Professional science education communities integrate learning with practice and provide opportunities for collaboration. The Science Education Community will: 1) Address the isolation of classroom teachers and instill a strong sense of efficacy, which is important in raising student achievement; 2) Support a collaborative culture where reflective practice is an important element of improving science teaching and learning; 3) Promote the effective implementation of science instructional materials in the classroom; 4) Focus on improvement of content and pedagogical knowledge in support of teaching and learning science; and 5) Provide support to implement a high quality science program in all classrooms.
Science Education Professional Societies
As a new science teacher, you are among an elite family of individuals committed to improving students' critical thinking and problem solving through the process of scientific investigation and the language of science. Below, you will find links to outstanding resources to help you achieve this goal. Join a professional organization and stay in touch with your colleagues. It is a critical step to long term career satisfaction.
Learn more about science education professional societies that have been set up to support your efforts.
California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) - CSTA represents science educators statewide - in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) - The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)- ASTE promote excellence in science teacher education world-wide through scholarship and innovation.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - The American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Triple A-S" (AAAS), is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association.
National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) - The purpose of NARST is to promote research in science education at all levels and to disseminate research findings in such ways as to improve science teaching
National Middle Level Science Teachers Association (NMLSTA) - NMLSTA strives to stimulate, improve, and coordinate science teaching in the middle level grades and to engage in any and all activities in furtherance thereof.
National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) - - The National Science Education Leadership Association provides members with benefits and opportunities to enhance their professional competence and status as leaders in science education.
Augmentative Key Organization Resources
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: College-Ready Education
Through effective teaching, personalized learning, and with college-ready expectations the Gates Foundation's College-Ready Education initiative prepares future teachers by efficiently integrating common core state standards and pedagogical resources into curriculum. To learn more information please visit the College Ready website.
Innovative Tools and Collaboration for Common Core - varous pedagogical resources and tools, some of which are made by teachers for teachers, to efficiently integrate CCSS (Common Core State Standards) into classroom environments.
Teachers Know Best - No one knows teaching like teachers, so more than 3,100 educators were surveyed and asked what kinds of digital instructional tools are essential to help their students be prepared for college and careers in the 21st century.
Tools for Teachers by Teachers - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invested $152.8 million dollars to support teachers in deepening their practice. These investments are anchored by two collaboratives--the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and the Math Design Collaborative (MDC)--that focus on code signing and implementing high-quality tools for rigorous literacy and math instruction.
Feedback for Better Teaching - This PDF highlights a set of guiding principles from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to inform the design and implementation of high-quality teacher support and evaluation systems based on three years' of work by the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, its partners, and other leading school systems and organizations.
Taking Stock: The Impact of Effective Teaching Systems - The First Five Years - In 2009 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation committed to invest up to $300 million in three different school districts and a consortium of four Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) willing to take on an audacious goal: improving teaching across the entire school system. This PDF brief highlights what was learned in the first five years of work.
Engaging Students Where They Are - Because Students live in a technological world, using technology helps engage students where they are. Instructional coach Nick Sun describes how he teaches teachers to use apps like Prezi, Nearpod, and Tellagami to enhance their students' experiences in the classroom.