Benefits of GSTA Membership (credited by Gail Marshall)Whether you are a new member or someone who has been a member for a number of years, sometimes you might not know all that GSTA membership provides for you. So for your thoughtful reflection, here are some of the benefits:
1) Access to our electronic publication:
- Observations – A newsletter published 8 times a year
2) A Superb Website (www.georgiascienceteacher.org) – gain access to many useful resources that are available with the use of your GSTA membership number. Your membership dues help to provide and maintain this excellent resource.
3) GSTA Awards and Mini Grant Program – Numerous opportunities for recognition and for funding of special projects
4) Opportunities for Professional Growth – You can build your own professional resume by:
- Writing for the publications
- Presenting at the annual conference
- Presenting or assisting a GSTA District meeting
- Volunteering to work at the annual conference
- Volunteering to work on a GSTA committee
- Assisting with dissemination of legislative alerts
- Running for a GSTA office
5) Opportunities to help Improve Science Education in Georgia – You have opportunities to be involved in various efforts to improve how science is taught in our schools.
- Talk to your State Representative and Senator about GSTA’s position on various science issues (See Position Statements on the website)
- Visit the GSTA website often for updates on science issues
- Respond to messages from your District Director
- Nominate someone you know is qualified to run for GSTA office
- Vote in GSTA elections
- Share your own good ideas by writing for the publications and/or presenting at the Annual Conference
- Adopt a new science teacher and tell them about GSTA
- Nominate someone you know is qualified for a GSTA award
Above all, remember that GSTA is your state professional organization. Your membership is appreciated and it helps in many ways to promote science education across the state. Please encourage others to join.