Virginia Association of Science Teachers



"Global CSI: Curiosity. Science. Inspiration."

November 14 - 16, 2024

DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg

50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” 

This quote by Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Nelson Mandela, has a direct bearing on the importance of global education. Virginia has the 34th largest school system in the United States (out of 13,200!) and our students come from all over the globe. Several of our districts have a vision to produce global citizens. In this era of post-pandemic concern for learning loss, we have a responsibility to help our students solve problems, develop working relationships, care for each other… and the world. By helping students explore cultures across all grade levels and disciplines, they will understand the perspectives of other people, develop empathy, increase their knowledge and become global citizens. 

The 2024 PDI will explore science, of course… but I challenge you to use your own curiosity to look at science through a lens for inspiration as you view our interconnected world. THIS is global education…let’s begin! -- Lori Ann Pawlik -  VAST President

The PDI features:

  • Presentations related to our theme, as well as concurrent session presentations in all science areas for grades K-12;
  • General sessions featuring speakers who will challenge you with up-to-date scientific discoveries and instructional strategies;
  • Interact with vendors in the Exhibit Hall as you collect samples of new instructional materials and explore cutting-edge technologies; 
  • Interact and network with science colleagues from across Virginia in-person and using the PDI WHOVA App to keep your conversations going after you leave the PDI; and
  • All attendees receive a one year regular VAST Membership with their PDI Registration!

Check back frequently for updates to this page for the 2024 PDI!


2024 Donna Sterling Institute Information and Registration Form  (coming soon)

    • This is a separate registration and fee from the PDI. If you would like to attend and learn from the wide variety of PDI concurrent sessions and general session speakers, you will also need to register and pay the fee  for the PDI.


2024 PDI Information for Attendees & Presenters

2024 PDI Fees and Ticket Prices for Attendees, Presenters, and Exhibitors

PDI Registration Link (Open March 1, 2024)

PDI Concurrent Session Presentation Proposal Form (Open March 1, 2024 - June 15, 2024) 

    • All presenters must register and pay by September 16, 2024 to be included in the final program.


2024 PDI Hotel Reservations

2024 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Reservation Form 

  • Rooms for the 2024 VAST PDI are being offered at the FY24 state per diem rate, $118.00 per night (plus tax).  
  • The DoubleTree provides free parking and free wifi for all VAST attendees. 

Hotel  Floorplan

Hotel ticketed meal menus (Coming Soon)

2024 Overflow Hotel Options  (Open when needed)


2024 PDI Exhibitor and Sponsorship Information, Prices, Advertising and Forms

PDI Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information 

Exhibitor Registration

Hotel Vendor Request Form 
Exhibitor Kit



PDI Schedule at a Glance (Coming in early Spring)

General Session Speakers

General Session I, Thursday 

"Welcome to the PDI, Awards and Recognitions"

General Session II, Friday 

Speaker:  Dr. Carol O'Donnell

General Session III, Saturday

     Speaker:  George Hademenos

     “Empowering Students to Make a Grade (and a Difference) in the STEM Classroom:  The W5 + H of my Experience          as a Global Educator”

    PDI Concurrent Session Presentations (Available in Summer 2024)
    Friday Morning Presentations 

    Friday Afternoon Presentations 

    Saturday Morning Presentations 

    Alphabetical List of Presenters

    PDI Printed Program (PDF copy) 

    PDI Sponsor List (Coming Soon)

    PDI Exhibitor List (Coming Soon)


    Other Helpful Information & Resources

    May 2024 VAST Newsletter with PDI Information

    Summer 2024 VAST Newsletter with PDI information

    October 2024 VAST Newsletter with PDI Information

    2024 VAST W-9 Form



    Susan Booth, Executive Director,

    John Kowalski, PDI Chairman,

    Future PDI

    2025      TBA

    Virginia Association of Science Teachers

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