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NSTA Legislative Update: House Funds Dept. of Education MSP at $190M

The Math and Science Partnerships at the Department of Education receive
$190 million for FY2006 following a House committee markup and the House of Representatives gives final approval to an appropriations bill for FY2006 programs at the National Science Foundation. Read all about it in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_06_20_legupdate.htm).

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NSTA’s Second NSF-funded Conference to Connect with Chicago Convention; Focus Turns to Science Assessment: Research and Practical Approaches

For the second straight year, NSTA, with support from the National Science Foundation, will present an intensive daylong conference in conjunction with—and one day before—an area convention. This fall, the subject will be Science Assessment: Research and Practical Approaches for grades 3-12, and the conference will take place in Chicago on November 9, the day before the start of our November 10-12 convention at the city’s famous Navy Pier. The conference is designed to familiarize practitioners with current NSF-funded research on the multiple forms, roles, and contexts for student assessment in science. Approximately 25-30 presenters from the fields of science education research, instructional materials development, assessment design, school administration, and teacher professional development are expected to participate.

Early registration is encouraged, as last year’s NSTA/NSF conference in Seattle was a sellout. For details on this important professional development event, visit http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=110&Meeting_Code=2005CHI.

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NSTA Releases New Position Statement on Use of Animals in the Science Classroom

NSTA, led by a panel of K-12 science teachers, has developed a new position statement, "Responsible Use of Live Animals and Dissection in the Science Classroom." The statement examines the issues surrounding the integration of animals into the K-12 science curriculum and highlights key considerations that should be addressed when deciding to introduce live animals in the classroom and involve students in dissection activities. The statement will be a useful resource to both educators and school officials and will help them make informed decisions about the integration of animals in the science curriculum. NSTA thanks its members who provided valuable feedback during the development of this statement. To read and download the statement, go to http://www.nsta.org/positionstatement&psid=44. To read all NSTA position statements, go to http://www.nsta.org/position.

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New to Science Teaching and Need Advice? NSTA’s “New Teacher” Member Listserve Now Online

We know how difficult it can be starting out as a new teacher or at a new school. That’s why NSTA developed the New Teacher Listserve to address the specific needs and questions of new teachers of science. Exclusively for NSTA members, this online forum allows subscribers to post messages and responses right from your computer desktop. Ten other list topics are also available. For more information, visit http://www.nsta.org/listserver. To subscribe, simply update your personal settings at http://www.nsta.org/update. Once you’ve logged in, scroll to the “Subscribe to NSTA Listserves” section of the form. Questions? Contact NSTA Member Services at membership@nsta.org or 703-243-7100.

NSTA. Working for YOU!

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What are you doing this summer? Plenty! Say Educators

From summer part-time jobs to graduate courses and from eco-vacations to workshops, many of you shared with us your busy plans for the summer ahead. For a sampling of what some of your colleagues have in store for this summer, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_06_20_summer.htm. Many thanks to all who took our survey and congratulations to the teacher who told us he/she is getting married this weekend! Have a great summer from NSTA Express.

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Another Winning Season for NSTA Member Journals as Science Scope, Science and Children Entries Among Elite Group of 2005 Awards Finalists

The Association of Educational Publishers recognized two NSTA member publications with inclusion among finalists for their AEP Distinguished Achievement Awards: Science Scope for the ongoing “Scope on Safety” column (for a sample column, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/science_scope.php?category_ID=87&news_story_ID=50316 and Science and Children for a March 2004 editorial by Chris Ohana on force and motion (to read the editorial, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/sceditorial.pdf).

The Society of National Association Publishers (SNAP) presented a Gold Award for Cover Design to Science Scope for the September 2004 issue and a Bronze Award in the same category to Science and Children, for its March 2004 issue. Science and Children also received a Gold Award in the Design Excellence category.

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And Don't Forget... 

Blog With Science and Children Online and Explore PreK-2 Science Learning in "The Early Years" at http://science.nsta.org/earlyyearsblog

Have openings to fill in your school or district? NSTA’s Career Center is your best classified ad option to find just the right candidates. Find out how at http://careers.nsta.org.

Don’t wait! Buy Help! I’m Teaching Middle School Science at a 30% discount during June…online Science Store only, at http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial.

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