January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Nominations for Election to the CSTA Board of Directors, 2015-2017 Term

Posted: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

It’s that time of year when CSTA is looking for dedicated and qualified persons to fill the upcoming vacancies on its Board of Directors.This opportunity allows you to help shape the policy and determine the path that the Board will take in the new year. There is a time and energy commitment, but that is far outweighed by the personal satisfaction of knowing that you are an integral part of an outstanding professional educational organization, dedicated to the support and guidance of California’s science teachers. You will also have the opportunity to help CSTA review and support legislation that benefits good science teaching and teachers.

Applications can be downloaded from the CSTA website.

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, 2015, and ending June 30, 2017.

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

  • Step 1: Complete the Nomination Form.
  • Step 2: Submit the Nomination Form along with your resume by January 31, 2015.
  • 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 current CSTA members, as well as statements of philosophy about science education and the role of CSTA.

Nomination papers 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 be able to fulfill the duties as described in position descriptions for directors. Directors representing a particular grade level should have adequate experience at that grade level. 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.

Fax, e-mail, or mail your application to:

California Science Teachers Association
950 Glenn Drive, Suite 150
(916) 979-7004
FAX: (916) 979-7023
email: admin@cascience.org

NOMINATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED, FAXED, OR EMAILED NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31, 2015.

Nominees whose Nomination Form is complete will be sent a Candidacy Packet with further information within ten days of receipt of the completed form. Nominees will be required to submit two letters of endorsement from current CSTA members, as well as statements of philosophy about science education and the role of CSTA. Completed Candidacy Packets are due in the CSTA office in February 13, 2015. Nomination papers that do not include the nominee’s signature or resume, or are received after the filing deadline, will be disqualified.

Now is the time to hold a critical leadership position in your professional association! It will give you an opportunity to sharpen your leadership skills and help CSTA continue to share its vision, support and commitment to all science teachers in California.

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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Posted: Saturday, January 14th, 2017

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

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Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

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