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.


  • If you are driving to campus, free-parking for Summit participants and speakers is behind Campion Tower Dormitory, 14 W Cold Spring Ln, Baltimore, MD 21210, on the northwest side of the building.

    From the northwest side of Campion Tower, its just about a 5-minute, 800 yard walk east to the north side of Knott Hall, 4501 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21210, where the conference is held. Find registration in Knott Hall Room 203 (there should be signs directing you).

  • IF you would like a ride from the DoubleTree Hotel at 4 W University Pkwy, Baltimore, MD 21218, we will meet outside the hotel lobby to caravan over each morning at 745am sharp (and return at the end of each day).

  • Join us for an informal reception w/ a cash bar at DoubleTreeInn at Colonade, 4 W. University Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21218, 530-7pm Monday. Shuttle leaves Campion Tower lobby at 530pm Monday.

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. 

2019 AstroSummitSpeakersPPTSlide-Advertisement-181127.png

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 for three full days, 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.

  • Alternate Low Cost Accommodations: Private dormitory space is available for Summit registrants and their traveling companions. $75/room per night for one OR two people, with free-parking, for up to six nights. One or two individuals can stay in one of these excellent, private, air-conditioned rooms (with a private bathroom) for $75/night pre-paid online by July 1—AVAILABLE DORMS ARE NOW FULL. (Kindly note, three private bedroom/baths open up to and share a single common space with a refrigerator).

  • 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 and presenters must pay the registration fee in order to keep overall costs low. Propose by providing a 150-250 word description online HERE.

  • 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.

  • Post-Conference NASA Tour: SOLD OUT Our 2019 post-conference tour is not one to be missed. This behind-the-scenes guided tour will be at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 8800 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20771 . We’ll leave the conference hotel AND the dorms at 9am sharp on July 19, 2019 and caravan over to Greenbelt for our tour - feel free to ride in our van or follow in your own car - and return to Baltimore by 230pm. We’ll visit the visitor’s center, the shake-and-rattle clean room, research laboratories, engineering test facilities, the lunch-cafeteria, and of course the NASA Gift Shop! You’ll never get another opportunity to see the inside workings of NASA’s biggest construction and testing facility. Kindly note, you MUST be a US citizen in order to participate in this tour. SOLD OUT

  • 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! 


summit Award winners julia kregenow and david mckinnon

summit Award winners julia kregenow and david mckinnon



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


To receive information updates about the upcoming Astronomy Teaching Summit, please add your name and email address here:

Name *

For additional information, email: or call +1(520)975-1373 in the USA