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NSTA Legislative Update

Congress is 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).

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Two 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.

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NSTA Conventions and Conference Deadlines Coming Up

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U/Mass Extension’s “Food Handling is a Risky Business” Online Course Registration Open

University 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."

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Final Week for Fall JASON Academy Online Course Sign-Up

Whether you 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, or http://www.jason.org/academy.  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.

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The 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

Not a member and want access to the archive? Join today! (http://www.nsta.org/whyjoin)

NSTA Membership. . .Working for You!

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Receive a $50 discount on each of your job postings through September 30! Enter “B2S04” in the Promotional Code box when posting each new listing at http://careers.nsta.org.


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