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On April 28 President Bush announced the 100 recipients of Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for 2005. The award, first established in 1983 and administered by the National Science Foundation, annually honors exemplary teachers nationwide.
This year 7th–12th grade mathematics and science teachers were honored. Awardees receive a $10,000 educational grant for their schools. Last week PAEMST winners visited Washington, D.C., where they toured the White House; were honored in an awards ceremony hosted by John H. Marburger III, Science Advisor to the President; participated in a Congressional hearing; and met with their members of Congress. For a complete listing of the 2005 awardees, visit http://www.paemst.org.
The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance on the new grant program for STEM majors and has sent information to school districts on the federal loan forgiveness program for qualified science and math teachers. Read this and more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_05_08_legupdate.htm)
NASA welcomed 26 new NASA Explorer Schools on Friday in a partnership to inspire students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Sponsored by NASA in conjunction with NSTA, the program provides an opportunity for schools, administrators, students, and their families to partner with NASA to fulfill the agency’s mission of contributing to the development of the nation's future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce. The program targets students in grades 4-9, particularly those in traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities. To read the complete NSTA Reports Online Exclusive article, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=52018. For the list of schools and for information on becoming an Explorer School, visit http://www.explorerschools.nasa.gov/portal/site/nes.
Five diverse in-depth NSTA Web Seminars for science educators are on the calendar for May and early June. Thanks to grant funding, the 90-minute, live professional development experiences are free, and allow distant participants to interact with recognized experts in real time online. Because participation is limited, advance registration is strongly advised for the following. All Web Seminars are scheduled for 6:30–8 p.m. EST:
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