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Joint ISTA/ICTM 2018 Conference Registration

  • 19 Oct 2018
  • 8:00 AM
  • 20 Oct 2018
  • 1:00 PM
  • Tinley Park Conference 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 1, 2018
  • Starting October 1, 2018

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ISTA/ICTM Education Conference

October 19-20, 2018

Tinley Park Conference Center

Tinley Park, IL


What a great time to teach science with exciting standards supporting real student learning. This years conference is jointly sponsored with the Illinois Council for Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM). The partnership allows ISTA and ICTM to provide an expanded program while promoting the need to support the integrated construction of knowledge.   Some program highlights included:

  • Friday Keynote Speaker:  Timothy D. Kanold   Heartprint: Living a Full Engaged and Well Balanced Professional Life 
      Timothy D. Kanold draws from his bestselling and IPPY award winning book HEART! Fully Forming Your Professional Life as a Teacher and Leader to provide research, insights, and tools from thought leaders inside and outside education. He examines ways for mathematics and science educators to live an energetic and well-balanced professional life every day.

     The relational expectations, give and take, and daily chaos of a PLC school culture can sometimes be overwhelming. By understanding the impact of their heartprint on others, participants become more inspiring, more fully engaged in their work, and experience a magnified impact on students and colleagues—season after season!

  • Special Workshops
  • Numerous sessions covering a broad array of current topics. Many sessions of interest to both science and math teachers.
  • Friday Reception  
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 including many publishers, science supply companies and nonprofits offering teacher resources.
  • Raffles on Friday and Saturday with many free prizes worth hundred of dollars
  • Science Flea Market featuring many free classroom supplies and materials
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues and meet new people
  • Breakfast and lunch Friday and breakfast Saturday 

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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 6th 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 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: New 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 and Saturday from 8:00 am – noon  

FREE: Raffles Friday xxx and Saturday xxx with many great prizes. Snacks provided Friday.


The conference hotel is Tinley Park Holiday Inn. This hotel offers direct access to the Conference Center and free parking for all guests. To reserve your room at the special conference rate of $135 call the hotel's direct line at 708-444-1100. Mention you are attending the ICTM-ISTA Conference. Conference rate available until September 27, 2018.


The program will be available early this summer. Check the ISTA site for information.

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 6th 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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