Professional Learning

Opportunities for Middle School Science Teachers

To Science Leaders! I have some EXCITING news regarding National Middle Level Science Teachers Association that I hope you will pass along to your organization. *The application for the Paul deHart Hurd Award is due next month. The winner receives $1,000 to defray the cost of attending the NSTA national conference. Applications are available at Middle school science teachers are encouraged to apply *NMLSTA is sponsoring an entire day of programming at NSTA Boston that will address the unique needs of middle school science educators. The event will be held April 4 in the Boston Westin Waterfront and features networking opportunities, a dozen presentations geared for middle school teachers, door prizes, a middle level share-a-thon, and book author Dick Moyer of Everyday Engineering. Stay tuned as more events are being added! Please share with your organization that information about Meet Me in the Middle Day can be found at *Please encourage anyone and everyone to share a lesson idea, resource, or activity at our share-a-thon. All participants will receive a certificate acknowledging that they presented at the national conference. Interested individuals can sign up to present at Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or suggestions.

Patty McGinnis
Patricia McGinnis
25300 Activity Points

In addition to a number of great PD opportunities Patty mentioned, many may not realize that applying for awards like the Paul daHart Hurd scholarship or any of a number of other awards listed on the NSTA site or listed on the NSTA calendar here by outside organizations provides a wonderful opportunity for reflecting on personal practice and professionalism.

Even if I didn't earn an award (or didn't get the application completed in time!) I found the process of applying and thinking through the answers to the questions asked made me reflect hard on what I had accomplished and what I still needed to work on in my teaching. I learned a lot about myself along the way and felt better about what I had accomplished and could set much more realistic goals for future improvement. And the saved answers were also useful at the end of the year when filling out PD reflection forms for my district.

Of course, the perfect win-win is not only focusing on and finding out my strengths but an award to go with it! There are awards and grants available for teachers at all stages of your career so I recommend finding time to get started!

Tina Harris
Tina Harris
65560 Activity Points

I have found this article to be exciting and frustrating. I have been looking for different sources to pay to go to NSTA conferences. Are there anymore websites that I can find that will help me pay for the conferences. I have submitted applications in the past but have been unsuccessful. I am currently not a member of National Middle School Science Teachers Association and my school district has cut all funding. Thank you for any help!

Judith Lucas-Odom
Judith Lucas-Odom
23000 Activity Points

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