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Linking Science and Literacy in the Classroom

Linking Science and Literacy in the Classroom, a daylong conference to disseminate NSF-funded research, will take place on November 17, one day before NSTA's 2004 Area Convention in Seattle. Designed for PreK-8 teachers, administrators, and professional development providers the conference will focus on the needs of practitioners currently grappling with the appropriate roles of literacy in the science classroom. NSF-funded investigators will discuss their current findings on the multiple roles of literacy in the science curriculum, the professional development needs of teachers, and the impact of integrating literacy and science on student outcomes with particular attention to the needs of second language learners.

Featured presenters include Karen Worth, Senior Researcher at Education Development Corporation; Hubert Dyasi, Professor of Science Education at the City University of New York; Michael Klentschy, Superintendent of the El Centro School District in California; Wendy Saul, Professor of Education at the University of Missouri, St. Louis; and Iris Weiss, Director of Horizon Research, Inc.

This conference, which will take place at the Sheraton Seattle, will include plenary sessions and multiple concurrent small group workshops focused on practical applications, such as criteria for selecting high quality science literature resources, the roles of writing in the teaching and learning of science, current research on students' science learning in a literature-rich environment, and creating a school culture that supports the integration of literacy in the science curriculum.

NSTA invites the PIs of NSF-funded projects that serve the practitioner community to encourage the participation of PreK-8 school teams that include teachers and their principals and/or science supervisors. The agenda will include time for teams to discuss their district's needs and plans and to seek advice from the presenters.

Conference registration forms are available at (link below) and in the NSTA fall publications. The registration fee of $65 includes lunch, all printed materials, and a copy of an NSTA book that will be published shortly after the conference featuring chapters by several of the presenters. Teams of three or more, including at least one administrator, will receive a 20% discount on the registration fee. Participating teachers (but not administrators) are required to also register for the NSTA Seattle Area Convention.

Estimated conference expenses

Conference registration: $52 (with 20% discount)
NSTA Convention registration: $110 (Earlybird**, NSTA member) to $217 (on site; nonmember)
Travel: variable
Hotel (double room/night): $109-$159
Meals (other than conference lunch): variable
** 9/24/04 is the deadline for the Earlybird Convention registration fee of $110.