American Association of Chemical Teachers

aact-tm-logoWelcome to a new program, AACT, American Association of Chemical Teachers, started in collaboration with the ACS, for Chemical Teachers, Chemical Educators, and those interested in Chemical Education.

This is a program that we should support as individuals and as the Sacramento ACS Section. Read more about what it is, who should get involved, how to get involved and how this helps chemical education on all educational level.

Contact me if you desire even more information. I am a former president of the California Association of Chemistry Teachers, CACT. If we had had this, CACT would still exist. Our teachers and students need this help. Also, go to

What are the member benefits of AACT?

  • Classroom resources and multimedia for all grade levels.
  • A subscription to the ACS magazine Chem Matters. This is a wonderful resource. I have used it for over 15 years in teaching at the community college level and in doing presentations on the K-8 level.
  • Professional development opportunities and a community of teachers.
  • An online periodical, Chemical Solutions, covering everyday topics.
  • Blogs, giveaways, and other resources as requested by you.
  • Access to the ACS Member Insurance Program.

Who is eligible to join?

You! AACT primarily serves K–12 teachers, but it is open to anyone with an interest in chemistry education.

Are there any qualifications for joining?

Must love chemistry. Or, at least be open to loving chemistry.

How much are annual dues?

Annual dues for teacher and affiliate members are $50.   Student dues are $25 per year.  Learn more about membership types. The Sacramento Section is working on a program to support the dues of local teachers. Stay tuned.

How do members of the American Chemical Society join AACT?

Registration for ACS and AACT membership are separate.

Is AACT affiliated with my local, state, or regional organization for chemistry teachers? Unfortunately there no longer is an association for chemical teachers in California. For many years, CACT served this function but it has now died.

AACT is not officially affiliated with any local, state, or regional organizations for chemistry teachers, but as our goal is the same, we hope to work with them through individual partnerships and opportunities.

Does AACT have an annual conference or meeting?

AACT plans to host members at a national conference in the near future. In the meantime, AACT will provide opportunities for networking through our website, social media, webinars, hangouts, and other digital venues.

 By Jan Hayes

Author: Bill Miller

Bill Miller is a Councilor of the Sacramento Section of the ACS. He also teaches chemistry at Sacramento City College.

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