Main Content

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!

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

  • Luncheon Keynote Speaker – Dr. Michael Wysession is the Executive Director of Washington University’s Teaching Center in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Wysession teaches earth science and science methods and has authored numerous text books on these and other subjects. Through his role as Chair of Earth and Space Sciences for the Earth Science Literacy Initiative and the National Research Council’s “Framework for K-12 Science Education,” Michael has been influential in the crafting of K-12 science education benchmarks that include the new K-12 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and was the principal developer and framer for earth and space science standards. The NGSS is revolutionizing the teaching of science in primary and secondary schools across the country.
  • 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.
  • Saturday Workshop - Coming soon!

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 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
  • Saturday Workshop: $25

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.

Registration Options: