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NSTA’s fall conventions are coming to a convention center near you,
on-line registration—at lowest earlybird prices—is now open!

Minneapolis, Minnesota—Oct. 30–Nov. 1
Kansas City, Missouri—Nov. 13–15
Reno, Nevada—Dec. 4–6

Funding your NSTA convention learning experience

MinneapolisMinneapolis, Minnesota—Oct. 30–Nov. 1

If you’re in the Minneapolis region, you’ll want to join us “Where Great Things Begin” for an exciting program of professional development workshops and presentations, exhibits, guest speakers, and the best the “City of Lakes” has to offer. Program strands— Assessment for Standards-Based Systems; Enhancing Teaching and Learning; Science, Technology, and Society; and Teacher as Learner and Professional—link a wide selection of informational events. From opening sessions on “Falling into Inquiry” or “Cars, Polymers, and Science Labs—Using Everyday Items to Hook Kids on Science,” and others, to closing–day workshops such as “Impact on Teaching: Graduate Course Session,” you’ll choose from content–rich short courses and sessions sure to provide you with important tools to enhance your day–to–day teaching activities.

Browse the three–day Minneapolis agenda by clicking on http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2003MIN and register to attend at https://ecommerce.nsta.org/2003MIN/.

Kansas CityKansas City, Missouri—Nov. 13–15

“Exploring New Frontiers in Science” is the Lewis and Clark-inspired theme for NSTA’s convention in Kansas City, in this bicentennial year of that remarkable scientific journey through the uncharted West. The agenda will highlight a list of well–known speakers including Dr. Bob Ballard, of Titanic discovery fame; Drs. Nancy and Jerry Jaxx, acknowledged experts on research and combating chemical and biological weapons and viruses; and television’s Bill Kurtis. The three–day agenda of workshops, short courses, presentations, exhibits, and special events offers a rich learning experience—from Thursday’s presentation by Bill Robertson, author of NSTA’s highly popular “Stop Faking It!” series of physics books for teachers in grades 3–8, who’ll examine “Finally Understanding Sound So You Can Teach It”— to a closing–day session on “A Tool for Improving the Quality of Science Teaching: The Essential Features of Classroom Inquiry.”

Browse the three–day Kansas City, Missouri, agenda by clicking on

http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2003KAN, and register to attend at https://ecommerce.nsta.org/2003KAN.

RenoReno, Nevada—December 4–6

“Discover the Treasures of Science” with NSTA in the rugged hills of Nevada, as we present the western edition of our 2003 area conventions. Workshops, presentations, short courses, and speakers will focus on integrating science with other disciplines and using cross-curricular and unifying science themes and activities; meeting the needs of students with diverse strengths, abilities, and challenges, and providing information about inclusionary science teaching for special education teachers; using technology applications in the science classroom and techniques to encourage student creativity in developing new technology; and understanding geologic and environmental issues aimed at increasing content and method knowledge and modeling best practices. Featured speakers include everyone’s favorite, Bill Nye, “the Science Guy,” plus you’ll find an exhibit hall filled with the latest in classroom equipment and teaching tools, a long list of field trips, and of course, the best networking in the West!

Browse the three–day Reno, Nevada, agenda by clicking on http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2003REN, and register to attend at https://ecommerce.nsta.org/2003REN.

Funding your NSTA convention learning experience

Under the federal education law’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Title II, Part A, grants, states and districts will get substantial funding for professional development. With these funds, districts and teachers must work together to ensure that by 2005, every teacher is “highly qualified,” and those teachers receive increasing amounts of staff development.   NCLB Title II, Part A, grants are a combination of the Class Size Reduction program and Eisenhower Professional Development State Grants (previously a major source for science teacher training funds). District administrators can now opt to use Title II grant funds for a variety of purposes, including professional development, recruitment, and hiring, as long as the activities meet the law’s requirements. For NSTA’s tips for funding your convention learning experience, click on http://www.nsta.org/convtips   See you this fall!

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