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Advisory Boards and Panels

If you are a member of NSTA and are interested in serving on one of these advisory boards or panels, please check back at this site in the fall of 2020, when we will be accepting applications for the next appointment cycle.

Click on the name of an advisory board or panel for its official charge.

NSTA Advisory Boards

Publication Advisory Boards

  • Science and Children Advisory Board
  • Science Scope Advisory Board
  • The Science Teacher Advisory Board
  • Journal of College Science Teaching Advisory Board
  • NSTA Reports Advisory Board
  • NGSS@NSTA Advisory Board

Charge: Review manuscripts primarily for a principal NSTA journal and occasionally for other NSTA journals, as requested; make recommendations to the Editors concerning publication of manuscripts; assist the Editors in implementing publication policies; provide suggestions as requested by the Editors.

Aerospace Programs Advisory Board

Charge: Advise the NSTA staff responsible for promoting aerospace programs; make recommendations to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors regarding issues and projects of interest to the membership involved in aerospace education.

Conference Advisory Board

Charge: The Conference Advisory Board will serve as an experienced resource to NSTA conference staff and regional planning committees and will maintain an ongoing review of procedures and planning related to NSTA conferences and meetings.

Development Advisory Board

Charge: Review the organizational fundraising plan and advise the Board of Directors in the development of policies and procedures related to gift solicitation, donor recognition, and potential campaigns including planned giving guidelines. Develop strategies for the involvement and cultivation of major gift prospects. Solicit gifts at the various levels required for annual, restricted, and planned giving campaigns. Provide information on the environmental factors affecting fundraising among the organization’s constituencies.

International Advisory Board

Charge: Advise, guide, and provide input on Association international efforts and develop strategies for implementing these international efforts.

Investment Advisory Board

Charge: Review NSTA investment policies and make recommendations to the Board of Directors on both short and long-term goals in accordance with directives provided by the Board of Directors.

John Glenn Center for Science Education Advisory Board

Charge: Provide advice, guidance, and input to the Director of the John Glenn Center for Science Education about center programs and policies.

NGSS@NSTA Advisory Board

Charge: Inform the Association's efforts to promote and educate teachers of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The board will offer critical input to staff as they develop strategies to support NGSS implementation and provide timely updates to the Board of Directors. The chairperson shall submit semi-annual reports to the Board of Directors, potentially including proposals for action.

Retired Members Advisory Board

Charge: Plan, coordinate and implement activities pertinent to Retired Members such as: sessions at the National Conference and other meetings, maintenance of an active volunteer directory and collaboration with other membership groups. Advise the Board and Headquarters on matters of interest and concern to Retired Members.

Rural Science Education Advisory Board

Charge: Provide support to rural science educators by making recommendations to the Board of Directors and staff on implementing new strategies to inform rural science educators about available sources of funding and how to use that funding effectively to improve rural science education; make recommendations on how to improve science professional learning for rural educators; and review options to assist in peer collaboration for rural educators. The chairperson shall submit semi-annual reports to the Board of Directors, including recommendations for action by the Board of Directors.

Science Matters Advisory Board

Charge: Provide advice and input to the NSTA Board of Directors and staff responsible for the Science Matters programs and endeavors.

Science Safety Advisory Board

Charge: Advise NSTA staff on safety guidelines for all demonstrations and workshop leaders at all NSTA activities; serve, as requested, as the safety review panel for NSTA journals, books, and other publications; advise the Executive Director and the Board of Directors on issues related to science safety.

Special Needs Advisory Board

Charge: Advise NSTA standing committees and NSTA headquarters regarding support for members with special needs and for teachers of students with special needs; make recommendations to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors regarding issues and projects related to special education.

Technology Advisory Board

Charge: Provide advice and input to the NSTA Board of Directors and staff responsible for Technology initiatives, programs, and activities.

Urban Science Education Advisory Board

Charge: Advise, guide, and provide input on the Association’s efforts to address the distinct challenges faced by urban science educators; develop strategies to support NSTA members in urban areas; and make recommendations to the Board of Directors on implementing new strategies. The chairperson shall submit semi-annual reports to the Board of Directors including proposals for action by the Board of Directors.

NSTA Panels

Outstanding Science Trade Books Panel

Charge: This panel is responsible for reviewing as many as 300 individual books submitted by publishers. Panel members are charged with reading submission and identifying the very best children's science books among the entries. Generally, a few dozen books are singled out for recognition each year. The list of winners shall be published online and circulated via social media, in print in NSTA's K–12 journals, and as a standalone handout.

Best STEM Books Panel

Charge: This panel is responsible for reviewing as many as 400 individual books submitted by publishers. Panel members are charged with reading every submission and identifying the very best children's STEM books among the entries for publication on NSTA's annual Best STEM Books list. The list of winners shall be published online and circulated via social media, in print in NSTA's K–12 journals, and as a standalone handout.

Shell Science Teaching Award Judging Panel

Charge: Oversee the administration of the award by establishing and maintaining guidelines for the award and awardee selection process. Participate in the selection process of semi-finalists, finalists, and the awardee by using written and video documentation, as well as completing site visits as assigned by the Chair.

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