one step closer to finishing work on the FY2005 appropriations for
federal education programs, including the Math and Science Partnerships
at the National Science Foundation and the U. S. Department of Education.
Read how much these programs might receive next year in this issue
of the NSTA
Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_09_27_legupdate.htm).
New National Science Foundation RFPs Focus on IT Skills and Disabilities
The first request
for proposal (RFP) issued by the National Science Foundation (NSF)—the
Information Technology (IT) Experiences for Students and Teachers—seeks
to provide opportunities for preK–12 students and teachers to learn
about, experience, and use information technologies within the context
of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses.
November 1 is the deadline for required preliminary proposals, full
proposals are due February 9. For more information go to http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04611/nsf04611.htm.
The second NSF
grant seeks to fund research and programs that increase the participation
and achievement of persons with disabilities in STEM careers. Grant
funds will also be made available to programs that develop awareness
and recognition of the needs and capabilities of students with disabilities,
and to promote appropriate instructional materials for these students.
Learn more about this grant at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04610/nsf04610.htm.
Conventions and Conference Deadlines Coming Up
Convention, Nov. 4-6—Last chance to $ave with Advance Registration:
Friday, Oct. 1. Go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004IND;
Housing deadline, Monday, Oct. 11. Go to https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do;jsessionid=WGoRkmZfe5XbpErZn8zZtA**?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=14303&locale
Convention, Nov. 18-20—Last chance to $ave with Advance Registration:
Friday, Oct. 8. Go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004SEA;
Housing deadline, Monday, Oct. 18. Go to https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=14013
Conference Linking Science and Literacy in the Classroom,
Nov. 17—Registration deadline: Monday, Nov. 1. Go to http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=97&Meeting_Code=2004SEA
Convention, Dec. 2-4—Earlybird Registration deadline for maximum
$avings: Friday, Oct. 15. Go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004RIC
Extension’s “Food Handling is a Risky Business” Online Course
of Massachusetts Extension is about to begin the second session
of Food Safety FIRST, and registration for the “Food Handling Is
a Risky Business” course, which begins Oct. 18, is now open. This
new online professional development program is designed to help
middle and high school teachers demonstrate inquiry-based learning,
increase laboratory skills, share food science and food safety ideas
with peers worldwide, develop meaningful student projects that meet
National Science Education Standards (NSES), and improve skills
in using teaching tools. CEUs and graduate credits are available.
Courses--which may be taken individually or as a three-module program--are
"Bacteria are Everywhere," "Food Handling Is a Risky
Business," and "Current Controversies in Food Science."
For full details and registration go to http://www.foodsafetyfirst.org,
and click on "How to Enroll."
Week for Fall JASON Academy Online Course Sign-Up
need to earn graduate credit or CEUs for recertification and meeting
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) highly-qualified criteria, or just want
to brush up on your content background and learn new strategies
to teach science, a JASON Academy online course may meet your needs.
Beginning Oct. 4, JASON offers five-week courses in life, physical,
and Earth sciences, as well as in science teaching pedagogy and
mathematics. Several institutions offer graduate credit in education
and in natural science. Each online course requires 6-10 hours
per week depending on the number of credits being earned. For a
complete course listing with descriptions, go to http://institute.nsta.org,
As a special offer, those who register for a JASON Academy course
by Sept. 30 will receive a free JASON long-sleeve T-shirt. NSTA
members receive 10% off the registration fee when you register online
at http://store.jason.org and enter your special
discount code: NSTA10.
NSTA Member Journals You Enjoy Every Month Are Also Available Online
If you are an
NSTA member, you can read the entire content of all four of the
Association’s journals online by going to http://www.nsta.org
and then selecting one of the grade levels. You’ll find the current
issue of your favorite journal. Members can also search the journal
archives and read articles from September 1996 to the present. Here’s
how to get the most from the NSTA journal archive:
1. First of
all, you must be a member to access the archive. You will need your
member number, which you can find on your NSTA Reports! or
journal mailing label.
2. Select the
“Journal Archive” link to the left of the current journal.
3. Once in
the archives, you will see that you can browse by issue date, browse
by subject, or search the archive.
4. Once you’ve
found an article, selecting its title will bring up the article
in Adobe Acrobat® format (“PDF”) or in both PDF and HTML
formats. In general, most people find HTML best
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