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International Science Education


NSTA has embarked upon a significant and substantial commitment to international science education.

Beginning with its ground-breaking report entitled Developing a World View for Science Education: In North America and Across the Globe , NSTA initiated activity on many fronts.

Guidance and input on international efforts and developing strategies for implementing these efforts, is provided by our International Advisory Board (see below).

The ultimate goal of all NSTA international activities is to collaboratively engage more science educators on an international level with the intent that they will become better teachers in their own classrooms and better impart the global dimensions of science to their students. For more information, see NSTA’s 2017 position statement International Science Education and the National Science Teaching Association.

Among the efforts to connect science educators from various countries, since 2006 NSTA has held international sessions during our national conferences.

At NSTA's National Conference on Science Education in Chicago, July 21–23, 2022.

In conjunction with the Houston National Conference, the NSTA International Advisory Board will be offering the following events: 

  • Global Conversations: International Film Festival
    Saturday, July 23
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    McCormick Place - W175a
    Chicago, Illinois USA
    We invite you to participate in the Global Conversations. Submissions are encouraged from diverse areas of science education, including elementary through college science education, policy standards, best practices, novel content delivery, scientific literacy, and informal education.
    To encourage and include as many educators as possible from around the world, we will be accepting; 1) In-person share-a-thon presentations and 2) Short, self-running video presentations

    Click the links below for information on participating and submitting an abstract:
    Call for Abstracts
    Abstract Submission Form
    Upload Your Video


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Gabe Kraljevic
IAB Chairperson


International Advisory Board


Advise, guide, and provide input on Association international efforts and develop strategies for implementing these international efforts. The chairperson shall submit a semi-annual report to the Board of Directors including recommendations for action by the Board of Directors.


Co-Chairs: The Member Co-chair is appointed by the President-Elect, one year prior to the term of office, from the committee members of the previous year. The Appointee shall not be in the final year of his/her term on the committee at the time of the appointment. This appointment shall be for one year. The Staff Co-Chair is appointed by the Executive Director. Both chairs will work together to fulfill the duties and tasks as directed by the Board of Directors.

One District Director: One District Director may be assigned to serve as Council Liaison.

One Division Director: One Division Director may be assigned to serve as Board Liaison.

Nine Presidential Appointees: The NSTA President-Elect shall make three appointments each year in consultation with NSTA staff. The members will represent a broad spectrum of international expertise. At least one of the three appointees shall reside outside of the United States. These appointments are for a three-year term of office.


Gabe Kraljevic 20-23

Member Co-Chair 21–22
Teacher (retired)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3R1B7 Canada

Beverly Shaw

Staff Co-Chair
703-312-9363 (w)

Aletha R. Cherry PhD 18–24

Elementary Lead
Gradient Learning
Atlanta, GA 30349

Teresa Kennedy 20–23

Professor, Bilingual/ELL/STEM
University of Texas at Tyler
Tyler, TX 75799

Patricia D. Morrell 22–25

Head, School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
The University of Queensland
Brisbane Qld 4072 Australia

Cecilia Owens 19–22

Science Teacher
Residential Faculty
Fay School
Southborough, MA 01772

Melissa C. Sleeper 19–22

Storm Grove Middle School
Vero Beach, FL 32967

Alison Seymour 20–23

Science Teacher/Education
Master in Colleges House
Scottsdale, AZ 85266



Marilyn Webster 20-23

District XVIII Director

Science Education Advisor
Nova Scotia, Canada

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