Call for Volunteers

CSTA's Board of Directors and the work of CSTA are served by several standing and ad hoc committees. These committees act in an advisory capacity to the board and do a great deal of the work of the association. All committees are filled and directed by volunteer members and supported by CSTA staff. Each committee also has a board liaison. You must be a member of CSTA to serve on a committee. Committee services is a great way to get involved with CSTA and hone your leadership skills.

CSTA accepts applications for committee membership April - May for service July through June (for most committees). The deadline for applying for 2018/19 committee service is May 4, 2018.

2018/2019 Committees

2019 Conference Committee
The 2019 California Science Education Conference will be held in San Jose, CA October 18-20, 2019. This committee's work is from October 2018 - November 2019. Committee members will meet in person and over the phone to plan the content - both fun and educational - for the 2019 conference. Volunteers needed: 8 - 12.

Outreach/Electronic Communications Committee

This committee oversees all aspects of electronic communications and social media for the Association (currently Twitter and Facebook). Working in collaboration with the Executive Director and office staff, the Outreach/Electronic Communications Committee maintains all electronic social media and facilitates communications with members. Proposes policies and procedures for maintaining and promoting the digital image of the Association. Volunteers needed: 5-7.

Legislative Oversight Committee

The Legislative Oversight Committee (LOC) monitors State and Federal legislative and budget issues, develops potential responses to issues and assists Executive Director and President in composing letters and communications in response to proposed legislation and state budget. The LOC informs members of pending legislation by writing articles for the association's newsletter, California Classroom Science, and other social media venues. Volunteers needed: 6-10.

Marketing/Communications/Membership/Preservice Committee

Develops strategies for increasing the visibility of the Association and attracting support from currently untapped sources. Reviews and provides feedback on new marketing materials to promote the association and membership. Promotes increased membership in the Association by attracting new members, retention of existing members, and return of past members. Monitors and proposes membership incentives designed to increase membership. Develops strategies to engage new and preservice teachers in the Association. Volunteers needed: 5-7.

NGSS Committee
To monitor the progress of the implementation of NGSS and inform the board as necessary, develop strategies and proposals for the CSTA board to consider as it relates to CSTA's role in the implementation of the NGSS in California. The NGSS committee in 2018/2019 will be active in participating in instructional materials adoption feedback among other activities.Volunteers needed: 10-15.

Policy Committee

The CSTA Policy Committee works on both policy for CSTA as an organization, in conjunction with CSTA staff, and on position statements that are developed to articulate CSTA's position and represent the membership's views on topical issues that will promote high-quality science education for all students. Membership on this committee by non-board members is vital to fully represent the diverse voices of California science teachers in this work. Volunteers needed 6-10.

Publications and Materials Review Committee

Oversees the publication of the California Classroom Science newsletter by soliciting, writing, and editing articles from members on a bi-monthly basis. Develops strategies for generating income for the Association through advertising in Association publications. Investigates possible strategies for providing members only content. The newsletter is scheduled for an overhaul in 2018/19 and volunteers will be asked to inform that work. Volunteers needed: 5-7.

The California Science Teachers Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and your donation may be tax deductible. Membership and donations are the backbone of the important work CSTA engages in to promote high quality science education.

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CSTA is now accepting applications for 2018/19 Volunteer Committee service.