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Communications, Legislative & Public Affairs

The Communications, Legislative & Public Affairs team strives to keep NSTA members, teachers, science education leaders, and the general public informed about NSTA programs, products, and services and key science education issues and legislation.

In the association's role as the national voice for science education, its CLPA team actively promotes NSTA's positions on science education issues, communicates key NSTA messages to essential audiences, and conveys policy recommendations to government leaders.

The department aims to help increase funding for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs and works with legislators, staff, and other advocates on STEM-related legislation and policy issues.

Press Releases

If you would like to receive press releases from NSTA, please submit the following information to

  • Name
  • Title
  • Publication / company
  • Email address

Legislative Affairs

NSTA works to promote policies that enhance the teaching and learning of science and STEM education and to help prepare educators to advocate for these issues. As the nation's leading advocate on behalf of science and STEM education teachers and leaders, NSTA brings information to members of Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and other federal agencies.

NSTA Legislative Updates are published periodically in the NSTA Blog.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Resources and Information

Legislative Affairs in Action

NSTA works with other advocacy groups on policies and funding that will enhance the teaching and learning of science and STEM education. NSTA chairs the STEM Education Coalition and is on the steering committee for the Title IV-A Coalition.

Advocating for Science and STEM Education (PDF)

NSTA Responds to Federal Request for Information on STEM Education (PDF)

NSTA, CS3 and NSELA Letter to the Biden Education Transition Team (PDF)

Letter to President Biden -- Re-launch the White House Science and Engineering Fair (PDF)

Press Registration

Members of the press may qualify for a complimentary press badge to attend an NSTA conference. For details, expand the text below.


To qualify for a press badge, you must submit credentials and be approved by NSTA's office of Communication, Legislative & Public Affairs (CLPA).

How do I register?

To register for a complimentary press badge, send an email to and include the following information:

  • Name, title, publication, telephone number, email address
  • Attach one form of press credentials (see list below)
  • Specify which conference/event you would like to attend
  • List topics/subjects that you are interested in covering as it relates to the conference/event

What are the credential requirements for editorial press registration?

One of the following:

  • Masthead from a current issue of an industry-related publication listing you as an editorial contributor
  • An industry-related article published with the past six months with your byline
  • A letter from the news director or assignment editor on station/network letterhead saying that you have been assigned to represent the organization in an editorial capacity at an NSTA conference/event
  • Press photo ID
  • Business card from your media outlet reflecting your editorial role

Online publications: Must be a previously established, independent site that is regularly updated with original and current broadcast or media-related news. Personal blogs, forums, and user groups will not be considered for media registration.

Can press register on site?

Yes, but please remember to bring credentials (listed above) and a photo ID (driver’s license, ID card and passport) with you to the conference. You must register at the media registration counter to receive a badge. Please send an email to for details on where the media registration counter is located. Please indicate which event you are inquiring about in the subject line.

When will I receive my press badge?

Once registered, you will receive an email from an CLPA staff member confirming that you have been approved to receive an official press badge. The email will also include detailed instructions on where you will need to go to pick up your badge. Badges will not be mailed. Please allow 3–5 business days before following up.

Who can I contact for interviews and other related information?

You can contact Kate Falk at 703-312-9211.

CLPA Team Members

Jodi Peterson
Assistant Executive Director, Communication, Legislative & Public Affairs

Kate Falk
Director of Communications

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