Professional Development: NSTA New Teacher Academy

ImageIf you are a science teacher entering your 2nd or 3rd year of teaching, apply to become a fellow in the National Science Teacher Association’s New Science Teacher Academy (NSTA2).

I was very lucky to be selected as a fellow for the 2012-2013 school, and so far my experience has been very positive.  I have a great mentor and cohort of fellows from similar schools as my own.  I am super excited to be able to attend the National Conference in San Antonio, TX in April.

Here are the benefits I’ve received:

  • Comprehensive NSTA membership and its benefits;
  • An opportunity to participate in a variety of web-based professional development activities, including web seminars
  • Unlimited use of resources including vetted web links for lesson plans, links to state and national standards, professional organizations, safety tips and more;
  • An opportunity to participate in New Teacher Center e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS) developed by NSTA, the New Teacher Center, and Montana State University that includes:
    • e-Mentoring with an experienced teacher in the same science discipline and grade level;
    • Facilitated online curriculum that focuses on science content and applicable classroom pedagogy;
    • Access to a nationwide, online network of science educators and scientists that facilitate the exchange of information, ideas, and resources;
  • Accommodations, coverage of airfare, food, and registration fees to attend the NSTA national conference;
  • An opportunity to participate in specialized conference pathways and to participate in a Research Dissemination Conference or a Professional Development Institute.



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