ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Science education will take center stage in Kansas City as teachers from across the region convene for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) three-day area conference, taking place Dec. 3-5. The event features hundreds of workshops, presentations, and sessions focused on helping science teachers hone their skills in teaching and stay abreast of important new developments in science education, including the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The conference will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center.
The event offers educators an invaluable opportunity to participate in professional development activities to learn about new science standards and other science topics, sharpen their teaching skills, examine the newest science teaching materials, and network with other educators.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear thought-provoking presentations from nationally renowned speakers in science and education. Top speakers include:
- Jerry Glover, an agricultural ecologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, will discuss sustainable farming and food security in his general session talk From Farm to Flesh—How We Transform Soil into Civilization;
- Popular science education author and former NSTA President, Page Keeley, will address teaching for conceptual understanding in science and how to build a bridge between students' (and teachers') ideas and the core ideas of the Next Generation Science Standards;
- Wendy Saul, the Allen B. and Helen S. Shopmaker Professor of Education at the University of Missouri–St. Louis will share her work in fostering an insatiable curiosity among students and promoting active learning;
- Agriculture education expert, Corey Flournoy, will explore how traditional science can be taught in an unexpected applied way, such as helping students better understand biology and chemistry principles through plant and animal production; and
- Brett Moulding, a writing team lead for the NGSS, will help educators see the vision and plan for science teaching and learning through the NGSS.
When not attending back-to-back sessions and workshops, attendees will browse NSTA’s popular Exhibit Hall to learn about the latest science education materials, laboratory equipment and computer hardware and software available from more than 100 companies and organizations.
The NSTA Kansas City Area Conference on Science Education will begin with concurrent sessions on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 8 a.m. and will conclude on Saturday, Dec. 5. Teachers interested in attending the conference can register onsite at the convention center. For updated information about the conference, visit http://www.nsta.org/conferences/area1.aspx.
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.
Note to Reporters: Members of the working press who wish to attend the conference will be given complimentary conference badges. To register, email Kate Falk at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reporters can also register onsite at the NSTA media registration counter, located next to exhibitor registration, in Hall B of the Kansas City Convention Center (Hours: Dec. 3, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dec. 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Dec. 5, 8-11 a.m.)