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Week Celebration Slated for March 15-20; Visit ESTME Website for Ideas and Events
As Excellence in Science,
Technology, and Mathematics Education (ESTME) Week draws near, science teachers
are urged to visit the ESTME Website at http://www.estme.org.
The site features a gallery of award-winning Websites, a special section where
your students can Ask A Scientist or Engineer, and a collection of events and
Check out the many ways
you can get involved with ESTME Week: Invite a local scientist to demonstrate
science activities or talk about life as a scientist; pose as a host of your
own talk show on the wonders of science and ask your students to appear as a
famous scientist; challenge your students to express their views of science
in an original work of art or a game, or by developing a t-shirt design or a
poster. Visit the ESTME Website for many more ideas, slated to go live on February
23. Plan now to celebrate science March 15-20, 2004.
Speakers Headline 2004 NSTA National Convention, April 1-4, Atlanta
has assembled a stellar group of internationally known speakers for
our 52nd annual convention and exhibition in Atlanta, April
1-4. Among those to include on your “don’t-miss” list:
- Thursday, April 1—Opening
with the General Session, Jim Cantore, an “Indiana Jones” of the Elements
for The Weather Channel will talk about his early interest in science that
started him in the direction of his rewarding career.
- Friday, April 2--Gerry
M. Madrazo, Jr., former NSTA President and Clinical Professor of Science Education,
University of North Carolina will present the Robert H. Carleton Lecture on
“Language Diversity and Multicultural Science Education: Closing the Achievement
- Saturday, April 3--The
NSTA/ASE Honors Exchange Lecture on Saturday, April 3 features Stuart Naylor
and Brenda Keogh, both lecturer(s), Science Education, Manchester Metropolitan
University, Manchester, U.K., for an across-the-pond view, on the topic of
“Concept Cartoons: Switching Learners On to Science.” Featured presentation
speaker is Rodrigo Carazo, former President of Costa Rica, and President Emeritus,
University for Peace (United Nations) on the convention theme, “Connecting
Science to the World.” The President’s Annual Banquet is “An Evening with
Dr. Ruth Westheimer,” featuring the widely know psychosexual therapist, lecturer,
and author at the ticketed event.
For the full list of speakers,
additional bio information, the convention agenda, ticketed social events and
field trips, housing and child care information, and to register, visit http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004ATL.
To create your own personal convention professional development itinerary to
help you obtain funding for the event, visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxpersonal_sched.asp?meeting=2004ATL.
Advance registration deadline--for your best savings--is March 5, so don’t delay.
We’ll see y’all in Atlanta!
JASON Academy’s New Teaching Science Safely
Online Courses Debut
The JASON Academy,
part of the NSTA Institute, offers an innovative approach to professional
development for busy teachers who want to take content-rich, continuing
education science courses anytime, anywhere via the Internet. Several
new online science courses have been announced for the spring 2004
semester of JASON Academy: "Teaching Science Safely in the Elementary
School” and “Teaching
Science Safely in the Middle School” lead teachers and administrators
to investigate best practices in the area of classroom and school
safety, and make important decisions in the selection of methods
and materials. The courses emphasize inquiry in the spirit
of the National Science Education Standards and offer positive
alternatives for hands-on exploration of the natural world.
The legal implications of classroom practice are also addressed.
Courses are based on the NSTA Press books Exploring Safely—A
Guide for Elementary Teachers (http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB166X1)
and Inquiring Safely—A Guide for Middle School Teachers (http://store.nsta.org/shotItem.asp?product=
PB166X2), which are used as textbooks for the course. Browse
or purchase the books by clicking on the links. Also new for spring
are "Science and Young Children" (preK-grade 3) and
"Rainforests -- Endangered Ecosystems". Sessions
begin March 8 and space is limited, so register now—click
and follow the JASON Academy link.
NOW for the Triangle/NSTA Advocacy Conference, March 15, 2004
Come to Washington, D.C.,
and let your Members of Congress know what you think about No Child Left Behind
(NCLB). On March 15, NSTA is a cosponsor for the Triangle Coalition for Science
and Technology Education conference titled “Informing Policy in Support of Mathematics,
Science, and Technology Education” which will be held at The Capitol Hill Club
in Washington, D.C. The conference will highlight current state and national
legislative issues that will have an impact on local science, math, and technology
education programs. Conference participants will learn more about NCLB, the
Math and Science Partnerships, and the Higher Education Act from speakers that
include science and math education champions in the House and Senate (or their
staff) and officials from the U.S. Department of Education, National Science
Foundation, and the National Science Board. Participants will be urged to schedule
visits with their members of Congress after the Summit on Science on March 16.
For more information or to register, go to http://www.triangle-coalition.org
or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Winner Is…NSTA Names 2004 Outstanding Science Educators
NSTA proudly announces the recipients of its 2004 Teacher Awards,
which recognize K–12 teachers, professors, principals, and others for their
outstanding achievement in science education. The awards will be presented to
more than 20 individuals at a special banquet and ceremony at the NSTA National
Convention in Atlanta.
The Association’s most prestigious honor, the Robert H. Carleton
Award, will go to Dr. Gerald Skoog, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor
at Texas Tech University and former NSTA President. Dr. Skoog is
recognized for his outstanding contributions to and leadership in
science education at the national level and to NSTA.
NSTA congratulates all of the award winners and extends its
appreciation to the sponsors for their generous support. For a complete list
of winners, go to http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=49011.
If you’d like to see your name on this list next year—and win a trip to the
2005 National Convention—consider applying for one of our many 2005 Awards.
Stay tuned to NSTA Express for announcements and updates about next year’s
Career Center Spotlight: National Wildlife Federation Seeks Manager of Educator
National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in Reston, Va., seeks a Manager
of Educator Programs responsible for managing all aspects of NWF’s efforts with
K–8 formal education audiences, including the educator workshop program, the
Schoolyard Habitats program, and curriculum developed for formal education audiences.
For complete details regarding this position as well as a full list of other
available job opportunities, visit http://careers.nsta.org.
Registration for job seekers is confidential and FREE. Whether you're seeking
a new position or need to fill a vacancy, the NSTA Career Center is the premier
location for science education careers. Post your resume or current job opening
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