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Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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Supporting Diverse Students Through Problem-Based Enhanced Language Learning (PBELL)

Educators will be introduced to PBELL and how it can make science accessible and engaging for all levels of special education and English language learners.

Takeaways: 1. Similarities in ELL and Special Education Students; 2. Strategies to support ALL diverse learners; and 3. How to embed language acquisition throughout science content making it accessible to all.

Speakers

Brittney Oden (Educational Consultant: Tempe, AZ)

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Supporting Diverse Students Through Problem-Based Enhanced Language Learning

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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Enriching Science Classes with Sustainable Agriculture Concepts and Activities

Join us to discuss how to enhance student learning by incorporating activities that relate to real-world environmental and agricultural challenges in science classes.

Takeaways: 1. Incorporating real-world challenges relating to sustainable agriculture exposes students to meaningful applications of environmental, life, and physical sciences; 2. Communicating that science is not simply abstract concepts, but a way to solve important problems, may increase student engagement in the classroom; and 3. Sustainable agriculture activities lend themselves to adaptation to appropriate grade level or science class.

Speakers

Maud Walsh (Louisiana State University: Baton Rouge, LA), Jennifer Irving (Louisiana State University: Baton Rouge, LA)

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Enriching science classes with sustainable agriculture concepts and activities

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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Understanding Complex Concepts and Vocabulary for Diverse Learners

Educators who specialize in the teaching of students with dyslexia describe vocabulary modifications, schema development, kinesthetic activities, and methods to modify science content for students with language-based learning differences.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn how to: 1. craft well written vocabulary definitions; 2. use kinesthetic activities to help students gain understanding of vocabulary and complex science concepts; and 3. create a structured word wall that supports students.

Speakers

Clinton Kittrell (The Summit School: Edgewater, MD), Christine Zito (Miller School of Albemarle: Charlottesville, VA)

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Understanding Complex Concepts and Vocabulary for Diverse Learners.pdf

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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What Secondary Educators Need to Know About Performance Tasks

Participants will review performance task components and will utilize a task screener tool to evaluate a performance task.

Takeaways: Participants will learn: 1. what a performance task is; 2. key components of a performance task; and 3. how to evaluate a performance task.

Speakers

Sara Torres (Arizona Science Teachers Association: Tucson, AZ), Sarah Sleasman (Arizona Dept. of Education: Phoenix, AZ), Meg Gebert (Arizona Science Teachers Association: Tucson, AZ), Rebecca Garelli (Arizona Dept. of Education: Phoenix, AZ)

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Resources for Secondary Performance Task Session
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Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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NGSS-Focused Summative Classroom Assessments of Three-Dimensional Learning

Explore classroom-tested benchmark assessments and scoring guides designed to assess students’ three-dimensional learning related to middle school performance expectations for life, physical, and Earth science.

Takeaways: How to: 1. identify all three dimensions in an assessment item; 2. score for three dimensions in one assessment; and 3. adapt assessment items for classroom use based on their students/classroom.

Speakers

Maia Binding (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

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NSTA 3D Assessment Presentation 2020.ppt

Friday, November 13
4:05 PM - 4:50 PM
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Digital Tools and Online Strategies for Hybrid/Remote/Online Science Instruction

Transitioning to online instruction requires educators to employ new digital tools and strategies. We'll focus on an overview of digital tools and strategies.

Takeaways: 1. Making connections between digital tools and strategies for use in student engagement; 2. Becoming familiar with the shared digital tools and strategies for use; and 3. List of online resources for use in online instruction.

Speakers

Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Sanctuaries 360°: Immersive Experiences in America's Underwater Parks

Sponsoring Company: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is introducing a collection of immersive underwater experiences to bring these exceptional places to viewers everywhere. Join us on a virtual tour of our underwater parks. Learn what national marine sanctuaries are and dive below the surface to virtually interact with sanctuary sea life.

Takeaways: 1. Take a visual tour of America's national marine sanctuaries and learn more about the conservation of these underwater parks; 2. Immerse and explore these underwater treasures through free virtual reality dives and 360 degree underwater photos; and 3. Walk through at least one NGSS-focused lesson plan for grades 6–8 that complements the underwater VR dives.

