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Welcome Back! As the 2004-2005 school year gets underway, NSTA is pleased to offer you this special Back-to-School edition of NSTA Express.

What makes this issue special? For starters, we’ve changed the format: Instead of the news, information, and targeted resources we’ve delivered to your e-mailbox every week now for almost two years, this special issue is chock full of special offers and resources you can use to start off the new school year, such as classroom materials, grant information, professional development opportunities, and more. With this issue you can also take advantage of a sample two-week NSTA online membership, unlimited access to NSTA’s journals online, a special savings opportunity from the NSTA Science Store, and a trial subscription to SciLinks. And did we mention the chance to win two complimentary registrations and lodging to the national NSTA Dallas convention in March 2005? 

So read on, and feel free to forward this special issue to colleagues and friends.  Let us know what you think of this special edition of NSTA Express, and how we can make it even better this coming year at nstaexpress@nsta.org.

Go Back To School with NSTA!

And Be Sure to Visit:

NSTA Institute for the latest cutting-edge online and onsite professional development available to all teachers of science: http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspx

NSTA Science Store for an outstanding array of bestselling books and teaching resources: http://store.nsta.org

NSTA Recommends for objective, thoughtful recommendations of science-teaching materials: http://www2.nsta.org/recommends/

NSTA Position Papers for policy statements, goals, and recommendations on effective classroom teaching and much more: http://www.nsta.org/53/
 
NSTA WebNews Digest for the latest news in education, science, legislative affairs, and about NSTA events and activities:
http://www.nsta.org/mainnews

Sign Up for Free Membership and Win!

When you sign up to receive a sample online NSTA membership, you’ll also be eligible to win one of two free registrations to Linking Science and Literacy in the Classroom, a daylong professional development conference in conjunction with the Seattle NSTA Convention (Nov. 18-20).  For information on the conference, go to  http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=97&Meeting_Code=2004SEA 

Your registration for the drawing also makes you eligible to win one of three free registrations to an in-demand NASA/NSTA Short Course at NSTA’s Indianapolis (Nov. 4-6), Seattle (Nov. 18-20) or Richmond (Dec. 2-4) fall conventions. For information on the NASA sessions, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions, choose a convention and use the “Sort By” function for short courses.

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Save $5 on Your NSTA Membership

For just pennies a day, NSTA membership is the best investment you will make to enhance your knowledge and teaching skills. Whether you’re a member or interested in joining, now is the time. Join or renew your membership now thru September 13 and receive $5 off your membership dues and take advantage of these great benefits:

  • Choose the grade-specific journal geared to your specific needs
  • Receive NSTA Reports, a bi-monthly newspaper
  • Access onsite and online professional development
  • Network with peers online and in real time
  • Search SciLinks® database of teacher approved websites
  • Discover grant, scholarship, and leadership opportunities
  • Receive discounts on books and registration fees

And much more: http://www.nsta.org/benefits!

Members: Visit http://www.nsta.org/renew and enter B2SEM5 in the source code field.

Non-Members: Visit http://www.nsta.org/join and enter B2SENM5 in the source code field.

NSTA. Working for YOU!

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Register for SciLinks Today

With the start of the school year, NSTA will make its innovative SciLinks program available to teachers for free for two weeks: http://science.nsta.org/backtoschoolreg/.

Participating teachers will be able to use both texts that have SciLinks as well as the SciLinks keyword search to fine-tune an Internet search to a manageable number of vetted web pages. For example, submitting “simple machines” to a popular search engine yields 2.6 million possibilities; submitting the same key words to SciLinks yields 18 web pages. Of these, five are selected just for teachers (lessons plans and activities), while the remainder is useful to students (simulations, animations, and other interactive opportunities).

Since its debut five years ago, SciLinks has had 57,000 teachers and nearly 300,000 students register for free to use the site, and countless more use it as “Guests.”  The SciLinks site reflects the specific needs and interests of the different user groups—NSTA Members, Teachers/Parents, Students, and Guests—with features unique to these users.

As an added bonus, all registered teachers and members can use the My Favorites tool, where they may save their searches as Favorites for quick access whenever and wherever they log in. When their students login, they will see a link that reads “Your Teacher’s Favorites.” Clicking on this link will reveal the topics the teacher wants them to view, and a list of vetted web pages for those topics is only one more click away.

SciLinks is a great service to use in your classroom--give it a try today.

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Receive $50 Off Your Next Job Posting—Deadline Ends Soon!

For a limited time, advertise your science-related job opening now and receive a $50 discount on each job posting through September 30! The NSTA Career Center is a quick and easy way to reach the science education community. Our unique online service attracts more than 25,000 page views per month and offers a database of more than 300 resumes of science educators actively seeking new career opportunities. 

Enter B2SE in the Promotional Code box when posting each new listing at http://careers.nsta.org. Subscriptions to browse the resume database are available for only $20 per month. Visit http://careers.nsta.org/rates.asp for complete details.

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State/Province Chapter and Associated Group Meetings

Mark your calendar, and plan to attend one of these NSTA area conventions or your state science teacher convention.

Click here to see a full list of meetings: http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_08_30_meetings.htm

For more information or to register for an NSTA area convention, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions. To connect with Chapters and Associated Groups online, visit http://www.nsta.org/chapters.

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Special to NSTA Express readers

This fall the American Museum of Natural History is offering four courses for teachers in the life, Earth, and physical sciences. All the courses are online and only require Internet access: no travel time and no scheduling headaches. Each course is available for up to 4 graduate credits, and taught by museum scientists and educators. Courses begin Oct. 4, and a $100 discount off the course price is available for those who register by September 7. For more information, go to http://learn.amnh.org/welcome.php?w=NSTAIF04.

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