NSTA New Science Teacher Academy Now Accepting Entries for the 2013-2014 Program

  NSTA New Science Teacher Academy Now Accepting Entries for the 2013-2014

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      Pedagogical and Mentoring Support to Early-Career Science Teachers

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- March 18, 2013

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional
organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science
teaching and learning for all, is now accepting entries for the 2013-2014 NSTA
New Science Teacher Academy. The year-long program—intended for science
educators entering their second through fifth year of teaching—was established
to help reduce the high attrition rate in the science teaching profession by
providing professional development and mentoring support to early-career
science teachers.

For this academic year, The Dow Chemical Company, the primary sponsor of the
program, the American Honda Foundation, and the Bayer USA Foundation will fund
the participation of the science teachers selected to participate in the
2013-2014 Academy.

“Having exceptional teachers in the classroom to help students develop their
critical thinking skills and inspire them to be excited about learning science
is absolutely critical if we want to reinvigorate STEM education in our
nation’s schools,” said Dr. David Evans, NSTA Executive Director. “The NSTA
New Science Teacher Academy, which focuses on both content and pedagogy,
provides science educators new to the teaching profession with the tools,
resources and support needed to help them succeed in the classroom.”

“Dow realizes that teachers are a critical conduit to helping our young people
develop a passion for careers in science,” said Bo Miller, president and
executive director of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation. “We see the New
Science Teacher Academy as an important resource for early-career science
teachers and we are proud to support their professional growth.”

“The American Honda Foundation is proud to support NSTA’s New Science Teacher
Academy,” said Alexandra Warnier, manager American Honda Foundation. “We
believe that investing in teachers through programs like these, focused on
quality science teaching, ensures that our children become more competitive to
meet the challenges of the 21^st century.”

“In order to ensure that we are filling the pipeline of future STEM
professionals, we must invest in today’s teachers,” said Sarah Toulouse,
executive director of the Bayer USA Foundation and donations officer, Bayer
Corporation. “As a science-based company, we understand the importance of
quality teachers and the positive, long-term impact they can have on the
student population.”

Launched during the spring of 2007, the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy,
co-founded with a grant from the Amgen Foundation, is designed to help promote
quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence,
and improve teacher content knowledge. Since its inception, the Academy has
provided high-quality professional development to more than a thousand science
teachers nationwide.

NSTA Fellows selected for the program receive a comprehensive 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, each
NSTA Fellow receives financial support to attend and participate in NSTA’s
2014 National Conference on Science Education in Boston.

Science teachers located throughout the country who will be entering their
second through fifth year of teaching and whose schedule is a minimum of 51
percent middle or high school science, can apply to become an NSTA Fellow. For
more information about the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy or to learn how to
apply to become a fellow, please visit the Academy website. Applications must
be submitted no later than August 1, 2013 to be considered.

About NSTA

The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the
largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and
innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership
includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors,
administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others
involved in science education.

About The Dow Chemical Company Foundation

Established in 1979, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation serves as an
important extension of the tradition of philanthropy of The Dow Chemical
Company. The mission of the Foundation is to contribute to a more sustainable
world by focusing financial contributions on the elements of economic
prosperity, environmental stewardship, social support, and science education.

About the American Honda Foundation

Established in 1984, the American Honda Foundation (AHF) makes grants to
non-profit organizations that benefit the people of the United States in the
areas of youth and scientific education, with a specific focus on STEM
(science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the
environment. AHF engages in grantmaking that reflects the basic tenets,
beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the
following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking,
scientific, humanistic and innovative. Since its inception, more than $31
million has been awarded to organizations serving approximately 115 million
people in every state in the U.S. For more information please visit

About Bayer Corporation and the Bayer USA Foundation

Bayer Corporation is a subsidiary of Bayer AG, an international health care,
nutrition and high-tech materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. As an
inventor company, it sets trends in research-intensive areas. The company’s
products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality
of life. The Corporation is committed to the principles of sustainable
development and to its role as a socially and ethically responsible corporate
citizen. Economy, ecology and social responsibility are corporate policy
objectives of equal rank. In North America, Bayer had 2011 net sales of EUR
8,177 million ($11,366 million) and employed 15,800 at year-end. For more
information, go to www.bayerus.com.

The Bayer USA Foundation is an endowed 501(c)(3) entity and is the primary
source of Bayer Corporation’s philanthropy in the United States. With a
programmatic focus on the environment and sustainability; education and
workforce development; arts and culture; and health and human services, the
foundation creates and supports organizations that improve communities in
which Bayer employees live and work, as well as society at large. The Bayer
USA Foundation is one of three Bayer foundations worldwide, including the
Bayer Science & Education Foundation and the Bayer Cares Foundation. To learn
more, go to bayerus.com/foundation.


Kate Falk, 703-312-9211
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