Call for Workshops

Call for 2021 ASTE Professional Development Workshop Proposals

The purpose of the Professional Development Committee is to organize and coordinate professional development (PD) opportunities for ASTE, in order to assist members and other science teacher educators in the pursuit of lifelong learning related to science teacher education.

The ASTE PD Workshop Committee invites ASTE members who are interested in presenting a PD workshop at the January 13-16, 2021 ASTE International Conference in Salt Lake City, UT to submit proposals.

PD workshops are interactive sessions focusing on: a) issues in science teacher education and/or science education, or b) an update on scientific knowledge. Workshops should actively engage participants (i.e., not primarily discussion or a paper presentation).

PD workshops are 1 hour in length. All workshops are embedded in the daily conference schedule and are open to all conference attendees (limited by room size/first-come, first-served). Facilitators should plan for up to 30 participants in the PD workshop.

The PD workshop submission system will be available April 13-May 22, 2020 through the ASTE website ( All proposals must be processed through the online system and proposals not received before midnight (Hawaii-Aleutian time zone) on May 22 will not be considered.

Reviews of PD workshop proposals center on the clarity of focus and learning objectives; appropriateness of content and workshop activities; facilitator plans for supporting participants post-workshop; and interest/relevance to the ASTE membership. Acceptance of proposals is based on proposal quality and the desire to create a balanced program of PD offerings to the ASTE membership. In particular, past ASTE member feedback indicates there is interest in workshops related to:

  • Policy and advocacy for science teacher educators
  • Technology in teacher education
  • Grant writing – Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced levels
  • Course design/ methods for methods
  • Diversity and equity (gender equity, inclusive education, culturally responsive pedagogy)
  • STEM/Integrated science
  • Informal science education
  • Career development (job hunt, promotion & tenure, etc.)
  • On behalf of the entire ASTE Professional Development Committee, thank you in advance for submitting your proposal.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Andrea C. Burrows, Chair
Professional Development Committee

Submit a Proposal 

Instructions for proposals (character limit 12,000):

  1. State the focus of the workshop and its relevance to the science teacher education.
  2. Explain who within the ASTE membership would be most interested in your presentation (e.g., methods instructors, educational researchers, curriculum developers, etc.) and why.
  3. Describe the expertise/experience of the workshop presenters to present in the topic area.
  4. List the learning objectives of the workshop and how you will assess whether participants met those objectives.
  5. Provide a description of the workshop activities/ instructional strategies you will be using to meet the objectives.
  6. Describe how you will make yourself available/offer support to the participants for continuing their learning and collaboration after they return to their home institutions.
  7. If appropriate, provide a pertinent reference list. (Reference list does not count as part of the proposal word limit.)