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Astronomy Teaching Summit

August 9-11, 2021 Long Beach, CA

Connect and rejuvenate with your astronomy teaching community

August 9-11,2021 – Long Beach, CA

Hosted by Long Beach City College

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, undergraduate non-majors, undergraduate majors, graduate school, planetariums/museums, and amateur astronomy groups. 

Anticipated workshop topics include:

  • Online teaching? No problem! Active learning online really works – the insider’s guide
  • Engaging students with more effective interactive learning 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
  • View sample schedule here


  • Conference Registration Fee:
  • Early bird discount through May 15: $169 (paid online)
  • Regular rate from May 16 onward: $249 (paid online or onsite)
  • Registration includes:
    • Three full days of programming.
    • Morning and afternoon coffee breaks each day.
  • Please note: All presenters and participants must pay the nominal registration fee to keep the costs low for everyone.

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


Share and grow your expertise

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.

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 astro101summit@caperteam.com to set up a book signing event.


Nominations open for awards

At the Astronomy Teaching Summit, an individual is often honored for their widely recognized success in establishing a long-standing reputation for providing distinguished service advancing the profession of astronomy education that positively impacts and widely influences the field. The Astronomy Teaching Summit’s Pinnacle Professor Award is the highest honor given at a Summit meeting. To nominate someone for this award, please go to this link for the nominating form.

The Astronomy Teaching Summit’s Ascent Educator Award is often awarded to an individual to honor their widely recognized excellence in teaching astronomy & space science. Effective models of innovative teaching are vitally important in increasing the quantity and quality of astronomy & space science education, and this award honors, recognizes and documents distinguished success in the field. To nominate someone for this award, please go to this link for the nominating form.


Conference hotel and travel information

Conference Hotel: The conference hotel is the Hampton Inn Long Beach Airport, 3771 N Lakewood Blvd., Long Beach, California, 90808 at the discounted rate of $169/night. Book your discounted room online at this link or by calling the hotel directly at 1-562-425-0012 and requesting the “Astronomy Summit” group rate.

If you find the group rate to be unavailable when you try to book, please let us know at astro101summit@caperteam.com immediately.

The hotel amenities include free hot breakfast, free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. Please note that you must book before 35 days (5 weeks) prior to the conference in order to secure the discounted rate. A rental car is not required, but recommended, and $12/night parking is available at the hotel. A daily shuttle will run between the hotel and the conference venue.


Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

Financial support from exhibitors and sponsors is critical for the success of the Astronomy Teaching Summit. Most of our attendees are self-paying to attend and, as decision-makers at their institution, benefit from networking opportunities, invited speakers, featured workshop presenters, and the educational resources your company provides. Please help us make this summit the most impactful ever. Click this link for details.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, including:

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