law. Read this and more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update: http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_03_01_leg.htm

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NSTA Seeks Member Feedback on Students With Disabilities Position Statement

The NSTA Board of Directors has approved recommended changes to the position statement Students With Disabilities. NSTA position statements are the Association’s official stand on issues and are used to support the improvement of science education at all levels. Please take a minute to view the statement online at www.nsta.org/main/forum/showthread.php?threadid=1058 and give us your feedback using the discussion board feature at the bottom of the statement. Deadline for member feedback is March 31. We also have many other recently updated statements. To view them, go to www.nsta.org/position.

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Attention All Pre-Service and New Teachers—Your Best Source for Resources Is Now Online

Growing out of an idea that bubbled up from Student Chapter Share-a-thons during past NSTA conventions, our new NSTA Pre-Service and New Teacher Headquarters site is now live online at http://www.nsta.org/newandpreservice

Faculty advisors and student chapter members told us they needed more readily available information tailored specifically for pre-service and new teachers, and our new site answers that need—conveniently bringing reference links and information on professional development, where to find classroom activities and materials, online resources, career center, and membership info all together in one Web location. Accessible to NSTA members and non-members, certain pages are restricted to NSTA members; membership is available to pre-service and new teachers at a special reduced rate. You say you’re not a new or pre-service teacher?  Then forward this NSTA Express and the above link to someone who’s just entering the profession and you’ll be helping a new science educator get started on the right foot!

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