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I’m an Administrator. How Can I Stay Connected to Science Instruction?






Dr. Sharon Bennett Delesbore is a campus administrator at an alternative school for at-risk students. Dr. Delesbore, who joined NSTA almost 20 years ago when she was a middle school science teacher, credits the organization with helping her become a leader in science education and a minority role model for administrators, teachers, and students. Delesbore: […]

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I Have Little Access to Professional Learning Programs Where I Live. Where Can I Turn to for Help?






Sandy Gady has been an NSTA member for over 22 years. Her first teaching jobs were in small towns with no colleges or universities nearby. Therefore, Gady says that access to quality professional learning was limited, which is why her NSTA membership really came in handy. “When I was in a small town with no […]

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No Money in the School Budget to Attend the NSTA National Conference? Learn What You Can Do






Middle school science teacher and NSTA member Christine Marsh is a self-described “huge fan” of the NSTA Conferences on Science Education. When she found out that no money was available in her school’s budget to send her to the NSTA National Conference in Boston, she started researching ways to fund her trip. “Obviously, being a […]

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I’ve Been Hired as a Science Teacher, but I’m Not Certified to Teach Science. Help!






When NSTA member Susanne Hokkanen was in school for teaching, she received a bachelor’s degree in history along with her teaching certificate. Hokkanen thought she would teach history after graduation, but instead she was hired as a middle school science teacher. “I panicked,” Hokkanen says. “I had taken only 12 credit hours of science in […]

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Where Can I Find Inspiration for New Lesson Plans?






NSTA member Todd Hoover, who now teaches preservice science teachers, began his career as an elementary and middle-level science teacher. When starting out, he didn’t know about NSTA. “One of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t become a member sooner,” he says. “I wish that I had joined NSTA when I was teaching K–12 […]

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I’ve Retired from Classroom Teaching. How Can My NSTA Membership Still Benefit Me?






Kathy Brooks says that her NSTA membership helped her tremendously during her almost 30-year career as a middle-level science teacher. And, she says, her NSTA membership is still just as valuable to her now that she’s retired from classroom teaching. Brooks says that you don’t have to end your involvement with NSTA when you leave […]

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Where Can I Find Free or Low-Cost Resources and Opportunities for Science Teachers?






Free or low-cost programs and materials can help teachers stretch their tight budgets. NSTA member Sharon Cumiskey has turned to NSTA’s member newspaper, NSTA Reports, for over 20 years to find quality teacher resources. Throughout her career, Cumiskey has benefited from opportunities she’s found in NSTA Reports. “Some of my fellow teachers ask me how […]

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How Can I Turn NSTA Resources into an E-Textbook for my College Classroom?






Before becoming an adjunct professor at Florida International University (FIU), NSTA member Kathleen Sparrow was the science supervisor for Akron Public Schools in Ohio. As a science supervisor, she used NSTA journal articles to provide professional development support to her teachers. A few years ago, Sparrow became an NSTA online adviser and loved how the […]

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Where Can I Find Professional Development Opportunities and Resources for Science Teachers?






NSTA member Becky Litherland, a middle level STEM coordinator, loves taking the teachers in her district to the NSTA Conferences on Science Education. “One of my favorite things is to take a teacher to their first NSTA conference,” she says. “It’s so much fun. They come back to the classroom super charged and ready to […]

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How Can NSTA Help Me Give Back to My Profession?






When NSTA member Patty McGinnis attended her first NSTA national conference, she was hooked. “I thought, ‘this is the best thing ever!’ and I went again and again,” McGinnis says. “The conferences are energizing because you’re with other people who are passionate about what they do. They’re good teachers, they want to be better, and […]

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