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Tax Deduction for Classroom Expenses Extended for 2004-05
The recent tax
legislation signed into law by President Bush includes an extension
of the "above-the-line" tax deduction for teachers for
the first $250 "out-of-pocket" you spend on instructional
materials and classroom supplies. The legislation, first passed
in 2002, had expired at the end of 2003. Many groups, including
the NEA, are working to increase the deduction, to make the deduction
permanent, and to expand eligible expenses to include professional
development. For more information, visit the NEA website at http://www.nea.org/lac/edtax/index.html.
keep your receipts for classroom materials you purchased during
the 2004 calendar year so that you can take the deduction come tax
time; and, of course, consider that the NSTA Science Store offers
the best selection of classroom resources available for science
educators at http://store.nsta.org/home.asp.
Celebrates 60 Years of Support for Science Educators!
years ago IBM dedicated the first program-controlled calculator
known best as the Harvard Mark I; Smokey the Bear debuted for the
first time in public service advertisements; and the National Science
Teachers Association (NSTA) was born. Launched on July 4, 1944,
NSTA was a merger of two existing organizations, the American Science
Teachers Association and NEA's American Council of Science Teachers.
of NSTA is due in large part to the commitment, active involvement,
and enthusiasm of its members-people like you-who come together
to advance the profession! We invite you to celebrate with us this
year as we mark this important milestone. To get a historic perspective
on our growth and success over the past 60 years, check out this
timeline at http://www.nsta.org/timeline.
We also encourage you to share your memories, thoughts, and experiences
as an NSTA member. Tell us what you like most about NSTA, share
an exciting experience you've had, or just add your words of congratulations.
Go to the NSTA memory page at http://www.nsta.org/60th_memory_page.
and Math Teacher Education Focus of U.S. Dept. of Education
Conference for IHE Presidents
month the U.S. Department of Education hosted an invitation-only
conference for presidents of institutions of higher education (IHE)
as part of the ongoing Math and Science Initiative. The topic: Improving
science and math education and better teacher preparation in these
In his opening
statement, Education Secretary Rod Paige told the audience, "We
need to make every effort to better prepare potential teachers.
And that is the role that only you can play. Your leadership in
bringing this issue to the top of your university's agenda is critical
to the nation's future."
A white paper
developed by Ted Sanders, President of the Education Commission
of the States, and distributed at the conference provides an excellent
status report of K-12 science and math education, what the research
shows, and provides key points of what college and university leaders
must do to improve science and math education.
To read the
Sanders' white paper titled "No Time to Waste: The Vital Role
of College and University Leaders in Improving Science and Mathematics
Education" go to http://ecs.org/clearinghouse/54/80/5480.doc.
To read Secretary Paige's remarks to the conference, go to http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/2004/10/10052004.html.
To learn more about the Secretary's Math and Science Initiative,
go to http://www.ed.gov/rschstat/research/progs/mathscience/index.html.
to Present Symposia on Exploration, Robotics at NSTA Fall Conventions
NASA will present
symposia for teachers of grades 5-8 at each of NSTA's upcoming fall
conventions. "NASA Extreme Solar System Exploration" provides
two dozen extraordinary teachable moments during launches, encounters,
and landings-including the recent Mars Exploration Rover missions-with
the potential for even more focused efforts in the future for the
Moon and Mars. Educators can use mission science and technology
to meet their curriculum requirements. This event will be offered
during the Indianapolis convention (Nov. 4-6) on Nov. 5 (for information
and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxindianapolis_symposium.asp);
and during the Seattle convention (Nov. 18-20) on Nov. 19 (for information
and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxseattle_symposium.asp).
The topic on
Dec. 3 at NSTA's Richmond convention (Dec. 2-4) will be "NASA
Robotics," and participants will learn from leading NASA scientists,
engineers, and education specialists about the latest innovations
and discoveries in robotics. The presentation will include information
about robots currently working on Mars and new developments in "humanoid"
robots. For information and to register, go to http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxrichmond_symposium.asp.
for all three events includes two live e-classroom follow-up experiences
and a discussion board. One hour graduate credit is available for
an additional fee.
Invitation to Present at NSTA's 2005-06 Conventions
Share your successes,
your ideas, and your knowledge by presenting at an upcoming NSTA
convention-our annual forum for bringing the latest in content,
research, and teaching strategies to science educators. Submitting
your session proposal is easy, because it's all online, with an
easy-to-use format and the assurance that the review process will
be as speedy as possible.
currently being accepted for NSTA's 2005 fall conventions, which
will be held in Hartford, CT (Oct. 20-22), Chicago (Nov. 10-12),
and Nashville (Dec. 1-3); and for our 2006 national convention in
Anaheim, CA (April 6-9). Deadline for submission is January 15 for
2005 fall conventions; April 15, for the 2006 national convention.
Complete instructions, criteria for rating proposals, confirmations
and more are available at http://www.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-09/www.pdf.
Membership in NSTA is not a prerequisite for presenters, so let
us hear from you.
Banking Hours Here-Access NSTA Anytime Right From Your Computer!
NSTA is available
to serve you 24/7. Simply visit http://www.nsta.org,
where you can access an archive of journal articles (http://www.nsta.org/journals)
from as far back as 1996 (members only) packed with teaching ideas
and lesson plans; professional development courses (http://institute.nsta.org);
the SciLinks (http://www.nsta.org/scilinks)
database of teacher approved websites (members only); the Science
and much more.
Please take a moment and use this form to submit suggestions for
NSTA Express to the NSTA Express team:
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and want to join? Visit https://ecommerce.nsta.org/membership/apply.asp!
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