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Texas Board of Education Approves Biology Textbooks; NSTA Reaffirms Position on Teaching of Evolution

On Friday, November 7, 2003, the Texas State Board of Education voted 11 to 4 to approve all 11 biology textbooks under consideration, maintaining sound science in the textbooks that will be used by Texas’ students and potentially millions of others around the country.

According to Samantha Smoot, president of the Texas Freedom Network, "Rejecting one or more of the books ... would have sent a dangerous message that the education of millions of Texas children is less important than the personal beliefs of a few."

In related news, NSTA has published an updated position paper that reaffirms its standpoint on the teaching of evolution. The statement upholds and reinforces the position of the Association that “evolution is a major unifying concept in science and should be included in the K-12 science education frameworks and curricula.”

According to NSTA, “This new statement offers further support for science teachers, administrators, and textbook authors and publishers in their efforts to provide quality science instruction for the nation's students.”

To view a copy of the statement, go to http://www.nsta.org/159&psid=10.


NSTA’s Best-Selling Pathways to the Science StandardsHigh School Available in Second Edition -- ALSO Tax Deduction Deadline Nears

The must-have tool for applying the Standards in real classrooms has been fully revised for 21st century high schools… but the best parts haven’t changed!  This perennially best-selling practical guide still demonstrates how you can bring to life the vision of the Standards for teaching, professional development, assessment, content, programs, and school systems. You’ll learn ways to form productive partnerships for reform–inside and outside your building–with other education stakeholders.  For a look at the special added features in this new Second Edition, and to browse the entire book at no charge, go to  http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB126X2  

Reminder:  Time’s running out for you to earn your $250 Deduction for Educator Expenses for the 2003 federal tax year.  Qualified expenses include unreimbursed expenses you paid or incurred for books and supplementary materials that you use in the classroom. Eligible educators may deduct as an adjustment to income up to $250 in qualified expenses, even if you don’t itemize deductions. For full information and the IRS description of “eligible educators,” go to http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=112593,00.html


Atlanta’s Awaitin’ on Y’all… Register Online Now for NSTA’s April 1-4, 2004 National Convention; Final Fall ’03 Show Lights Up Reno Dec. 4-6… Hurry!

With over 1,200 sessions to choose from at our 52nd annual worldwide gathering of science educators, you’ll be able to “mix and match” elements of your own tailored professional development plan to help you remain or become highly qualified in the NCLB era. For a preview of NSTA’s 2004 Atlanta Convention subject strands, focus, and topics, click on http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2003_11_10_extra.htm.  To see the full list of NSTA Atlanta sessions and events and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004ATL

Register for NSTA’s Fall 2003 season’s final installment, with an exciting convention and exhibition Dec. 4-6 in Reno--before time runs out. Don’t miss hearing our fabulous list of featured speakers, panelists, and experts from the academic science community, including perennial favorite Bill Nye, the Science Guy. Browse through the full agenda and register at http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2003REN.


Looking for a New Position? Kaplan Test Prep Position Available Through NSTA’s Career Center

New listing in the NSTA Career Center--Kaplan's K-12 Learning Services, a division of Kaplan Test Prep, is looking for a Science Curriculum Developer to join their team. The Science Curriculum Developer will design and write science curriculum materials for grades 9-12, design teacher professional development materials, and present workshops to science teachers.

If you have a passion for both education and business, then visit the NSTA Career Center (http://careers.nsta.org) for complete details regarding specific qualifications, benefits, and how to apply, and a complete list of other available career opportunities.


Live From Kansas City—A VIRTUAL Workshop Delivered Right to Your Computer

For the first time this fall, NSTA is pleased to offer educators an opportunity to participate in several virtual exhibitor workshops—broadcast live from our conventions via the Web—on a personal computer (or on-screen projection) at your offsite location.  You'll be able to view demonstrations and graphics, ask questions and get responses in real time, and more. Here are the workshops that will be presented in Kansas City and Reno.

Thursday, Nov. 13, LIVE from Kansas City, MO

Make the Internet Part of Your Curriculum with Webwatchers” (NSTA): 5:00-6:15 pm EST (4:00-5:15 pm CST)

Friday, Nov. 14, LIVE from Kansas City, MO

No Child Left Behind: How will the New Federal Law Affect Science Education? (NSTA): 9:00-10:15 am EST (8:00-9:15 am CST)

Science Data Collection with Computers, Graphing Calculators, and Palm® OS Handhelds” (Vernier Software and Technology): 11:00 am -12:15 pm EST (10:00 - 11:15 am CST)

The Best Buoyancy Experiment: What Floats Your Boat?” (CPO Science): 1:00 - 2:15 pm EST (12:00 - 1:15 pm CST)

Invent the Future with ExploraVision” (NSTA): 3:00-4:15 pm EST (2:00-3:15 pm CST)

Friday, Dec. 5, LIVE from Reno, NV

Starting an NSTA Student Chapter” (NSTA): 11:00 am -12:15 pm EST (8:00-9:15 am PST)

Virtual Reality of Writing a Winning Toyota TAPESTRY Grant” (NSTA): 1:00 - 2:15 pm EST (10:00-11:15 am PST)

The Science and Math of Waves, Sound, and Music” (CPO Science): 3:00 - 4:15 pm EST (12:00 - 1:15 pm PST)

These special virtual exhibitor workshops are open to only 50 individual (or group) site registrants each, so click on http://www.nsta.org/virtualworkshops for more details and to sign up. If you'd like to attend the Kansas City and Reno conventions in person, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions for agendas and registration.


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