The High School Teacher’s Guide to the #NSTA19 Area Conferences on Science Education

What does a typical high school science teacher’s week look like? If you rolled your eyes and think that’s a trick question, you’re not alone! Typical, predictable, boring… those just aren’t words that describe your job. And you’re not alone. NSTA Area Conferences on Science Education bring together educators at every level, with dozens of sessions and workshops crafted just for high school teachers. Plus, you’ll get to try all kinds of new products and pick up great freebies in the exhibit hall. There are three dates and cities:

  • Salt Lake City, UT | October 24–26 | more info
  • Cincinnati, OH | November 14–16 | more info
  • Seattle, WA | December 12–14 | more info

Browse below for events and opportunities that high school teachers will particularly want to pay attention to during these fall conferences.

Keynote speakers kick off each conference with high energy and talks that make you proud to be a science teacher! (See pages 5, 13, and 21 in the program preview.)

  • Salt Lake City, UT | Mireya Mayor, Primatologist and National Geographic Explorer
  • Cincinnati, OH | National Geographic Explorer and Bashore Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Environment and Sustainability, Catawba College; and Adjunct Professor of the Environment, Duke University
  • Seattle, WA | Nalini M. Nadkarni, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Meet the NSTA staff and leadership in the bookstore and at the membership area. Ask about NSTA’s awards for high school science teachers, including the Ron Mardigian Memorial Bio-Rad Explorer Award and many others. Applications are open now!

Chemistry and Engineering Days—Fridays at each conference
These content-focused days are held in addition to all the regularly scheduled presentations on all aspects of science education. If you want to take a deep dive into these areas, put these on your schedule. If not, no problem, go directly to #3, below.
(See pages 8, 16, and 23 of the program preview for more information.)

Dozens of sessions will be led by high school educators. Below is a small sampling of what you’ll find when you search each conference’s session browser for events targeted for high school science teaching. Salt Lake City Sessions | Cincinnati Sessions | Seattle Sessions

  • Literacy, Content Reading, and the Promotion of Metacognitive Learning Strategies in STEM
  •  Using Case Studies in the High School Classroom
  • NGSS@NSTA Forum Session: The NSTA Atlas of the Three Dimensions
  • NSELA-Sponsored Session: Developing Science Practices with Citizen Science

    Graduate-Level Credit Opportunities are available at each conference from local universities.
    (See pages 10, 18, and 24 of the program preview for more information.)

    Learn how to get published in The Science Teacher (NSTA’s high school level journal)
    Salt Lake City, UT | October 24 | 2:00–3:00 PM | Room 260B, Salt Palace Convention Center

    The Exhibit Hall—Daily
    Check out the VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HALL
    Preview and create your own list of exhibitors before the conferences using these links:

    The NSTA Exhibit Hall, with more than 125 of the leading science education companies and organizations in the world, has the newest products to show and share with educators. Don’t forget to leave room in your suitcase for all the swag.
    (See p. 30 of the program preview for more information.)

    Meet your fellow high school teachers at the First-Timers Session
    Look for tables marked “High School” (among other topics you may choose from like STEM and NGSS), where you can meet other attendees with similar interests, get to know the NSTA leadership, win prizes, and have a lot of fun. It’s the best way to kick off your conference experience. (See p. 3 of the program preview for more information.)
  • Salt Lake City |Thursday, October 24, 8:00–9:00 AM  | 155F, Salt Palace Convention Center
  • Cincinnati | Thursday, November 14, 8:00–9:00 | Junior Ballroom D, Duke Energy Convention Center
  • Seattle | Thursday, December 12, 8:00–9:00 AM | Ballroom 6B, Washington State Convention Center

Can’t Attend But Want the Experience?

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