We know opportunities for teachers to travel are limited, so we picked five of our favorite STEM teacher conferences happening in 2018!

Attending conferences is a great professional development experience that can help both educators and their students. Add these STEM teacher conferences to that blank 2018 calendar to recharge your teaching methods and learn more about teaching your content area.

STEM teacher conferences1. ASTE

January 3-8, 2018

Baltimore, MD

This year, ASTE (Association of Science Teacher Education) adds a bit more to the standard formula usually followed by STEM teacher conferences. The conference features informative workshops that address the issues facing science teachers and a pre-conference field trip to The Aquaculture Research Center (ARC) at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology for an additional cost of $49. Most workshops, such as “Developing Appropriate Assessment and Evaluation Practices for the Next Generation Science Standards,” “Multimodality, Culturally Relevant Teaching, and STEM,” and “Engaging Teachers in Engineering and Science Curriculum Development” are open to attendees on a first come, first served basis. Onsite, at the conference, members will pay $325. When sharing updates on social media, be sure to include #ASTE2018 with all posts.

STEM teacher conferences2. NSTA National Conference

March 15-18, 2018

Atlanta, GA

The NSTA’s (National Science Teachers Association) contribution to 2018 STEM teacher conferences focuses on “Science on My Mind.” During the conference, teachers explore topics that fall under four strands: “Focusing on Evidence of 3-D Learning,” “Imagining Science as the Foundation for STEM,” “Reflecting on Access for All Students,” and “Comprehending the Role of Literacy in Science.” The event will also feature NSTA TV, which will be broadcast at different locations throughout the conference, online, and on social media – don’t forget the hashtags #NSTA18 and #NSTA! Admission costs vary, but an early bird rate of $285 is available to members who register by February 9 and the $315 advance ticket pricing deadline is February 23. Onsite registration is available to members for $340.

STEM teacher conferences3. ITEEA

April 12-14, 2018

Atlanta, GA

During its 80th-anniversary conference, ITEEA (the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association) wants teachers to focus on the theme of “Building Bridges Within the STEM Community and Beyond.” Attendees can discover more about topics such as Engineering byDesign (EbD), STEAM, and PATT (Pupils’ Attitudes Toward Technology). Educators who add this event to their list of STEM teacher conferences are able to enjoy a pre-registration discount when they purchase their $360 tickets before March 20. Keep in mind the deadline for room-block accommodations is March 14.

STEM teacher conferences4. NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition

April 25-28, 2018

Washington, DC

This year’s NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Annual Meeting and Exposition focuses on “Empowering the Mathematics Community.” Through discussing issues that affect math educators, attendees will discover solutions in areas such as “Access, Equity, and Empowerment: Teaching Mathematics with an Equity Stance,” “Assessment: A Tool for Purposeful Planning and Instruction,” and “Professionalism: Learning Together as Teachers.” Discounted member registration is available for $405 until March 23. Until April 24, the standard member registration fee of $445 applies, but after this date, only onsite registration is available at a cost of $485. Include #NCTMannual on all social-media posts during while attending this conference.

STEM teacher conferences5. ASEE

June 24-27, 2018

Salt Lake City, UT

Celebrating its 125th conference, the American Society for Engineering Education continues its dedication to exclusive coverage of education in this field with its own contribution to STEM teacher conferences. This year, attendees can expect workshops with ERM, New Engineering Educators Division, Design in Engineering Education Division, and Biomedical Division. Early-bird and advance admission rates are available, as are single-day fees and complimentary one-day exhibit-hall passes for K-12 teachers. Early registration of $700 is available to members until April 9. From April 10-May 28, registration is available at $750 and regular registration begins May 29 at $800. Discounted hotel-room rates are available until May 21.

Attending STEM teacher conferences doesn’t mean abandoning students, or leaving lessons in the hands of a substitute who is unprepared. Use STEM Jobs’ methods to prepare for teacher absences and check out lesson plans that will keep students on track while you’re learning at these incredible conferences.

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