Become an advocate for education by supporting the Austin Independent School District’s (AISD) annual Science and Mathematics X Conference. The 4-day conference is a celebration of teaching and learning and provides Austin-area, PreK-12 educators the opportunity to cultivate new skills, knowledge, and resources that benefit all students. Unlike many professional education conferences, with registration fees that can easily exceed $200, it costs nothing for educators to attend our conference. This is not because our conference is small nor lacking in quality; Over 500 educators, representing nearly 30 school districts and educational institutions, participated in 171 interactive workshops during our 2017 conference, which also awarded over $17,000 in materials and prizes (mostly donated) to teachers. We invest so much in this event because research tells us that teachers have the greatest direct impact on student learning, and therefore they should be provided any and every opportunity to enhance their practice.
2018 marks our 5th anniversary, and we expect to host over 600 educators. For this year, participants will be able to explore math and science concepts within the following themes:
Student Agency – How do we release control and create opportunities for student voice, choice, and creativity?
Equity – How do we design learning opportunities and environments to be inclusive and responsive to each student through reflection of our practice?
Technology – How can we and our students use technology to create transformative learning opportunities that balance production and consumption and encourage collaboration?
Literacy & Numeracy – How do we improve and expand students’ abilities to critically interpret, analyze, evaluate, and author scientific and mathematical information?
Whole Child – How do we seamlessly support the social, emotional, and physical wellness of our students and foster community and environmental citizenship?
Fundamentals – What are practical, easy-to-implement systems, strategies, and resources to support learning and accountability for each student?
With your support, we can continue to offer this opportunity at no cost to educators and provide stipends for Austin ISD teachers that attend and/or present at the conference; unfortunately, we are currently unable to provide stipends for non-district employees. In addition to supporting teacher pay for AISD teachers, your contributions will be used to fund the following:
Outside presenters and/or consultant fees
Food and beverage service
Promotional materials and prizes
Conference related software and technology
Thank you to the School of Natural Sciences at St. Edward's University for continuing to sponsor and host the conference on their campus.