We are currently accepting applications for the 2013–2014 New Science Teacher Academy.
On behalf of NSTA and the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy sponsors, we would like to congratulate and welcome the 2012–2013 Academy fellows!
2012–2013 Dow-NSTA Fellows at the NSTA National Conference in San Antonio
2012–2013 Amgen-NSTA Fellow Katelin Muesing writes:
Thank you so much for your support as a NSTA New Teacher Fellow. I gratefully appreciate the opportunity you gave me this year to learn new knowledge and methods on how to teach and better address my students’ needs in the classroom. Also, thank you for your sponsoring me to attend the NSTA conference in San Antonio, TX. I made new connections and gained valuable resources that will be applicable in my classroom. Thanks!!
2012–2013 Lockheed-NSTA Fellow Tracy Clement writes:
Thank you both so much for everything you have done to ensure that I was able to have such a successful time as a New Science Academy teacher at the NSTA conference. I enjoyed myself, I learned so much, I networked with many awesome people, and as someone said during one of the first events, I felt like I had part of my "tribe" all around me for support! I could tell you were both working so hard both in front of us and behind the scenes to make sure everything went smoothly. Thank you sincerely for everything.
2012–2013 DOW-NSTA Fellow Erin Bird writes:
Throughout the NSTA conference I kept thinking to myself, "I can't wait to get back to my students so I can share with them." While on the plane back to California, my conference-fueled enthusiasm and passion prompted me to outline the last 6 weeks of school so that I could incorporate all that I had learned.
As you mentioned at our NSTA New Science Teacher dinner, we teachers do not always feel respected or appreciated. A statement I have often heard, one which is typically delivered with surprise: "You went to Stanford to become a teacher?!" At this conference I felt respected and valued. I will try to retain and foster these sentiments as I return to the classroom, my school, and my district, but I am grateful to know that there will be more NSTA conferences and professional development opportunities to keep my passion bright.
As a new teacher, I am honored to return to the master science teachers with whom I work to share what I learned, in general, and specifically to share what I learned about The New Generation Science Standards. My new professional understandings and knowledge, together with the entire intellectually rigorous experience of the conference, makes me feel like a professional; someone who deserves to be valued and respected. It is a feeling that motivates me to not only do more in the classroom, but to reach beyond the classroom and into the ongoing professional discussions about science, teaching, and education policy. This conference made me part of a much larger unified teaching movement.
I owe this incredibly positive and transformational experience to you, Tiffany, Sappora (sp?), and the New Science Teacher Academy team. The advice given by the alumni helped me develop and focus on clear learning goals for myself. The PDI and the New Teacher events helped me ease into what could have been an overwhelming experience. And logistically speaking, to have received the financial support to attend was an immensely generous gift—which, again, makes me feel so honored. Thank you for all your thoughtful work organizing, scheduling, and taking such good care of us.
As my new teacher friends and I waited for our time to head to the airport and our flights to take us back to our different States, we decided to take a photo, something to memorialize our incredible learning experience together. I asked a gentleman near by if he would be willing to take a picture of our group of new teachers. He obliged and made a comical warning about getting stuck in the profession for the next thirty years. My response: "I can't wait!"
Looking forward to becoming an alumni of the New Science Teacher Academy. Thrilled that it is not over yet!
Click here for testimonials from 2011–2012 fellows.
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% 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.
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