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New Web Site Offered on Character Education

The Department of Education unveiled a Web site last week to help promote its character education programs.

The site,, is the online version of the department's Character Education and Civic Engagement Technical Assistance Center, or CETAC, which provides state officials, local educators, and community members with information on character and civic education programs.

Department officials designed the new Web site to serve as a resource center that includes a library of online publications about character education, civic-engagement programs, and service learning, such as the department's "Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen." It also offers information about schools and organizations that have received federal grants for character education.

The site's "news and events" section features headlines, an events calendar, and legislative information, including links to sources of federal funding for character and civic education.

The calendar lists conferences and workshops, complete with contact information for each event.

Some areas of the Web site, such as the "Work Zone," are reserved for grant recipients and other participants in the federal program.

—Darcia Harris Bowman

NSF Director Bows Out; Acting Chief Is Named

Leadership of the National Science Foundation is changing hands, with Rita R. Colwell's retirement as the director of the independent federal agency. She was scheduled to step down Feb. 21.

Ms. Colwell, a microbiologist who has been at the helm of the NSF since 1998, plans to join Canon U.S. Life Sciences, a Washington-based branch of Canon U.S.A., a science-research organization.

President Bush this month announced his intention to designate Arden L. Bement as the acting director of the science foundation. Mr. Bement has served as the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology since late 2001.

The NSF oversees a multimillion-dollar grant program that finances research into math and science education. ("Math, Science Grants in Federal Cross Hairs," Feb. 11, 2004.)

—Michelle Galley

Vol. 23, Issue 24, Page 28

Published in Print: February 25, 2004, as News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
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