Speakers

Claire Fackler (NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries: Santa Barbara, CA)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Strategies to Support English Language Learners in the Science Classroom

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes

Engage in strategies to help your ELL population make sense of science concepts and apply their science knowledge to real-world applications. In this session, we will explore a variety of strategies for differentiating instruction so that ELLs within the classroom can build their ability to communicate science concepts effectively.

Takeaways: 1. Learn strategies to support English Learners; 2. Participate in activities that help scaffold reading and writing for ELs; and 3. Learn how to differentiation ideas

Speakers

Veronica Burnett (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Kenneth Heydrick (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

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NSTA-2020-Strategies to Support ELLs in the Science Classroom-BURNETT.pdf

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Using Models to Make Connections Between DNA and Chromosomes

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

In this hands-on interactive workshop, participants will learn how to utilize physical chromosome and DNA models to explore and compare the processes of mitosis and meiosis with students.

Takeaways: Participants will learn how to: 1. use models to teach the organization and structure of DNA; 2. use models to compare mitosis and meiosis; and 3. connect DNA structure to phenotypic expression when teaching genetics.

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Chris Chou (Longmont High School: Longmont, CO)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Using Pivot Interactives for Chemistry Teaching

Sponsoring Company: Pivot Interactives

Come learn how Pivot Interactives helps students learn chemistry concepts and lab skills using our online learning platform. Interactive video allows students to make their own measurements from libraries of thousands of high-resolution videos and interactive measurement tools. Customizable instructions, fast grading tools, and LMS integration make life easier for teachers too!

Takeaways: 1. Learn how Pivot Interactives allows students to start with phenomena and guides them to use their own measurements and observations to build and apply models; 2. see from the student perspective how Pivot Interactives enables online labs; and 3. explore the content library, grading tools, and LMS integration.

Speakers

Peter Bohacek (Pivot Interactives: Minneapolis, MN)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Fueling Success with Students—Win Up to $10k!

Sponsoring Company: NSTA, Shell Teacher Awards and Competitions

Do you impact your school and community with STEM? If you teach K–12, come learn how to apply to win one of eight Shell-supported awards through this teacher competition.

Takeaways: 1. Learn how to apply for a Shell-sponsored award or competition; 2. begin your application or nomination of a Shell-sponsored program and receive a prize; and 3. collaborate with past winners and judges to learn how to strengthen your application.

Speakers

Amanda Upton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Ruth Ruud (Cleveland State University: Cleveland, OH)

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Shell Programs presentation
Learn about the two Shell Teaching Awards and the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge competition.
Instructional Method and Teaching Philosophy questions
Shell Programs flyer

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Evidence in the Era of NGSS

Sponsoring Company: Amplify

How do we support students to gather a variety of evidence in order to deepen their understanding of phenomena? Join program authors from UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science to experience how a multimodal approach allows students to grapple with phenomena and real-world problems like scientists do. We will unpack structures from the K–8 Amplify Science curriculum and consider how a deep understanding of NGSS can support you in making principled pedagogical decisions.

Takeaways: 1. Gain a deeper understanding of the role that different sources of evidence play in phenomenon-based teaching and learning; 2. experience an exemplar of how students figuring out investigative phenomena can support their increasing understanding of more complex anchor phenomena; and 3. reflect on how students engage in all three dimensions of NGSS as they gather evidence and grapple with real-world phenomena.

Speakers

Leslie Stenger (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA), Rebecca Abbott (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

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Evidence in the Era of NGSS_AmplifyScience.pdf

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Remote-Ready STEM Labs—Be a Scientist!

Sponsoring Company: ExploreLearning

Create more “ah-ha!” moments with ExploreLearning Gizmos virtual labs and simulations. Highly interactive and visual, they are as fun as they are effective. Students learn by doing (just like real scientists) as they use Gizmos to explore, discover, and apply new concepts in STEM.

Takeaways: 1. Technology can bring real-world experiences to students; 2. using simulations and animations in science makes science relative; and 3. even if students don't have access to lab materials they can still preform labs.

Speakers

Thom O'Brien (ExploreLearning: Charlottesville, VA)

Friday, November 13
4:50 PM - 5:35 PM
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Engage Students at Home with Vernier's Experiment and Sample Data Library

Sponsoring Company: Vernier Software & Technology

To help ensure students continue to learn key scientific concepts during this precarious time, Vernier has put together over 300 free experiments with sample data files covering many subjects that you can distribute to students. Your students can analyze real data and answer questions based on their results.

