Teacher Survey: Safety in the School Science Laboratory
Do you conduct science labs for students in grades 7–12? If
so, take a minute to answer a few questions from NSTA about safety
and your science laboratory (http://www.nsta.org/survey_safety_science_lab).
Results of the survey will be released in the next edition of NSTA
Are You “Highly Qualified”? No
Child Left Behind Analysis Sessions Highlight Area Conventions;
Save on Kansas City Registration Before Oct. 17
At every NSTA convention since the inception of No Child Left
Behind (NCLB), interest in our featured presentations on the application
and interpretation of the legislation has continued to increase.
You won’t want to miss this important panel discussion at our Kansas
City, MO, convention, Nov. 13–15, as we speak to the challenges
and opportunities states are addressing...with special attention
to how Missouri and Kansas are incorporating NCLB into state practice.
The panel discussion will feature Carolyn Randolph, NSTA Retiring
President, and V.P. for Outreach and Student Research, South Carolina
Governor's School for Math and Science; Alexa Pochowski, Assistant
Commissioner of Education, Kansas State Department of Education;
Bert Schulte, Assistant Commissioner, Missouri Department of Elementary
and Secondary Education; and Jodi Peterson, NSTA Director of Legislative
For best savings, browse the convention agenda and register by
Friday, Oct. 17, at http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2003KAN.
NSTA Introduces Online Book Club for
Science Teachers—Autumn Is October Topic for Elementary Educators
Elementary teachers looking for great new ideas to integrate books
about autumn into science lessons are invited to participate in
the new NSTA Book Club. The Club features a discussion of autumn
books and lots of activities and ideas for exploring the science
of Fall with elementary students. Throughout the month, teachers
are encouraged to read to students from a book on the recommended
list, engage them in activities provided on the web site, and then
share examples of student work and other insights with teachers
online. The discussion will also feature award-winning author George
Levenson, who will be answering questions about his book Pumpkin
Circle. Book Club resources include activities, background material
about the science of Fall, ideas for using trade books to teach
science, links, and discussion. For more information or to participate,
visit www.nsta.org/bookclub. It's free and open
to both NSTA members and non-members.
NSTA, Shell Oil Company Announce 14th
Annual Shell Science Teaching Award—November 15 Deadline Quickly
Now’s the time to nominate one of your teacher colleagues—or
yourself—for the Shell Science Teaching Award. This prestigious
award recognizes K–12 classroom science teachers who have
had a positive impact on their students, school, and community through
their exemplary classroom teaching. One teacher will be awarded
$10,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to NSTA's National Convention
in Atlanta, and two finalists will receive an all-expense-paid trip
to the convention. For more information or to download an application,
visit www.nsta.org/192, or contact Lori Pinson at
(703) 312-9217 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Message From President-Elect Anne
Tweed: Join an NSTA Committee
The success and vitality of any organization can be directly attributed
to the work of dedicated people who believe in the organization’s
mission and goals.
The mission of the NSTA is to promote excellence and innovation
in science teaching and learning for all. We are looking for NSTA
members who want to help us achieve this mission through their work
on an NSTA committee, advisory board, or review panel.
As an active committee member, you will interact with colleagues,
gain insights into the complexity of issues, and have a positive
impact on science teaching and learning in your own state as well
as nationally. NSTA depends on volunteers just like you—we
need your expertise and value your input. Please consider volunteering
your time and knowledge to NSTA next year; for more information,
Deadline for submission is November 15, 2003.