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Review for Society for Science & the Public, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  


That was a momentous time in my life to have spent three days at the Research Teachers Conference in Washington, D.C. during October 13 to 15, 2017. Two hundred teachers from the nation, five from Georgia, and I am one among those special invitees was an exciting experience. The conference brought out the special in each and every one of us, the research teachers. I have been to many meetings/conferences for teachers and I can honestly say that this was the most successful in terms of the superb programs of the conference, and allowing time for teachers to really interact and demonstrate the collaborative productivity - not to mention the wonderful hospitality that we were shown and the meticulous care and arrangements. I can say the Society for Science and Public have very much achieved their aim for this conference far more!"
The deliberations at the conference were extraordinary; each and every presentation was well thought out and delivered. Invariably, all presentations were a real world interdisciplinary experience – including learning as a team. The interactions, connections, and networking offered by the conference have expanded my horizons. My ability to make a difference has enhanced and it also increased the strength of my vision to empower the future of this world in my classroom.
It was such an amazing experience for me from Luella High School, Georgia and Amanda Cherry from Mesa High School, Arizona (from two extreme locations) to have co-presented on "Literature Search" at the conference. Our session was amazingly well attended and received. It opened up abundant opportunities for both of us to stay connected with all participants in real time, throughout our lives.
Earlier, on Friday, October 13, I along with two other teachers met the Senator for Georgia at the Capitol Hil. It was a truly memorable and inspiring meeting and we spoke about the Research Teachers Conference, Society for Science and Public, Regeneron, and STEM Education. The Senator greatly appreciated the efforts of the Society for Science and Public to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in improving scientific literacy and human advancement through outstanding programs and conferences for teachers, publications, and competitions for students. He also appreciated the partnership of Regeneron with the Society for Science and Public in sponsoring the 2017 Research Teachers Conference and the Regeneron Science Talent Search. The Senator actively listened to our active thoughts and proposals for STEM education in the country in general and in Georgia in particular. He assured us of his support to further strengthening the STEM education in the State. What a wonderful thought it was for the Senator's office to present us with delicious and nutritious peanuts of Georgia, the peanut capital of the world. This meeting shall stay evergreen in my memory.
On the last day of the conference, we met as region and State groups to plan the follow-up activities to move forward as a collective group to further enhance research competency in our students in our State. The knowledge, skills, and competencies I carry forward from this conference are beyond compare. Within this one week of return from the conference, I have transformed the perspectives and actions regarding the scientific research activities in our school and I have the new energy, drive, and vision to take our student research to greater heights. I am now more aware: "Vision with action can change the world."

The 2017 Research Teachers Conference at DC was a tremendous success. I express my tons thanks to SPS for this very useful and well organized Research Teachers Conference with outstanding intellectual and social programs and a cheerful atmosphere. I'm already looking forward to the next one.

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