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Astellas and The National Science Teachers Association Announce 2009 Class of Local Science Educators
Date:9/21/2009

According to a 2007 study, roughly one in four new teachers in Illinois leave their teaching careers during their first five years and do not return(1). In an effort to help address the issue of teacher attrition, the NSTA created the New Science Teacher Academy, a professional development initiative designed to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge. The program uses mentoring and other professional development resources to support new science teachers during the often challenging, initial teaching years and to encourage them to stay in the profession.

"The ability to learn and develop exceptional teaching skills throughout a teaching career can have a profound effect on the quality of the teaching force and the performance of students," said Dr. Francis Eberle, executive director, NSTA. "We remained thrilled at the results we see each year and are grateful to have continued support from industry leaders, like Astellas, for this critical program."

For more information about the New Science Teacher Academy, or to learn how to apply, please visit www.nsta.org/academy.

About NSTA

The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (www.nsta.org) is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes more than 60,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education. The New Science Teacher Academy was created as part of NSTA's John Glenn Center for Science Education Campaign.

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