The 2019 National ASTRONOMY TEACHING SUMMIT Conference

July 16-18, 2019 -- Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Please mark your calendar for the next Astronomy Teaching Summit.  This national astronomy teaching conference is being held in historic, north-central Baltimore at Loyola University Maryland and the Doubletree Inn at the Colonade across from the Space Telescope Science Institute and Johns Hopkins University, July 16-18, 2019.

The Astronomy Teaching Summit brings together dedicated astronomy and planetary sciences educators to share innovative teaching techniques and successful instructional strategies that increase students’ engagement, achievement, and motivation.  Traditionally focused on improving teaching and learning for the introductory college astronomy ASTRO 101 survey courses for non-science majoring undergraduates, the Summit now brings together a wider variety of astronomy educators and outreach enthusiasts at all levels where astronomy and planetary science is taught: K-12, College-101, Graduate School, Planetariums/Museums, and Amateur Astronomy Groups. 

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The 2019 Summit includes nationally known keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, contributed presentations, panel discussions, and fireside chats with plenty of opportunities to network with like-minded educators - this is the place to dramatically enhance your teaching skills and learn how to improve your course evaluations!  A sample programming grid is available showing the general structure of the conference.   This year's conference local organizing is being done by Inge Heyer of Loyola University Maryland.

Anticipated available workshops include:

 INNOVATIVE Hands on Teaching Workshops

INNOVATIVE Hands on Teaching Workshops

  • engaging students with better interactive lecturing techniques

  • using in-class activities to change modality of instruction

  • increasing students' quantitative reasoning skills

  • modern testing and grading techniques that really work

  • teaching in the planetarium: increasing student engagement

  • Cutting Edge Science Updates - what's new to include in your teaching

This is the place to be to enhance your astronomy teaching toolkit! Astronomy educators and outreach educators from all levels are invited to participate and submit proposals for presentations.  The conference is being organized by a highly-respected program committee.  Proceedings from previous National Astronomy Teaching Summit can be ordered online (2016, 2017, & 2018).

  • Conference Registration Fee: Just $245 (discounted to just $169 if paid by May 1), paid online or on site (all presenters and participants must pay the nominal registration fee to keep the costs low for everyone).

  • Conference Hotel: Conference discounted rate of just $149/night at the DoubleTree Inn at the Colonade, 4 W University Pkwy, Baltimore, MD 21218. Book your discounted room online at this link or by telephoning the hotel directly at (410) 235-5400 and telling them you are with the "Astronomy Education Conference, group code AEC" and ask for the discounted "Astronomy Education Conference" conference rate, which is available before and after the conference too. If you find the group rate to be unavailable when you try to book, please let us know at immediately and we will figure out where the hiccup is so you can get a discounted room. A rental car is not required, but recommended, and discounted $16/night parking is available at the hotel, and free at the Loyola University Maryland conference venue. A daily shuttle will run between the hotel and the conference venue.

  • Presentation Proposal Submission: Proposals for 20-minute presentations, 90-minute workshops & panel discussions will be considered until May 15 (there may be limited opportunities for late submissions). Note that attendees may serve as lead author on only one proposal and all listed co-authors must pay the registration fee. Propose by providing a 150-250 word description online. Kindly note that individuals may only serve as lead author once per Summit.

  • Meet-The-Authors Sessions: Many of our registered attendees have published books and we certainly want to highlight, celebrate, and spread the word about their books to attendees and provide an opportunity for signing. If you are an author, please contact to set up a book signing event.

  • Conference Venue: Sessions run roughly from 8am-7pm each day at Loyola University Maryland, 4501 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210. Kindly note that Baltimore is located on the easternmost side of the US, and is serviced by international airports in Baltimore and Washington, DC, with highly varying airfare rates to BWI (closest), DCA (in downtown DC) and IAD (on the west side of DC), all with highly competitive rental car rates.

  • Closing Reception! Don't leave early! The closing reception is definitely not to be missed, and the cost is already included in your registration.

Don’t’ miss this conference and a chance to improve your astronomy students’ learning! 




  Support for the Summit Comes from a generous DONATION from our marquee sponsors, Pearson publishing, RsPEC, and digitalis planetariums

Support for the Summit Comes from a generous DONATION from our marquee sponsors, Pearson publishing, RsPEC, and digitalis planetariums

 summit Award winners julia kregenow and david mckinnon

summit Award winners julia kregenow and david mckinnon

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