• Friday, February 26, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Saturday, February 27, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (EST)

    Our Vendor Showcase is the most effective way of communicating with the science education community in Kentucky during our 2021 Virtual Conference! Attendees may attend any of the concurrent Vendor Showcase presentation sessions each day. All vendors will be prominently displayed on our conference website, virtual program, and app. 

    You may also add-on $100 for advertisement space on our website, live January 1, 2021 - January 1, 2022. This will be available to all visitors to our website, not just conference attendees! Get more information here.

    Single 1-hour presentation: $250

    Includes one conference registration for vendor personnel and one 1-hour conference program time slot.

    Two 1-hour presentations: $500

    Includes one conference registration for vendor personnel and two 1-hour conference program time slots.


    1. Complete the Vendor Agreement

    Complete the Vendor Agreement before registering. You will need to upload the completed agreement during registration.
    2. Register as a Vendor

    Registration deadline is December 1, 2020.

    3. Complete the Vendor Session Information form

    Complete this form for each unique session. 

    Vendors are responsible for registering additional personnel/presenters not included in registration fees at the regular conference price.

    Register additional vendor personnel
    • Friday, February 26, 2021
    • 4:30 PM (EST)
    • Saturday, February 27, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom Platform

    KSTA made the strategic decision, based on CDC guidelines and with the input of our membership, to host our Annual Conference virtually! We are excited to present curated sessions facilitated by experienced presenters, with special guests, vendors, and times for sharing and connecting with other science educators across Kentucky! 

    What to expect at the conference:

    • Experience a variety of sessions for P-20 teachers and faculty each day
    • Meet newly appointed Education Commissioner Dr. Jason Glass in a special opening session, with introduction by Dr. Stephen Pruitt
    • Special guests including Page KeeleyLori Norton-Meier, and Lin Xiang
    • Explore science resources and services during two live Vendor Showcase presentations
    • Connect and build relationships with science education colleagues in our open chats and virtual 'registration table'
    • Keynote address by Philip Bell

    Attendees will receive PD credit for participation. Please check with your administration to ensure that they will allow this conference as hours toward your PD requirements.

     Educators: $75 Early Bird price through Feb. 1, 2021

    $100 regular price Feb. 2 - Feb. 26, 2021

    Teachers/Coaches/Administrators/Higher Ed. Faculty

    Must be a current KSTA member to register and attend the conference

    Current Members: you will be directed to log into your profile to register.

    Non-Members: join KSTA with a 1-year membership for only $25!

     Students: $40

    Pre-service undergraduate teaching students

    Includes a free 1-year KSTA membership!

    • Friday, March 12, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom

    What you need to know about today’s evolution of K-12 science instruction

    Audience: higher education science/science education instructors, professional scientists, informal science professionals, and tertiary science instructors.

    The purpose of this summit is:

    1. to share our best approaches for supporting implementation of KAS-Science
    2. to continue to deepen our own understanding of how and why K-12 science instruction has shifted and how we can best support K-12 teachers
    3. to explore organizational opportunities to create a state-wide approach for leveraging our collective expertise for continuing this work

    Many different people share responsibility for preparing and supporting our state’s K-12 science teachers, including science educators, professional scientists, informal science professionals, and tertiary science instructors. As K-12 science teachers and their students align instruction and learning with the Kentucky Academic Standards for Science (KAS), the challenging task of thinking about and teaching science in more cognitively complex and rich ways requires people providing teacher support structures to also continue to learn and inform our capacity to support those teachers. There is a strong tendency for teachers to teach science in a manner similar to how they were taught. It is critical for higher education science instruction to evolve along with K-12 science instruction as the field continues to learn more about the most effective ways to teach – and learn – science. Science educators, informal science professionals, and professional scientists all should embody and enact approaches consistent with KAS-Science tenants as we work with classroom science teachers.

    Complete the Summit Poster Proposal Form linked below and upload an abstract of your poster, limited to 250 words. You must log in to this form with an email address associated with a Google account. The deadline to submit is February 26, 2021. Your proposals will be peer-reviewed. If your proposal is accepted, you will receive additional information via email for preparation and presentation.

    Submit a Poster Proposal

    Summit Strands
    Please ensure your proposal aligns to one of the strands listed below.

    1. Using phenomena as a structure to teach science (drive learning)
      Phenomena are those natural occurrences/observations that can be explained. Incorporating these real-world applications aids in students understanding how science works. Science is about understanding the world around us. Phenomena, sometimes called real world applications, are those natural occurrences/observations that can be explained. The use of these phenomena to drive instruction lead students towards that understanding.
    2. Explicit attention to practices and/or crosscutting concepts (using data)
      Students are to be engaged in the actual doing of science, meaning that they should have similar experiences that scientists have as they work to understand phenomena. The tools of science are the science and engineering practices that students utilize. The crosscutting concepts are those big ideas that “cut across” the domains of science.
    3. Sense-making of how the world works
      Students utilize the practices and crosscutting concepts as they apply the science concepts (content) as they gain understanding of phenomena.

    Pre-registration is required. There is no cost to attend.

    If you have questions regarding the summit, contact Krista Adams.

    • Thursday, November 11, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EST)
    • Saturday, November 13, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Eastern Kentucky University

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