From a list of candidates from across the nation, Michelle Brand Buchanan was recently selected to be a member of the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) Science Matters Advisory Board. NSTA (2013) “is the largest organization in the world dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.”
Mrs. Buchanan will work with science professionals from around the country to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. As a member of the Science Matters Advisory Board, Mrs. Buchanan will provide advice and input to the NSTA Board of Directors and staff responsible for Science Matters programs and endeavors. The goal of Science Matters is to emphasize the importance of why strong science and mathematics skills are essential for students success to parents and teachers of elementary school students. Science Matters, formerly Building a Presence for Science, is NSTA’s initiative to bring content, news and information that supports quality science education to parents and teachers nationwide.
Mrs. Buchanan is a licensed secondary Arkansas science educator, a Science Early Adolescence National Board Certified Teacher, and has won many national awards for her teaching expertise and curriculum writing skills. among these awards include the 2011-2012 PBS Innovative Teacher, 2008-2009 Toyota International Teacher Program Galapagos Islands participant, the 2006-2007 U.S. Department of Education’s Star Teacher award for Louisiana, and in 2005, Mrs. Buchanan served as an education liaison in Antarctica with the International Antarctic Drilling Program, ANDRILL. Most recently, Mrs. Buchanan was selected by TED-Ed in a national search to write science animated lessons for online publication.
Michelle Brand Buchanan is the Assistant Director of UALRTeach, an innovative teacher preparation program. UALRTeach is a replication of the UTeach program from UT in Austin, TX. The UTeach program is being replicated at University of Arkansas at Little Rock to strengthen STEM-teacher education. UALRTeach’s goals are recruiting, training and increasing retention of science, technology, engineering and math teachers to increase the number and diversity of students seeking teacher certification, and to develop these students into teacher-leaders in their respective disciplines.