Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

Posted on June 14, 2014. Filed under: Professional Organizations |

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Next to completing your education degree, passing your teacher certification exams one of the most important steps you can take to ensure you are the best teacher you can be, is to join professional teacher organizations.

Belonging to a professional organization demonstrates to others your dedication to your job.  It tells others that you are serious about helping children by taking steps outside the classroom to better yourself professionally. School administrators understand the importance of joining at least one organization and will be looking carefully at your resume to see if you are a member of any professional organizations.

Some benefits of having a membership in one or more organizations include having access to current research and best practices in specific subject areas, teaching tips, professional affiliation, and possibly job opportunities or recommendations. Each organization has a monthly journal, and offers you discounts on books and professional development courses by experts in the field. Each organization also sponsors an annual conference, where you can meet colleagues from all over the world.

Many organizations require an annual membership fee.  Some schools will pay for their teachers’ membership fees to certain organizations because they realize the importance of belonging to certain professional groups. If you are a student enrolled in an education program, you can apply for the student discount, and still get all the perks of the membership.

You can decide to join a local, state or national organization. For example, if you join the International Reading Association (IRA) you automatically become a member of your state reading association, which for me is the New York State Reading Association (NYSRA). Then at the local level I joined the Suffolk County Reading Council. Start off slow by joining one organization and add others as you grow as a professional.

There are a number of teacher organizations that you can join. Here are a few suggestions:

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

http: www.ascd.org

Council for Exceptional Education (CEC)http://www.cec.sped.org

International Reading Association (IRA) http:// http://www.reading.org

National Assn. for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) [www.naeyc.org/]

National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) [www.nctm.org/]

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) [www.socialstudies.org/]

National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) [www.ncte.org]

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) [www.nsta.org/]

Do some research, talk to your colleagues and pick one organization to join this summer and in the fall,  you will be on your way to being the best teacher you can be!

 

 

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