Virginia Association of Science Teachers


November 16-18, 2017

Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center

110 Shenandoah Avenue

Roanoke, VA 24016

The Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute theme for 2017 is Celebrating Science and celebrates VAST's 65th anniversary. Once again we will be at the Hotel Roanoke. The Celebrating Science theme builds on the two previous themes: Faces of Science in Virginia and Designing Inquiring Minds. The upcoming PDI will be a celebration of the rich science resources that are available throughout the state of Virginia. Please consider coming and helping us celebrate awesome science teaching and learning across our 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. Increasing the ability for students to be innovative begins with our educators and we’d like you to join us and share your “favorite science experiences” with your peers. 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 the mountains of Virginia!

This year we have decided to not have specific PDI science strands, so that we are not limiting the creativity of our teachers; both formal and informal educators. The 2017 VAST PDI is being designed so that all teachers of science can share their best practices, celebrate their accomplishments, and discuss learning and teaching practices that have enriched “student learning of science.” Come help us celebrate all that we value about science education.

The first “Elementary Extravaganza” was a huge success at the 2016 VAST PDI and we plan to do this event again in 2017.



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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