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National Congress on Science Education 2006 Is a Success

Over 100 science education leaders gathered in Toronto last week for the 2006 National Congress on Science Education. Read a summary of the Congress at http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_07_24_congress.htm.

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NSTA Legislative Update: Senate Appropriations Committees Mark Up FY2007 Spending Bills

In the last two weeks, two Senate panels have approved bills that include increased funding for key science and math education programs in FY2007. Read more about the funding bills for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education in this week’s NSTA Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_07_24_legupdate.htm).

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Science Education in the News

In an effort to boost math and science test scores, the Los Angeles Unified School District has taken several steps to attract and keep teachers in those fields at the district's neediest schools. The Los Angeles Times reports on the district’s efforts to both recruit and retain teachers and increase training programs at universities and community colleges. The Christian Science Monitor reports on the growing popularity of the Exploratorium’s Iron Science Teacher Competition that showcases the outstanding talents of science educators. Read more in this week’s edition of Science Education in the News (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_07_24_sciednews.htm).

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Ready, Set, Register! For NSTA’s Exciting Fall Conferences: Omaha, October 19-21; Baltimore, November 2-4; and Salt Lake City, December 7-9

Our dazzling array of featured speakers, sessions and presentations, short courses and professional development institutes, field trips, and a new learning dissemination conference are detailed online for you at www.nsta.org/conferences. So start your registration process with the Personal Scheduler at www.nsta.org/main/conventions/schedule_select.php. There, you can create your own professional development itinerary to help obtain the funding you need to join us for the most rewarding career experience you’ll have all year. Then register when ready! The earlybird deadline for best prices to attend the first event in Omaha is right around the corner (September 15), and many of the pre-registration-required events will sell out fast …so don’t wait.

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Register Now and Incorporate Nutrition Into the Classroom With NTEN’s Fall Online Graduate Level Course

Nutrition is a key element in managing body weight and fueling physical fitness and athletic performance. But what nutritional strategies are optimal? Which dietary supplements work? Find out the latest research in the National Teachers Enhancement Network's (NTEN) fall nutrition course. Nutrition for Fitness and Performance is intended for teachers (science, mathematics, health, physical education, family and consumer science, and athletic coaches) interested in integrating nutrition and exercise science, computer technology, and internet resources into their teaching. For this and all of NTEN's fall 2006 graduate level courses in earth science, education, geography, land resources, microbiology, physics, and astronomy, go to www.scienceteacher.org or call 800-282-6062. NSTA members receive a 10% discount on select courses.

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Stay Connected This Summer With NSTA Listservs

By joining one of NSTA’s active list server communities (http://www.nsta.org/listservsabout), you’ll be able to stay in touch with peers, solve problems, and prepare for the start of school. This virtual networking community is available 24/7 to NSTA members. Subscribers ask questions and share information about topics that are important to them and receive answers they can use from others with firsthand experience. Choose from these discussion areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Earth science
  • Elementary
  • Environmental science
  • General science
  • Physical science
  • Physics
  • Technology education
  • New teacher

NSTA’s networking listserv is available only to NSTA members. If you are an NSTA member but cannot enter the listserv groups, it may be because you have not registered as a list server user (http://www.nsta.org/listserver). If you are not an NSTA member, we invite you to join (https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp) and discover the many benefits of membership (http://www.nsta.org/membership).

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And Don't Forget... 

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Take a look at these institutions offering courses for science educators!

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