DOWNEY - Simon Moon, a science teacher at Warren High School, was one of 39 California educators chosen as fellows in the New Science Teacher Academy for 2011.Selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide, the fellows will participate in a year-long professional development program designed to help promote "quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge." "Now more than ever we need to assist educators in developing their skills as teachers so that they can not only bolster student achievement, but feel confident and passionate about the vital work they do in helping to grow the pipeline of future science professionals," said Dr. Francis Eberle, executive director of the National Science Teachers Association. "Each of these Fellows has expressed a strong desire to strengthen their knowledge and expand their professional growth so that they can better foster their students' interest in science. We are extremely proud of this year's group of Fellows and are grateful for their commitment to science education and to their students." Fellows were chosen based on "evidence of a solid science background and displaying a strong interest in growing as a professional science educator." Fellows receive a NSTA membership package, online mentoring with trained mentors who teach in the same discipline, and the opportunity to participate in a variety of web-based professional development activities, including web seminars. In addition, fellows receive financial support to attend NSTA's 2012 National Conference on Science Education in Indianapolis.
********** Published: January 12, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 39