Why should educators attend a state conference? It is an opportunity to find dynamic new ideas, hear about better techniques, and see examples of successful lessons to make 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 skills, ideas and activities in science with fellow teachers. As you plan your presentation, please determine how your proposal addresses one or more of the strands listed below and indicate this on the form. Presentations for audiences other than P-12 teachers are expected to address the same strands for the target audience. We encourage you to submit a proposal and we look forward to seeing you at the conference.
Thursday: Workshops in morning and afternoon blocks
Friday: Sessions all day, exhibit hall open
Saturday: Sessions are morning only, no exhibitors
Deadlines: July 29 for all workshop submissions
July 29 All proposals due
October 2 Last date to reserve a hotel room at special rate
October 17 Early registration at discounted rate of $130 closes
November 1-3 Conference begins
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How do I submit a Friday and Saturday session proposal? That is so easy! Go to the online link to submit. 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 July 29, 2018.
How do I submit a Pre-conference proposal? Go to the online link to submit. 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 July 29, 2018. You will be notified by early September.
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 September 1. Confirmed pre-conference sessions will be notified by mid-August and regular conference sessions 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.
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.
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 Jennifer Dye. Submit their names and contact information.
Conference registration $130 in advance