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CEOs to Gather for December 6 Summit on National Competitiveness

On December 6, CEOs nationwide will come to Washington, DC, for a high-level meeting with top administration officials to press for greater funding for research and development and a greater focus on science and mathematics education.

During the summit, which is being hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, CEOs will discuss the competitiveness challenges their companies face and hold private meetings with cabinet officers to discuss specific policy options to address those challenges. Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) initiated this summit. Participants will include Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, (R-NY), chairman, House Science Committee; Congressman Vernon Ehlers, (R-MI), chairman, House Environment, Technology and Standards Subcommittee; Richard K. Templeton, President and CEO, Texas Instruments; James G. Berges, Retired President and Senior Advisor, Emerson; David Sampson, deputy secretary of commerce; Gov. John Engler, president of the National Association of Manufacturers; and Dana Mead, retired CEO of Tenneco and chairman of the MIT Board of Trustees. Samuel Bodman, secretary of energy; Elaine Cho, secretary of labor; Carlos Gutierrez, secretary of commerce; and Arden Bement, director, National Science Foundation, will participate in the private sessions.

The event is hosted by the American Electronics Association (AeA), Business Roundtable, Council on Competitiveness, National Association of Manufacturers, Northern Virginia Technology Council, and George Mason University.

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NSB to Webcast December 7 Hearing on the Future of Science Education

On December 7, the National Science Board (NSB) will conduct the first of three public hearings on 21st Century Education in Science, Mathematics, and Technology in Room 210 of the Cannon House Office Building from 10:00a.m. - 1:30p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend in person or view the hearing live via webcast at http://boss.streamos.com/wmedia-live/hbudget/4343/100_hbudget-live_030127.asx (video) and http://143.231.224.66/hearing (audio).

The NSB will hear from invited experts nationwide as it begins to develop the Congressionally-mandated NSB Commission on 21st Century Education in Science, Mathematics, and Technology. This commission will be charged with formulating a national strategy for implementing an effective long-term approach to K-16 STEM education.

NSTA Executive Director Gerald Wheeler has been invited to provide testimony before this panel and is scheduled to speak starting at 12:20 pm. For more information go to http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/meetings/2005/12_07_k-12.pdf.

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Don’t Forget Your Special 2005 Teacher’s Tax Deduction: $250 For Out-of-Pocket Purchases Before December 31

Buy some last-minute holiday gifts that will benefit you and your students this year or in 2006…but do it by the end of 2005. Originally passed in 2002 and extended to the 2004 and 2005 calendar years, the tax law allows an “above-the-line” federal tax deduction for teachers for the first $250 “out-of-pocket” you spend on instructional materials and classroom supplies. But the current deduction expires on December 31. To read about efforts underway to make the tax deduction permanent, visit the National Education Association (NEA) website (http://www.nea.org/lac/edtax/index.html).

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Creative, Quick, and Easy Holiday Lesson Plans Are Just a Click Away for NSTA Members

Ornament lab. Christmas and Physics. Frosty the Photon Song. These are just a few of the ideas discussed in recent days on NSTA’s members-only Listservs. Subscribers ask questions and share information about topics that are important to them and receive answers they can use from others with first-hand experience.

NSTA Members who subscribe (at no extra cost!) can now select from 11 topic areas: biology, chemistry, computer science, Earth science, elementary, environmental science, general science, physical science, physics, and technology education, and our newest Listserv—new teacher. This virtual networking community is available 24/7 to NSTA members. Take a look; you’ll be glad you did! To subscribe, visit http://www.nsta.org/listserver for complete details. Not a member? Join today. Visit http://www.nsta.org/memcategories.

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Perspectives on Research, Trends, and Best Practices in Science Ed Explored in Newest NSTA Press Title

Teaching Science in the 21st Century is a collection of 21 provocative essays from NSTA Press and the National Science Education Leadership Association, presenting a fresh look at the latest research, trends, and best practices that science teachers and science education leaders can use, organized around five themes: Learning, Leadership, Professional Development, Science Classroom, and Building Partnerships and Collaboration. Important reading for science educators from K-College. To browse the book online and to order, visit http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB195X. As always, NSTA members receive a 20% discount on the retail price of NSTA Press titles.

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And Don't Forget... 

  • Analyze your questioning techniques and greatly improve them with the December NSTA Press online special book: How to ... Ask the Right Questions. Order by month-end for a 30% discount...online only! For more information, go to http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial.

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