10 NSTA Conference Sessions that Will Turn Your World Upside Down

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Ready for something completely different?
Ready to love science teaching even more?

NSTA is headed to Los Angeles this month for our 2017 National Conference on Science Education, March 30-April 2. And what happens in LA won’t stay in LA. You’ll go home with a brand new perspective on your teaching.

How does this happen? It starts and ends with your fellow teachers who share what really works, in real classrooms. Whether you’re in sessions, socializing, experiencing the exhibits, or visiting local museums, you’ll be surrounded by thousands of fellow teachers who will be there to help you solve your problems and celebrate your successes. And boring won’t be on the schedule.

Below are just a few of our favorite sessions, guaranteed to give you  fresh perspective.

  • How to be a DonorsChoose Rockstar: Using Crowdfunding to Get a Killer STEM Space!
  • Science Current Events Journals: Real Science and Media Literacy
  • Identify Patient Zero of a Zombie Apocalypse
  • Using Student-Created Virtual Field Trips to Enhance Learning
  • A University Course and Middle School Teacher Professional Learning Promoting Climate and Data Literacy, plus Effective Teaching and Learning Practices
  • “Making” Three-Dimensional Learning Happen: Using Maker Space Technologies to Engage the NGSS
  • Building Scientific Literacy by Using Science News Reported in the Popular Media
  • Equity within NGSS: Strategies for Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Science Classroom
  • Putting It All Together: The Crossroads of NGSS, CCSS, and ISTE in the Elementary Classroom
  • Virtual Reality’s Emerging Future in Science Education

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More About the 2017 National Conference on Science Education

Browse the program preview, or check out more sessions and other events with the LA Session Browser/Personal Scheduler. Follow all our conference tweets using #NSTA17, and if you tweet, please feel free to tag us @NSTA so we see it! Need to request funding or time off? Download this letter of support.

The mission of NSTA is to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.

Add Professional Learning Institutes to Your Conference Experience

Professional Learning Institutes (PLIs) are focused, content-based programs that explore key topics in science/STEM education in depth. One-Day PLIs are a preconference full-day session only. Full PLIs begin with a full-day preconference session, followed by pathway sessions that offer further exploration of the topics covered. PLIs are presented by experts in science/STEM education, professional learning, standards implementation, assessment, curriculum, and resources/materials development. Institutes are offered in conjunction with the NSTA National Conference on Science Education and require conference registration.

At the Los Angeles Conference, full PLIs will begin with the preconference one-day session on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, by preregistration only. The pathway sessions will be scheduled on Thursday, March 30, 2017, and/or Friday, March 31, 2017. The PLI One Day Work Sessions will be held only on Wednesday, March 29, as preconference sessions only.

Los Angeles, California: March 29, 2017

To register online for the Los Angeles conference and to purchase PLI tickets, click here. You may also download a registration form (PDF).

Professional Learning Institute (PLI) Ticket Scholarship Opportunity

The Northrop Grumman Foundation is providing free PLI attendance (a $150 value) to Los Angeles area teachers attending the NSTA National Conference in Los Angeles, March 29–April 2, 2017.

To qualify for a PLI Ticket Scholarship you need to be:

  • A full-time teacher of science, technology, or engineering working within a 100 mile radius of Los Angeles.
  • Registered for the NSTA National Conference in Los Angeles March 29–April 2, 2017 and able to attend the PLI, which is a preconference all-day session on March 29.

Please complete a short eligibility survey via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PLI17

You will receive an email confirming your scholarship once you are accepted based on the criteria listed.

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Binder at wbinder@nsta.org.

Future NSTA Conferences

2017 National Conference

2017 STEM Forum & Expo

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