Virginia Association of Science Teachers

2018 ANNUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

"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 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.

We have an exciting array of speakers to motivate, inspire and expand your knowledge base. Astronaut Scot “Scooter” Altman and Dr. Jeff D. Jordan will share effective approaches for cultivating science and teacher leaders. Internationally respected science educator and researcher Dr. Okhee Lee will discuss and present a concurrent session science and language assessment. Astronomer Munazza Alam 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.
  • 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!

Links

Pre-conference Short Courses and Workshops Information
General Session Speakers
Concurrent Sessions

Student Art Contest 

Contacts

Susan Booth, Executive Director, executive.director@vast.org

John Kowalski, PDI Chairman, pdi@vast.org

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

2021        Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, Harrisonburg (JMU), Nov. 17 - 20

Virginia Association of Science Teachers

134  Twin Lake Circle, Newport News, VA 23608

(757) 897-3104

communications@vast.org

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