Virginia Association of Science Teachers


  • 04/27/2022 8:02 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Donna Sterling Institute

    Using Problem-based Learning in Finding Smart Solutions in Energy and Climate Science

    November 10, 2022; 8am-3pm

    In Person: Double Tree by Hilton-Williamsburg, VA

    We are pleased to announce the 2022 Donna Sterling Institute with Don Haas as the featured speaker and in conjunction with NEED Energy.

    Participants will

    1. Use a PBL approach to learn about climate and energy.

    2. Engage in National Energy Education Development (NEED) activities to support understanding of climate and alternative energy.

    3. Learn and apply the key components of a PBL unit to meet Virginia Standards and the needs of your students.

    Registration includes a hotel room for Wednesday night, breakfast and lunch, plus 7 hours of recertification points.

    Donna Sterling Institute Registration: $75

    (Institute registration fee does not include registration for the VAST PDI)

    Registration Opens March 15 and Ends October 31, 2022

    Donna Sterling’s vision of problem-based learning (PBL) as a means of teaching and integrating science with math, engineering, technology, and language arts is timeless.  She was committed to meeting the diverse needs of our students through culturally responsive and equitable practices.  Her legacy lives on in the Sterling Institute which supports teachers in developing and enacting PBL units in their instruction through a 7-hour professional development experience.

    Here is your chance to learn how to implement this powerful teaching strategy!

    Instructors: Jaclyn Claytor, Robin Curtis, Dr. Elizabeth Edmondson, Emily Hawbaker, Suzanne Kirk, Dr. Jennifer Maeng, Dr. Anne Mannarino, Dr. Juanita Jo Matkins, Dr. Jackie McDonnough, LoriAnn Pawlik, and Dr. Eric Pyle Retiring President NSTA.

  • 03/10/2022 7:39 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Spring Edition of The Science Educator Is Now Available

  • 01/19/2022 12:57 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    The winter edition of The Science Educator is now available:

  • 10/18/2021 5:45 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Click here to download.

  • 07/14/2021 10:28 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    In this issue, you will discover:

    • 2021 PDI virtual and in-person - "PDI Plus" updates;
    • Exciting line-up of general session speakers;
    • 2021 PDI concurrent session presentations;
    • Donna Sterling Institute information; and,
    • Call for nominations for 2021 awards and grants!
    Click here to download.
  • 06/25/2021 12:56 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    We are pleased to publish the Summer 2021 issue of the Journal of Virginia Science Education.

    Additionally, VAST invites pre-service and in-service teachers, school administrators, science education faculty, and informal science educators to submit papers for the Winter 2021 issue. The theme is Integrating the VA Computer Science Standards into K-12 Science Instruction and we’d love for you to share lesson activities, solutions, and research associated with all you’ve learned over the past year. Manuscripts unrelated to the theme are also welcome. Submissions are due July 31, 2021 and the winter issue will be published December 15, 2021.

    Summer is a great time to reflect on your practice over the previous semester. If you have questions, please reach out to Amanda Gonczi and Jenn Maeng, journal co-editors at

  • 05/31/2021 8:37 PM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    Environmental Educator opportunity at the University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm!

    Blandy is seeking a full time educator to work with our preK-12 Education and Scientific Engagement Programs.

    If you enjoy working with learners of ALL ages and find meaning in guiding others in outdoor-based science investigations, this may be the job for you!

    To learn more about this position and how to apply, please go to:

  • 05/08/2021 9:16 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Spring edition of The Science Educator is now available for download. Go to:

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