2020 NSTA Area Conference
"EnGULF Science Education"

November 19th-21st, 2020   
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA

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EnGULF Science Education

November 19th - 21st, 2020
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA

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NSTA is currently accepting proposals for the New Orleans Area Conference: November 19–21, 2020 
To submit, please click here.  Also, please check out the submission guidelines below.

The theme for the 2020 Area Conference in New Orleans is EnGULF Science Education,” and the three conference strands are:

Sustaining the Big Blue Planet

Diving into Science Literacy

Immersing in 3-Dimensional Learning

Humans have impacted the physical environment in many ways: overpopulation, pollution, burning fossil fuels, and deforestation. As a result, locations around the world face ongoing threats such as extreme weather, invasive species, and land loss. In order to mitigate these processes, teachers must be prepared to teach sustainable practices and help students make connections between their actions and future impacts to the planet. This also means educating and collaborating with responsible partners and stakeholders (shareholders) who impact local environments. Teachers must develop and facilitate learning opportunities that enhance students' understanding of how to not only restore our planet, but also ensure its resiliency in the face of future events. In this strand, participants will learn how all domains of STEM work together to help save our planet.  "Promoting scientific literacy among all of the nation’s people is a democratic ideal worthy of focused attention, significant resources, and continuing effort." (Framework; NRC 2012, p. 277) Scientific literacy allows individuals to be critical consumers and contributors of scientific knowledge. All students need explicit instruction in and opportunities to engage with scientific information in order to demonstrate their ability to use, think about, interpret, and communicate their understanding of science. In this strand, participants will construct knowledge about the literacy practices, the shared language, and the tools that scientists and engineers use to acquire and communicate knowledge alongside their peers.  "Promoting scientific literacy among all of the nation’s people is a democratic ideal worthy of focused attention, significant resources, and continuing effort." (Framework; NRC 2012, p. 277) Scientific literacy allows individuals to be critical consumers and contributors of scientific knowledge. All students need explicit instruction in and opportunities to engage with scientific information in order to demonstrate their ability to use, think about, interpret, and communicate their understanding of science. In this strand, participants will construct knowledge about the literacy practices, the shared language, and the tools that scientists and engineers use to acquire and communicate knowledge alongside their peers.


Those interested in presenting at the conference can find information for each conference strand and the online submission form at: 

https://www.nsta.org/conferences/sessions/meetingsacceptingabstracts.aspx


Please visit the NSTA New Orleans Area Conference website for more information:  https://www.nsta.org/conferences/area2.aspx



Conference Participation and Registration
All presenters and presiders at an NSTA conference must be registered.

New Guidelines for Session Proposals
In an effort to accommodate as many presenters as possible, NSTA is instituting these updated guidelines for proposing sessions.
Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in your proposal(s) being declined.

Active and Retired Teachers/Educators
Active and Retired Teachers/Educators (and co-presenters) are invited to submit up to a maximum of three (3) proposals
 for consideration. Proposals should focus on the presenter's individual work and not offer any endorsements to specific products or services available on the market.

Nonprofit Organizations or Government Agencies
Nonprofit Organizations and Government Agencies are invited to submit up to a maximum of three (3) proposals for consideration. Proposals should focus on resources that are freely available and do not have any fee attached for participants to be able to fully utilize said resources.

Presentations focused on offering product(s) for sale, paid training or professional learning opportunities, supplements, or additional resources for a fee will need to be submitted as an Exhibitor Workshop.

Commercial Organizations
Commercial Organizations are invited to present via the Exhibitor Workshop option. To be eligible, companies must have an exhibit booth for the respective conference. Exhibitor workshops are guaranteed to be scheduled provided they meet acceptable standards of taste and NSTA Safety Guidelines. Fee Schedule, Key Dates, Submission Portal, and other important information are available on the Exhibitor Workshop page.

Science Consultants
Science Consultants are invited to submit up to a maximum of three (3) proposals for consideration. Proposals should focus on the presenter's individual work and not promote use of consultant’s service or any fee-based materials.

The deadline to submit proposals is January 15, 2020.  For more information, please visit “Planning for NSTA Conferences.”

Local Conference Committee Contacts

Conference Chair
Nathan Cotten
Terrebonne Parish School District


Program Chair
Patrice Mire
Retired


Local Arrangements Chair
Dr. Michelle Sanchez
Tulane University

2020 Conference Deadlines

January 15, 2020  Session proposal submission deadline
March
 Review of Session Proposals
Early Spring
 Accepted Sessions Scheduled and e-mails sent
November 19-21, 2020NSTA Area Conference on Science Teaching

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