New Committee Members Get Ready to Contribute Their Voice and Join Dedicated NSTA Members in Service

On June 1, 2018, new committee, advisory board, and panel members begin their term of office in service to NSTA over the next three years. As they do so, I would like to welcome each of them on behalf of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) leadership, staff, and members, for their willingness to step forward, serve, and advocate for science education. Each of them will bring unique and needed perspectives to committee work at a time where promoting the importance of science education is both needed and necessary.

As these new volunteers step into their new roles, other members who have served on committees and boards just finished their terms on May 31, 2018. To them, I say thank you for your service; NSTA and the entire science teaching community has been made stronger by your participation.

(Please see the chart below for the names of those newly joining committees and those who are rotating off.)

Together, We Advocate for Science Education

In April 2017, the nation joined together in a collective and symbolic movement to March for Science.  Knowing the value of science for our future and the need for science education to help get there, NSTA joined this movement as an official partner in both 2017 and again this year.  With this official position, science teachers who prepare students to study science became vocal advocates and part of the one million people worldwide who gathered together with the understanding that “I Stand for Students, I Stand for Science”.

Recognizing the need and desiring to continue to promote the importance of science education, the theme I selected is “Together, We Advocate for Science Education” and will be the focus of efforts over the next year.

By combining our efforts and voices, we as a community of science educators will be able to better voice both the accomplishments and needs of our students, the importance of science education as a pathway to future scientific discoveries, and the importance of teaching with a three-dimensional approach that enables students to utilize real world strategies.  By advocating together, we can express a clear message.

image saying "Stand for Students, Stand for Science"

Speaking Out for Science Education

Efforts to pursue this initiative are well underway. The National Congress on Science Education which will be held in Little Rock, AR will bring together state and chapter leaders along with other advocates for science education as we spend three days working on the theme: Speaking Out for Science Education.  Topics that will drive discussion within focus groups and become the work of state chapters and/or NSTA in the coming year are:  Developing Leaders and Advocates for Science Education, Building Collaborative Relationships to Further Science Education, and Elevating the Status of Science Education.

Advocacy takes many forms and that is demonstrated during our upcoming regional conferences. Our fall regional conference planning committee members have been hard at work throughout the past year and have incorporated the need to be advocates into either a strand at each conference or the conference theme.  

  • At the fall conference in Reno, NV one strand will focus on Developing Persistence: The Power of Experience where participants are encouraged to learn from your peers’ experiences in persisting as they negotiate the terrain of facilitating science learning for the next generation. 
  • According to the Framework, “Arguably, the most pressing challenge facing U.S. education is to provide all students with a fair opportunity to learn” (p. 282). Those participants heading to National Harbor, MD will be reminded of this in many ways from the overarching conference theme that Science Education: A National Priority to a strand theme that identifies the need for Monumental Challenge: STEM Equity, Diversity, and Advocacy via
  • And to round out the conferences for the fall, the theme for Charlotte, NC is Energize Science: Educate and Engage all of which help to move the field of science education forward.

Turning to the National Conference on Science Education in April 2019, those that head to St. Louis, MO will be reminded that advocates continually have Science on My Mind.

These are but a few examples of how the theme of Together, We Advocate for Science Education will be featured in NSTA events and initiatives over the next year.

I invite each and every one of our members to join the new committee members, existing committee members and all of the NSTA leadership in advocating for science education and using your teacher’s voice to identify both the accomplishment and needs of our students and also to inform schools, districts, states, and our nation about the importance of science education for our future.

NSTA President Christine RoyceNSTA President Christine Royce is a professor in the teacher education department and co-director for the MAT in STEM Education program at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Follow Royce on Twitter @caroyce.

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Members Leaving –  5/31/2018

Members Starting –  6/1/2018

Standing Committees

Standing Committees

College:

College:

Cindy Birkner

Robert Cohen

Sarah Lang

Brian Ogle

John Wiginton

Esperanza Zenon

Coordination:

Coordination:

Linda Schoen-Giddings

Crystal Ferris

David Johnson

Steve Wood

Andria Stammen

Tonya Woolfolk

High School:

High School:

Lauren Case

Daniel Delcher

Courtney Leifert

Christina O’Malley

Steve Wood

Demetrice Smith-Mutegi

Informal:

Informal:

Ed Barker

Claire Lannoye-Hall

Jay Kubarck

Andy Micciche

 

Tony Perry

Middle Level:

Middle Level:

Justin Brosnahan

Kayla Heimann

Melanie Canaday

Shauneen Giudice

Tiauna Washington

Heather Anglin

Multicultural:

Multicultural:

Lisa Ernst

Sabriya Dempsey

Sandra Osorio

Joel Truesdell

Darrell Walker

Alton Lee

Preschool-Elementary:

Preschool-Elementary:

Patricia Paulson

Zulay Joa

Stephanie Selznick

Debra Ericksen

Danae Ellen Wirth

Karen Parrino

Preservice:

Preservice:

Bianca Deliberto

Ray Scolavino

Carolyn Mohr

Robbie Higdon

Susan Nicholson-Dykstra

Leigh Hester

Joe Milliano,  preservice teacher rep

Elizabeth Morrison, preservice teacher rep

NSTA Teacher Accreditation:

