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Winter Regional Meeting

The winter regional meeting will be held in collaboration with the Hawaii International Conference on Education (January 3-6) in Waikoloa, Hawaii.
We will have a business meeting and conference presentations. There is no cost to participate, but you must register for the Hawaii International Conference on Education.

Call for Proposals

Far West ASTE Winter Regional Meeting

Waikoloa, HI

January 3, 2024

In Conjunction with HICE, January 3-6, 2024

Proposal Due Date: August 15, 2023

The ASTE Far West region is inviting proposals for presentations at our winter regional meeting.  This year, our meeting will be held in conjunction with the Hawaii International Conference on Education (HICE) in Waikoloa, HI, January 3-6, 2024.  The Far West meeting will take place on the first day of the HICE conference, Wednesday January 3.  Please note that all participants and presenters must register for HICE (, which will grant you access to all HICE conference sessions (including the Far West sessions), breakfast, and coffee breaks.  All proposals for the Far West meeting will be directly submitted to and reviewed by the Far West ASTE Regional Meeting Planning Committee. (If you wish to present at the Far West meeting sessions at HICE, please use the process described below; do not use the submission process on the HICE webpage.)

Why Hawaii and not Louisiana?

For the upcoming year, Far West ASTE has decided to hold our regional meeting in conjunction with HICE in Hawaii, which is a state that is part of the Far West region. This was not meant to pit conference against conference, but allows for an ASTE regional event in lieu of the International Conference, due to a travel ban for our California colleagues to Louisiana. For those of you in states that allow travel to Louisiana, you may choose to attend both!

California bars public/government employees from using state funds to travel to other states that enact laws that "authorize or require discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression or against same-sex couples or their families," according to the California attorney general's office. Louisiana’s 2022 Senate Bill 44 repeals previously existing protections and prevents transgender women and girls from participating in intercollegiate and interscholastic school sports consistent with their gender identity. Louisiana has recently been added to the list of states on the travel ban list, and so the majority of the Far West ASTE members will not be able to attend the Annual Conference of ASTE held in New Orleans, Louisiana in January 2024.

We very much appreciate and acknowledge that ASTE has pledged to look at these and other issues moving forward in conference site selection. We understand that there was no way to change the venue without emptying ASTE bank accounts as a fine for canceling the contract.  The Far West region looks forward to returning to the ASTE Annual Conference in January 2025 in Long Beach, CA!

Presentation Topics and Formats:

We invite colleagues to present their scholarly and creative work related to any area of science teacher education (preservice teacher education, inservice teacher education, informal education, etc.).  Topics of presentations may include:

  • Research

  • Innovative projects, methods, or approaches to educating science teachers

  • Work in progress

The committee anticipates the following options for presentation formats:

  • Oral presentations

  • Poster sessions

  • Roundtable Discussions

  • “Ignite” presentations*

               o *Ignite presentations are fast-paced oral presentations that challenge presenters to distill the key points of their work into a 5-minute 20-slide presentation.  The committee is considering this as a presentation format option depending upon interest and the number of proposals we receive.  More information about this session format can be found at:

Session time slots will be 90 minutes long.  Depending on the number of proposals we receive, the number of presentations within a time slot will vary and each session time slot may include multiple topics.

Submitting a Proposal:

Proposals are due by August 15, 2023

Please use this form to submit your proposal, which includes:

1) Title of your presentation

2) Preferred presentation format (Oral, Poster, Roundtable, or Ignite)

3) If we cannot accommodate your preferred presentation type due to time and space limitations, in what other format(s) would you be willing to present?

4) Short abstract: A 2-3 sentence description of your presentation which should not exceed 75 words in total.

5) Author(s); For EACH author indicate:

  • Name

  • Affiliation (University/ Company/ Organization)

  • Email address

6) A 500-2500 word summary of your presentation, including an overview of the following:

  • Identify the challenge or issue within science teacher education that your presentation addresses. Support with a theoretical framework.

  • Describe the work you have been doing and explain the connection to the challenge or issue you have indicated. If this is a research study, then supply findings.

  • Explain the information you will present to those in attendance and what you expect for them to learn from this presentation.

7) Pertinent reference list

ASTE Proposal Rubric:

REVIEW CRITERIA (1=inadequate  to  5=superior)

1) Clear focus/problem: The proposal has a clear focus and/or addresses a problem that is timely and significant to science teacher education.

2) Theoretical or conceptual framing: The research study, philosophical viewpoint, position, or innovation described in the proposal is grounded in a conceptual or theoretical framework and in the research base for science teacher education.

3) Methodology/design of the study or organization and quality of other presentation types:

  • For research studies, the work is based on sound methodology and research practices.

  • For philosophical viewpoints, it is clear how the logic and coherence of arguments is tied to the theoretical or conceptual framework.

  • For position papers, the position is well-grounded in the existing literature and considers multiple perspectives and arguments.

  • For innovations, there is a clear connection to the theoretical or conceptual framework and pedagogical perspective of the authors.

4) Findings/conclusions (if research study) and contributions (for philosophical viewpoints, position paper, or innovations): The work contributes to the knowledge base in science teacher education either through using evidence to answer one or more research questions, articulating a philosophical viewpoint, synthesizing the existing literature and the implications for practice, and/or by providing evidence of the effectiveness of an innovation.

5) Relevance to science teacher education: The proposal is relevant to the mission of ASTE to advance policy and/or practice through scholarship, collaboration, and innovation in science teacher education.

6) Of interest to the ASTE membership: The proposal session has implications for the work and interests of the ASTE membership– including science teacher educators in a variety of roles and contexts (e.g., preservice/ inservice or formal/ informal)

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Donna Ross (, the Far West ASTE Regional Director.

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