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Breaking Down Walls at the 2014 National Congress on Science Education

If you were with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) in Washington, D.C. last week, you would have been part of the most exciting and productive Congress of the year! In Georgetown, about 145 representatives of chapters, state organizations, affiliates and NSTA governance met to spend “quality time” breaking down walls at the National Congress [...]

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NSTA’s 2013 National Congress on Science Education

Puerto Rico, home to the largest radio telescope in the world, played host to NSTA’s 2013 National Congress on Science Education (NCSE) last week. While a visit to the Arecibo Observatory was on many of the attendees’ schedules, their real work was focused on identifying key issues affecting science teachers throughout the United States. The [...]

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NSTA Chapters and Associated Groups: Want to know more about D&O Insurance?

We are featuring another guest blogger, Kenneth Huff.  Kenneth is the President of The Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching (an NSTA Associated Group) and he recently investigated the benefits of Directors and Officer insurance and the protection it can provide for APAST. With many associations continuing to experience the affects of a tenuous [...]

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NSTA Chapter and Associated Group Leaders: There is a better mousetrap to track members!

We are featuring a post from guest blogger, Kelly Price.  Kelly is the GSTA Director for the 2012-13 year. She has been a member of the GSTA board for many years serving in the roles of District II Director, Secretary, and President. Kelly  has also served a three year term on the NSTA Council as the District [...]

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Preservice teachers rock (and so do their advisors!)

Big kudos to the preservice and new teachers who participated in the first-ever Student/Student Chapter Showcase during the NSTA National Conference on Science Education.  Over three days — March 29-31 — seven student teams provided nine presentations to other preservice and new teachers.  The teams conducted sessions on: the school garden model; laboratory makeovers; NASA [...]

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Chapters and Associated Groups: Advocacy + Professional Development = the Formula for a Great Association

This week we are featuring a post from guest blogger, Chuck Hempstead, MPA, CAE.  Chuck is the Executive Director of the Science Teachers Association of Texas (an NSTA Chapter). Chuck also serves as President of Hempstead and Associates, a full-service association management company based in Austin, Texas.  He holds the designation of Certified Association Executive [...]

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Chapters and Associated Groups: Are Formal Committees Still Relevant?

Over the past few days, I have been keeping an eye on an interesting thread on an association discussion forum – the topic: whether committees are still relevant especially for smaller organizations like chapters and special-interest groups. In recent years, organizations of all sizes have taken a closer look at the need for formal committees in [...]

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Chapters and Associated Groups: Know your corporate status!

I want to remind chapter and associated group leaders about the importance of a corporate status.  This may be a no-brainer to some, but many organization leaders confuse this with the tax-exempt status (i.e., 501(c)3, 501(c)6, etc.)  There is really no connection between these two. The process for becoming a formal non-profit, professional or trade [...]

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Chapters and Associated Groups: It’s tax time!

Having worked with small organizations for a number of years now, inevitably I will hear one state chapter or component leader say, “We don’t have to worry about filing taxes…we didn’t have enough income.” Well, this is partly true.  Your organization may not need to file a formal 990, but you will have to file [...]

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To our Chapter and Associated Group Leaders: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

So, another year, another set of goals (or resolutions) made. That goes for us at NSTA as well. Over the past few months, we’ve discussed lots of new ideas and projects to support our members and other constituents. I’ve focused on what will benefit our state chapters, associated groups and student chapters.  Resources that will help [...]

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