TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE PENNSYLVANIA EARTH SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION (PAESTA)
To broaden our impact, we established the Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association (PAESTA, http://www.paesta.org/), a state affiliate of NESTA. With membership free and open to any K-16 educator, PAESTA has proven to be an important asset to the ESS community in our state and neighboring states. We are committed to making PAESTA a sustainable vehicle to enhance and maintain the teacher network from the summer workshops, and to go further by engaging ESS teachers from across the state. PAESTA is becoming PA’s go-to resource for high-quality teaching materials, current events and ESS advocacy, and enjoys a good relationship with the PA Department of Education. Teachers have many leadership opportunities in PAESTA, from serving as an elected officer to volunteering for committees such as the Teacher Advisory Group. The first annual PAESTA conference in 2012 we feel was a big success with attendance, enthusiasm, and presentation quality, and we look to further increase teacher participation and development through the organization.