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January 25, 2019

Join K-12 educators from across Illinois to build your teaching skills, expand your content knowledge, and network with other teachers to exchange ideas. Whether you are a first-year teacher looking for new ideas or a veteran teacher looking for ways to energize your classroom, Science in the South offers a variety of workshops that will be relevant, informative, and fun! Don’t miss this opportunity to walk away with ready-to-use, hands-on activities and lesson plans for all grade levels!

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This year, we will be offering a range of sessions digging deeper into science topics, including NGSS.

  • Luncheon Keynote Speaker (Updated Jan. 17, 2019) – Professor Ken Anderson. Dr. Anderson will present "Feed the Living, Bury the Dead. The influence of the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 on 18th Century Europe." Dr. Anderson is a full professor in the SIU Department of Geology. He is an internationally distinguished researcher and a member of the National Academy of Inventors. His research accomplishments include development and commercialization of novel technology for environmentally benign utilization of coal and biomass wastes for the production of agricultural products and biodegradable plastics. His teaching repertoire includes upper level specialty classes in Organic and Inorganic Geochemisty, and extremely popular intro-level classes on the History of the Earth, and Geomythology, the later of which allows students to explore interesting and engaging aspects of the intersection and influence of geology and human history and even prehistory.
  • Networking Reception At the end of the day, spend a few minutes networking with other Science in the South participants and presenters. This will be a great opportunity to further enhance your professional contact list and continue to exchange ideas! Refreshments will be provided.

Call for Presentations: All educators are invited to present any science-related topics that would be of interest to K-12 science teachers. Each accepted presenter will be required to pay a $25 fee, which includes conference materials, session/exhibit viewing, breakfast, luncheon and parking pass. You may fax or email a proposal form and presenter registration form to 618-453-5680 or

Please review the NSTA Minimum Safety Guidelines.

Exhibits: Any science-related, technology-oriented, commercial and non-commercial companies and organizations are welcome that would be of interest to K-12 science/math/agricultural teachers and school administrators.  Expected attendance:  200-300 science teachers.

PDHs:  Earn up to 4.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for participating in Friday's session.

Conference Schedule:

7:30 – 9am                  Registration, Check-In, Continental Breakfast, Exhibitors
9 – 10am                     Session I Presentations
10:10 – 11:10am         Session II Presentations
11:10 – 11:40am         Exhibit Viewing
11:45am – 12:30pm    Luncheon
12:30 – 1pm                General Session
1:10 – 2:10pm             Session III Presentations
2:20 – 3:20pm             Session IV Presentations
3:30 – 4:30pm             Networking Reception and Prize Drawing

Program Location:  Student Center, SIU Carbondale

Registration Deadline (for guaranteed lunch): January 11, 2019

Participant Registration Fees:

**Includes conference materials, exhibit viewing, refreshments, lunch, parking pass and ISTA 2018 annual membership.

  • On or before January 11, 2019: $80
  • After January 11, 2019: $95

Student Registration Fee:

  • $22

Cancellation/Refund Policy:  A refund, minus a $25.00 processing fee, will be issued if requested prior to January 18, 2019.  No refunds after that date.

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