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NSTA Legislative Update: House Committee Okays Science/Math Initiative as Part of Higher Education Act

Last week the House Education and Workforce Committee passed an amendment to the Higher Education Act (HEA) that will create a new scholarship program for STEM graduates, provide loan forgiveness to science and math teachers, and supply grants to create state-based councils, which will focus on K-12 science and math education. Read more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_07_25_legupdate.htm).

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Print 'n' Post NSTA’s 2005 Fall Conventions Flyer… Join Us in Hartford, Chicago, and Nashville

Thousands of science educators will gather this fall in Hartford (October 20-22), Chicago (November 10-12) and Nashville (December 1-3) to find new knowledge, unique experiences, the latest “tools of the trade,” networking opportunities, and old acquaintances. Registrations are coming in at a steady pace, taking advantage of best-buy earlybird pricing. To reserve a place at special professional development sessions, such as “Science Assessment: Research and Practical Approaches” in Chicago on November 9 (prior to the convention opening), visit http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=110&Meeting_Code=2005CHI. And you can help us spread the word about these exciting gatherings! Go to http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/convention.pdf, to print the two-page full-color conventions highlights flyer (also printable in black and white), then post it in your school’s faculty room. Thanks for your help. For full details and agendas for all area conventions and to register online, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions.

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NSTA Teams with ExxonMobil and Golfer Phil Mickelson to Support Elementary Science and Math Teaching

Nearly 200 science and math teachers spent last week exploring Newton laws of motion using eggs, golf balls, and various other items to help them learn—and teach—important concepts of science and math. Sponsored by ExxonMobil and PGA golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy provided third- through fifth-grade teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in science and math. NSTA and Math Solutions developed the curriculum and provided teacher trainers for the intensive week-long program.

The goals of the Academy are to deepen teachers’ understanding of math and science content in the areas of data and statistics, measurement, and force and motion; build expertise in facilitating student learning through problem solving and inquiry; and use links between math and science to support student learning.

The Mickelsons have a long history of supporting children’s education initiatives. Not only have they committed themselves financially to the Academy, they also are devoting their time and attention to the Academy and to the importance of math and science education. A national advertising campaign about their commitment to the program and partnership with ExxonMobil is also getting much-needed national attention for science and math education.

NSTA thanks ExxonMobil and the Mickelsons for their support for science and math teachers and looks forward to hosting similar Academy events in coming years. To read more about the program, read this article in Geotimes magazine at http://www.geotimes.org/june05/education.html.

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Serve on the NSTA Board of Directors or NSTA Council—Here's How

Just a reminder—nominations for the NSTA Board of Directors and NSTA Council are due September 16, 2005, so now is the time to gather up nomination information. If you are looking for a challenging leadership position that can have an impact on quality science education, then we are looking for you. Applications are now being accepted for the 2006 NSTA election. You can now submit your application online or download a form at http://www.nsta.org/nominations. Questions? E-mail nominations@nsta.org.

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And Don't Forget... 

Now that you have time on your hands, take a look at NSTA's new topic-specific SciGuides for classroom internet use... check out the demo and download a free sample at http://www.nsta.org/main/SciGuides.

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

Want more information about membership in NSTA? Complete the quick online Inquiry Form at http://ecommerce.nsta.org/sendmeinfo, and we’ll be in touch.

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