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to Washington last week following the summer break with plenty of
work still unfinished before the 108th Congress officially
ends in late October. Read about what’s ahead for federal education
programs, and the latest news and information on No Child Left Behind,
in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update. Visit http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_09_13_legupdate.htm.
Are the Presidential Candidates Saying About Education?
political conventions are over and both the Democrats and Republicans
have adopted their party’s education platforms. Read more about
the education proposals from each campaign in this inclusive side-by-side
prepared by Washington Partners LLC and the Alliance for Excellent
Education. Click here to read more: http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/candidates.pdf
Convention Earlybird Registration Deadline for Best $avings is Sept.
our 2004 Midwestern Area Convention to Indianapolis Nov. 4-6, and
now is almost the last minute for registering at the lowest possible
price! Over 250 practical hands-on workshops, presentations, sessions,
and short courses will be presented under four strands: Assessment
and Evaluation, Technology, Literacy, and Science
Outside the Box. We’ve put together a 2-1/2 day event, jam-packed
with solutions to challenges just like the ones you face everyday,
and an exhibit hall featuring the newest products and services for
the classroom. Take a browse through the full agenda, the special
field trips and the list of highly regarded speakers) such as Brady
Barr, renowned herpetologist and host of National Geographic’s series
Reptile Wild with Dr. Brady Barr) at http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004IND…and
use the Personal Scheduler to set up an hour-by-hour outline of
rewarding learning, print, and present it with your request for
professional development funding to join NSTA in Indianapolis.
a Do Not Forget List of Deadlines for NSTA Student Competitions
and Teacher Awards Programs
As you finalize
your schedule for the school year, don’t forget to add the following
deadlines. NSTA—with the generous support of corporate sponsors—is
offering numerous programs to honor and reward outstanding students
2004: NSTA Teacher Awards. Don’t be shy. Nominate one of your
colleagues—or yourself—for a 2005 Teacher Award. NSTA offers 14
different programs to recognize and reward excellence among K–12
educators, professors, and principals. Check out the 2005 awards
2005: Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers. Win
money to make your innovative science program a reality. The 2005
TAPESTRY program will award $550,000 in grants and mini-grants to
a minimum of 70 K-12 teachers of science. For information,
go to http://www.nsta.org/programs/tapestry.
1, 2005: Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards program. Now’s a
great time to begin work on the ExploraVision competition, which
rewards students for their creativity and ingenuity in envisioning
the future in science and technology. Students can win up to $10,000
in savings bonds. For details, visit www.exploravision.org.
2005: Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards. Problem-solving
skills take center stage in the Craftsman Young Inventors program.
Open to all students in grades 2-8, the program challenges students
to use creativity and imagination along with science, technology,
and mechanical ability to invent or modify a tool. Top winners
receive $10,000 savings bonds. Get all the details at http://www.nsta.org/programs/craftsman/.
Tools + More Added to 2nd Edition of How to…Write
to Learn Science, NSTA Press Best Seller
of classroom-tested, pragmatic ideas from science teachers who’ve
made teaching and learning more creative, the revised and expanded
edition of perennial NSTA Press best seller How to…Write to Learn
Science is now available. Authored by Bob Tierney, “one of
the gurus of writing across the curriculum,” with John Dorroh for
7-12 grade teachers, the book is a storehouse of practical write-to-learn
strategies and techniques. Added to this edition is a special section
on “How Science Portfolio Assessment Can Improve Student Writing.”
Other featured sections include “Science in Students’ Words,” “Developing
Observation Skills,” and “Managing the Teacher’s Paperwork Load.”
To browse the book online and to order, go to http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB191X1.
A Comin' to Dallas in 2005 for a Mighty Big Convention!
science educators from throughout the United States and the world
will be headin' for Dallas next year for the 53rd annual National
Science Teachers Association Convention. From March 31 to April
3, this exciting event will feature an unmatched array of professional
development opportunities, from short courses to in-depth sessions
on specific topics, to featured speakers and presentations, workshops,
field trips, and, of course, the largest collection of science class
suppliers ever in Exhibit Hall. The theme for the event is Deep
in the Heart of Science, with topic strands Biomedical/Biotechnology,"
"Technology Showcase," "Assessment," and "Safety."
Stay in touch with the NSTA Website at http://www.nsta.org/conventions to
keep up with the program agenda as it takes shape this fall...and
start work now on finding the funding you need to join your peers
for the best science educational networkin' event ever! For ideas
on securing funding, go to http://www.nsta.org/convtips,
and, of course, the earlier you start the process, the better.
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and want to join? Visit https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp!
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