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New York, NY 10027 Tel: 212 854-8189, Fax: 212 854-8188, email: [email protected] Report of Corresponding Members Committee –2000 The Society presently has 50 Corresponding Members, thus the Committee had no reason to prepare any nominations. Carol C. Baskin 25
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Botanical Society of America Education Committee Report to the Council August 6, 2000 The committee continued work on several major projects: Improvement of Pre-College Science Education GOAL: To support the improvement of science education through participation at conventions of science teachers. STATUS: Again this year, the Education Committee and the Teaching Section cooperated in representing the BSA at annual meetings of the National Association of Biology Teachers in Ft. Worth, TX (October 27-30, 1999) and the National Science Teachers Association in Orlando, FL (April 6-9, 2000). NABT: BSA did not have a booth because we did not have sufficient funds at the time the booth had to be reserved (it was prior to the 1999 Council meeting). However, Rob Reinsvold and Ethel Stanley presented a workshop as part of the program.We will be represented at the 2000 meeting in Orlando. NSTA: Rob Reinsvold and Ted Gerber staffed the BSA booth. Again this year the booth was strategically located adjacent to booths sponsored by ASPP, American Phytopathological Society, Wisconsin Fast Plants, and C-Fern. This area was dubbed “The Plant Place” by convention participants and was very popular. Conference attendance totaled 20,000 teachers (of all the sciences) and we had direct contact with approximately 1,000 of them. Visitors to our booth received a handout describing activities with “15-bean soup!” This outreach was supported by a $10,400 appropriation to our committee by last year’s Council. The success of this outreach effort attests to the need for expansion of these efforts. If we can find BSA members who are willing to attend regional conferences of these organizations, we want to encourage that. Those who have been directly involved with this outreach are convinced that it is a very effective means of reaching teachers and that we need to continue this level of involvement. We also need to expand our commitment to presenting workshops and we need to develop hands-on activities and other inexpensive teaching materials (e.g., posters) that can be distributed from our booths. Motion: That the Council approves a sum, not to exceed $10,400 (for travel, lodging, registration fees, booth rental and handout materials) for selected BSA members to attend national, regional, or state meetings of organizations like the National Association of Biology Teachers and National Science Teachers Association for the purpose of presenting workshops on plant biology in the K-12 26
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curriculum and distributing educational materials in support of expanding the quantity and quality of plant biology. The proposed budget is on the next page: 2000-2001 PROPOSED BUDGET NABT: Booth $1500 BSA Volunteers (3 X $1000) $3000 Handout Materials $ 500 Sub-Total $5000 NSTA*: Booth $1700 BSA Volunteers (3 X $1000) $3000 Handout Materials $ 700 Sub-Total $5400 TOTAL $10,400
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