ARLINGTON, Va.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Thousands of science educators from across the country will convene in Portland, Oct. 24–26, for the first of three annual fall conferences hosted by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Held in conjunction with the Oregon Science Teachers Association (OSTA), and in collaboration with the Washington Science Teachers Association (WSTA), the conference features hundreds of workshops, presentations, and seminars focused on helping science teachers hone their skills in teaching and stay abreast of important new developments in science education, including the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards. The conference will be held at the Oregon Convention Center and other local venues.
The three-day conference offers educators an invaluable opportunity to participate in professional development activities, the cornerstone of quality teaching. Science educators will take part in a variety of short courses to sharpen their teaching skills, learn about the latest breakthroughs in science, examine the newest science teaching materials available, and network with fellow science education professionals.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear thought-provoking presentations from nationally renowned speakers in science and education. Top speakers include:
- Stephen L. Pruitt from Achieve, Inc., will give an update on adoption and implementation efforts of the Next Generation Science Standards and address the shifts needed for science instruction;
- Jimmy Chin, the renowned National Geographic photographer and professional climber and skier will inspire teachers with his adventure and creativity;
- Jill Castek from Portland State University will address how science can be used to address the Common Core through English language arts; and
- Doug Sanders, Global Product Director for Snowboards, Poles, and Backcountry Tools, K2 Sports in Seattle will address the excitement and opportunity of engineering in the digital age.
When not attending back-to-back sessions and workshops, attendees can browse NSTA’s popular Exhibit Hall where more than 100 companies and organizations will be exhibiting state-of-the-art science materials and products. Attendees will be able to learn about the latest science education materials, laboratory equipment and computer hardware and software available.
The NSTA Portland Area Conference on Science Education will begin with concurrent sessions on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 8 a.m. and will conclude at noon on Saturday, Oct. 26, with the closing of the exhibits. Teachers interested in attending the conference can register onsite at the convention center. For updated information about the conference, visit http://www.nsta.org/conferences/2013por/.
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.
Note to Reporters: Members of the working press who wish to attend the conference will be given complimentary conference badges. To register, email Kate Falk at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reporters can also register onsite at the NSTA press registration counter, located in Lobby A, next to exhibitor registration at the Oregon Convention Center (Hours: October 24, 8-4 p.m.; October 25, 8-4 p.m.; and October 26, 8-11 a.m.).