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FY2006 Budget Request Contains Cuts to Science and Math Education
Programs at NSF
President Bush released
his budget for FY2006 programs last week and although the National
Science Foundation (NSF) saw a 2.4 percent increase overall, NSF K-12
math and science education programs did not fare well, and many education
programs at the U.S. Department of Education were eliminated. Read
this and more in this issue of the NSTA
Legislative Update (http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_02_14_legupdate.htm).
Elects 2005-2006 Leadership
have been counted, and we are pleased to announce the newly elected
members of the 2005-2006 NSTA Board and Council. Linda Froschauer,
an eighth-grade teacher and K-8 science department chair from Weston,
Connecticut has been chosen as the 2005-2006 President Elect. Froschauer
and nine other new board and council members begin their term on
June 1. To find out about all the new members, go to http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=50228.
Dallas Convention “Best Price” Earlybird Deadline Feb.
18; NSTA/NSF’s Encore Linking Science & Literacy Conference
Deadline March 4
exciting annual convention and exhibition in Dallas is coming up
fast, and earlybirds are reminded to register before Friday, February
18 for the best rate, at http://www.nsta.org/main/conventions/convention_intro.php?Meeting_Code=2005DAL.
Our highly anticipated
repeat presentation of Linking Science and Literacy in the Classroom
conference-within-the-convention on Saturday, April 2 is filling
quickly, and K-8 teachers, administrators and professional development
providers must register for this event no later than March 4. First
presented to a full house at NSTA’s fall Seattle convention,
this encore event features workshop presentations on NSF-funded
initiatives by experts in science education, research, instructional
materials development, school administration, and teacher professional
development. Teacher/administrator school teams are encouraged for
this important event. For full details and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventionsupport&record_id=101&Meeting_Code=2005DAL.
to Know Why “Food Handling is Risky Business”? UMass
Nutrition Ed Program Has the Courses for You
of Massachusetts (UMass) Extension Nutrition Education Program’s
second in a three-module Food Safety FIRST course begins
online on March 7. “Food Handling is Risky Business,”
is an online training program to help secondary science teachers
implement active food safety education lessons.
encourage inquiry, experimentation, and theory so your students
gain important food safety knowledge, proper food-handling techniques,
and valuable critical-thinking skills. Emphasis is given to creating
learning opportunities that encourage your students to describe,
investigate, and explain phenomena and raise questions consistent
with the National Science Education Standards. CEUs and graduate
credits are available. For more information on this and the other
modules, and to register, go to http://www.foodsafetyfirst.org.
in the Classroom? NSTA/NASA Free Online Seminar Tells How; Register
Now for Feb. 22 Event
are invited to participate in the final installment of the current
series of free live web seminars presented by NSTA and NASA. Using
Robots in the Classroom will be offered on Tuesday, February
22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. EST. Presenters will be the coauthors of
the Exploration Mars curriculum, Dr. Brad Blue and Julie
Ferriss, who will be leading participants in activities from that
curriculum and using robots to teach math, science, and engineering.
For additional information and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxseminar_reg.asp.
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