New Teacher Orientation

Are you ready to really enjoy your professional development? The New Teacher Orientation offers support, resources, and solid strategies for new and new-to-science teachers, and veteran teachers looking to refresh their practice.

STARS PD is an approved Texas CPE provider.


New Teacher Orientation Modules

Each NTO Module has been designed by science teachers to make sure that you feel confident standing at the front of a classroom. The New Teacher Orientation Modules build upon each other to help both new teachers and veterans.

Building Relationships with Students

Objectives: Teachers will explore how to enhance relationships through strategies like celebrating student successes and connecting with parents.

How To Work On A Team

Objectives: Teachers will examine the indicators of a good team, including taking a team inventory, being effective as a team, and resolving team conflict.

Classroom Management

Objectives: Teachers will work on setting positive expectations, developing skills to manage their classroom, transition between subjects, and what to do when class ends.

Time Management and Avoiding Burnout

Objectives: Teachers will discover ways to create a healthy work/life balance and how to organize their workload, be flexible, and grade assignments.

Creating Effective Curriculum

Objectives: Teachers will learn about building a curriculum to meet their needs, including learning standards and aligning classroom content to assessments.

Lesson Design/Timing & Framing A Lesson

Objectives: Teachers will explore the ins and outs of designing lessons: from an initial hook to keep your students engaged, lesson objectives, and instructing students, to how to handle independent learners, and the benefits of the 5E Format.


Objectives: Teachers will explore the best way to provide evaluations or teacher assessments, and how to be formative and summative with their feedback.

Differentiating Instruction

Objectives: Teachers will explore ways to help struggling learners, special education students, English language learners, gifted and talented students, and how to utilize different learning styles.

Lab Safety: Using Science Materials In A Classroom

Objectives: Teachers will cover important lab safety procedures: cleaning materials, planning for accidents, upholding safety expectations, and filling out safety sheets.

Helpful Tips

Objectives: Teachers will explore a wide variety of topics helpful for every instructor, from classroom prep, preparing for a substitute teacher, conducting field trips, and the power of saying "no."

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What's Actually In Every Module?

  • An introductory video that outlines the course
  • 30-45 minutes of instruction, tips, techniques, and resources
  • An interview with an experienced teacher
  • A reflection journal
  • Assessment questions
  • Certificate of completion, or CPE credit (Texas approved provider)
  • All videos have closed-captioning or transcriptions with them.

Meet the NTO Presenters

Emily Gomez Olsen

Learn More About Emily!

As an educator for over twenty-one years, Emily, a Middle School Science Teacher, has a wide range of valuable experiences inside a classroom. She spent the bulk of her career in high-needs, low-socioeconomic schools. Her experiences have focused not only on the academic needs of her students but more often on their emotional, behavioral, and social needs. Though she started teaching elementary school students, she quickly found her “home” in middle school as a science teacher, and, most recently, as a math teacher as well. She will tell you it is not for the faint of heart, but she loves it. In addition to teaching, Emily has been working for Kesler Science for almost three years, creating engaging and standards-based content.

“I grew up in a neighborhood similar to the ones my students live in. I have seen and experienced much of what they are going through and use that to connect with them. I encourage my students to set their goals high and try to give them the tools they will need to fulfill them.” Emily currently resides in NJ with her husband, son, and cat.

Josie Kesler

Learn More About Josie!

For those of you familiar with Kesler Science products, I am Chris Kesler’s mother. I am proud to say I was Chris’ first employee. I am originally from Iowa but have lived in Texas since graduating from college. I am also a mother to my daughter, Carrie, and a grandmother to three amazing grandkids. Most of my 25 years in education were spent teaching middle school science. Towards the end of my teaching years, I went back to school and got my Master’s degree in administration. I served as the Director of Instruction in a large middle school in suburban Houston. After retirement, I worked at a local community college for several years as a supervisor to teachers who were working on their alternative certifications. I also served as a science coach to a group of middle school teachers who needed support and mentoring. Currently, my time is spent working part-time for Kesler Science, playing pickleball, traveling, and spending time with grandchildren and friends.

Shawn Sutton

Learn More About Shawn!

Shawn has been a middle school science teacher for a decade. He has offered insights on engaging, NGSS-aligned lesson ideas through publications in Science Scope magazine and Edutopia. Shawn is a member of the National Science Teachers Association Science Scope Advisory Panel and has presented at the NSTA National Conference. He has helped create dynamic content for Kesler Science for two years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my school pay with a purchase order?

Absolutely. Kesler Science accepts purchase orders and will gladly work with your school through this process.

The first step is to request a quote to present to your administration.

Are there bulk discounts for department or school purchases?

Yes. Click here to request a quote.

Are there any live sessions?

The STARS New Teacher Orientation is 100% on-demand and can be watched at your convenience. Upgrade to the STARS Ultimate PD for five hours of LIVE Zoom sessions!

How long will the recordings be available?

All of the conference recordings will be available to watch for 365 days after purchase.

Will I receive a certificate for attending sessions?

The Kesler Science STARS Conference is now an official provider of Texas CPE hours. Sessions that meet the requirements for CPE hours are labeled above.

What are the tech requirements to watch the sessions?

Video playback is supported by all modern browsers including, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge. Videos can also be played on most modern day smart phones and tables.

The videos are hosted on our server and are viewed within a browser.

Where can I learn more about Kesler Science?

Kesler Science materials are used by tens of thousands of teachers across the country. Click here to learn more.


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