Conference 2017

Level Up!

2017 ASTA Annual Pre-Conference & Conference

Friday, October 27th at ASU Polytechnic Campus

Saturday, October 28 at Casteel High School

The annual conference of the Arizona Science Teachers Association, Level Up, will begin on Friday, October 27th with a pre-conference institute and full-day of workshops on Saturday, October 28th.

2 days of learning with Page Keeley and Dr. Robert Corbin.

Registration is open.  

Begin 2-days of Leveling Up Your Instruction with Page Keeley, an internationally known leader in science education on Friday, October 27th at ASU Polytechnic CampusKeeley will provide a 1-day institute for teachers, teacher-leaders, pre-service teachers and administrators regarding “Uncovering Students’ Ideas with 3-Dimensional Formative Assessment”. She is the developer and primary author of the Uncovering Student Ideas Series in Science and the Formative Assessment- Practical Strategies Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning series (the “FACTs books”). Her assessment probes and FACTs (formative assessment classroom techniques) are widely used by K-12 teachers, university professors, and professional development and science specialists throughout the U.S. and internationally.  NOTE:  Seating is limited for the pre-conference institute only. Must register in advance for Friday’s session.

Continue Leveling Up Your Instruction on Saturday October 28th at Casteel High School in Queen Creek, Arizona.   Dr. Robert Corbin, Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education, will be the keynote with his presentation titled “Not What, but Why:  Crystallizing Your Purpose in STEM”  In 2017 teachers and students are hyper-focused on the “what” of teaching and learning. What courses are you taking? What scores are you achieving? What is your dream school? What is lost is the ever important why? In this session you will begin to learn to crystallize your personal “why” of STEM so that you are teaching and learning with purpose and effectiveness.

Attendees will attend 4 concurrent sessions with numerous workshops to choose from a focus strand:  Real World Science; Practicing the Practices, and Power Up Your Instruction. In addition, attendees will be able to visit with curriculum/resource vendors and attend the annual board meeting which will recognize Teacher of the Year Awardees.

Conference Fees – REGISTER NOW!

2-Day Registration 

  • New/Renewing ASTA Member – $200
  • New/Renewing Joint ASTA, AATM, AZTEA Member – $245
  • Current ASTA Life Member –  $180
  • Pre-Service Teacher –  $60

1 Day Registration 

  • New/Renewing ASTA Member – $120
  • New/Renewing Joint ASTA, AATM, AZTEA Member –  $165
  • Current ASTA Life Member – $100
  • Pre-Service Teacher -$40

Conference Details:

Friday, October 27, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; ASU Polytechnic Campus; Parking:  Red lot $8 for the day or you can buy a Day Passes in advance ($8 a day).  If staying at hotel, shuttle service is provided.
Saturday, October 28, 7:45 am – 4:45 pm; Casteel High School, 24901 S. Power Rd. Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Friday – ASU Polytechnic Institute
Registration 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Institute (must be pre-registered for Institute) 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (Lunch included)
Saturday – Casteel High School
Registration Open (can register on-site) 7:15 am – 1:30 pm
Annual Meeting  – Award Ceremony:  7:45 am – 8:30 am
Keynote Presenter: Dr. Robert Corbin 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Exhibitor Hall Open 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Energy Break with Exhibitors 9:30 am – 10: 00 am
Concurrent Sessions 10:00 am -11:10 am
Break 11:10 am – 11:20 am
Concurrent Sessions 11:20 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch, Remarks from ADE:  12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Break 1:30 pm – 1:40 pm
Concurrent Sessions 1:40 pm – 2:50 pm
Energy Break with Exhibitors 2:50 pm – 3:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions 3:15 pm – 4:25 pm
Closing Remarks, Final Raffle 4:25 pm – 4:45 pm

Exhibitor Information:

Attendees will also explore hundreds of science classroom resources by visiting exhibitors. Conference attendees have full access to exhibits during these hours.
Exhibitor FACT Sheet – click here.

Registration to be an Exhibitor – click here.

Interested in being a conference sponsor? Opportunities are available for sponsors for Teacher of the Year Awards, Luncheons, and Energy Breaks. Click here for more information.


Four Points by Sheraton & Best Western Legacy Inn & Suites are holding ASTA room blocks for the conference.

Four Points by Sheraton at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport, 6850 E.  Williams Field Road, Mesa  Double bed rooms available for $119/night + taxes and fees
To reserve your room: 
You may also call our hotel directly at 480-579-2100. Please mention group code AJ24AA and rate code G3CECA4Q.

Best Western Legacy Inn & Suites at 4470 South Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85212                           King Standard room available for $95/night; Queen/Queen Standard room available for $95/night .  Guestroom rates are subject to applicable taxes currently at 11.77% . To reserve your room, call the hotel directly at 480-457-8181 and mention the “AZ Science Teachers Association” or use the following link:

Thank you to ASTA Conference Sponsors