2017 ASTA Annual Pre-Conference & Conference
Friday, October 27th at ASU Polytechnic Campus
Saturday, October 28 at Casteel High School
The annual conference of the Arizona Science Teachers Association, Level Up, was held on Friday, October 27th with a pre-conference institute and full-day of workshops on Saturday, October 28th. Presentations from the conference are available for members to view under Resources.
2 days of learning with Page Keeley and Dr. Robert Corbin.
The 2-days began with Page Keeley, an internationally known leader in science education. Keeley will provided a 1-day institute for teachers, teacher-leaders, pre-service teachers and administrators regarding “Uncovering Students’ Ideas with 3-Dimensional Formative Assessment”. She is the developer and primary author of the Uncovering Student Ideas Series in Science and the Formative Assessment- Practical Strategies Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning series (the “FACTs books”). Her assessment probes and FACTs (formative assessment classroom techniques) are widely used by K-12 teachers, university professors, and professional development and science specialists throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Educators continued Leveling Up Their Instruction on Saturday October 28th. Dr. Robert Corbin, Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education, presented his keynote address titled “Not What, but Why: Crystallizing Your Purpose in STEM” In 2017 teachers and students are hyper-focused on the “what” of teaching and learning. What courses are you taking? What scores are you achieving? What is your dream school? What is lost is the ever important why? In this presentation, educators began to learn to crystallize their personal “why” of STEM so that they are teaching and learning with purpose and effectiveness.
Educators attended 4 concurrent sessions with numerous workshops to choose from a focus strand: Real World Science; Practicing the Practices, and Power Up Your Instruction. In addition, they visited with over 40 exhibitors that had resources to assist teachers in their classroom.
During the annual board meeting, election results were announced and the outstanding science teachers of the year were awarded.
Thank you to ASTA Conference Sponsors