Annual Conference

ISEA 21st Annual Conference – “Seeds of Change”

February 21-23, 2018

Botanical Research Institute of Texas and Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Register for the 2018 conference is OPEN! Click here for early bird registration. 

The theme for our 2018 conference is Seeds of Change. As we celebrate coming of age in our 21st annual conference, we are looking for outstanding sessions that celebrate the unique places we call our work home and the diverse audiences we serve. Our theme encompasses changing audiences, practices, collaborations and partnerships – and everything in between!

The 2018 ISEA conference is the best opportunity in Texas (if not the country) for informal educators and teachers to learn, collaborate and experience exciting new ways to engage and teach an audience. We are looking forward to meeting new faces and catching up with friends and colleagues during our presentations, workshops and poster sessions and all those other after hours networking opportunities. This year we are honored to welcome several outstanding speakers.

Our keynote speaker, Dr. John Falk, is the founding Director of the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning. He is also Co-Director of the Institute of Learning Innovation and Oregon SeaGrant Professor of FreeChoice Learning at Oregon State University. He is also no stranger to ISEA, having been our keynote at the 2009 ISEA conference.

His research focuses on: the study of learning in free-choice learning settings (with particular focus on museums and eco-tourism venues); understanding the role of situated-identity in leisure/tourist decision-making and learning; and investigating how the public utilizes free-choice educational institutions to support their long-term science learning. John’s contributions include a significant number of publications and he serves on substantial list of national boards. Learn more about John here.

Gregg Hudson, our featured speaker during the opening reception, is the President and CEO of the Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. With an extensive career in entertainment and non-profit venues, Gregg also currently serves in the Association of Zoo and Aquarium’s Board of Directors.

We will wrap the conference with an invited panel featuring Koshi Dhingra. Koshi is the founding director of walkSTEM, a program that consists of free guided walks designed to engage elementary and middle school-aged children and their families in learning about how math is alive in the world around us all. Currently, the program features walks in downtown Dallas and NorthPark Center, as well as self-guided experiences in other areas of the Metroplex.

She has a doctorate in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has years of experience teaching at the middle and high school levels, as well as teaching in teacher education programs. She also served as a director of the Science and Engineering Education Center at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Through our theme and invited speakers, we hope to engage all educators, new and seasoned, informal and formal, to build new avenues of teaching and great educational practices that will help establish a fun and creative way of learning. Please consider presenting your new and innovative ways of teaching.