Washington Science Teachers Association (WSTA)

WSTA Annual Conference

Message from you WSTA Representative:

I am very excited to be serving as your TOTOS representative on the Washington Science Teachers Association (WSTA) Board. I am hoping that this role will allow us to continue to have open, effective, and mutually supportive communication between the two organizations. To that end, I would like to provide some information and make some suggestions about how we can increase outcomes for both organizations.

First, it will help you to know something about WSTA: What is WSTA?

WSTA is the Washington State equivalent of the National Science Teachers Association. Its mission reflects a dedication to advocacy and promotion of quality science education for all, at all levels of instruction. WSTA holds an annual conference, publishes a journal, supports a listserve for communication among members, and maintains a webpage with resources for science teachers. Each year WSTA awards State Science Teacher of the Year awards for elementary, secondary, and higher education. For more information about WSTA please check out their website.

The WSTA Board is highly committed to including teachers of teachers of science and pre-service teachers as a strong and visible component of the WSTA organization. Currently several strategic goals specifically address pre-service teachers and TOTOS. I strongly encourage you to become a member of WSTA. You can do so through their website by clicking on the WSTA Membership link.

What are the benefits of WSTA membership for TOTOS members?

What can you do to help me be an effective TOTOS representative?

What are some current TOTOS relevant WSTA issues?

Please email me at kurtzm@cwu.edu if you have any ideas, suggestions, concerns, or general feedback on any of these issues that the WSTA Board is currently working on.

What is the process for submitting an article for the TOTOS column in the WSTA Journal?

The WSTA Journal contains a regular TOTOS column authored by a TOTOS member or members. In considering what or whether to submit an article for publication, remember that the primary audience for these articles is university faculty members who teach elementary and secondary pre-service teachers to teach science. The articles may also be beneficial to science educators who provide in-service training to teachers. It is a bonus if you think classroom teachers will find your topic adaptable in their K-12 classrooms.

Guidelines for publication may be obtained from Dr. Martha J. Kurtz, Science Education Department, 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7540. Mail proposed TOTOS articles to Dr. Kurtz or e-mail them to: kurtzm@cwu.edu. The journal is published four times a year. Send articles at least two weeks before the deadline. The submission deadlines are: February 1, April 1, August 1, and October 1.