Back to Conference 2017


Theme: Transitioning to 3D learning: Connecting the vision of the K-12 Science Framework to TN Science Standards
Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Why should educators attend a state conference? They want to find dynamic new ideas, hear about better techniques, and see examples of successful lessons to make their students want to learn! Consider sharing your ideas  and resources to help us all help our students.  TSTA needs educators from all grade levels—kindergarten through higher education—to come and share their skills, ideas and activities in science with fellow teachers.  Proposals are being sought that will increase participants’ understanding and awareness of topics relating to content and pedagogical knowledge and best practices with a focus on any of the following:

      • Integrating Literacy, Science and Math
      • Implementing 3-D Learning 
      • Building on Science for effective STEM Learning

Presenters have two options for participation in the conference. On Thursday during the day, TSTA offers longer pre-conference workshops. If you want more time with teachers (2 hours or more), this may be your best option. Fill out the Pre-Conference Workshops Form. During Friday and Saturday, sessions are usually 45 - 90 minutes. Choose the Conference Proposal Form for this option. You also may choose to do both days. Fill out both forms and send in. The deadlines are different for each option. IMPORTANT: TSTA requires CODE OF CONDUCT FORM and AGREEMENT FORM to be included with any submissions. 

Thursday: Workshops in morning and afternoon blocks
Friday: Sessions all day, exhibit hall open
Saturday: Sessions are morning only, no exhibitors

Deadlines: 7/31/17 for pre-conference workshops, 9/23/17 for conference sessions


August 31    Conference registration opens
July 31  Pre-Conference Workshop Form due
September 23    Conference Proposal Forms due
November 9    Pre-conference sessions begin
November 10-11   Conference begins


1200 Conference Center Boulevard, 
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Call (615) 890-4464, 1-888-EMBASSY, or go online
Special rates are yet to be determined. Check back in August for details. 


How do I submit a Friday and Saturday session proposal?  That is so easy! Download this form and fill it out. Be sure to include any Co-Presenters. Read the form carefully to understand the parameters and requirements for presenting. Send in early to ensure a preferred time and day. The deadline for conference proposals is 9/23/17. Return for to this address 

How do I submit a Pre-conference proposal?   Download this form and fill it out. Be sure to include any Co-Presenters. Read the form carefully to understand the parameters and requirements for pre-conference workshops. The deadline for Thursday Pre-Conference workshops is 7/31/17. You will be notified by mid august.

When will I hear from TSTA about my proposal?   If there are any questions about your proposal you will be contacted by the team reviewing the forms. Just make sure your session fits in with the theme and conference strands.

I Did Not Receive a Response to My Proposal—Why Not?  If you did not receive a response, there may have been a miscommunication or a problem with your e-mail address.  Session confirmation e-mails will be sent by October 20. Confirmed pre-conference session will be notified by mid-August and regular conference session will be notified by early October

How are session days and times determined?  Friday and Saturday sessions are filled on a first come basis. The earlier you submit, the more likely you will get a preferred time slot. This usually works out but sometimes there are changes even when registering early due to the types of sessions and the times they are offered. Here is a helpful floor plan map of the conference center.

Once I get approved, what is the next step?  All presenters and co-presenters MUST REGISTER AS A PARTICIPANT AND PAY THE REGISTRATION FEES. Go to the registration link below and provide information and payment AFTER AUGUST 31. There are fee options if you are going to be at the conference for only Friday or Saturday. 

How will I check in on the day of the session?  There will be a designated area for Presenter Check-in where you pick up your Presenter Badge and documents.  You will want to check on the room location and make sure the program matches your information. Be sure to be at your session area at least 15 minutes before the session begins. Let TSTA conference staff know if you need help setting up. 

Will I have internet access and A/V equipment?  Presenters are responsible for furnishing their own A/V equipment at their own expense. Hotel guests can purchase high speed internet for an extra fee from Embassy Suites. Be sure to ask when you check in.

Can I Cancel a Session?  If you are canceling your session, the Conference Office needs to be informed as soon as possible

Can I Add or Remove Presenters/Presiders?  If you wish to add or remove a presenter or presider, please e-mail Marjorie Rothschild at, Submit their names and contact information.  

NEW THIS YEAR- One day Friday registration for Presenters only! 

Presenters who have a session on Friday may choose to pay for Friday only. The fee for Friday  is $90 which includes the awards luncheon and a TSTA membership for one year. If your session is Saturday morning, another option is to pay for that morning only. $35. Thursday Pre-Conference sessions are not eligible for special rates. Presenters must register for the conference as a requirement of presenting on any day of the event. 


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