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National Science Teachers Association to Meet in Tulsa November 18-20

ARLINGTON, Virginia, October 28, 1999

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) announced that more than 3,000 science teachers, principals, scientists, and other education leaders are scheduled to arrive in Tulsa for the state's largest gathering of science educators. The event offers participants the opportunity to address critical issues facing science teachers, including establishing and striving for high standards, raising student performance, sparking student interest in science, and finding effective ways to address the teaching of evolution in the classroom.

In conjunction with the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association, NSTA will hold its Southern Area Convention on November 18-20 at the Tulsa Convention Center and at area hotels. At the convention, teachers will be in a different kind of classroom where they will learn new skills to help them teach science. They will attend hundreds of hands-on workshops and short courses, will share different teaching methods and ideas with their peers, and will hear from nationally known speakers.

For the first time, many Oklahoma teachers will have the opportunity to convene with their colleagues developing the Building a Presence for Science program in Oklahoma. Administered by NSTA, Building a Presence was launched in 1998 in Oklahoma with funding from the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Phillips Petroleum, and the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board with the goal of ending the isolation of classroom science teachers.

Through the initiative, a network of almost 2000 science educators representing all schools in Oklahoma is being established to promote standards-based teaching and learning and disseminate professional development resources. Oklahoma is one of thirteen states and the District of Columbia currently participating in the NSTA national initiative.

Overview of the National Science Teachers Association

Founded in 1944, the National Science Teachers Association seeks to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Its 53,000-plus members include science teachers of all grade levels, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

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