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Determines Final FY2005 Appropriations for NSF and ED Math and Science
The Math and
Science Partnerships (MSP) and other education programs under the
National Science Foundation (NSF) did not fare well in the FY2005
appropriations after legislators worked in a closed door weekend
session to complete the giant spending bill. Read more in this issue
of the NSTA
Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_11_29_legupdate.htm).
Offers Step-by-Step Funding Plan, Info on Professional Development
Institutes for 2005 Dallas Nat'l Convention
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You in Dallas!
development is a key component of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) which
requires states and school districts to increase the number of teachers
receiving professional development, and NSTA has designed our 2005
National Convention in Dallas to be an essential part of your personal
professional development plan. Starting with the NSTA Professional
Development Institutes (PDIs) on March 30, followed by the Convention
March 31-April 3, you'll have a wide range of sessions, short courses,
field trips and workshops to select from, plus the convenience of
using our Convention Personal Scheduler at http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxpersonal_sched_launch.asp?meeting=2005DAL,
to download, print and present your agenda to support your request
for funding. Session strands-Biomedical/Biotechnology; Technology
Showcase; Assessment; and Safety-focus on solid content and research-based
instructional strategies. The pre-Convention NSTA PDIs will again
be conducted by well-known professional development providers, and
the number of tracks has been expanded to six. Building on the PDIs
successful 2004 debut, the Dallas presentations will be even bigger
and richer in content, offering in-depth learning opportunities
on key topics. For the details, the tips, the dates, and more, go
To browse the agenda and register for the convention, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions.
and New Teacher Headquarters Provides Targeted Resources at a Glance
At NSTA, we
are committed to helping teachers of science at all levels to grow,
learn, and connect. That's why we've developed the Preservice and
New Teacher Headquarters. This website was specially designed to
engage more preservice teachers of science and connect them with
incredible professional development opportunities. To learn more,
P.S. Be sure
to take advantage of the special NSTA student and new teacher (those
in the first three years of teaching) membership dues rate$31
for a one-year/one-journal membership. Visit http://www.nsta.org/benefits
Everything from Genes to the Big Bang: The American Museum of Natural
History Offers Four Winter Online Courses for K-12 Teachers
Want to know
more about stem cell research? Take an online course this winter
from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) to explore both
the science and ethics of this issue, among many others. The six-week
course, "Genetics, Genomics, Genethics: Molecular Biology,"
examines the latest research into the genome and the intriguing
ethical issues that arise from such possibilities as genetic enhancement,
genetically modified foods and cloning.
is one of four life, Earth, and physical science courses being offered
by the AMNH starting January 31. Each course is designed for K-12
educators, fully web-based, and can be taken for up to four graduate
credits. The courses feature rich media elements and flexible online
discussions that include an AMNH scientist, an experienced instructor,
and a community of teachers.
A $100 discount
off the course price is available for those who register by December
7. For more information and to register, go to http://learn.amnh.org
or call 800-649-6715.
University Online Science in Education Master's Program Registration
OpensClasses Start Jan. 10; Readiness Survey, Course Demo
only changed the way I teach, it changed the way I think about learning."
Students in Lesley University's Science in Education online master's
degree program praise its important combination of science concepts
and pedagogy. Registration opens today for courses beginning Jan.
10. The Science in Education online program aligns with National
Science Education Standards that call for inquiry-based learning
and innovative teaching models. Each module is taught by two instructors-a
scientist and a science educator. For more information on the 33-credit
program, please visit http://www.lesley.edu/soe/science
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to know
more about the online learning experience and whether it's the right
professional development for you? Take Lesley University's online
survey, which will help you determine your general readiness to
participate in the Science in Education online program. Questions
address three areas:
Readiness: Your access to the time and supports in your schedule
that will allow you to give an online course or program the time
- Skills Readiness:
Your ability to use the technical capacities that you have.
Readiness: Your access to equipment and the internet.
To take the
survey and look at an online course demo, go to http://www.lesley.edu/soe/science/readiness_index.html.
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