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NSTA Legislative Update

Congress has finally approved the FY2004 omnibus appropriations bill, which holds a substantial increase for the Department of Education Math and Science Partnerships program. Plus, the Administration may phase out the National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnerships (MSP) program, and they plan to introduce a new grant program in FY2005 that would create an Adjunct Teacher Corps for science and math. Read all about it in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_02_02_extra.htm.


Georgia Superintendent Takes Heat for Omitting the Word “Evolution” in Draft Science Standards

Georgia State Superintendent Kathy Cox’s decision to leave the word “evolution” out of new draft science standards for middle and high school students has created a media firestorm. Even former President Jimmy Carter weighed in on the issue, stating, "As a Christian, a trained engineer and scientist, and a professor at Emory University, I am embarrassed by Superintendent Kathy Cox's attempt to censor and distort the education of Georgia's students." An online petition requesting changes to the draft standards has already collected more than 5,000 names. For the full news story and for links to the online standards, go to http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_02_02_evo.htm


NSTA/NASA Symposia on Atlanta Convention Menu; Early Bird Deadline Nears; Poster, $-Saving Coupons to Download, Print ‘n’ Post

Once again, NASA will be an important and popular part of our annual convention, as the NSTA Institute offers two NSTA/NASA Symposia during the April 1-4 event in Atlanta, GA: Mars Symposium (SC-91) for a session on how to incorporate NASA’s Mars mission into the middle school classroom; and Aerospace Technology Enterprise Symposium (SC-92), at which aerospace engineers and education specialists will present the latest innovations in aerospace technology and describe how the content can be used to classroom activities.  For details, schedule, and fees, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspx#symposia.  For information on the new NSTA Professional Development Institutes at the convention, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspx#pdinstitutes.

For full convention agenda, special events, featured speakers, hotel information and online registration forms, go to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2004ATL.  Need a plan for obtaining funding to increase and enhance your professional skills in Atlanta?  Go to http://www.nsta.org/convtips.

Don’t Forget:  Earlybird deadline is Friday, February 13… so register NOW for best savings!

Special Request:  If you’d like to help NSTA spread the word about our fabulous Atlanta convention—as well as the special coupon savings opportunities for attendees—just go to http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_02_02_coupons.htm to download and print the full-color or black and white convention poster and the coupon flyer… then post them in your school’s faculty room.  The coupons may be copied, of course, so that everyone planning to attend can take advantage of these special savings!


U/MD Offers 30-Credit Master of Life Sciences Online Course for Practicing Science Teachers… Registration Closes Feb. 15

Deadline for applications for spring admission to University of Maryland Web-based Master of Life Sciences program—our partner through the NSTA Institute—is Feb. 15, for the term starting March 8. 

Created for practicing middle and high school science teachers, the Master of Life Sciences program is a 30-credit interdisciplinary course of study with concentrations in biology and chemistry. Admission requires two letters of recommendation and is open to those with one year of teaching experience, an undergraduate degree in biological science, chemistry, biochemistry, science education, or related field and who successfully completes a gateway review class or earns a grade of B or better on the admission exam. (GRE scores are not required.)  For more information and to apply online, go to http://institute.nsta.org to University of Maryland Life Sciences Program under NSTA Partner Online Courses, or send a request to onlinestudies@umail.umd.edu for a free brochure.


AAAS Project 2061 Announces New Science Educator Workshops

AAAS Project 2061 has announced new dates for its popular Using Atlas of Science Literacy workshops.

In 2001, Project 2061 and NSTA published Atlas of Science Literacy, a collection of conceptual strand maps for nearly 50 key topics in science, mathematics, and technology. Strand maps display the connections among key ideas and skills and the sequence in which K-12 students might develop their understanding of various topics. The three-day Atlas workshop demonstrates how to use Atlas maps and related Project 2061 resources to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment. For general information on the workshops, including future dates and locations, please visit http://www.project2061.org/040121/workshops/. The Atlas of Science Literacy is $39.96 for NSTA members and $49.95 for nonmembers and is available at the NSTA Science Store at http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PA001X


Photo Contest Offers Chance to Show Off Your Class in Action (Plus Win $$)

The deadline for NSTA's The Science Teacher journal photo contest has been extended! You (or your students) are invited to grab a camera and show the world the exciting science happenings in your high school class. All entries for this year's contest must now be received by Friday, February 13, 2004. A $100 grand prize will be awarded to the first-place entry, and $75 will go to the second-place entry. Winning entries will be published in the May 2004 issue of The Science Teacher, NSTA's member journal for high school teachers. For complete details, download The Science Teacher photo contest form at http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/photocontest_poster.pdf


Career Center Spotlight— Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) seeks Education and Outreach Program Leader. To learn more about this position or the Career Center, visit http://careers.nsta.org for complete details!

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