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White House Announces 2005 PAEMST Winners

On April 28 President Bush announced the 100 recipients of Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for 2005. The award, first established in 1983 and administered by the National Science Foundation, annually honors exemplary teachers nationwide.

This year 7th–12th grade mathematics and science teachers were honored. Awardees receive a $10,000 educational grant for their schools. Last week PAEMST winners visited Washington, D.C., where they toured the White House; were honored in an awards ceremony hosted by John H. Marburger III, Science Advisor to the President; participated in a Congressional hearing; and met with their members of Congress. For a complete listing of the 2005 awardees, visit http://www.paemst.org.


NSTA Legislative Update

The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance on the new grant program for STEM majors and has sent information to school districts on the federal loan forgiveness program for qualified science and math teachers. Read this and more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_05_08_legupdate.htm)


NASA Names New Explorer Schools

NASA welcomed 26 new NASA Explorer Schools on Friday in a partnership to inspire students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Sponsored by NASA in conjunction with NSTA, the program provides an opportunity for schools, administrators, students, and their families to partner with NASA to fulfill the agency’s mission of contributing to the development of the nation's future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce. The program targets students in grades 4-9, particularly those in traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities. To read the complete NSTA Reports Online Exclusive article, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=52018. For the list of schools and for information on becoming an Explorer School, visit http://www.explorerschools.nasa.gov/portal/site/nes.


NSTA Web Seminars Feature Space Journey, Coral Ecosystems, Hurricanes, Energy, and Assessment Probes…Learn With the Experts FREE

Five diverse in-depth NSTA Web Seminars for science educators are on the calendar for May and early June. Thanks to grant funding, the 90-minute, live professional development experiences are free, and allow distant participants to interact with recognized experts in real time online. Because participation is limited, advance registration is strongly advised for the following. All Web Seminars are scheduled for 6:30–8 p.m. EST:

  • Wednesday, May 10: Coral Ecosystems with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)—teachers of grades 5–12
  • Tuesday, May 16: Hurricanes, with the National Science Digital Library (NSDL)—teachers of grades K-12
  • Thursday, May 18: Energy: Stop Faking It!, with Bill Robertson, author of the NSTA Press best-selling series—teachers of grades 4–8
  • Wednesday, May 24: Preparing for the Journey to Space: Energy, with NASA—teachers of grades 4–9
  • Thursday, June 1: Uncovering Student ideas in Science: 25 Formative Assessment Probes, with Francis Eberle and Lynn Farrin, co-authors of the NSTA Press best selling book of the same name—teachers of grades K–12.
Registrants for future seminars will receive e-mail reminders just before the event date. For a full schedule of seminars, and to register, visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/institute.aspxweb_seminars.asp.


And Don't Forget... 

  • Special $22 Preservice, New-Teacher Membership...Check It Out! Visit http://www.nsta.org/geicospecial.
  • NSTA Listserves. . .where NSTA members go for solutions they can use from educators with first-hand experience. Learn more at http://www.nsta.org/listserver.
  • During the month of May, you can purchase the Online Book Special—Hands-On Herpetology: Exploring Ecology and Conservation—at 30% off list price when you buy online. To browse the book and to order, visit http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial2.




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