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NSTA Legislative Update

Congress returned to Washington last week following the summer break with plenty of work still unfinished before the 108th Congress officially ends in late October. Read about what’s ahead for federal education programs, and the latest news and information on No Child Left Behind, in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update. Visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_09_13_legupdate.htm.

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What Are the Presidential Candidates Saying About Education?

The summer political conventions are over and both the Democrats and Republicans have adopted their party’s education platforms. Read more about the education proposals from each campaign in this inclusive side-by-side prepared by Washington Partners LLC and the Alliance for Excellent Education. Click here to read more: http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/candidates.pdf

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Hurry--Indy Convention Earlybird Registration Deadline for Best $avings is Sept. 17

NSTA brings our 2004 Midwestern Area Convention to Indianapolis Nov. 4-6, and now is almost the last minute for registering at the lowest possible price!  Over 250 practical hands-on workshops, presentations, sessions, and short courses will be presented under four strands:  Assessment and Evaluation, Technology, Literacy, and Science Outside the Box. We’ve put together a 2-1/2 day event, jam-packed with solutions to challenges just like the ones you face everyday, and an exhibit hall featuring the newest products and services for the classroom. Take a browse through the full agenda, the special field trips and the list of highly regarded speakers) such as Brady Barr, renowned herpetologist and host of National Geographic’s series Reptile Wild with Dr. Brady Barr) at http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004IND…and use the Personal Scheduler to set up an hour-by-hour outline of rewarding learning, print, and present it with your request for professional development funding to join NSTA in Indianapolis.

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Here’s a Do Not Forget List of Deadlines for NSTA Student Competitions and Teacher Awards Programs

As you finalize your schedule for the school year, don’t forget to add the following deadlines. NSTA—with the generous support of corporate sponsors—is offering numerous programs to honor and reward outstanding students and teachers.

October 15, 2004: NSTA Teacher Awards. Don’t be shy. Nominate one of your colleagues—or yourself—for a 2005 Teacher Award. NSTA offers 14 different programs to recognize and reward excellence among K–12 educators, professors, and principals. Check out the 2005 awards at http://www.nsta.org/awardscomp/&program_type=teacher.

January 19, 2005:  Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers. Win money to make your innovative science program a reality. The 2005 TAPESTRY program will award $550,000 in grants and mini-grants to a minimum of 70 K-12 teachers of science.  For information, go to http://www.nsta.org/programs/tapestry.

February 1, 2005: Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards program.  Now’s a great time to begin work on the ExploraVision competition, which rewards students for their creativity and ingenuity in envisioning the future in science and technology. Students can win up to $10,000 in savings bonds. For details, visit www.exploravision.org.

March 15, 2005: Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards. Problem-solving skills take center stage in the Craftsman Young Inventors program. Open to all students in grades 2-8, the program challenges students to use creativity and imagination along with science, technology, and mechanical ability to invent or modify a tool.  Top winners receive $10,000 savings bonds. Get all the details at http://www.nsta.org/programs/craftsman/.

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Assessment Tools + More Added to 2nd Edition of How to…Write to Learn Science, NSTA Press Best Seller

Full of classroom-tested, pragmatic ideas from science teachers who’ve made teaching and learning more creative, the revised and expanded edition of perennial NSTA Press best seller How to…Write to Learn Science is now available.  Authored by Bob Tierney, “one of the gurus of writing across the curriculum,” with John Dorroh for 7-12 grade teachers, the book is a storehouse of practical write-to-learn strategies and techniques.  Added to this edition is a special section on “How Science Portfolio Assessment Can Improve Student Writing.” Other featured sections include “Science in Students’ Words,” “Developing Observation Skills,” and “Managing the Teacher’s Paperwork Load.”  To browse the book online and to order, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB191X1.

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NSTA's A Comin' to Dallas in 2005 for a Mighty Big Convention!

Thousands of science educators from throughout the United States and the world will be headin' for Dallas next year for the 53rd annual National Science Teachers Association Convention. From March 31 to April 3, this exciting event will feature an unmatched array of professional development opportunities, from short courses to in-depth sessions on specific topics, to featured speakers and presentations, workshops, field trips, and, of course, the largest collection of science class suppliers ever in Exhibit Hall. The theme for the event is Deep in the Heart of Science, with topic strands Biomedical/Biotechnology," "Technology Showcase," "Assessment," and "Safety." Stay in touch with the NSTA Website at http://www.nsta.org/conventions to keep up with the program agenda as it takes shape this fall...and start work now on finding the funding you need to join your peers for the best science educational networkin' event ever!  For ideas on securing funding, go to http://www.nsta.org/convtips, and, of course, the earlier you start the process, the better.

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