FAQ: PALS 2023
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Written by Trevor Register
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Where is PALS 2023 being held?

Two Rivers High School, 1897 Delaware Ave., Mendota Heights, MN 55118

Free parking is available on-site.

Is parking available at the conference?

Yes, there is free parking on-site.

When is PALS 2023?

Friday, July 21, 2023. We promise it will be warm in MN then! Nominally 9:00 AM Central Time to 4:00 PM Central. A detailed schedule will be released soon.

Who should attend?

Secondary science teachers (9-12 grade teachers will find the most benefit), instructional specialists and coaches, and district science or general curriculum coordinators, supervisors, and directors.

Will the conference be streamed, recorded, or available online?

No. There will be no recording or streaming of the conference this year.

How much does it cost to participate?

There is no registration fee for participating in the conference. You do, however, need to register in advance as space is limited.

What should I bring?

Although you are not required to bring anything, it is recommended that you bring a charged laptop. If you are presenting a session, we will provide more guidance about the equipment available to you.

While summer in MN is quite warm, the building may be kept at a cool temperature. Please be prepared for air-conditioned classrooms.

How do I participate as a presenter?

Please complete the form for presentation proposals by June 9.

We will vet the submissions and contact you by June 9 with confirmation about your proposed workshop.

Will I get access to Pivot Interactives?

If you are not already a Pivot Interactives customer, you will be given a conference attendee extended trial. This will provide you access to Pivot Interactives for use with your students for the first part of the school year.

Will there be food?

There will be light breakfast and lunch options available at the site. More details will be available soon.

Will I get credit for attendance?

You will receive a certificate of participation for attending certified by ISD 197, the hosting site. Your certificate may fulfill CEU clock hours as part of your application for licensure renewal in your local jurisdiction at their discretion.

I am coming from out of town:

How should I arrive by plane?

If you are flying in from out of town, the closest major airport is MSP. MSP is located 15 minutes west of the school.

Where should I stay?

There is no accommodation available at the conference school site. There are several hotels in the area about 10 minutes drive away.

Nearby Lodging:

  • Extended Stay America - Minneapolis - Airport - Mendota Heights

  • Courtyard by Marriott Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

  • Hampton Inn Minneapolis/Eagan

How should I get to the school site on the day of the conference?

There is no transport provided. Uber and Lyft are readily available.

Free parking is available on-site.

How should I consider getting my school/district to help with funding?

There are likely channels in your school that offer professional development funds for educators who are continuing their learning. Consider speaking with your department chair, school administration, department of professional learning, or your union/professional organizations for more information specific to your local district.

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