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NSTA Legislative Update: New Policies On NCLB Highly Qualified Teacher Announced

Last week the U. S. Department of Education issued new rules that will allow states and districts greater flexibility in implementing the No Child Left Behind highly qualified teacher provisions. Read all about it in this issue of NSTA Legislative Update: http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_03_22_legnet.htm


2003 PAEMST Winners Announced

Adding to the excitement of last week’s Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education (ESTME) Week, the White House announced the recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the nation's highest commendation for work in the classroom. Ninety-five secondary mathematics and science teachers received their awards at a special awards ceremony in Washington, DC, and participated in congressional meetings, conversations with education leaders, and a series of professional development activities during the weeklong celebration. For a list of the winners, go to http://www.paemst.org/2003Awardees.cfm.


New Global Warming, Climate Change and our Environment Headlines Summer Online Courses from National Teachers Enhancement Network—Registration Open

Summer course registration has begun!  National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) is offering 15 courses for elementary, middle, and high school science teachers, and registration is open.  Of special interest is a new graduate level course: Global Warming, Climate Change and our Environment. Course participants will study global warming by exploring the geography of climate change and resultant wildlife changes in the mountains and plains of the U.S. and Russia; conduct case studies on climate and wildlife changes in their local region; and evaluate how these changes are impacting the ecosystem where they live.  Teachers can earn two graduate semester credits while participating in engaging activities that are relevant to their classroom teaching. 

For details on this and NTEN’s full list of summer courses—and to register—go to http://www.scienceteacher.org/courses.htm. Courses begin in early to late June and run for five to ten weeks.  Because NTEN is part of the NSTA Institute, NSTA members receive a 10% discount on tuition.  Courses fill up quickly, so register on the Website, or call 800-282-6062 for additional information.


Convention “Must-Do” List… Still Time to Register for NSTA’s April 1-4 Science Ed Extravaganza…

With so much going on at NSTA’s upcoming national convention, featuring all the highlights is well nigh impossible… but following are a few gems you may want to note on your convention schedule… click here for more information: http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_03_22_extra.htm

  • Job seekers and employers will be able to try out the new online Career Center…
  • Buy the books in advance, meet the authors, and take home your signed editions!…
  • Science Store free shipping once again available…
  • Don’t forget to make your attendance count!…
  • Want to set up your agenda before you get to the convention?…

Crossing Borders in Literacy and Science Instruction Now Available from International Reading Association and NSTA Press®

Where do literacy and science learning overlap?  How does knowledge in one area affect learning in the other?  How can you plan your lessons to make the most of the literacy-science connection?  Crossing Borders in Literacy and Science Instruction: Perspectives on Theory and Practice by the International Reading Association and NSTA Press® is now available for teachers in grades 3-12.  Rich in extensive data, literature reviews, and interpretations of current classroom practices, this new title is an important and abundant source of new insights.  To browse the book at no charge, and to order, click on  http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PA002X.  


Sign Up to Attend Two Virtual Convention Sessions Online, in Real Time, Right at School

Can’t attend the NSTA Convention this year, but don’t want to miss an important session on developing a local science assessment strategy? Wish you could see what’s new in physics content from CPO Science?  Educators who register and log on to real-time virtual convention workshops at their remote-access sites during a convention can view that workshop live, individually or in groups; witness workshop demonstrations and view graphics in real time; ask questions and get immediate responses; and participate in polls, quizzes, and online chats. 

Live from Atlanta:

Thursday, April 1, 2004–5:30 p.m. (EST)

Developing a Local Science Assessment Strategy in a Standards-based Instructional Environment
Presenter: Nick Micozzi

Participants will receive the information needed to develop valid and reliable multiple choice and extended response, standards-based science items. This session will explore the use of project-based assessment, and how to adjust the grading to reflect true standards-based proficiency.  For additional information, e-mail presenter Nick Micozzi at nmicozzi@plymouth.k12.ma.us. Fee to register is $95 per school/location site (to include up to 20 viewing teachers).
Sign up online here: https://ecommerce.nsta.org/2004ATL_vw_micozzi

Thursday, April 1, 2004–2:30-4 p.m. (EST)

Loop ‘em and Launch ‘em with CPO Science Physics!

Presenters: Dr. Tom Hsu and Patsy DeCoster, CPO Science

Why does the marble stay on the track when it turns upside down in a loop? Where will a marble land when launched off the end of a ramp? Join Dr. Tom Hsu and Patsy DeCoster for a hands-on Physics workshop with marble tracks and an electronic timing system. Perform experiments and discover physics principles through investigation. High school physical science and physics teachers will benefit from this workshop, as well as elementary and middle school teachers who want to learn new physics content.  FREE to register (multiple viewing encouraged).
Sign up online here: http://www.horizonlive.com/eventreg/participant/registration.php?eventid=276

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