NSTA and NCTM Select 2018 STEM Teacher Ambassadors

The National
Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) announced the selection of
10 math and science teacher leaders from across the country to serve as
2018 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Teacher
Ambassadors. The program aims to expand the teacher leader’s knowledge
of key K–12 STEM education issues and hone their interpersonal skills so
that they can communicate important messages more effectively with
education stakeholders.

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“At the heart of the NSTA/NCTM STEM Teacher Ambassador program are
dedicated teacher leaders who have thoughtful insights to contribute to
the national education dialogue,” said Dr. David Evans, NSTA Executive
Director. “During their ambassadorship, the STEM Teacher Ambassadors
will work with various education stakeholders to lend their voice and
unique classroom perspective to bring greater awareness about the
importance of high-quality STEM education. We are proud of this year’s
group of STEM Teacher Ambassadors and look forward to working with them.”

“As the groups that represent the interests of math and science
educators, we share a mission to provide them with a voice,” said Ken
Krehbiel, NCTM Executive Director. “We look forward to offering
opportunities throughout the year for the Ambassadors to share their
stories with influencers and thought leaders.”

The Ambassadors—all recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence
in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST)—participated in an intensive
communications, media, and policy training created by NSTA and NCTM
designed to expand the classroom teacher voice at the local, state, and
national levels.

During the weeklong training in Washington, D.C. the Ambassadors met
with thought leaders to discuss major issues including key federal STEM
programs, professional learning and growth, equity, standards, and
assessments. They received rigorous media training and learned how to
conduct media interviews and write op-eds; communicate more effectively
and deliver important messages to the public; communicate new research
results in STEM education; engage with local and state officials; and
use social media to amplify messaging.

This year’s cohort of teacher leaders was chosen from a pool of more
than 125 PAEMST winners. The Ambassadors were selected on the basis of
several criteria, including showing evidence of teacher leadership; a
solid background in education; and displaying a strong interest in
growing as a professional STEM educator.

More information about the program and a complete list of the 2018 STEM
Teacher Ambassadors can be found here.

This program is based upon work supported by the National Science
Foundation under Grant No. 1554059. Any opinions, findings, and
conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of
the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National
Science Foundation.

About NSTA

The Arlington, VA-based National
Science Teachers Association is the largest professional
organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and
learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes
approximately 50,000 science teachers, science supervisors,
administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others
involved in science education.

About the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of
mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable
mathematics learning of the highest quality for each and every student
through vision, leadership, professional development and research. With
60,000 members and more than 230 Affiliates, it is the world’s largest
organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in
prekindergarten through grade 12. NCTM is dedicated to ongoing dialogue
and constructive discussion with all stakeholders about what is best for
students and envisions a world where everyone is enthused about
mathematics, sees the value and beauty of mathematics, and is empowered
by the opportunities mathematics affords.

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