TSTA is the largest science educator organization in Tennessee. We are five hundred + members strong! 

TSTA Conference 
Keynote Speaker
Friday Luncheon

Michael DiSpezio
Marine Biologist, Author

Brain Sense: Learning About the Brain Through Puzzles, Illusions and Hands-on Activities 

THANK YOU Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for sponsoring the guest speaker

Michael is a renaissance educator, speaker, and author.  A former marine biologist, Michael completed his graduate studies at the Marine Biological Lab at Woods Hole and worked as a research assistant to a Nobel prize winner.  His knowledge of natural history has resulted in numerous publications and speaking engagements throughout the world on an assortment of scientific topics that range from optical illusions to learning and the brain.  Leaving the laboratory, he celebrated his passion in education as a K-12 classroom teacher for nearly ten years. Towards the end of that tenure, he began writing textbooks and was awarded his first authorship on a high school chemistry series.  Extensive travel has taken him from the Emmys with an award nominated show on HIV to the Bahamas where he developed the Discovery Channel Camp at Atlantis.  To date, he is the author of over 30 trade books and has co-authorship on over 3 dozen science textbooks.

Michael is co-author of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ScienceFusion and STEM consultant of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Texas Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra 2.

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TSTA Annual Conference
Coming in December

Conference Theme: Supporting Change for Better Science in Tennessee

DECEMBER 1-3 2016 in
Murfreesboro, TN
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Timeline: Adoption
2018 Textbook/Curriculum Materials
2018-2019 Standards Implementation

New Tennessee State Science Standards will be implemented in 2018-2019. On July 22, 2016 Laura Encalade, State Board of Education (SBOE), presented the science standards for first reading at the SBOE meeting. The standards were passed on First Reading. If passed on Second reading, October 14, 2016, this set of standards will be implemented according to the following timeline. Consider attending the TSTA Conference December 1-3, 2016 to hear about the new science standards. As a TSTA participant you will have opportunities to hear about changes that have been made. 

REad the new standards here

To the families and friends of Sevier County affected by the fires. 
You are in our thoughts and prayers. 

TSTA Conference
Guest Speaker 

Brendan Mullan
Science Educator and Astrobiologist

A special THANK YOU to the sponsors National Geographic Learning | Cengage Learning

Brendan Mullan explores innovative ways to communicate astronomy to the public and inspire a new generation of scientists. He won the 2012 U.S. FameLab competition and is a recent Ph.D. graduate from Penn State, where he teaches and develops curriculum for astronomy courses.

Brendan Mullan thinks scientists should reach out—to schoolchildren, college undergraduates, folks in the neighborhood, curious Web browsers, and everyone in between. His research tackles some of astrobiology’s most complex questions, but his public outreach efforts bring astronomy and astrobiology out of the ivory tower to make science more accessible, engaging, and entertaining.

“Astronomy is like the gateway drug of the sciences,” says Mullan. “Many people are already fascinated by the night sky, space missions, and colorful photos of planets, galaxies, and swirling clouds of interstellar gas. Human beings fundamentally want to connect with some cosmic context greater than themselves. I want to give them that chance.”

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Thank you to our Sponsors of the 2016 TSTA Conference




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