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Legislative Update: Administration’s FY2005 Budget Eliminates NSF Math and Science
Last week the
Administration released the budget for FY2005 programs, and it includes
major changes to the Math and Science Partnerships at both the National
Science Foundation and the U. S. Department of Education. Read all
about it in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update: http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_02_09_extra.htm.
Plan Your Convention Professional Development Agenda Online… Print,
Present, Persuade, and Get Funding to Attend NSTA’s Atlanta 2004
As a service for science
educators in their quest to remain or become “highly qualified,” NSTA offers
tips so you can obtain the funding you need to attend our richly rewarding national
convention. And now, to use in combination with the full online Atlanta four-day
agenda of sessions, workshops, presentations, and enrichment activities, we’ve
adapted our popular Convention Scheduler form for you to use BEFORE you register…
to create your best, on-paper case to support your request for funds! It’s
convenient, it’s flexible, and it’s all spelled out when you’ve finished—the
what, why, when and wherefore to convince your decision-maker (principal, district
science supervisor, school/district instructional leader, or superintendent’s
office) that you should join NSTA in Atlanta, April 1-4 for a successful professional
To use the Personal Scheduler,
go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxpersonal_sched.asp.
You’ll want to consider enrollment in NSTA’s new Professional Development Institutes
as the centerpiece of your convention plan; for the details, visit http://www.nsta.org/profdevinstitutes.
To browse the overall Convention agenda, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004ATL.
registration deadline is Friday, February 13… so register NOW for best savings!
16 Entry Deadline Quickly Approaching for 2004 Craftsman/NSTA
Young Inventors Awards
Join the fun by sponsoring
your students in the 2004 Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program. But
don’t wait—you only have until March 16 to submit entries for this year’s program.
The Young Inventors Awards
Program challenges students to use their creativity and imagination along with
science, technology, and mechanical ability to invent or modify a tool. The
tool should perform a practical function, such as mend, make life easier or
safer, entertain, or solve an everyday problem. Some of last year’s winners
include the Paper Shaper, a device that turns shredded paper into fireplace
logs, and the Keasy, a key equipped with a handle to make opening doors easier
for those with arthritis.
Two national winners, ten
finalists and 24 regional awardees (representing two grade categories) will
receive US Savings Bonds ranging from $250 to $10,000! All students who enter
will receive a certificate and gift.
To request entry materials
and a teacher's guide, visit us online at www.nsta.org/programs/craftsman;
or call 1-888-494-4994.
Science Teachers Still Getting Funds for Professional Development? Your Response
For years science
teachers relied on the Eisenhower state grants for professional
development funding. How has the No Child Left Behind law changed
the way your school or district provides training opportunities
for science teachers? Let us know by taking a few minutes to complete
this NSTA survey: http://ecommerce.nsta.org/survey_nclb_pd_funding
Challenged in Your Career? If Not, Maybe it’s Time to Make a Change
To help you get where you
want to go, we’ve created the NSTA Career Center. Registration for job seekers
is easy and FREE! Search the online database for the newest jobs in science
education and take a look at valuable tips for successfully landing your next
job. And if you post your resume before March 15, 2004, you will automatically
be entered to win one of five $20 NSTA Science Store gift certificates! Winners
will be notified and their names will available at the NSTA Showcase at the
2004 national convention in Atlanta, April 1-4. Visit careers.nsta.org
and find your new career!
Not a member
and want to join? Visit https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp!
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you to join the crowd by going to www.nsta.org/whyjoin!
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