Membership

Membership Benefits

  • Discount on Annual ISEC Conference Registration - For over forty years this annual conference has brought together science educators and administrators from throughout the state. Major speakers; over 100 group sessions, hands-on workshops, and more than 70 commercial and non-commercial exhibits are a few highlights of this outstanding program of renewal and professional development.

  • Monthly Newsletter - Providing free and paid professional development opportunities.

  • SPECTRUM - The Illinois Science Teachers Association Journal. ISTA is the only state chapter of NSTA that has a peer-reviewed journal.

  • ISTA Awards for Your Students - Members can annually request one free Olympic style medal for an outstanding science student.

  • ISTA Awards for Teachers - Members can apply for awards sponsored by ISTA.

Membership Levels

  • One-Year Full Membership Dues - $35.00
    Full membership includes: Email copy of the SPECTRUM; notification of regional conferences and meetings; invitations to science issues activities; a reduced registration fee for the Annual ISTA Conference; voting privileges; and the opportunity to hold an ISTA Officer position.

  • Two-Year Full Membership Dues - $60.00
    Full membership benefits listed above for two years including voting privileges; and the opportunity to hold an ISTA Officer position.

  • Five-Year Full Membership Dues - $125.00
    Full membership benefits listed above for five years including voting privileges; and the opportunity to hold an ISTA Officer position.

  • Associate Membership Dues - $15.00
    For full-time students and individuals who are on retirement status. Entitles individual to full membership benefits, with the exception of the opportunity to vote or run for office.

  • Department/School (not school district) Memberships - Various levels available
    Full membership benefits for teachers within a school or department, if paid with one check or online payment for the various levels.

  • Five Full Memberships for $25 each - $125.00
    Full membership benefits at $25 per year for five persons who submit their five memberships together. Must make one payment.

  • Institutional Membership - $75.00
    Entitles the member institution, for a period of one year, email copy of the SPECTRUM; notification of regional conferences and meetings; ISTA ListServ enrollment; invitations to science issues activities; and a reduced registration fee for the annual ISTA conference for a maximum of three affiliates of the institution. Does not include the privilege to vote or hold office.

  • Initial Certificate Membership - $20.00
    Full membership benefits to beginning teacher in the first to fourth year of teaching including voting privileges; and the opportunity to hold an ISTA Officer position.

Join NSTA and ISTA together and save on both!

  • Regular NSTA membership- $79/year
  • Regular ISTA membership- $35/year
  • Joint Membership- $94/year (a savings of $20/year)

Other Affiliated Organizations

  • Fermilab Friends for Science Education
    Fermilab Friends for Science Education supports innovative science education programs at Fermilab. Its mission is to: Enhance the quality of precollege science education in public and private schools. Encourage young people to pursue careers in science and engineering. Promote a broader public awareness and understanding of science.
  • Environmental Education Association of Illinois
    In 1972 a group of committed and concerned citizens -- both conservationists and teachers -- founded the Environmental Education Association of Illinois. Since that time, members of EEAI have provided leadership on this front at the national, state and community levels. The strength of EEAI comes from the involvement of its members. Their participation in state and regional events raises the profile of environmental education and challenges decision-makers to give environmental literacy higher priority. Promote a broader public awareness and understanding of science.