This list is by no means comprehensive and is only intended to be representative of the many opportunities that are available to teachers who wish to become more involved in professional pursuits.

Professional Educational Organizations

National Education Association (NEA)

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

Professional Listservs

(and online communities)




National Council of Teachers of English

National Council of Teachers of Math

National Council of Social Studies

Professional Organizations

for Administrators, Community Members, Curriculum Supervisors, Librarians, Parents, & Unions

American Association of School Administrators (AASA)

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

American Library Association (ALA)

Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD)

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

National Education Association (NEA)

National Middle School Association (NMSA)

National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

National School Boards Association (NSBA)

U.S. Department of Education (USDE)


Agricultural Education Organizations

Michigan Association of Agriscience Educators


National Art Education Association

Michigan Art Education Association

Career & Technical Education

The National Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

National Centers for Careers & Technical Education (NCCTE)

English-Language Arts

International Reading Association (IRA)

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Family & Consumer Science

Family and Consumer Sciences Education Association

Fine Arts

National Dance Education Organization


Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions (NASSMC)

National Council of Teachers of Math (NCTM)

School Science & Math Association (SSMA)


MENC: The National Association for Music Education (MENC)

Physical Education

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD)
(Links to numerous professional organizations)


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

The Association for Science Education (ASE)

National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)

National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)

National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA)

National Marine Educators Association (NMEA)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

School Science & Math Association (SSMA)

Social Studies

The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE)

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

Special Education

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)


Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT)

The Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)

Computer Using Educators (CUE)

Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL)

World Languages

National FL

American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL)

American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators, and Directors of Language Programs (AAUSC)

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

American Sign Language Teachers Association

Modern Language Association (MLA)

National Association of the Deaf

National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL)

Regional FL

(Note: These organizations typically host annual conferences.)

Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSC)

Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL)

Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)

South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA)

Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT)

Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT)

State FL

(Note: Most states have a state foreign language association. These organizations typically hold annual or bi-annual conferences, publish and distribute bulletins or newsletters several times per year, and sponsor events for students. I have only listed here a few of the organizations with which I have personal experience. For a complete list, visit

Alaskans for Language Acquisition (AFLA)

Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (CCLT)

Foreign Language Association of Missouri (FLAM)

Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ)

Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association (IFLTA)

Iowa World Language Association (IWLA)

Kansas World Language Association (KWLA)

Michigan World Language Association (MiWLA)

New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT)

Utah Foreign Language Association (UFLA)

Language Resource Centers

(Note: There are 14 National Language Resource Centers in the U.S. These centers typically offer access to high quality classroom resources, professional development opportunities, and research. The Foreign Language Resource Centers link will take you to a page that lists all of them.)

Center for Language Education and Research (Michigan State University)

Foreign Language Resource Centers

National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center (Iowa State University)

Language-specific Organizations

(Note: Many of these organizations host annual conferences, publish professional journals, and also have state and/or local chapters that sponsor activities for students and offer resources for teachers.)

American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL)

American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL)

American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)

American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)

American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI)

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)

American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators, and Directors of Language Programs (AAUSC)

Association of Teachers of Japanese (ATJ)

Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA)

Japanese Teachers Association of Michigan (JTAM)

Resources on this page were compiled from information on the following sites:


California Science Project


Highlights TeacherNet

KFS Educational Technology Resources


The Sourcebook for Teaching Science