Takeaways: 1. Access a free collection of experiments with sample data that you can distribute to your students at home; 2. students will use the experiment data we've collected to perform their own analysis; and 3. your students will use the sample data to demonstrate understanding of scientific concepts by using built-in tools to analyze results, answer questions, and form conclusions as they follow experiment instructions.

Speakers

David Carter (Vernier Software & Technology: Beaverton, OR)

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
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Dissecting Leaf Packs to Assess Watershed Health

Learn to dissect a leaf pack and identify macroinvertebrates to infer water quality. Engaging hands-on activity for all grade levels.

Takeaways: 1. Discover how to use this student- or teacher-driven investigation to learn about your local watershed; 2. Learn to identify macroinvertebrates and discover what they can tell you about water quality; and 3. Learn how data can be entered in a global database as part of a citizen science project.

Speakers

Susan Brown (Northland Preparatory Academy: Flagstaff, AZ), Carrie Jenkins (Sinagua Middle School: Flagstaff, AZ)

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NSTA Leaf Packs Virtual Presentation Fall2020
NSTA Leaf Packs Virtual Presentation 2020.pdf
PDF Version of Presentation

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
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Conducting Labs in the Virtual World

In this session, we will focus on how two science teachers (one hybrid and one virtual) still conduct labs with their students.

Takeaways: 1. Labs are still possible during this pandemic. 2. Labs provide high engagement while students are still learning at home. 3. Simple labs are better than no labs at all.

Speakers

Samantha Ramaswamy (Penn-Trafford High School: Harrison City, PA), Andrew Walton (Upper Moreland High School: Willow Grove, PA)

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Presentation Slides
These slides are continually being updated with more resources that are shared.

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
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Environmental and Instructional Strategies for Safer Lab Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic!

Environmental/instructional strategies will be addressed to help teachers reduce risk and provide for safer lab activities in on-site school science labs and virtual formats.

Takeaways: 1. Five effective ways of reducing health risks during the COVID-19 pandemic; 2. Facility environmental concerns and ways to make them safer; and 3. Instructional strategies to reduce risk for safer lab activities.

Speakers

Kenneth Roy (Glastonbury Public Schools: Glastonbury, CT)

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NSTAENGAGEConfDrRoy13Nov2020.pdf

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
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Three-Dimensional Teaching and Learning in the Virtual Middle and High School Classroom

This session will use a Storyline from the Illinois Science Teachers as an example for 3-D Learning in the middle and high school virtual classroom.

Takeaways: 1. Phenomena are important in helping engage students in a storyline to help to explain something in nature; 2. Developing and using models can be done by students in a virtual environment; and 3. There are many ways to use technology with virtual learners to analyze data and construct explanations and other science and engineering practices, incorporating crosscutting concepts to learn the disciplinary core ideas.

Speakers

Karen Mesmer (Mesmer Science Education Consulting: Baraboo, WI), Brian Bartel (Appleton Area School District: Appleton, WI)

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Presentation for Three-Dimensional Teaching in the Virtual MS & HS Classroom

Friday, November 13
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM
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The Science of COVID-19—From Virus Basics to Vaccinations

In this engaging and informative online session, Michael will offer a conceptual landscape on which you'll construct a valid understanding of COVID-19. Using a PowerPoint deck populated with richly illustrated and animated slides, Michael will facilitate this essential experience in a manner that's engaging and not intimidating. Through this understanding, you'll become empowered to teach the applicable concepts of COVID-19 literacy, resulting in a student population that is better informed to make critical decisions, especially those that impact their health.

Takeaways: After attending this session, attendees will be empowered with an understanding of COVID-19 on which to: 1. increase classroom effectiveness in teaching appropriate disciplinary core ideas of life sciences; 2. apply 3-D learning to understanding the biology COVID-19 virus and the resultant pandemic; and 3. apply crosscutting concepts along with science and engineering practices to an understanding of COVID-19.

Speakers

Michael DiSpezio (Master Educator, Presenter, and Author: North Falmouth, MA)

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Share COVID19 Webinar - Michael D.pptx

Friday, November 13
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
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Featured Presentation: Ask Dr. Wen!

