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Joint ISTA/ICTM 2019 Conference Registration

  • 18 Oct 2019
  • 8:00 AM
  • 19 Oct 2019
  • 12:30 PM
  • Peoria Civic Center


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  • One presenter from any accepted workshop is entitled to a discounted registration.
  • special discount when attending with a registered teacher
  • no deadline
  • Starting October 2, 2019
  • Starting October 2, 2019

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ISTA/ICTM Education Conference

                 October 18-19, 2019

                      Peoria Civic Center

                              Peoria, IL


Again this year the Illinois Science Teachers Association and the Illinois Council for Teachers of Mathematics are sponsoring a joint conference. Sessions are designed to address topics important to enhancing students' opportunities by expanding, inspiring and motivating STEM learning.  The workshops address one or more of the following themes:

Assessment: Sessions in this strand address the need for assessment to match both the desired student outcomes/performance expectations and research-based pedagogical approaches. Topics include ideas related to meaningful assessment of practices and student thinking that are connected to ideas such as three-dimensional learning and effective use of technologies. 

Access and Interest: Sessions in this strand address the need for today’s classrooms to encourage all students to complete STEM courses and to increase the number that pursue additional study and professional work beyond high school. Ideas that promote equitable, differentiated learning opportunities for all students in math and science are the focus of these offerings. The use of natural student motivators such as phenomena and real-world applications will be explored. 

Innovative Teaching Strategies for Specific Content: Sessions in this strand address ideas to improve students’ opportunities to learn. Topics include one or more of the following: advances in discipline specific pedagogy, storylining, making connections within and between disciplines using ideas such as cross-cutting concepts, technology integration, and linking students practices and ways of thinking to meaningful learning of content.

Friday General Session Speaker:  José Luis Vilson

We are very pleased to announce that José Luis Vilson will be our speaker at the opening general session on Friday. A National Board Certified Teacher, he teaches math in a New York City middle school and draws on this experience to bring to us a message of changes needed if we are truly committed to educational opportunities responsive to the needs of all learners. In 2014, he published his first book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and the Future of Education. In addition to his many speaking engagements, he has also coauthored Teaching 2030: What We Must Do For Our Students and Public Schools … Now and In The Future was profiled in Teacherpreneurs and Teaching with Heart
  • Professional Development Hours Provided 
  • Special Extended Learning Opportunities in Small Groups
  • Numerous sessions covering a broad array of current topics. Many sessions of interest to both science and math teachers.
  • Friday Reception with Free Food and Drink 
In addition, don't miss out on...
  • District Group Discount Rate and Administrator's Discount- see information below
  • Anticipating  70+ science education vendors featured in the exhibit hall Friday including many publishers, science supply companies and nonprofits offering teacher resources.
  • Raffle on Friday with many free prizes worth hundreds of dollars
  • Science Flea Market featuring many free classroom supplies and materials. The Flea Market provides a great opportunity to share, recycle, repurpose usable items. You can donate items that young longer need but someone else might and possibly pick-up some items for yourself too.
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues and meet new people
  • Breakfast and lunch Friday and breakfast Saturday 

Join Us As We Work Together To

Expand, Inspire and Motivate Learning For All

CLICK the "REGISTER" button to the left.

Once you have completed the registration form, you will be able to either pay immediately via PayPal or at a later date via check/PO from you or your employer.  The confirmation of registration you receive via email serves as either your receipt or bill. Check out the new group discount program below before registering.

Cancellations: Registrations canceled after October 4th will incur a $50 fee regardless of whether payment has been received.

Special District Group Discount 

With the hope of providing more teachers the opportunity to attend our joint conference, ISTA and ICTM have agreed to a new discount program. If your district sends 5 or more teachers combined for math or science the two-day conference fee will be reduced by $25 dollars per registrant. To take advantage of this special savings contact Bob Wolffe at He will send you the registration form to be used for groups. The same form will be used for all registrants regardless of discipline. DO NOT register on-line as an individual using this site if you plan to use the group option. Invoices provided upon request.

If your school or school district is paying for 4 or less people to attend, each person must be registered individually and a receipt or bill will be sent via email as each registration is completed. A single payment can then be sent for the entire group and each invoice will be recorded as paid upon receipt of payment.

Check Payable to: ISTA

Mail Payments to: Bob Wolffe, ISTA Treasurer

230 East Green Acres Ct.

East Peoria, IL 61611

Administrator Special Promotion

This year we have decided to implement a program to promote the attendance of administrators at the conference. We know, with their support, teachers are better positioned to implement best practices. An administrator attending with a paid teacher registrant may come to the conference for only $50.   


Exhibits will be open Friday 10:30 am - 5:30 pm. 

FREE: Raffles Friday with many great prizes. Snacks provided Friday at the end of the day.


The conference block of rooms are all booked. You may still be able to register for rooms at the Pere using their regular reservations. There are several other hotels nearby including the Mark Twain that had availability as of 10/3/19 -  phone 866-325-6531.

Fully Booked: The conference hotel is the Pere Marquette. This 4-star hotel offers direct access to the Conference Center and free parking for all guests. To reserve your room at the special conference rate of $129 follow this link: Book your group rate for IL STEM Conference


Click on the following Excel file to get a full listing of conference workshops.

Conference 2019.xlsx

Media Permission

By registering for this event I grant the Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA) the right to take photographs, videos, and/or other recordings of me at this event. I understand such media can be used for any lawful purpose, which may include publicity, marketing, illustration, advertising and Web content related to the work and responsibilities of ISTA. Published information may include names, school, city/state, and other identifying information. 

If I do not wish to allow for above I will notify ISTA via email.


Registrations canceled after October 4th will incur a $50 fee regardless of whether payment has been received.

 ISTA Conference Grant Opportunity

 This fund will provide support to attend the 2018 ISTA Annual Conference (October 19-20)   to teachers in need.

 The following must be fulfilled by September 15, 2018 at 11:59pm:

 - A letter of interest from the applying teacher detailing why conference attendance wouldn't     be possible without this grant (300 words),

 - A statement from the applying teacher explaining how they have worked to improve their   classroom instruction through NGSS implementation (showing examples is a plus) (300   words), and 

 - a letter from your administrator explaining the need for substitute teacher   reimbursement     and their support of the applying teacher to attend the conference.

 Please send all of the above in a single document (MS Word or PDF formats   recommended) to Dr. Bridina Lemmer at  Late   applications will not be accepted.  Funds in the amount of $250 (conference registration   and substitute teacher stipend) will be distributed as reimbursement to the applicant's   school district after they have attended the conference on October 19th and/or October   20th.  

Ronald and Charleen Crean raised two sons, both of whom are teachers.  They were 

always dedicated to the education of young people and found it important to support 

teachers everywhere.  This fund will be used to support science teachers via attendance 

at the annual ISTA Conference.  This aligns with the ISTA mission to provide professional 

support to Illinois teachers so they may provide excellence in science education to Illinois 

students state-wide. 

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