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Scheduled on Popular AAAS/NSTA Book Atlas of Science Literacy
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.
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
Loan Forgiveness for Science Teachers Offered by U.S. Department
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
a Peek at the Advance Program for NSTA’s Dallas ’05
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.”
Store Launches New Online-only Book Special: Get Science Fairs-Plus
at a 30% Discount, for Limited Time
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.
NSTA/NASA Wednesday Seminar Shares Solar Exploration—Register
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.
All Student Inventors! Enter the Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors
Awards Program and Win Up to $10,000
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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