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Workshops Scheduled on Popular AAAS/NSTA Book Atlas of Science Literacy

AAAS Project 2061 announced that it will hold a series of workshops focused on the wildly popular reference for K-12 science educators the Atlas of Science Literacy, co-published in 2001 with NSTA. K-12 teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists, researchers, university faculty, and other professionals are invited to participate in these professional development workshops designed to improve classroom practices and help students achieve important learning goals. The workshops scheduled for 2005 include: March 7-9 (Mon.-Wed.) in Washington, DC, at AAAS; June 9-11 (Thurs.-Sat.) in St. Louis, MO, at Maryville University (workshop co-host); and October 17-19 (Mon.-Wed.) in Washington, DC, at AAAS.

The Atlas of Science Literacy is a collection of conceptual strand maps for nearly 50 key topics in science, mathematics, and technology. Strand maps display the connections among key ideas and skills and the sequence in which K-12 students might develop their understanding of various topics. The three-day Atlas workshops demonstrate how to use Atlas maps and related resources to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
For more information on the workshops visit http://www.project2061.org/041229/workshops. To review and order the Atlas of Science Literacy, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PA001X.

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New Loan Forgiveness for Science Teachers Offered by U.S. Department of Education

Teachers who teach math, science, or special education, and who have taught for five years in a Title I school, may be eligible for new loan forgiveness limits. The legislation recently signed into law by President Bush, The Taxpayer-Teacher Protection Act (P.L. 108-409), authorizes up to $17,500 in loan forgiveness to eligible highly qualified math, science and special education teachers. The increased amount of teacher loan forgiveness is available to new borrowers (teachers with no outstanding loan balances prior to October. 1, 1998, who borrow eligible loans prior to October. 1, 2005). For more information on the program, and to see if you qualify for the loan forgiveness, call the Department's Federal Student Aid Customer Service hotline at 1-800-433-7327. More information is also available at http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/tools/initiative/updates/2005/0124.html or http://www.ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/GEN0414.html.

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Sneak a Peek at the Advance Program for NSTA’s Dallas ’05 Convention

advance program for DallasThe Convention Department of the National Science Teachers Association is pleased to offer readers of NSTA Express an advance online look at the complete print program for our highly anticipated national convention in Dallas, Texas, March 31-April 3, 2005. You’ll find everything you want to know—before the program even lands in your mailbox so you can register now and save! Browse through the agenda, hour-by-hour, day-by-day, event-by-event…from preconvention Professional Development seminars to featured speakers, sessions, short courses, field trips, exhibitors, transportation and housing, advice on getting funding, special affiliate organization events—and every session of the three-and-a-half-day science education extravaganza. The program is in pdf format, and there’s lots to read to persuade you to join us, so get comfortable and go to http://science.nsta.org/2005dal/advance_program.asp. Join us “Deep in the Heart of Science.”

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Science Store Launches New Online-only Book Special: Get Science Fairs-Plus at a 30% Discount, for Limited Time

NSTA Press, the publishing arm of NSTA, through our online Science Store, will be offering readers of NSTA Express and visitors to our web site a special, limited-time price on one of our best-selling books. Science Fairs-Plus: Reinventing an Old Favorite, K-8, is “a sure cure for science fair fatigue…a collection of 19 articles from our member journals…bound to re-energize the way you plan and produce these mainstay events.” To learn more and to order, just go to http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial. And thank you for your interest and enthusiasm for the science teaching resources from NSTA Press.

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Online NSTA/NASA Wednesday Seminar Shares Solar Exploration—Register FREE

The next in the NSTA/NASA free live web seminar series continues on Wednesday, February 2, from 7-8 p.m. EST, with "Planetary Surfaces II." Registrants will share in NASA’s extreme exploration of our solar system, listen to presentations from research scientists and participate in hands-on classroom activities. The seminar will explore the NASA research themes: Where did we come from? Where are we going? Are we alone? The latest from Mars missions will be featured, as well as activities for the classroom that connect Earth science to research about the red planet. For more information and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxseminar_reg.asp. Registration closes at noon EST on February 2.

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Calling All Student Inventors! Enter the Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program and Win Up to $10,000

A wheelbarrow that doesn’t tip over, a lawn chair with adjustable legs, and a wheelchair that reclines are a few of the award-winning inventions created by students in the Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program. The Craftsman program challenges students to use their creativity and imagination along with science, technology, and mechanical ability to invent or modify a tool. Open to all students in grades 2–8, the top winners can receive up to $10,000 in savings bonds. But, students can’t win if they don’t enter. Deadline for entries in the 2005 program is March 15. Get all the details at http://www.nsta.org/programs/craftsman. To download a teacher guide and to get tips on how to get your students involved, go to http://www.nsta.org/programs/craftsman/forteachers.htm. Every student who submits a completed entry will receive a personalized certificate and a small gift.

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