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Hiring Delays Cost Inner-City Schools Qualified Teachers

Initiative to Bring Nobel Laureates to Schools, Funding to Teachers
Reminder: Oct. 3 Deadlines for Kansas City Earlybird Savings, Minneapolis Convention Housing
Explaining It All Through Models—With Newest NSTA Press® Book
Been to an NSTA Convention?  Loved It?  Can We Quote You?
Retirement. Is It for You?

Hiring Delays Cost Inner-City Schools Qualified Teachers

In a recent study of hiring practices in four urban school districts, 31 to 60 percent of all prospective hires withdrew their applications from consideration before the districts were prepared to hire them. These teachers often accepted positions in nearby suburban schools that offered them employment earlier. The study, titled Missed Opportunities: How We Keep High-Quality Teachers Out of Urban Classrooms, showed that of the prospective teachers who withdrew their applications, almost 50 percent would have accepted a position in an urban school if it had been offered earlier. The study also found that candidates who withdrew from the application process were better qualified than those who did not. District policies for retiring teachers, union contract requirements, and state budget approval timelines were cited as the three main contributors to lengthy hiring processes. To read an article about the study, click here: http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_09_29_extra.htm.

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Initiative to Bring Nobel Laureates to Schools, Funding to Teachers

A program co-sponsored by the philanthropic NEC Foundation of America and the education advocacy organization Science Service will bring hundreds of Nobel Laureates and other distinguished scientists into middle school classrooms during the 2003–2004 school year and will award thousands of dollars to teachers seeking funds to realize their vision of a perfect classroom. The first component of the NEC Extreme Science program, titled Give a Day, Make a Difference, will enlist distinguished scientists to volunteer a portion of their day to working one-on-one with a middle school class in their local community. The second segment of the NEC Extreme Science program, the NEC Perfect Classroom Competition, will award grants to three teachers who submit—via video essay—the most creative ideas for an ideal classroom. First- through third-place winners will each receive $5,000; $3,000; and $1,000 respectively. Read more about the NEC Extreme Science program by clicking on  http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_09_29_extra.htm#2

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Reminder: Oct. 3 Deadlines for Kansas City Earlybird Savings, Minneapolis Convention Housing

This Friday, Oct. 3, is the final day to capture maximum savings on registration for NSTA's Nov. 13–15 Kansas City, MO, convention. Browse the convention agenda of professional development workshops, short courses and presentations, and our exciting array of guests, led by featured speakers including TV documentary producer Bill Kurtis and Bob Ballard, leader of deep-sea discovery expeditions of RMS Titanic, and the German gunship Bismarck, among many famous finds… just click on    http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2003KAN

NSTA has arranged block housing at several hotels for attendees of the Minneapolis convention, Oct. 30–Nov. 1. The deadline for making advance reservations is October 3, so act now! To make your housing arrangements for the Minneapolis convention, visit http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=75&Meeting_Code=2003MIN. To explore the exciting agenda and register for the convention, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2003MIN.  And to check out all the amenities and attractions Minneapolis has to offer, visit http://www.minneapolis.org/.

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Explaining It All Through Models—With Newest NSTA Press® Book

How do you teach subjects your students can't see, touch, or hear? With models—newly important since the National Science Education Standards specifically recommended using them as an organizing framework for teaching and understanding science. Just released by NSTA Press, Understanding Models in Earth and Space Science offers practical guidance for teachers of grades 6–12, whether your lessons concern molecules or Mars. The book provides an in-depth look at specific kinds of models—what they are, how they can be designed, the best ways to use them, and possible shortcomings.  To browse the book online and to order, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB178X.

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Been to an NSTA Convention?  Loved It?  Can We Quote You?

If you've been to an NSTA convention and found the experience to be professionally rewarding, enlightening and a good investment of your and your district's investment of time and money… we'd like to hear from you.  Telling the nation's science educators about our annual convention and inviting them to attend carries much more meaning when the words come from our members and friends.  Tell us in 25–35 words what you found best about an NSTA convention experience, give us your name, grade level, convention you attended and your city and state, and we may use your comments in upcoming promotional materials.  Just e-mail us at marketing@nsta.org

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Retirement. Is It for You?

If you're thinking about retiring or are already enjoying the good life, then you won't want to miss the latest thought-provoking article from the members of the NSTA Retired Members Advisory Board—Retirement Is Only a Few Years Away.  Read it at http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=48597

The Advisory Board has produced a number of interesting articles on the subject that appear on the NSTA website, including:

So You're Thinking About Retirement www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=46424;

What to Expect as You Prepare for Retirement www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=46852; and

What to Expect After Retirement www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=48028.

Still need more information about retiring or simply want to get your questions answered? Then plan to attend the information-packed session Before and After Retirement/Practicalities and Possibilities, which will be held at each of the upcoming NSTA fall conventions. Check your Onsite Program Guide for details, or visit www.nsta.org/conventions.

For information on the Retired Members Advisory Board, contact Jay Hackett, chairperson, at Jkh6736@msn.com.

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