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"Cultivating Curiosity and Deepening Discovery" 

HASTI & ICTM State Conference

February 18 - 20, 2024

                           HASTI Conference Chair: Dr. Stacy Hootman  

Click here for the session schedule

(subject to change)

This year's strands include:


  1. Leveraging Assessment  

  • Assessment as a way to show evidence of students’ varied strengths and gifts
  • Making a product and demonstrating knowledge via means other than tests, such as presentations, posters, models, etc.
  • Preference will be given to proposals that share rubric(s) or other grading criteria

2. Developing Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable and Supportive Classrooms

  • Best practices and inclusive strategies for reaching ALL learners in ways that are equitable and affirming

  • Social-Emotional Learning activities

  • Preference will be given to proposals that describe how barriers to learning are removed for learners

3. Inspiring Instruction 

  • Inventive ways of implementing Three Dimensional Teaching in science and Process Standards in mathematics
  • Strategies that encourage curiosity and discovery in learners (phenomena, projects, problems, etc.)
  • Preference will be given to proposals that include plans for complete lessons or units that teachers have actually run in their classrooms

4. “To Boldly Go”...

  • Encouraging students to think about space, exploration of our universe, and eclipses

  • How can we use earth/space based phenomena to excite and engage students?

  • Teaching earth/space based learning within the NGSS framework

5. Science & STEM Literacy

    • How literacy and science/STEM work together to cultivate science/STEM literate students

    • Presenters will share specific resources (books, websites, articles, blogs, etc) that they have used in their classroom

    • Teaching students how to read/write and use primary sources

New guidelines have been established for session proposals.  Read carefully the descriptions provided to determine what category to submit proposals.  Each presenter is limited to submitting a maximum of two  proposals.  

Active and Retired Teachers/Educators:

Active and Retired teachers/educators (and co-presenters) are invited to submit up to a maximum of two (2) 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 two (2) 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.  Commercial Organizations need to register as an Exhibitor.  

Science Consultants

Science Consultants are invited to submit up to a maximum of two (2) 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.

Poster Sessions

During a poster session, you will have 15 minutes to share your topic or information.  The material presented in poster form should convey the essence of your message. Your task as a poster presenter is to answer questions and provide further details and to convince others that what you have done is excellent and worthwhile. To do this you have to 'stand-by-your-poster!’ A poster is simply a static, visual medium that you use to communicate ideas and messages. You will interact with attendees and answer any questions they may have about your work. 

Related Paper/Presentation Sessions

In a related paper or presentation session, presenters will have 10 minutes to share their work or research along with 2 other presenters that have completed work that is in a similar vein or conference strand.  Each presenter will have 10 minutes to share their work or research with the last 15 minutes reserved for questions from the audience.  

Deadline for submission is: August 31st, 2023.  Any proposal submitted after will be placed on a wait list.

This year's program manager is (


"The Hoosier Association of Science Teachers , Inc" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

P.O. Box 383, New Albany, IN  47151



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