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Illinois Science Teaching Association Membership

By joining ISTA, you join a professional network of teachers influencing science education in Illinois.   As the Illinois chapter of the National Science Teaching Association, ISTA events, workshops, and conferences connect science teachers to opportunities for collaboration and current practices in science education.



  • Annual Conference For over forty year, ISTA has brought together Illinois science educators at our annual conference.  Major speakers, field experts, teacher leaders, hands-on workshops, and commercial and non-commercial exhibits are a few highlights of this outstanding program of renewal and professional development.  
  • Professional Learning Members have access to ISTA professional learning, ISTA partners professional learning, and earn PDCHs.  
  • Discounts  Members receive discounts to ISTA sponsored conferences and regional events.  
  • Leadership Opportunities  Members are able to serve on the ISTA Board of Directors and volunteer for committee service focused on providing opportunities and resources to educators throughout the state.  
  • ISTA Awards  Members make take advantage of several award programs for students, pre-service teachers and teachers.
    • Outstanding Science Student  Members can annually request one free medallion and certificate for an outstanding science student.  
    • Future Leaders in Science Education   Members can annually request one free medallion and certificate for an outstanding preservice educator.
    • Excellence in Science Education  Members can apply for ISTA sponsored awards.
  • Professional Learning Networks Networking with other professionals in your discipline for friendship and collaboration.
  • NSTA Connections Representation through elected leadership to the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and resources from ISTA and NSTA partnerships.
  • Representation Statewide representation through the ISTA Board of Directors.  Your elected regional directors conduct the business of the organization and voice your views.
  • Need to Know Newsletters Providing professional development opportunities, resources, and valuable information.


Regular Membership is available to individuals in pre-K to 12 education and administrations, individuals in informal and higher education, and others who support the purpose of ISTA. The annual rate is $35. 

Special membership is available to preservice, new, and retired teachers, as well as members of educational (department/school/district) institutions or institutions related to science education.   Schools or school districts wanting to provide memberships to multiple staff members are eligible for a discount rate.  Contact the ISTA Finance Director via email for details: 

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It pays to be a science teacher in Illinois because ISTA and NSTA are pleased to offer a joint membership — join both organizations under a regular membership and save money! 

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Join NSTA for one year and add an ISTA membership for just $25. 

Note: After you select a NSTA membership level, on the next page, select as an add-on "Joint Membership." 

About us

We are a membership-based organization dedicated to promoting excellence in science teaching and learning throughout Illinois.   As the state chapter of the NSTA, the Illinois Science Teaching Association (ISTA) serves as a local resource for science educators in Illinois.

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Join the professional network of educators influencing science education in Illinois.  

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