Join NSTA President Dr. Elizabeth Allan as she interviews Dr. Leana Wen, a practicing physician who has been a leading expert on health policy and public health during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
 
In the wake of COVID-19, educators are facing unique challenges. At the top of that long list are problems associated with the interruption of established in-classroom practices and routines to remote learning, the emotional toll of physical separation due to social distancing, and, as they face the inevitable challenges associated with returning to in-person instruction, the concern and unpredictability about personal safety and health.
 
During this interview, Dr. Wen will respond to questions on how to best support teachers’ well-being as they simultaneously create positive learning environments for their students.

NSTA’s Chief Safety Compliance Adviser Dr. Kenneth Roy will join Dr. Allan immediately following Dr. Wen’s interview to discuss lab safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speakers

Leana Wen (The George Washington University: Washington, DC), Elizabeth Allan (University of Central Oklahoma: Edmond, OK), Kenneth Roy (Glastonbury Public Schools: Glastonbury, CT)

Saturday, November 14
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
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The Kavli Foundation Keynote Presentation: The Story of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt: How Science Progresses

Sponsoring Company: The Kavli Foundation

Soon after Pluto's discovery in 1930, astronomers noticed that it did not behave much like a planet: its orbit was highly inclined and so elliptical it even crossed the orbit of Neptune. Pluto’s image as an oddball persisted until the 1990s, when it was found to be part of the Kuiper Belt, a large population of icy bodies beyond Neptune consisting of material left over from the planet formation process. The discovery of the Kuiper Belt permanently changed our view of how the solar system formed, and showed that Pluto was not so odd after all. The Pluto–Kuiper Belt story is the quintessential example of how science works: change—whether we like it or not—is the only way science goes forward. 

NSTA wishes to thank The Kavli Foundation for sponsoring this speaker.

Speakers

Jane Luu (Draper Laboratory: Cambridge, MA)

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Luu_NSTA_2020Nov14_v2.pdf
Slides from J. Luu's talk on Pluto and the Kuiper Belt

Saturday, November 14
11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
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COVID-19: Questions and Answers

Join Michael as he addresses questions you may have on the science, spread, therapies, and prevention of COVID-19. At the beginning of this lightning chat, you can post your own question, which will be queued with unaddressed questions from his previous session entitled “The Science of COVID-19—From Virus Basics to Vaccinations” (Friday, 5:45–6:30 PM).

Speakers

Michael DiSpezio (Master Educator, Presenter, and Author: North Falmouth, MA)

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Share NSTA Q and A.pptx

Saturday, November 14
11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
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Engaging Students in Sensemaking—Together, at a Distance

Join us to hear about the work we have been doing to support science teachers in designing NGSS units that support literacy development as well as three-dimensional learning, and watch as we demonstrate how teachers can utilize rich science texts and online tools for annotation and collaborative meaning making.

Speakers

Cynthia Greenleaf (Strategic Literacy Initiative/WestEd: Oakland, CA), Heather Howlett (WestEd: San Francisco, CA)

Saturday, November 14
11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
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Educational Resources on the Web

Let FLINN Scientific take you on a tour of the multiple resources available for you to help make informed decisions surrounding the learning continuum of your students in science and STEM programs. James Palcik and Vikki Myers will help you evaluate what you can use to have the most authentic, engaging science program possible regardless of the learning environments. There are plenty of curated resources that exist that may be useful for you to use in helping your students achieve their goals in their forward trajectory through postsecondary and into careers in STEM.  Let us explore some practical web-based resources and activities together.

Speakers

James Palcik (Flinn Scientific Canada, Inc.: Hamilton, ON)

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Educational Resources on the Web NSTA Lightning Talk FLINN.pptx
Presentation containing live links for online resources for teaching and learning science in the K-12 sector. Brought to you by FLINN Scientific

Saturday, November 14
11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
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Teach Hands-On Learning in an Asynchronous Virtual Learning Environment

Don't let distance learning stop you from engaging your students with hands-on exploration, a crucial component of science education. In this discussion, we'll share how you can provide hands-on learning experience for your students during asynchronous learning in a virtual setting. Then, we'll open up the discussion for you to share what you've found about hands-on instruction in the age of distance learning. Some of the questions we'll answer include:

  • How can I incorporate hands-on learning into virtual instruction?
  • Is it possible to teach hands-on learning in an asynchronous learning environment?
  • How does that work?