NSTA Teacher Accreditation:

Carole Lee

Deb Hemler

Prof Development:

Prof Development:

Cherry Brewton

Lior Schenck

Brittany Head

Kate Solberg

Catherine Shelton

Cheryl Manning

Research:

Research:

Victor Sampson

Gita Perkins

Kristen Sumrall

Holly Schaeffer

Kathy Wissehr

Laura Cotter

 

 

Members Leaving –  5/31/2018

Members Starting –  6/1/2018

Standing Committees

Standing Committees

Audit:

Audit:

Bill Badders

Elizabeth Kirman

Awards:

Awards:

Mary Maddox

Eric Pyle

Sheila Smith

Zipporah Miller

Pam Vaughan

Brandi Stroecker

Budget:

Budget:

Ken Heydrick

Linda Froschauer

Nominations:

Nominations:

Michael Lowry

Rene Corrales

Matthew McKenzie

Landon Bell

Jennifer Pritchard

Monica Dennis

Pat Shane

Kristin Rearden

Joyce Tugel

Rick Rutland

 

 

Advisory Boards

Advisory Boards

Aerospace:

Aerospace:

Kathy Biernat

Lisa Brown

Jacqueline Pfeiffer

Marci Ward

Taylor Planz

Becky Kamas

Conference:

Conference:

Camille Stegman

Becky Ashe

Development:

Development:

Susan Koba

Dwight Sieggreen

International:

International:

Antoinette Schlobohm

Donald Carpenetti

Walter Smith

Aletha Cherry

 

Faiza Qayyum

Investment:

Investment:

Patricia Simmons

John Penick

JCST:

JCST:

Issam Abi-El-Mona

Sarah Haines

Julie Luft

Susan Meabh Kelly

David Wojnowski

David Wolfe

NGSS@NSTA 

NGSS@NSTA

Ella Bowling

Melissa DeLaurentia

Patti Schaefer

Dawn O’Connor

 

Joe Krajcik

NSTA Reports:

NSTA Reports:

Aaron Eling

Debra Hanuscin

Derenda Marshall

Joyce Gleason

Kattie Morrison

Loubna Elhelu

 

 

 

 

Members Leaving –  5/31/2018

Members Starting –  6/1/2018

Advisory Boards

Advisory Boards

Retired:

Retired:

Lloyd Barrow

Chuck Cohen

Lori Lancaster

Howard Dimmick

 

Diane Johnson

Rural Science Education:

Rural Science Education:

New Advisory Board

Bev DeVore-Wedding

 

Anna Detlefsen

 

Richard Gilbert

 

Ruth Hutson

 

Lynn Larsen

 

Shane Perdue

 

Ron Schaffner

 

Camille Stegman

 

Jerry Valadez

Science and Children:

Science and Children:

Judy Clephane Ray

Karen Clementi

Laura Maricle

Jennifer Fine

 

Shannon Skoff

 

Fred Estes

 

Stephanie Coy

Science Matters:

Science Matters:

Ann Huber

Richard Bacolor

Susan Tate

Bea Donohue

Jeni Williams

Linda Sinclair

 

Marsha Winegarner

 

Walt Woolbaugh

Science Safety:

Science Safety:

Rick Rutland

Mary Loesing

 

Kathleen Brooks

 

Patricia Hillyer

Science Scope:

Science Scope:

Heather Janes

Chelsea Powers

Mary Elizabeth McKnight

Cathleen Tinder

Mary Anne Pella-Donnelly

Allison Bogart

Special Needs:

Special Needs:

Carol Cao

Dennis Kogan

Maribeth Lowe

Mary Ellen O’Donnell

Sheryl Sotelo

Lisha Goldberg

Technology:

Technology:

Donna Cole

Jennifer O’Sullivan

Kristen Kohli

Merrick Watchorn

Mijana Lockard

Debra Knight

 

 

 

 

Members Leaving –  5/31/2018

Members Starting –  6/1/2018

Advisory Boards

Advisory Boards

The Science Teacher:

The Science Teacher:

Brian Bollone

Jessica Mulhern

Geri Granger

Michael Shupe

Traci Richardson

Scott Spector

Urban Science:

Urban Science:

Brandon Gillette

Chavala Hardy

Alton Lee

Pat Shane

EllaJay Parfitt

Rabiah Harris

Panels

Panels

Best STEM Books:

Best STEM Books:

New panel

Kelly Chaney

 

Carla Billups

 

Peggy Carlisle

 

Marcy Doyle

 

Mary Hedenstrom

 

Carrie Launius

 

Ivan Ochoa

 

Laura Robertson

 

Juliana Texley

OSTB:

OSTB:

Genet Mehari

Meghan Aydelott

Len Sharp

Rhonda Kerr

Trupti Vora

Rebecca Kurson

Shell:

Shell:

Peggy Carlisle

Wendy DeMers

Kristen Poindexter

Melissa Collins

 

Sheila Smith

   
   
   

                                                                               

 

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