Skip to main content

National Conference in Chicago

April 8–11, 2021


All Students, All Sciences, All Settings

McCormick Place • 2301 S King Drive • Chicago IL 60616

Mark your calendar for NSTA’s 2021 national conference—we’ll be in Chicago, Illinois!

Twitter hashtags: #NSTA21 (2021 conferences), #NSTA (all-purpose)

Session Proposals

Proposals are no longer being accepted for the 2021 Chicago National Conference. If you have submitted a proposal, please check out the timeline below.

Housing and registration information should be available in September.

Proposal Review Timeline for 2021 National Conference

  • Submission deadline: April 15, 2020
  • Proposals reviewed in June and July
  • Accepted sessions scheduled and acceptance emails sent in November

housing and travel iconTravel and lodging information coming soon.

strands iconConference Strands

To help you make the most of the professional development opportunities available at the Chicago conference, the Conference Committee has planned the conference around four strands that explore topics of current significance, enabling you to focus on a specific area of interest or need.

Supporting All Students in Science

In today's world, students need to actively engage in their own learning. Embracing diversity through advocacy and agency to address issues in equity is imperative in today’s educational settings and work environments. Education should happen in all settings for all students. Today's classrooms are full of diverse learners and teaching tomorrow’s future can be challenging. Promoting equity, advocacy, and agency is multifaceted and includes examining culture, gender, socio-economics, and language. In this strand, educators will deepen their capacity to connect these broad issues to their own unique student population.

Shattering the Silos of STEM

All students, no matter what their future education and career path, must be engaged in innovative and integrated STEM experiences. Multidisciplinary STEM learning should reach across the traditional science silos to incorporate all science disciplines, including computer science. An integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is needed to address major world challenges that confront society. The ability to solve TOMORROW's problems is dependent on our students' STEM education TODAY. This strand will explore innovative strategies and authentic STEM education that connects to current and future real-world applications.

Setting the Stage for Science

Every day, everyone engages with science. Connecting all arenas of learning to build scientific literacy is a fundamental shift needed to ensure that, tomorrow's future is learning science today. All learners should experience science across varied settings. These include preK–16 classrooms, informal learning centers, extracurricular activities, and homes. This strand will increase educators' abilities to identify and create connections throughout all areas of learning and promote the fundamental idea that science can occur in all settings.

Stages of Three-Dimensional Implementation

Almost a decade ago, A Framework for K–12 Science Education was released, highlighting the importance of three-dimensional learning and offering guidance for science teaching, learning, and assessment. Throughout the country, educators are at various stages of implementation. In this strand, participants will develop, strengthen, and further their capacity for implementing three-dimensional teaching, learning, and assessment.

Conference Committee Leaders

Kristin Rademaker
Conference Chairperson
Science Education Consultant & ISTA President (2020–2022)
Illinois Science Teachers Association

Nicole Vick
Program Coordinator
High School Science Teacher
Abingdon-Avon High School
Abingdon, IL 61410

Ivan Ochoa
Local Arrangements Coordinator
STEM Coach
Hernandez Middle School
Chicago, IL 60632

Asset 2