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Approves $101 Million for FY03 Math and Science Partnerships
NSTA Institute Online Registration Deadline Approaching
NSTA Convention Features Jam-Packed Agenda: Choosing
Is Your Challenge
Last Call for Young Inventors!
It’s as Easy as 1-2-3 to Share Your Classroom Success Stories
Congress Approves $101 Million for FY03 Math
and Science Partnerships
Last week the
Senate and House approved the appropriations bill for FY03 programs
which included funding of $101 million for the Math and Science
Partnerships (Title II Part B) at the U. S. Department of Education.
The funding was included as part of a giant omnibus spending package,
which rolled together funding for most federal programs.
The $101 million
figure passed by the House and Senate is very important, because
the authorizing law for these programs (Title II Part B of No Child
Left Behind) requires the funds to be disbursed to the states when
funding reaches $100 million. Currently, since the program only
received $12.5 million in funding for FY02, the grants were administered
by the U. S. Department of Education. Initially these partnerships
were to receive $100 million, and were subject to a .65 percent
across-the-board cut that Congress put in place for all programs.
Since the $100 million trigger may not have been implemented because
of the across-the-board cuts, the funding for the partnerships was
raised to $101 million. This means that now these partnership funds
will go as formula grants directly to each State, and the State
Education Agency will be responsible for administering local grants
to partnerships throughout the state. (For an estimate of
how much each state will receive, visit the NSTA website at www.nsta.org,
click on Math and Science Partnerships on the front page.)
This huge increase
to math and science education funding is largely thanks to Congressman
Ralph Regula (R-OH), chair of the Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
He has been a true champion for science and math education, both
nationwide and in Ohio, and he deserves our recognition and our
thanks. Ohio teachers are urged to take a moment to call or email
Mr. Regula and thank him for his generous support of science and
math education in the FY03 Appropriations bill. His contact information
(leave a message of support/thanks or speak to Laurie and relay
the message to her)
Phone, Canton office: 330-489-4414
House Office Building
Institute Online Registration Deadline Approaching
The JASON Academy,
in cooperation with the NSTA Institute, delivers online professional
development courses for teachers of science, grades 4–9. The next
course session begins February 24 and includes Introduction to
Online Learning, Assessment of Student Science Literacy, Aquatic
Ecology, Earth in the Solar System, Earth’s History, Electricity
and Magnetism, Forces and Motion, Ocean Science, Structure of the
Earth, Teaching Project-Based Science, Transfer of Energy, and
in the five-week courses earn five continuing education units (CEUs)
and up to two graduate credits. Registration costs $175 for each
course, with an additional charge for CEUs and graduate credit.
NSTA members receive a 10% discount on course registration, and
group rates are available for five or more teachers from the same
district. For more information and to register online, visit www.jason.org/academy,
or call toll free (888) 527-6600. For information regarding other
NSTA online and onsite programs, visit http://ecommerce.nsta.org/institute.
The results are
in from last week’s first NSTA Express poll on the topic of
educator space travel! Find out if your colleagues believe educators
should have a place on future shuttle missions, what they think is
the greatest value of the endeavor, and whether they would like to
join the educator astronaut corps. See details at www.nsta.org/pressroom&news_story_ID=47920.
Convention Features Jam-Packed Agenda: Choosing is Your Challenge
speakers, short courses, hundreds of exhibitors, workshops, breakout
sessions, special events, and tours are yours for the choosing when
you join us at NSTA’s 51st National Convention in Philadelphia,
March 27–30. Convention strands are planned around three key teacher
interests: Empowering Leaders and Effecting Change, Preservice/New
Inservice Teachers, and Rural/Urban Education. Whether you choose
events within one strand or navigate among them to meet your own
special interests and needs, your biggest challenge will be designing
your personal schedule! Don’t wait… visit http://www.nsta.org/conventions
to register and start your planning.
Call for Young Inventors
The entry deadline
for the Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program is fast approaching!
You still have a few weeks left to challenge your students to invent
or redesign tools that solve everyday problems. Every student who
enters the competition receives a Craftsman item; a personalized
certificate; and a chance to win awards—$250, $500, $5,000, or $10,000
U.S. savings bonds! The deadline for entries is March 4, 2003. For
full details and entry forms, please visit www.nsta.org/programs/craftsman.
Your Journal Article Ideas Online!
It is now easier
than ever before to share your creative teaching ideas with your
colleagues through the NSTA journals. Simply visit http://authors.nsta.org and follow the online
instructions to register as a new author. This new system helps
speed the review process and allows us to give you feedback in a
your manuscript online, please do the following:
- Save a copy
of your manuscript as a Word document in PC format.
- Omit any names
of or information about the author(s) in your document. This will
help facilitate our blind review process.
- Embed any graphics
into your document. If this is not possible, send your manuscript
under separate cover to Manuscript Review Coordinator, NSTA, 1840
Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000.
suggestions for preparing your manuscript, visit www.nsta.org/153,
or refer to your recent issue of your journal for a copy of our
manuscript guidelines. Questions? Contact Ken Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call him at (703) 312-9245.
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