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Vote Counts! Cast Your Vote Today in the NSTA 2004 Election
now open for the 2004 NSTA Board and Council Elections. NSTA members
are urged to cast your vote now for President-Elect and three Division
Directors: High School, College, and Coordination & Supervision.
Members in the following NSTA districts will also vote on new directors:
DE, DC, MD
AL, CZ, FL, GA, PR, VI
MN, ND, SD
KS, MO, NE
ID, MT, WY
AK, OR, WA
Voting is easier
than ever. Members can vote online at http://www.intelliscaninc.com/nsta.htm
using your membership number and a ballot control number. Complete
voting instructions were included in the paper ballots mailed to
NSTA members the week of December 8th, 2003. Those wishing to vote
by mail ballot can still do so. Deadline for receipt of ballots
is February 20, 2004. Election results will follow shortly after
the deadline. If you have any questions, contact Lori Pinson
a NASA Explorer School
across the country are now eligible to apply online for an opportunity
to partner with NASA in a program designed to bring engaging mathematics,
science, and technology learning to educators, students, and families.
Each year the NES program establishes a three-year partnership between
NASA and 50 school teams consisting of teachers and education administrators
from diverse communities across the country.
with NASA, NES teams will acquire and use new teaching resources
and technology tools for grades 4–9 using NASA's unique content,
experts, and other resources. Schools in the program are eligible
to receive up to $17,500 over the three-year period to purchase
technology tools that support science and mathematics instruction.
information and to apply, visit explorerschools.nasa.gov.
deadline is January 30, 2004.
Loom on Tax Deductions, Online Courses, Awards Programs, and More--Here’s
a Do Not Forget List
Looking for things to do over the long holiday vacation?
Even if you’re not… here’s a reminder calendar of upcoming deadlines
that we’ve highlighted in recent editions of NSTA Express:
December 31, 2003: Your last day for purchasing
books and supplementary classroom materials and receiving a personal
2003 federal tax year deduction of up to $250 as a Deduction
for Educator Expenses. For full information, go to http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/OI,,id=112593,00.html;
for the best in science teaching books to browse and buy, visit
December 31, 2003: Last day to make a personal
difference in our nation’s urban science classrooms and get a 2003
tax deduction for your contribution to City Science: A Campaign
to Engage Urban Teachers. For a short video on NSTA’s City
Science initiative and how your contribution can help, visit www.nsta.org/cityscience.
January 1, 2004: Last day for high school
science teachers whose classes are working collaboratively on improvement
projects with their communities to submit manuscripts on their experiences
for possible publication in NSTA’s journal, The Science Teacher.
Submissions are accepted online only; to submit visit http://msrs.nsta.org
and note the “theme” is “Student/Teacher/Community Successes.”.
January 8, 2004: First of several January
sign-up deadlines for NTEN (National Teachers Enhancement Network)
Spring Graduate Credit online science courses for K-12 teachers
in 11 subject areas. Visit http://institute.nsta.org
and follow the NTEN link for information and registration.
January 15, 2004: Deadline for potential
presenters at NSTA’s fall 2004 conventions--Indianapolis, Nov. 4-6;
Seattle, Nov.18-20; and Richmond, VA, Dec. 2-4--to submit online
proposals. To review the strands and access the online proposal
fill-in forms, go to http://www.nsta.org/sessions.
January 16, 2004: Last day to enter the
2004 Toyota TAPESTRY Grants program which will award $550,000 in
grants to up to 70 K-12 teachers of science. For full information,
go to http://www.nsta.org/programs/tapestry.
January 30, 2004: Final day for applications
from schools to partner with NASA in their highly regarded Explorer
Schools program, a three-year relationship designed to bring engaging
science, mathematics, and technology learning to educators, students,
and families… financial support included. For information and application,
go to http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.
February 3, 2004: 2004 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision
Awards program deadline… win up to $10,000 for you and your students.
Details at www.nsta.org/virtualworkshops,
under Virtual Workshop Archives, then “Invent the Future
February 20, 2004: Last day for members
to vote online in the NSTA 2004 election (but you’ll be too late
if you mail in your ballot… because that has to be received
by February 20, 2004). To vote online, visit http://www.intelliscaninc.com/nsta.htm.
Please note that you’ll have to use the member and ballot control
numbers listed above your name and address on the mail ballot you
received to access your online ballot.
NSTA Press® Book Puts Evolution Issue in Perspective
If ever a subject could benefit from a strong dose
of perspective, it’s evolution. NSTA Press has released an important
new book with valuable insights and views from leading scientists,
professors, and teachers on the issue. Evolution in Perspective:
The Science Teacher’s Compendium is a collection of 12 influential
articles first published in the NSTA member journal The Science
Teacher. From a practical standpoint, the book can help you
address the subject in the classroom without being dragged into
endless, ultimately unproductive debate. From a substantive standpoint,
it provides a remarkable overview of the state of teaching evolution
Geared for science teachers at the 5-12th-grade
level, Evolution in Perspective is now available from the
NSTA Science Store at http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB181X
Holidays from the NSTA -- See You in 2004
NSTA would like to wish all of you a happy holiday season and a
healthy and prosperous new year. NSTA Express will return
to a regular weekly schedule on Monday, January 5. See you in 2004!
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