It is both an honor and a pleasure to serve you this year as ASTE President! I want to express my gratitude to all our graduate members, regular members, and retired members for continuing to make our organization known for its welcoming and supportive atmosphere. It was truly a pleasure for me to see all of you at the annual conference both in-person and virtually in Greenville, South Carolina! Many thanks to the conference chair, Michael Svec, and the local conference committee for hosting such a wonderful meeting! If you are interested in hosting a future conference, please click on the following application link: Apply to host the ASTE International Conference
I am extremely grateful for all of our members who consistently volunteer for leadership roles on ASTE committees (awards, communications, conference planning, elections, equity, membership and participation, oversight, professional development, publications, regional units, and NSTA partnership), on ASTE regions (North-East, South-East, Mid-Atlantic, North-Central, North-West, South-West, Far West, and International) on ASTE forums (elementary science methods, environmental education, graduate student, inclusive science education, policy & government relations, small colleges and programs, technology, and WISE), or as conference thread coordinators, proposal reviewers, and presiders. I am also indebted to our board of directors, executive director, director of electronic services, and conference program coordinator for their leadership, commitment, and support. It is tremendously gratifying to see firsthand how our amazing members continually promote leadership and support for professionals involved in the education and development of teachers of science at all levels. Collectively, the expertise of our members helps to advance practice and policy through scholarship, collaboration, and innovation in science teacher education year-round.
I absolutely love it when members frequently ask me ‘How can I get more involved in ASTE?’ because ASTE relies on the active involvement of our members to provide year-round support of our mission. As a result, there are many ways to get involved in ASTE including volunteer, elected and appointed positions. Volunteer positions require very little experience and a relatively short time commitment. Appointed positions are held for a specific term of service (typically multi-year) and are selected through an application process and board approval. Elected positions are decided through a nomination process overseen by the Elections Committee and a vote of the membership. To find out more information about these positions, please visit our Volunteer Portal, or click on the following application links:
- Volunteer for an ASTE Committee
- Volunteer as a Conference Thread Coordinator, Proposal Reviewer, or Presider for our annual meeting!
- Run for an elected position in ASTE
Stay active and fully enjoy the Benefits of ASTE by renewing your 2022 membership! To check on your current membership status, contact John Rhea at DES@aste.org. To become a member, please click on the following link: Join Now!
Many thanks to our members for your continued support and service to ASTE! I have personally benefitted from being an ASTE member and have enjoyed serving ASTE in various capacities throughout my academic and professional journey. ASTE has always been a welcoming and supportive community for me and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve you this year!