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Senators Coleman and Durbin Launch Senate Science and Math Education Caucus; House STEM Ed Caucus Holds First Event

Last week the House Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Caucus held their first Capitol Hill event and two U.S. Senators sent a letter asking their colleagues to join the newly-formed bipartisan STEM Ed caucus in that chamber. For more information (and to find out how you can recruit your Members of Congress to join these important caucuses) read this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_02_07_legupdate.htm)

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Dallas Convention Symposia to Feature Authors of NSTA Press Books

Of special note among the 51 short courses for attendees to choose from at NSTA’s 2005 National Convention and Exhibition in Dallas, March 31-April 3, are three new symposia featuring highly regarded NSTA Press authors on their special areas of expertise:

  • Force & Motion: Stop Faking It! Symposium, presented by Bill Robertson, author of the (soon-to-be) six-book Stop Faking It series on physical science topics, covering the content and basic force and motion concepts you need to teach it in grades 3-8. (Friday, April 1)
  • Picture-Perfect Science, presented by Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan, authors of Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry, presenting their uniquely effective strategies for seamlessly integrating reading strategies into Standards-based inquiry science lessons for grades 3-6. (Thursday, March 31)
  • Science Curriculum Topic Study, presented by Page D. Keeley, Lynn Farrin, and Francis Eberle, will introduce registrants to a set of tools and processes using national standards, cognitive research, and content readings addressing adult literacy, instructional implications, and more. Keeley is author of Science Curriculum Topic Study: Bridging the Gap Between Standards and Practice, copublished by NSTA Press and due in March. (Saturday, April 2)

Symposia include two live web seminar follow-up sessions, and participants will receive a copy of the NSTA Press book noted. Class sizes for these symposia short courses are limited, so read all the details at http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspx#symposia and register now.

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Innovations in Science Education: The California Science Project

Every few weeks in NSTA Express we feature a promising new (or not so new) idea, strategy, and/or innovative program in science and math education that we think merits the attention of more than 200,000 NSTA Express readers. This column is an interactive endeavor, so send your ideas of a large-scale, innovative program in science and math education to jodi_p@nsta.org. This week learn more about higher education-based regional sites that provide California teachers with professional development and much more. Read more about the California Science Project by visiting http://csmp.ucop.edu/csp/index.php.

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Go from Web-wary to Web Wizardry with Newest NSTA Press Title… Download a Sample Chapter-Free!

How to…Weave the Web into K-8 Science is every teacher’s custom-made guide to bringing the best of the Internet into the classroom. Just released by NSTA Press, the book offers resources for web-based science teaching and learning plus online technical help for both beginners and experienced computer users. You even get instructions for developing your own web page. Best of all, in a special companion web site, you’ll find updated web addresses as well as new resources.

Although it’s targeted to elementary and middle school science teachers, How to Weave the Web applies to any subject you teach to students of any age. So whether you’re wondering how to integrate the Internet into your science curriculum, looking for fresh resources, or simply need faster, easier strategies for planning projects online, How to Weave the Web should be your guide.

As a special introductory offer to readers of NSTA Express, you are invited to download a complete chapter of this new book at no charge when you complete a brief questionnaire at http://science.nsta.org/survey_chapter_weave. As always, NSTA members receive a 20% discount on all NSTA Press titles. To buy this book, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB191X2.

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To Maximize Your Membership Experience in Dallas, Start With Our Round-Up of Special Events

Whether you are a new or experienced member of NSTA, our national convention in Dallas has much to offer you. Your membership is what you make of it—so check out these wonderful learning and networking opportunities (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_02_07_dallas.htm).

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