Virginia Association of Science Teachers



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Virtual Professional Development Institute

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday November 16-18, 4:00pm - 9:00pm

“Science, Systems, Solutions”

We teach the basic science that helps reveal the complex systems that make it possible for our students to be problem solvers as adults.

Science is a creative endeavor, giving us access to knowledge about the world around us. Systems represent the complex reality of this world and the challenges society faces. Solutions to these problems can be found when we model these systems using our scientific knowledge. None of this work is done in a vacuum, lab, or classroom alone, it involves many people with various skills, knowledge of economic realities, and sensitivity to the needs of our environment and planet. Science can help us find solutions to these systems challenges when we work together across disciplines to seek a balance between human and planetary needs.

We teach the science that helps our students understand complex systems, so that they can become problem solvers as adults. Whether the complex systems-based challenges society faces are related to transdisciplinary problems like climate change, pandemics, sending humans to Mars, or exploring the yet unknown environments of our planet or of the quantum world, the solutions are found through the scientific investigations, problem solving, and creative thinking that began in your classroom years before. We want our students to do science. We want them to understand systems. We want to help them seek solutions. A better world awaits!

The 2021 PDI is VIRTUAL with concurrent session presentations, general session speakers, an exhibit hall, and chat rooms and discussion boards. The virtual PDI will be on November 16-18 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm.    

Virtual Professional Development Institute Features:

     *  In addition to presentations related to our theme there will be concurrent session presentations in all subject areas for grades K12.

      *  General sessions featuring speakers who will challenge you with up-to-date scientific discoveries and instructional strategies.

      *  Interact with vendors in the Virtual Exhibit Hall as you collect samples of new instructional materials and explore cutting-edge   technologies.

      *  Interact with your colleagues in chat rooms and discussion boards.


"It's Too Late.  Let's Get to Work Anyway"

  • General Session II, Wednesday at 6:00pm - 6:45pm:  Dr. Carole Nash, Director, Environmental Archaeology Laboratory

 "Spinning Stories:  The Science of Archaeology and Complex Problem Solving"

 "Systems for Success in the Elementary Science Classroom"

  • General Session IV, Thursday 8:00pm - 9:30pm:  Dr. Eric Pyle, President, National Science Teaching Association" STEM in the           "18th Century:  How Navigation, Geodesy, and the Romance of Euclid made the Industrial Revolution Possible.”
  • VAST Awards
  • PDI Closing and Welcome to the 2022 PDI



Susan Booth, Executive Director,

John Kowalski, PDI Chairman,

Future PDI's

2022        DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Williamsburg, Nov. 10-12


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