Donate to Advancing Chemistry Teaching (ACT)

The ACS Education Division focuses on four major initiatives to help foster the development of the most innovative, relevant, and effective chemistry education in the world.

Pre-Service High School Teacher Programs

Enhances pre-service education at colleges and universities by providing scholarships for students, funding for course reform, and support for field experiences and faculty professional development to improve the quality of chemistry teaching.

Teacher-to-Teacher Workshops

Offers workshops designed to train master teachers to deliver chemistry content related to elementary and middle school curricula, targeted to teachers without science backgrounds.

Teacher Research Experiences

Provides paid opportunities for high school chemistry teachers to work in industrial or academic laboratories for 8-10 weeks during the summer to incorporate research into their curricula.

Topical Content Modules

Develops short online chemistry modules and lesson plans to enhance the content knowledge of any educator free of charge.


ACS is designated as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your donation is tax deductible. Our Federal Tax ID Number is 53-0196572.

Matthew Vila (left) and Kirk Wicker
Mentor Matthew Vila (left) and high school chemistry teacher Kirk Wicker conducted research together this summer at Bayer MaterialScience.
Credit: Bayer MaterialScience

High School Teachers in Industry

Summer internships for chemistry teachers lay groundwork for their students to work in industrial labs.