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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).
'n' Post NSTA’s 2005 Fall Conventions Flyer… Join Us
in Hartford, Chicago, and Nashville
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.
Teams with ExxonMobil and Golfer Phil Mickelson to Support Elementary
Science and Math Teaching
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.
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.
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.
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
Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
and we’ll be in touch.
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For the latest collected education and science news from across
the country, see the NSTA Web News Digest at http://www.nsta.org/mainnews