March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

Call for Nominations for the 2014-2016 CSTA Board of Directors

Posted: Monday, November 4th, 2013

Right now is an exciting time to be involved at the state level in the California Science Teachers Association. The CSTA Board of Directors is currently involved in implementation planning for the Next Generations Science Standards and finalizing its new strategic plan. If you are interesting in serving on the CSTA Board of Directors, now is the time to submit your name for consideration.

Nominations for the following positions on the CSTA Board of Directors are now being accepted:

Directors will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2016.

All current members of CSTA are encouraged to participate in the nomination process.

Step 1: Complete the Nomination Form on the CSTA website.

Step 2: Submit the Nomination Form along with your resume by January 31, 2014.

Step 3: Upon receipt of the Nomination Form, nominees will be sent additional information and will be asked to submit two letters of endorsement from CSTA members, as well as statements of philosophy about science education and the role of CSTA.

Step 4: Candidate submissions will be evaluated by the Nominations Committee, which will select up to two final candidates for each vacant position. Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Professional Characteristics:

Be a science educator and a member in good standing of CSTA; demonstrate a commitment to the improvement of effective science teaching; have a knowledge of the issues facing science education in the state; demonstrate involvement and scholarship in science education; demonstrate knowledge of CSTA and a commitment to its vision and goals; be able to communicate effectively and be a visible spokesperson and strong advocate for CSTA positions; represent the interests and concerns of the members of CSTA. Nominees will be expected to fulfill the duties as described in the director position descriptions. The Informal Science Education Director must have adequate experience in an organization or institution that conducts science education but is not a school. Regional Directors must reside or work in the region to which they are being elected*.

Personal Characteristics:

Possess strong leadership skills; possess a high energy level; demonstrate a willingness to make the necessary time commitment to hold a critical leadership position in the association; possess integrity, poise, adaptability, flexibility, a sense of humor, and an appreciation and respect for diversity; possess the ability to create a team effort, build consensus, motivate and involve others, and delegate authority.

*Region 2: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano counties. *Region 4: Imperial, Inyo, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego counties.

For forms or information call the CSTA office or visit our website.

California Science Teachers Association

950 Glenn Drive, Suite 150

Folsom, CA 95630

(916) 979-7004; FAX: (916) 979-7023; email: csta@cascience.org

NOMINATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED, FAXED, OR EMAILED NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31, 2014

2014 NOMINATION AND ELECTION TIMELINE

Nominations Open:  November 1, 2013

Nominations Close:  January 31, 2014

Notification of Nominees and Distribution of Candidacy Packets:  February 3, 2014

Submission of Candidacy PacketsFebruary 14, 2014

Screening by Nominations CommitteeMarch 4, 2014

Ratification by Board of Directors:  March 15, 2014

Announcement of Slate of Candidates:  March 17, 2014

Ballots with Candidate Statements to Members:  April 15, 2014

Voting Deadline:  May 15, 2014

Vote Tallying:  May 19, 2014

Announcement of Results:  May 21, 2014

Newly-Elected Directors Take Office:  July 1, 2014

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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