The NSTA Learning Center: An Online Portal with Free Resources for Educators

Dr. Al Byers
Al Byers As Assistant Executive Director of e-Learning and Government Partnerships at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Dr. Byers serves in a strategic capacity with mission-based government agencies, state and local departments of education, university, and education foundations as together we cooperatively develop high quality blended professional development solutions, resources, and opportunities (both on-site, on-line, synchronous, and asynchronous) for science educators across the United States. He steers the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale blended professional development and e-learning endeavors that are now being consumed by over 92,000 educators daily, primarily through the NSTA’s award-winning Learning Center. He serves on the primary technical working group for the US Department of Education’s online communities of practice efforts, and was previously a delegate for the US Department of Education at the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (2008), and as an expert panelist for the National Assessment of Education Progress Science Framework Prioritization working group. Dr. Byers is a sponsored speaker at both the national and international level, and shares his research in online professional development through peer-reviewed research articles and numerous conference presentations.

Flavio Mendez
Flavio Mendez Flavio Mendez is the NSTA Learning Center Senior Director at the National Science Teachers Association. Mr. Mendez has over fifteen years of experience in formal and informal outreach and education activities, as Education Coordinator for the Hubble Space Telescope education program, and as Director of two exhibits and professional development programs for K-12 educators at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

At NSTA Mr. Mendez is responsible for the management of the Learning Center's state and district partnerships and the help desk. He oversees the implementation of the Center's resources, i.e., SciPacks, SciGuides, Web Seminars, Podcasts, Short Courses, etc. and the development of the PD tools like My PD Plan & Portfolio, My Library, My Calendar, My PD Record, etc. Mr. Mendez also teaches courses in astronomy to pre- and in-service teachers at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is one of NASA's JPL Solar System Educators.

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