Speakers

Michele Cozza (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

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https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1G3p2xidrFot_Fc19ZPki-a8GWLScWrDRJnHAouWeoV8/copy
Slide Deck used for presentation

Saturday, November 14
11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
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Distance Learning

This chat will provide an opportunity for educators to share their success and challenges around distance learning. They will be met with two facilitators who have experience regarding digital technology and supporting sensemaking in a remote setting. Educators will be given the opportunity to meet and network with others while having discourse around distance learning and five common missteps when using technology in the classroom.

Conversation Based Around 5 Traps Article:

  • Even in virtual learning, making sense of phenomena should be the goal of science educators. What strategies are you using to avoid the content trap?
  • Having the opportunity to share ideas and negotiate their thinking is an essential part of sensemaking. How are you avoiding the isolation trap with your students?
  • A trusting environment and strong classroom community is necessary for students to collaboratively build their ideas. How are you avoiding the learning-is-serious trap?

Speakers

Jessica Holman (Boone County High School: Florence, KY), Brianna Reilly (Great Minds: Washington, DC)

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Phenomena, Questions, and Models

We will investigate the use of anchoring phenomena in lessons with an emphasis on the science and engineering practices. We will discuss the integration of questioning, models, and phenomena in the classroom.

Takeaways: 1. Phenomena are the basis of science, since science is all about understanding our natural world; 2. Questioning is a key component of science instruction. A teacher should "never say what a student can say" but instead elicit students' responses to drive the instruction; and 3. Modeling is a dynamic process in science. Science modeling is different from "a model" or using modeling as a pedagogical process (i.e., "I do, we do, you do").

Speakers

Kelly Moore (Tennessee Tech: Cookeville, TN)

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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NSTA Press Session: Uncovering Student Ideas in K–12 Remote Learning Classrooms

Explore a variety of ways to use the Uncovering Student Ideas Formative Assessment Probes during distance learning.

Takeaways: 1. Recognize the importance of eliciting students' prior conceptions; 2. Gain tips and strategies for using the probes during remote learning to engage all students in learning concepts and figuring out phenomena; and 3. Learn ways to modify probes for digital use and applications.

Speakers

Page Keeley (NSTA Past President: No City, No State)

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Special Session: Taking Care of Ourselves

To do our best for our families, our communities, and our students, teachers must take care of their own mental, emotional, and physical health. It is important that as teachers, we are supporting ourselves and each other in finding ways and time to take care of our minds and bodies. In this session we will discuss mindfulness, kindness, and compassion practices that teachers can use, and share resources that can help you consider ways to take care of yourself and others in ways that are nourishing and enlivening, including readings and articles; videos and podcasts; and guided self-care practices.

Speakers

William Penuel (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO)

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Self-Care Resources
This is a list of links and resources for self-care for educators that can be shared freely.

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Middle Level Science Expo, Part 1

The Middle Level Science Expo has adapted the exciting, quick-fire format of the popular Pecha Kucha presentations, which originated in Japan and allows for very focused and streamlined presentations. This "social show-and-tell event" brings together leaders in science education as presenters offer 15 slides for 20 seconds each for a total of five minutes. Each five-minute presentation will offer teaching strategies and resources in the best practices in science education for our middle level learners. Presenters will take questions during the last 10 minutes of the 45-minute time allocation.

This event is organized by Mary Lou Lipscomb, Retired Educator, and National Middle Level Science Teachers Association.

NSTA is grateful to Lab-Aids, Inc. for sponsoring the Middle Level Science Expo.

Speakers

Loris Chen (Science Education Consultant: Fair Lawn, NJ), Jessica Kohout (Howard County Conservancy: Woodstock, MD), Alison Betz Seymour (Science Teacher: Winchester, 0), Elizabeth Weissman (The Ramaz School: New York, NY)

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Exploravision Informational Brochure
NSTA About Exploravision
Innovation in Biology

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Middle Level Science Expo, Part 2

The Middle Level Science Expo has adapted the exciting, quick-fire format of the popular Pecha Kucha presentations, which originated in Japan and allows for very focused and streamlined presentations. This "social show-and-tell event" brings together leaders in science education as presenters offer 15 slides for 20 seconds each for a total of five minutes. Each five-minute presentation will offer teaching strategies and resources in the best practices in science education for our middle level learners. Presenters will take questions during the last 10 minutes of the 45-minute time allocation.

