National Science Teachers Association
Planning Your Summer Professional Learning Experiences

This Web Seminar took place on May 12, 2011 from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Flavio Mendez, Senior Director NSTA Learning Center. In this Seminar, Mr. Mendez focused the presentation on how participants can use Learning Center resources and tools to catalog their professional development.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation 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.

Flavio Mendez talked about new tools in the NSTA Learning Center, focusing on how the resources could be used to enhance teacher’s professional development. The site has over 6,000 resources available. Participant attention was focused on the PD Plan and Portfolio tool and shown how the tool can be used to catalog a teacher’s professional development, including uploading resources, creating goals and attaching NSTA resources to the plan.

One hundred and six (106) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. In addition, one participant joined the program from a country outside of the United States: 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:

  • “Helpful information that can be used to design and use for personal professional development record keeping and reporting.”
  • “I will use the information to create my professional development portfolio.”
  • “I am now aware of tools I had no idea existed. I know how to access them and where to go should I need help.”
  • “I am a teacher that cares little of documenting and greatly of personal satisfaction. These tools will turn the key to making an easy path to satisfy my soul and professional demands.”

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

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Underwritten by the GE Foundation