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Conference Overview

Salt Palace Convention Center • 100 South West Temple • Salt Lake City UT 84101
October 24–26, 2019

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Navigating Phenomenal Landscapes: Using Phenomena as a Way to Guide Science Instruction

Please note that sessions for this Navigating Phenomenal Landscapes strand will be 90 minutes long to allow for more active participation. Submitted proposals for this strand will include an additional phone interview and subsequent video conferencing meetings with the Strand Coordinator to ensure that all of the chosen presenters build a cohesive and powerful experience for participants. Click here for more details on these requirements.

Science helps us make sense of observable natural phenomena and to predict future occurrences. Phenomena should be used to help students navigate their learning. Phenomena are best used in classrooms to engage students in science and engineering practices as they develop their understanding of disciplinary core ideas through the lens of crosscutting concepts. These phenomena can operate much like landmarks on a map, helping students understand the world around them and to make sense of future sights they might see.

Forming Natural Bridges: Integrating Science Across Content Areas

Integrative learning is a habit of mind that a student builds, beginning with bridging simple connections and ideas that progress toward synthesizing and transferring learning to new and complex situations. Sessions with grade-appropriate examples of this continuum will illustrate how students can effectively connect, transfer, reflect, and communicate their experiences.

Hook 'em for Life: Sustaining Science Teaching and Learning

Humans are curious, wondering creatures. Understanding how to create rich science environments that support and encourage all students’ love of science is key to "hooking" their interest in science and engaging their curiosity as lifelong learners and advocates of scientific literacy. Sessions will exemplify how science learning is inspired in the classroom and extends far beyond.


Graduate Credit for 2019 Salt Lake City Area Conference

Earn one (1) graduate-level credit in professional development through Southern Utah University course #EDPD 5010-400. To obtain credit, you must be registered for the Salt Lake City area conference, complete the required assignments, and pay a fee of $25 for one credit. An NSTA transcript is also required. Register for graduate-level credit by stopping by the Utah Science Teachers Association booth located in Hall B of the Salt Palace Convention Center or by going to utsta.org. Submit the required assignments by Sunday, December 1, 2019. Click here for complete details.


  Earlybird* Advance* Onsite
Full Registration      
NSTA Member $195 $205 $240
USTA Member** $195 $205 $240
Partner Association Member*** $195 $205 $240
Nonmember $290 $300 $330
Retired NSTA Member $140 $150 $165
Full-time Student $100 $110 $130
One Day Only (Thu or Fri)      
(Member or Nonmember)
$175 $185 $195
Full-time Student $70 $80 $90
One Day Only (Sat)      
(Member or Nonmember)
$110 $115 $120
Full-time Student $45 $55 $65
  Earlybird* Advance* Onsite
Nonteaching Spouse/Guest Attending
All $100 $110 $120

*Earlybird deadline: September 13, 2019          Advance deadline: October 4, 2019

**Chapter Members:

  • USTA (UT) – Utah Science Teachers Association 

***Partner Association Members:

  • AACT - American Association of Chemistry Teachers
  • AAPT - American Association of Physics Teachers
  • ACS - American Chemical Society
  • ASEE - American Society for Engineering Education
  • NABT - National Association of Biology Teachers

Come as a group! Register four attendees and get a complimentary 5th registration. Use code 5FOR4 at checkout to get the discount (*applies for full registration ONLY).

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Event Sponsors

NSTA and the Conference Committee are extremely grateful to the following companies and associations for their generous support and contributions to the 2019 Area Conference on Science Education in Salt Lake City, UT.



Conference Committee

John R. Taylor
Conference Chairperson
Assistant Dean and Professor of Biology 
Southern Utah University
351 W. University Blvd. 
Clear City, UT 84720

Josh Stowers
Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Brigham Young University
2122 LSB
Provo, UT 84602

Dawn Monson
Local Arrangements Coordinator
Executive Director
Utah Science Teachers Association
N-143 Eyring Science Center
Provo, UT 84602


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