Virginia Association of Science Teachers


"Diversify and Strengthen Science for All"

November 15-17, 2018Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Williamsburg, VA

The Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute theme for 2018 is Diversify and Strengthen Science for All. We will be returning to historic Williamsburg. The Science for All theme calls on us to celebrate the ever-increasing diversity in our student population across the commonwealth. The upcoming PDI will offer a wealth of information about science resources that are available throughout the state of Virginia. Please consider attending to share and gather information on how to better serve the rich tapestry of students we serve across the state.

Science teachers can be defined as people who use their imagination, experience, curiosity, instincts and relationships to develop and implement ideas that create value for students. Equipping students to be successful in science begins with our educators and we’d like you to join us and share your strategies for reaching diverse students with your peers. Have you collaborated with your peers from special education or TESOL to develop strategies for students’ success in science? Then will you consider signing up as a VAST presenter so that you can share your awesome science ideas with others. What better way to develop a community of science educators who engage in effective science practices than to experience science first hand in Colonial Williamsburg!

We have an exciting array of speakers to motivate, inspire and expand your knowledge base. Astronaut Scooter Allred and Jeff Jordan will share effective approaches for cultivating scientific leaders. Internationally respected science educator and researcher Okhee Lee will discuss and present a concurrent session on argumentation strategies specific to ELLs. Astronomer Alam Munazza will wow us with her adventures as a National Geographic Young Explorer.  The 2018 VAST PDI is being designed so that all teachers of science and their resource teams can share their best practices, celebrate their accomplishments, and discuss learning and teaching practices that Diversify and Strengthen Science for All.”

In addition to sessions related to our theme there will be concurrent sessions in all subject areas for grades k-12. Learn about new online strategies, how to access low-budget instructional materials or sharpen your understanding of climate change. Our concurrent session offerings depend on you so consider submitting a proposal to share your innovative instructional ideas. Online submission will go live on February 1.

Interact with vendors in our Exhibit Hall as you collect samples of new instructional materials and explore cutting-edge technologies. As an added bonus you can shop for cool science themed stuff. Our vendors love science teachers!


Pre-conference Short Courses and Workshops Information
  • Donna Sterling Institute Pre-conference Short Courses 
  • Pre-conference Workshops
General Session Speakers
  • Thursday Evening Speaker
  • Friday Morning Speaker
  • Saturday Afternoon Speaker
Concurrent Sessions
Student Art Contest
  • Art Contest Information
  • Art Template
  • Artist Information


Susan Booth, Executive Director,

John Kowalski, PDI Chairman,

Future PDIs

2018        DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Williamsburg, Nov. 15 - 17

2019        Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Nov. 14 - 16

2020        DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Williamsburg, Nov. 12 - 14


Virginia Association of Science Teachers

134  Twin Lake Circle, Newport News, VA 23608

(757) 897-3104

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