Author Archives: Teshia Birts, CAE

NSTA Members – Three Reasons We Are Thankful For YOU!

As we prepare the turkey and brave the elements (some of us) for those last minute ingredients we forgot, this time of the year we give thanks for family and friends. NSTA is no different – we are very thankful … Continue reading

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NSTA Has Made 25 Members Very Happy (and We Have Even More in Store)

A big shout out and congratulations to 25 NSTA members who recently renewed their membership for two years and won FREE registration to the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Chicago, March 12-15, 2015. The winners will also receive … Continue reading

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My Name Is Teshia and I'm an NSTA Groupie

Yes, my name is Teshia Birts, and I’m an #NSTAGroupie—I have been for four years now. I became an #NSTAGroupie when I joined the NSTA staff as Senior Manager of Chapter and Associated Group Relations back in October, 2010. I was … Continue reading

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NSTA Chapters and Associated Groups: Want to know more about D&O Insurance?

We are featuring another guest blogger, Kenneth Huff.  Kenneth is the President of The Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching (an NSTA Associated Group) and he recently investigated the benefits of Directors and Officer insurance and the protection it … Continue reading

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NSTA Chapter and Associated Group Leaders: There is a better mousetrap to track members!

We are featuring a post from guest blogger, Kelly Price.  Kelly is the GSTA Director for the 2012-13 year. She has been a member of the GSTA board for many years serving in the roles of District II Director, Secretary, and … Continue reading

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Preservice teachers rock (and so do their advisors!)

Big kudos to the preservice and new teachers who participated in the first-ever Student/Student Chapter Showcase during the NSTA National Conference on Science Education.  Over three days — March 29-31 — seven student teams provided nine presentations to other preservice … Continue reading

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Chapters and Associated Groups: Advocacy + Professional Development = the Formula for a Great Association

This week we are featuring a post from guest blogger, Chuck Hempstead, MPA, CAE.  Chuck is the Executive Director of the Science Teachers Association of Texas (an NSTA Chapter). Chuck also serves as President of Hempstead and Associates, a full-service … Continue reading

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Chapters and Associated Groups: Are Formal Committees Still Relevant?

Over the past few days, I have been keeping an eye on an interesting thread on an association discussion forum – the topic: whether committees are still relevant especially for smaller organizations like chapters and special-interest groups. In recent years, organizations … Continue reading

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Chapters and Associated Groups: Know your corporate status!

I want to remind chapter and associated group leaders about the importance of a corporate status.  This may be a no-brainer to some, but many organization leaders confuse this with the tax-exempt status (i.e., 501(c)3, 501(c)6, etc.)  There is really … Continue reading

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Chapters and Associated Groups: It's tax time!

Having worked with small organizations for a number of years now, inevitably I will hear one state chapter or component leader say, “We don’t have to worry about filing taxes…we didn’t have enough income.” Well, this is partly true.  Your … Continue reading

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