TSTA is the largest science educator organization in Tennessee. We are five hundred + members strong! 


TSTA Welcomes Science Educators of Tennessee

"Dive into 3-Dimensional Learning" 
Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
November 1-3, 2018

   Awards luncheon
$130 Early registration

Save when you register for the conference before October 19. Early registration includes Thursday reception, Friday sessions, one year membership with TSTA, Friday Awards luncheon, and Saturday morning sessions.  Early registration opens in August. Book a hotel room by October 2 to get a discount on lodging at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Murfreesboro. The hotel is offering a special rate of $155 if booked early.


DR. TIFFANY B. SAUL (Awards Luncheon speaker on Friday)

Dr. Tiffany B. Saul is a research assistant professor with the Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE) at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Saul completed her PhD at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she conducted her research at the world-famous Anthropology Research Facility, commonly known as “The Body Farm.” She is a forensic anthropologist, and her research interests include stable isotope analysis as a tool for human identification, trauma analysis of skeletal remains, and the role of anthropology in human rights investigations. Dr. Saul’s projects have included collaborations with universities and labs across the country, including the University of Utah, Arizona State University, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She established the Forensic Anthropology Isotope Research Laboratory at MTSU, where she and fellow researchers are working to develop new methods for identifying human remains. 

 PRESENTATION: You Are What You Eat: How Forensic Anthropologists Use Isotopes to Identify Skeletons

Forensic anthropologists assist law enforcement and medical examiners with the recovery and identification of human remains. Many of the methods used by anthropologists were developed at the world-famous outdoor research laboratory known as “The Body Farm.” The Anthropology Research Facility at the University of Tennessee was the first of its kind, and over 30 years since its creation, scientists are still using this facility to conduct innovative research in forensics. Dr. Saul will discuss her experiences at “The Body Farm” and how her research on chemical signatures from bones, teeth, and hair is used to assist with identification of unknown remains. Learn how forensic anthropologists help solve crimes, and how the human body is a record of whatand wherewe eat. 

ARTHUR BEAUCHAMP (Opening session speaker)

Arthur consults with schools, districts, County Offices of Education, State Departments of Education and state level committees on science education and the Next Generation Science Standards. Prior to consulting, Arthur served as the Senior Director of Professional Learning Systems in the Resourcing Excellence in Education Center (REEd) and the Director of the Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP). He conducted and directed research projects in science teaching and learning, developed curriculum, designed and delivered professional development, worked with teachers on innovative and effective approaches to teaching, developed teacher leaders, and trained teachers on the Next Generation Science Standards. During his 21 years as a science teacher, Arthur taught physical sciences, environmental science, biology, and chemistry. He has been honored with the 1998 Outstanding Region 4 Educator, the 2001 Teacher of the Year for the Vacaville Unified School District, and the 2012 California Exemplary Science Educator Award. 

PRESENTATION: New Standards Inspiring a New Instructional Approach

Description: Tennessee, like most states, has adopted new science standards in the past few years. However, many instructional approaches in use today were developed before the recent gains in knowledge from education research and the advent of new standards. Classrooms are being transformed into more effective learning experiences by new and innovative instructional methods. What is the basis for these new methods and how do they function? Join in an interactive keynote that has the potential to transform your teaching and re-invigorate your classroom.

tsta professional development conference 2018


1200 Conference Center Boulevard,
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Call (615) 890-4464, 1-888-EMBASSY

The discounted hotel rate has ended; however, you can still reserve a room at the conference hotel. 

HOTEL INTERNET ACCESS   High speed Internet can be purchased by hotel guests for $10 per day. Guests are encouraged to bring their own personal hot-spot. Internet is free in the guest rooms and lobby, but it is not freely available in the session rooms.

HOTEL FLOOR PLAN  See the floor plan of the host hotel Conference Center.


Presenting a session has many benefits:
    • Help teachers learn from your experiences, challenges and successes
    • Learn new skills
    • Network
    • Builds connections between teachers and the community
    • Builds a reputation as a leader, innovator
Presenters may choose to present during November 2-3 at general sessions or on Thursday, November 1, or both. Thursday Pre-conference sessions are in 3 to 6 hour blocks. Attendees register in advance and these usually have a fee separate from the registration for the conference. Friday and Saturday sessions are in one hour blocks (half day on Saturday). We invite you to present a session by applying at this link. Presenters must be registered as attendees at the conference and pay the registration fee of $130 (early registration). 




Longer sessions are offered on Thursday November 1.  Some workshops may have a fee. Participants must be registered with the conference to sign up for Thursday sessions. They fill quickly and all have limited space. Each participant will be checked in at these sessions and egistered in advance to attend. Be sure to have your badge or proof of payment. These sessions are only for conference attendees who have indicated during registration they will attend. It is at the presenters discretion if others are allowed. 


May 1  Presenters may send in Conference and Pre-conference proposals

June 29  Last day for proposals to be submitted

August   Online registration opens

October 10  Last day to reserve a hotel room at the discounted TSTA rate

October 19
Last day for early registration discount

November 1
Pre-Conference workshops all day, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Conference registration begins after 3 pm
Registration closed from 5 to 6 pm for Keynote speaker and reopens at 6:00 pm; continues until 8 pm
Guest Keynote Speaker Arthur Beauchamp
Evening reception 6 to 8 pm

November 2
Registration opens at 7:30 am
Workshops begin 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Exhibit Hall opens at 8:30 am
Awards Luncheon 11:15-12:45; 
Exhibit Hall closed from 11:15-12:45; reopens at 1:00 pm
Exhibit Hall closes at 6:00 pm

November 3
Workshops only from 7:45 am to 11:15 am
General session 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
No exhibitors on Saturday


TSTA will post any documents shared by presenters on a MEMBERS ONLY special page after the conference. Anyone attending the conference will be a member and can access the shared information. 


Contact Michael Knapp for questions about exhibits and sponsorship opportunities.
Contact Barry Farris for questions about payment. 

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