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Professional Organizations for Science and STEM Educators


Colorado and National Organizations that Support Educator Growth and Leadership

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - An international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association.

Colorado Association of Science Teachers (CAST) – State chapter of the National Association of Science Teachers.

Colorado Experiential STEM Learning Network -  Created by XSci and the University of Colorado Boulder, the Colorado Experiential STEM learning network promotes ACTION based STEM networking and integration. Its mission is to collaborate with schools, policy makers, and businesses in order to create extraordinary STEM experiences for students and teachers.

Colorado Science Educators Network (CSEN) – An organization that meets to network with leaders in science education across the state of Colorado, provide professional development for science leaders, and address current issues facing science education and educators.

National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) - A worldwide organization of professionals committed to the improvement of science teaching and learning through research.

National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) - Formed in 1959 to meet a need to develop science education leadership for K-16 school systems.

National Science Foundation (NSF) - An independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…"

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) - A member-driven organization, 60,000-strong that offers cutting-edge Professional Development opportunities, and publishes books, journals, and additional content on effective teaching strategy and best practices.