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Congress Determines Final FY2005 Appropriations for NSF and ED Math and Science Partnerships

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).

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Guide Offers Step-by-Step Funding Plan, Info on Professional Development Institutes for 2005 Dallas Nat'l Convention…Start Now, See You in Dallas!

Quality professional 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 http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/dallas.pdf. To browse the agenda and register for the convention, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions.

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Preservice 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, visit http://www.nsta.org/newandpreservice today!

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 for details.

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Study 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.

This course 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.

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Lesley University Online Science in Education Master's Program Registration Opens—Classes Start Jan. 10; Readiness Survey, Course Demo Available

"It not 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 science@lesley.edu.

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:

  • Disposition Readiness: Your access to the time and supports in your schedule that will allow you to give an online course or program the time it demands.
  • Skills Readiness: Your ability to use the technical capacities that you have.
  • Technical 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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