One of the primary contributions of the ASTA to the network of science educators is the organization and facilitation of the biennial Math and Science conference. This has been going on for over twenty years and in recent years a stronger effort is being made to strengthen bonds between science and math and other subjects. Teachers often state that the focus in their District is on reading and math and that programs are implemented that require classrooms to be in lockstep, leaving little room to teach science in ways we know are effective.
We are hoping at this conference in particular to focus on ways to help teachers build a case that providing opportunities in science and engineering actually promote student interest in building other skills. Reading about science is not a substitute for doing science. Instead reading and writing and math are integral to the essential practices.
Please consider attending this conference next fall and even submitting a proposal to present. Registration for the conference (at a discounted fee for ASTA or ASTA/NSTA joint members and for early career teachers) will be linked soon. Here is the link to submit a proposal to present. https://tinyurl.com/yyj73f9e
Thanks for being part of 2021 AK STEAM Conference and ASTA.