NISE 2019 Conference Information

One Giant Leap for Science Education

Northern Illinois Science Educators (NISE) is pleased to announce our sixth annual NISE Conference, "NISE 2019: One Giant Leap for Science Education," to be held Monday, November 18, 2019 at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville, IL. All K-16 science educators are encouraged to attend. Our goal is to bring science educators together to collaborate and share ideas and methods for best practices in science education. The day will be filled with more than 40 presentations and double session workshops. Topics will range from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to technology in the science classroom.

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Conference Theme

This year our conference theme, "One Giant Leap for Science Education" looks to address space science and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United States’ Apollo 11 achievement and the first humans to walk on the moon! ISBE is currently working on a new ISBE Science Assessment (ISA). Initial information released indicates the assessment will be based on the NGSS domains of Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth/Space Science (ESS); It appears that each of the 3 domains will be equally weighted (each having the same number of questions).

In recognition of these two events, this year’s theme looks to space. We have several featured speakers who will aim to add to your ESS knowledge. The conference will still have many traditional presentations across a wide variety of science and education topics and workshops from NGSS to science literacy.

Featured Speakers

Due to the demand for the conference and venue space restrictions, there are several "Featured Speakers" rather than a single keynote. These are nationally recognized experts on the NGSS, STEM, and Science.

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Hands-On Workshops

Again this year, we are offering double session, hands-on workshops included with the conference fee. These hands-on workshops will allow for 1.5 hours of presenter led group work, collaboration, and activities. These workshops will have limited seating and require a special sign-up process after registration.

The final list of workshops will be available in September. One example, returning again this year, will be the popular iFLY Workshop. Participants will visit the iFLY facility around the corner from the conference facility and learn about their STEM curriculum, tour the facility, and experience indoor skydiving! (LIMITED SEATING, Subject to Change)

One of our featured speakers, Brett Moulding, is a nationally recognized NGSS consultant and author. He will be giving two workshops, one for high school and one for middle school teachers.

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Conference Location

NIU Naperville Conference Center is centrally located along the Chicago area's north/south (I-355) and east/west (I-88) corridors. It is just a few minutes south of I-88 on Diehl Rd, using the Naperville Rd. / Freedom Dr. exit and 5 minutes from I-355 using I-88.

NIU Naperville Conference Center
Address: 1120 E Diehl Rd, Naperville, IL 60563

NISE 2019 Workshops

  • Workshop options for NISE 2019 are now available ... [More Info...]

Just the Facts

NISE 2019: One Giant Leap for Science Ed.

Date: November 18, 2019 (Mon)
Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: NIU Naperville Conference Ctr
1120 E Diehl Rd, Naperville, IL
Food: Lunch Included
Cost: $165
($150 for 5+ on single PO)
($140 for 10+ on single PO)
Seats: 500 (Max)
CPDUs: Up to 5 hrs
Reg: Pre-Registration Required
(Opens Late Aug)
Audience: K-16 Science Teachers & Admin.
Topics: NGSS, Instructional Delivery,
Assessment, Curriculum Dev,
Classroom Tech., Science Admin,
and more ...

Hotel Information

  • Are you coming from out of town and need a hotel room? There are 4 major hotels chains within 1 block of the NIU Naperville Conference Center. Many of them offer free shuttle service in the immediate area (NIU conference center, local restaurants, downtown Naperville, and some even to local malls). We have information about their complimentary services and how to get the special rates for attendees of our conference. Contact us and we can send you the information.