2019 Conference Info

Dr. Regina Toolin, Dr. Sheila Borges Rajguru, and Dr. Kristina Hopkins are thrilled to host the 2019 NE-ASTE Conference at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT on October 10-12, 2019.

To access the 2019 Conference Program, please click on “Download” below.

The first day of the conference (Thursday, October 10) will offer a guided tour of Lake Champlain via the Melosira Research Vessel. The tour will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The second day of the conference (Friday, October 11) will offer an academic conference, including traditional presentations, workshops, poster sessions, and roundtable discussions. The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The third day of the conference (Saturday, October 12) will offer two optional, on-your-own STEM events.

  1. Tour of the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain (https://echovermont.org/)
  2. Shelburne Farms (https://shelburnefarms.org/)

Registration to attend this year’s conference is open until September 20, 2019.


We hope to see you there!

Keynote Speaker: Leon Walls

Associate Professor of Elementary Science Education

Dr. Leon Walls is an Associate Professor of Elementary Science Education in the College of Education and Social Services. As a faculty member in the elementary teacher education program, Dr. Walls centers his methodological framework in Critical Race Theory (CRT) and inquiry-based science pedagogy. Student equity, education for a sustainable future, and a multicultural science worldview are the ideologies that anchor the content in the courses he teaches. His research areas of interest are focused on the nature of science (NOS) views held by very young children and their teachers, particularly those from racially marginalized populations. Of special interest is investigating where, how, and even if young children of color ultimately include themselves within a science producing, learning, and usage context.


Conference Theme:
Reflecting on Diversity & Inclusion Efforts to Address the Recruitment and Retention of STEM Teachers


Please email neaste4@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or concerns.