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Louisiana Science Education Leaders Reach Out as Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts Continue

Americans continue to show their support and generosity through an unprecedented outpouring of funds, resources, and supplies to the displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina. In Louisiana two leaders in science education—Brenda Nixon from Louisiana State University and Jean May-Brett from the Louisiana State Department of Education—have issued this letter (http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_09_12_letter.htm) in response to the many inquiries they have received on how to help the schools and students affected by this tragedy.

In addition, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings has announced the U. S. Department of Education has launched a “Hurricane Help for Schools” website that will serve as a nationwide clearinghouse to address the needs of affected schools. The website is interactive, allowing affected schools to post their specific needs and allowing students and teachers from schools across the nation to meet those needs. To learn more, visit http://www.ed.gov/news/hurricane/index.html

For more specific information from the respective departments of education in the affected states, visit http://www.alsde.edu/general/HurricaneKatrinaStudentAssistance.pdf; http://www.louisianaschools.net/lde/index.html

The National Science Foundation's response to Hurricane Katrina can be found at


Ask your Member of Congress to Join the House STEM Education Caucus

Congress is back in session, and Representative Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) and Representative Mark Udall (D-CO) have launched a new recruitment effort on Capitol Hill to encourage their colleagues to join the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM Ed) Caucus.

On September 7, the Ehlers/Udall Dear Colleague letter (http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/colleague2.pdf) was sent to all members in the House of Representatives.

NSTA Express readers are urged to send an e-mail (and the Dear Colleague letter if possible) to their Congressperson in the U.S. House of Representatives asking him or her to join the STEM Ed Caucus.

If your Representative is not on the current list of STEM Ed members (visit http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_09_12_stemedcaucus.htm for a list of members), please take a minute to send him or her an e-mail at http://www.house.gov (You can also find out who represents you using this address). Include or reference the September 7 Ehlers/Udall letter in your e-mail.

The STEM Ed Caucus is working to promote and improve all areas of science and math education including K-12, higher education, and workforce issues in Congress. (For more information on the House STEM Ed Caucus, visit the website at http://www.stemedcaucus.org).

This Caucus is very important to K-12 science and math education in a number of ways. It will help to bring valuable visibility to STEM education, provide much needed information to members of Congress, and eventually help to secure much needed funding for science and math education. The strength and effectiveness of the STEM Ed Caucus—and future science and math education initiatives on Capitol Hill—will be influenced by the numbers of Representatives who join this group and work to affect change.

Please take a minute to contact your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives and ask them to join the STEM Ed Caucus. We encourage you to circulate this message to other lists and colleagues. If you have questions or would like more information, please e-mail Jodi Peterson at jpeterson@nsta.org.


Sept. 16 Earlybird Deadline for Hartford Convention Looms…For Best $$ Savings, Register Now!

Trust us, you gotta be there! NSTA’s first 2005 fall convention in Hartford, October 20-22, will be generating buzz long after it ends. And if 2-1/2 days of science immersion and networking, 100+ practical sessions, short courses, workshops, NSTA Symposia, K-5 Assessment Techniques PDIs, field trips, social events, and the Exhibition of Science Teaching Materials aren’t enough to excite you, consider just a few of the featured speakers:

Sylvia A. Earle, acclaimed oceanographer, Explorer-In-Residence at the National Geographic Society and recognized by the Library of Congress as a Living Legend, will address the general session on “Sustainable Seas—The Vision, The Reality.”

Henry C. Lee, forensics expert known internationally for his work on criminal cases and as a frequent TV guest expert in high-profile celebrity trials, will discuss “New Technology in Forensic Science.”

Carolyn Staudt, Curriculum Developer with The Concord Consortium will examine “Changing How We Teach and Learn Using Handheld Computers.”

So don’t wait…browse the entire Convention agenda, use the Personal Scheduler for creating your focused program, and register for best savings before September 16 at http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005HAR.


Bacteria are Everywhere Inquiry-Based Online Course from UMass Starts Sept. 19; Food Handling, and Food Science Controversies on Oct. 17

The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Extension Nutrition Education Program's three-module online course designed for science teachers in grades 6–12 begins with Bacteria are Everywhere, September 19–October 23. The course is designed to demonstrate inquiry-based learning, increase laboratory skills, share food science and safety ideas with peers worldwide, and develop meaningful student projects that meet NSES. Additional modules, such as Food Handling is a Risky Business and Current Controversies in Food Science, begin October 17. For more information on this and the other modules, and to register, visit http://www.foodsafetyfirst.org.


NSTA Career Fair Sweeps into Chicago

Back by popular demand…the National Science Teachers Association Career Fair comes to the Windy City of Chicago on Friday, November 11, for a one-day special event in conjunction with the NSTA Midwest Area Convention, November 10–12. The event will bring together a highly qualified and diverse group of candidates for all your job openings!

Friday, November 11, 2005
12 noon–5:00 p.m.
Navy Pier
Hall A/B (Career Fair entrance will be beside the exhibitor registration)
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

For an all-inclusive fee of $500, participating employers will be able to:

  • Interview hundreds of convention attendees and local educators
  • Access a private interview area
  • Access the NSTA Career Center resume database for two months
  • Post unlimited free job openings announcements for two months
  • Appear in the convention final program and on the Career Center website.

A perfectly targeted addition to every recruitment plan, the NSTA Career Fair gives you the opportunity to meet face-to face with hundreds of science educators actively seeking a challenging new career.

SPACE IS LIMITED! Reserve yours today.

Visit http://careers.nsta.org
Call: 703-312-9231 or 800-722-6782, ext. 231


Looking for Professional Development Courses Online? New Promotional Page to Bring You Options

The need for professional development for science educators is a fact of teaching life, and with this issue of NSTA Express, we’re pleased to announce the inauguration of a new linked promotional page featuring providers of online courses for science educators. The page will be linked from each Monday’s edition of NSTA Express. These providers—from universities to informal science institutions—invite you to learn more about their courses to see if they are right for you. To browse courses, first visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxtier2.asp. Institutions interested in inclusion in NSTA’s promotional program may contact tier2@minime.nsta.org for details and rates.


And Don't Forget... 

  • Celebrating Cultural Diversity covers three must-know areas of multicultural science education: curriculum reform; teaching strategies; and science and language. To browse the book and to order at 30% off for the month of September, visit http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial2.
  • To receive the latest NSTA book catalog for your specific grade level, visit
  • Give your new teachers the support they need to succeed with reduced rate NSTA membership.
  • To submit your applications now for all NSTA teacher awards, visit http://www.nsta.org/awardscomp.



Professional development courses in your future?
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