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National Science Teachers Assocation National Confernce

March 12-15, 2015 McCormick Place - Chicago, Illinois


NSTA National Conference is coming to Chicago in March of 2015.

Conference details will be posted here as NSTA makes them available or you can check out the NSTA website.

The annual NSTA science education conference is coming to Chicago March 12-15 at McCormick Place: Great Lakes, Great Ideas. ISTA is helping to host, and we are looking for individuals who are willing to volunteer their time at the conference. We need assistance with manning field trips, staffing the registration desk, stuffing conference packets, and preconference set-up and preparations. Individuals who volunteer 8-15 hours will receive a 50% discount on conference registration; volunteers for 16 or more hours will receive free conference registration. To sign up to volunteer, please follow this link and enter your information: Volunteer Form.

If you have questions, please contact Hethyr Tregerman (, volunteer coordinator; or Judy Scheppler (, local arrangements coordinator.

Please help us make NSTA 2015 in Chicago a spectacular success!

Next Generation Science Standards with Ed Leaders Network
An Illinois Science Teachers Association and Illinois Principals Association partnership

The Illinois Science Teachers Association and Illinois Principals Association formed a unique partnership to produce 3 new webinars focused around NGSS with Ed Leaders Network.

Illinois teachers of science are featured in 5 to 25-minute sequence of webinars, along with linked resources for teachers and their administrators.  The webinars are the result of an excellent budding partnership with IPA and will allow an exceptional benefit to ISTA members as members-to-be in the Educators Leadership Network (a 10-state consortium of web-based resources.)

NGSS and the Danielson, focuses expert attention to the four domains of the Danielson rubric.

All Standards, All Students NGSS Appendix D and Case Studies, explains the implementation of NGSS in real classrooms through effective research-based instructional strategies that enable diverse student groups meet the NGSS.

Preparing for the NGSS, focus on the hallmarks for classroom, building and district success for the awareness and implementation of NGSS, as well as the effective and natural integration of the 5-E model.