Enhance and Extend your PD with the NSTA Learning Center

This Web Seminar took place on February 28, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Flavio Mendez, Senior Director, NSTA Learning Center. In this Seminar, Mr. Mendez showed educators how to boost their professional development by accessing free online resources in the NSTA Learning Center, including simulations, journal articles, podcasts, and more.

The PowerPoint and related resources from the NSTA Learning Center are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.


In this presentation, Mr. Mendez discussed the benefits of online professional development in combination with traditional in-person education. He described how teachers can enhance and extend their own learning by taking advantage of the 2,800 resources that are available free through the NSTA Learning Center. Participants had the chance to visit the Learning Center and begin adding resources to their libraries. Mr. Mendez explained how educators can use free tools to assess gaps in their existing knowledge and set and track learning goals. He also encouraged participants to view and contribute to the discussions in the community forums.


Ninety-one (91) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. In addition, three participants joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Nigeria, South Korea, and Turkey.


Seminar participants received a one year subscription to the NSTA SciPack of their choice. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificate area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I had no idea all of these great resources were at the NSTA web site. I can brush up on topics I have not taught in many years and extend my knowledge of other topics as well.”
  • “More resources to add impact to my teaching so students will be engaged and excited.”
  • “As a lifelong learner, I am always looking for ways to enhance student comprehension and appreciation for Science. The content presented tonight will enable that process.”
  • “I really needed to discover a resource like this. I will be using the NSTA [Learning Center] every day now.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!




For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org



Underwritten by the GE Foundation