Teachers attend, present at national science conference

During March 31 – April 3, science teachers across the nation joined in Nashville for the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) 2016 conference entitled “Science: Empowering Performance”. NSTA conferences offer the latest in science content, teaching strategies, and research to enhance and expand professional growth. The conference offered short courses, teacher sessions, field trips, and other unique opportunities for collaboration for science education leaders, peers and companies that promote educational products.





Germantown Schools’ own Jessica Minton (Riverdale), Charlotte Cantkier (Houston Middle) and Andrea Starks (Houston Middle) not only attended the conference: but were featured presenters. Riverdale teacher Jessica Minton enjoyed the conference and stressed the importance of her attendance by saying, “The future of education depends on strong teachers who remember that the focus is our students. They are the future and they cannot be reduced to solely numerical statistics in which we label and move into categories. Strong and globally competitive students are [prepared] by strong and dedicated teachers. I joined the TSTA and the NSTA because I believe that teachers cannot quit learning and perfecting their trade if we except the best from our students.”

In March of 2015, Minton submitted three proposals for presentation at this years’ national conference. In June, two of her proposals were accepted and she was given the opportunity to present at the 2016 conference. During the 2013, 2014, and 2015 summers, Minton worked at the University of Tennessee through CURENT (Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Network). Because of that program, Minton was sponsored by UT to present these sessions over her focus in the RET (Research Experience for Teachers) program.



Teachers, members or not, have the ability to attend the annual conference. NSTA, founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.

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