NSTA New Science Teacher Academy Professional Development Fellowship

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The NSTA New Science Teacher Academy, cofounded by the Amgen Foundation, is a professional development initiative created to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge.

According to a 2003 study by Richard Ingersoll, nearly 50 percent of beginning teachers leave their jobs in the first five years. The NSTA New Science Teacher Academy endeavors to use mentoring and other professional development resources to support science teachers during the often challenging, initial teaching years and to help them stay in the profession.

The New Science Teacher Academy is one of NSTA's premier programs providing professional development and mentoring to second- through fifth-year middle or high school science teachers. Applicants must work a schedule where 51 percent of their classes are in science.

The Academy is a cost-free program that offers consistent, online professional development activities along with face-to-face experiences. As an NSTA Fellow, you will receive:

  • 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: 1) e-Mentoring with an experienced teacher in the same science discipline and grade level; 2) Facilitated online curriculum that focuses on science content and applicable classroom pedagogy; 3) 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.

    Application Deadline: annually in August

    For more information and to submit an application, visit www.nsta.org/academy.

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    National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Amgen Foundation
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    National Science Teachers Association
    1840 Wilson Boulevard
    Arlington VA 22201

    Program Coordinator
    Telephone: 703.312.9274

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