Virginia Association of Science Teachers



November 10, 11, 12

DoubleTree by Hilton, Williamsburg VA

"Reconnecting to Virginia's Space, Place, and Contributions to Science"

Our expedition to Williamsburg to celebrate 70 years of advocating for quality science education will include local field experiences, Virginia based Keynote Speakers, celebrations of all that Virginia provides us from indigenous culture, sea to summit geographic marvels, natural resources, pioneering scientific discoveries, and more! Come celebrate and learn with us in Williamsburg this November!

This year's theme, Reconnecting to Virginia's Space, Place, and Contributions to Science comes to life within the logo through thoughtful symbols representing each of the theme's elements. Claiming the center space of the logo is the Chesapecten jeffersonius, state fossil of Virginia found in the same region as this year's Professional Development Institute and in 1993 with the efforts of high school students, officially named the state fossil. The red salamander commands the lower left edge of the logo,  representing the efforts of young 4-H members of Virginia to protect them, leading to the 2018 law naming the red salamander as the official salamander of Virginia. Both of these elements demonstrate the importance and results of citizen science, field studies, and local leaders contributing to scientific investigations. The perimeter of the logo encapsulates all of the components with woven eastern redbud branches and blooms. This symbolizes not only the native redbud tree, but the interconnectedness of all of the opportunities that Virginia has to offer from rich Indigenous history and presence in the commonwealth, sea to summit geography, and trailblazing scientific discoveries. Altogether, these icons representing the great Commonwealth provide a platform to advocate for science in Virginia, in all learning spaces for all learners. 

The In-Person 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  In-Person Exhibit Hall as you collect samples of new instructional materials and explore cutting-edge        technologies.

      *  Interact with your colleagues in person and on the WHOVA App.

      *  The PDI Program will be on the WHOVA App. and this page and available for planning prior to the PDI.


Check back frequently for updates to this page for the 2022 PDI.

Donna Sterling Institute Information (separate registration from the PDI)
     Institute Registration Here

2022 Online Registration & Fees for the In-Person PDI attendees, presenters, exhibitors (ONLNE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.  COME TO THE PDI AND REGISTER ON SITE.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN WILLIAMSBURG.)

Ticketed meal Menus

VAST W-9 Form

2022 PDI Concurrent Session Presentation Proposal Form (Now closed)     

All presenters must register and pay by Sept. 23 to be included in the final program)



     2022 PDI Schedule at a Glance (as of Oct. 25)

     Ticketed Thursday Afternoon Workshops

     Ticketed Field Experiences

Click HERE for More Information about the General Session Speakers
         General Session I, Thursday 6:00pm, "Science is Everywhere, Science is for Everyone", Dr. Jeanette Davis AKA Ocean
         General Session II, Friday 10:40am, "The Science of Making Science Accessible:  DNA and Community Building", 
              Dr. Raquel Fleskes
         Awards Ceremony, Friday 7:00pm, "The Power of Possibility", Dr. Carolyn Williams

           General Session III, Saturday 12:30pm, "Hey Dude! Where's My Flying Car?", Dr. Bruce Holmes

        2022 PDI Concurrent Session Presentations (Updated on October 25, 2022)
             Friday Morning Presentations (Sessions 1 and 2)
             Friday Afternoon Presentations (Sessions 3-6)

             Saturday Morning Presentations (Sessions 7-9)   

             Alphabetical Index of Presenters

        2022 PDI Printed Program (PDF copy). (Printed programs will be available at the PDI)

        2022  PDI Sponsor List

        2022 PDI Exhibitor List

        PDI Games for Attendees (win a free registration for the 2023 PDI)

        PDI Item Swap at the VAST Booth

        Hotel Floorplan


        2022 DoubleTree by Hilton-Williamsburg Information and Room Reservation (now open)
        (per diem hotel price per night:  $114.00+$15.58=$129.68)

        Alternative hotel...

        Holiday Inn Express is using the per diem rate or govt  them directly at 757-220-1100 and ask for the rate. 480 McLaws Cir. Williamsburg, VA 23185 

        2022 PDI Sponsorship Opportunities

        2022 PDI Exhibitor and Vendor Information, Prices, Advertising and Form

        Summer 2022 VAST Newsletter with PDI information

        October 2022 VAST Newsletter with PDI Information

        2022 post-PDI Survey and Certificate of Attendance  (


        Susan Booth, Executive Director,

        John Kowalski, PDI Chairman,

        Future PDIs

        2023      Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Nov. 16-18

        2024.      Doubletree at Kingsmill, Williamsburg,  Nov. 13-16




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