OSTA @ the National Congress on Science
The National Congress on Science Education meets annually and consists of one voting delegate from each of the 94 NSTA Chapters and Associated Groups. The Congress meets to discuss issues and bring forth recommendations that may be of interest to NSTA and the science education community. Delegates and other local leaders benefit from attending the summer congress, which provides opportunities to
- Network with other science leaders from the US and Canada;
- Attend leadership workshops to assist them in their association role;
- Represent their members as a voting delegate;
- Attend focus groups to address national issues and formulate debate and adopt resolutions;
- Meet and work with the NSTA elected leaders and staff.
July 17, 2014: Met briefly with Senator Merkley this morning. Issue forums include the Scientific & Engineering practices in the classroom, Informal and Environmental Education, and Assessment in the Era of NGSS. State representatives will discuss concerns and ideas to address them this afternoon. Possible resolutions to direct NSTA energy & resources to address the concerns may be developed during these forums.
July 18, 2014: The Congress was updated on current legislative issues by Jody Peterson, NSTA's Assistant Executive Director. Four resolutions were submitted out of the issue forums yesterday. Read those here. Discussion and voting will happen this morning. Those resolutions that pass the Congress will be sent to the NSTA Council for consideration. The decisions by the NSTA Council and Board will be announced tomorrow.