This event is organized by Mary Lou Lipscomb, Retired Educator, and National Middle Level Science Teachers Association.

NSTA is grateful to Lab-Aids, Inc. for sponsoring the Middle Level Science Expo.

Speakers

Reneé Belisle Kelly (Amplify: Brooklyn, NY), Covey Denton (Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education: Wilson, NC), Stacy Thibodeaux (Southside High School: Youngsville, LA), Susan German (Hallsville Middle School: Hallsville, MO)

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Science Simulations and Digital Notebooks.pdf

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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NSELA-Sponsored Session: Tools for Science Leaders

The National Science Education Leadership Association welcomes participants to an open roundtable discussion with experts who will share successful practices in science education.

Takeaways: Emerging leaders will leave with science education leadership skills.

Speakers

Linda Cook (The University of Texas at Dallas: Richardson, TX), James Blake (Lincoln Public Schools: Lincoln, NE), Shane Woods (Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas: Dallas, TX)

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20Fall NSTA Tools For Leaders.pdf

Saturday, November 14
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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The Facts Do Not Speak for Themselves: Exposing Students to the Powerful Story of Climate Change

Teach science-skeptical students about climate change by exposing them to the powerful story and evidence of climate change found in your community.

Takeaways: 1. Students are not convinced by data models, but they are convinced by what they can experience in their own communities; 2. There is evidence of climate change that can be found in every part of the country; and 3. Knowing what to show students in the community, and how to tell the story of climate change on a local level, empowers students to make a difference.

Speakers

Patrick Burkhart (Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania: Slippery Rock, PA), Jason Hilton (Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania: Slippery Rock, PA)

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Factsarentenough.pdf

Saturday, November 14
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Always Time for Science in a Virtual World

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes

Time is something that all teachers wish they had more of! Especially in elementary school, it can be difficult to find time to teach science the way that it should be taught. In this session, our experienced STEM coaches will assist teachers in identifying and creating practical, high-impact strategies for teaching science—especially when time and materials are limited. Expect to engage in hands-on learning designed around the understanding that time is often a constraint. Graphic organizers and easy-to-use formative assessments will be introduced and utilized throughout the session.

Takeaways: 1. Identify essential components for science lessons; 2. Leverage opportunities for cross-curricular connections; and 3. Engage in easy-to-use formative assessments to guide instructional time

Speakers

Kenneth Heydrick (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Kristen Wheat (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, MS)

Saturday, November 14
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Investigating Embryology

Sponsoring Company: Lab-Aids, Inc.

Through an online simulation, participants will interpret skeletal and embryological images to identify patterns of similarities and differences across species that look very different as mature animals. Students identify patterns of similarities throughout developmental time to infer evolutionary relationships not obvious in the mature animals. Learn about Lab-Aids’ new Remote Learning Activities and discover ideas for implementing hands-on curricula into an online platform. This activity provides an opportunity to assess student work related to MS-LS4-3.

Takeaways: 1. Learn about Lab-Aids' new Remote Learning activities while discovering how to implement hands-on curricula into an online platform; 2. Utilize a digital simulation to sort and compare skeletal and embryological images; and 3. Analyze and interpret embryological images to identify patterns to infer evolutionary relationships.

Speakers

Cindy Lilly (Ocean Bay Middle School: Myrtle Beach, SC)

Saturday, November 14
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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CRISPR: Connecting New Science to What You Already Teach

Sponsoring Company: MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling

The discovery of a CRISPR-based adaptive immune system in bacteria has already revolutionized the molecular biosciences. We will explore this new science using physical models…and suggest a way to connect this topic to what you already teach.  Isn’t it time we started to fix our genomes?

Takeaways: Attendees will learn how: 1. CRISPR Cas9 is similar to and different than a restriction enzyme; 2. CRISPR functions as an adaptive immune system in bacteria; and 3. CRIPSR technology can be used to detect coronavirus.

Speakers

Tim Herman (MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling: Milwaukee, WI)

Saturday, November 14
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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Facilitate Student Agency Through Design Challenges

Sponsoring Company: MatterHackers, Inc.

Learn how to lead students through engaging learning experiences such as the make:able challenge in order to improve learner outcomes and deepen student agency. They will be able to use empathy, STEM skills, and their own interests to improve the lives of others through assistive technology and 3D printing.

Takeaways: 1. Learn about the make:able challenge and how you can implement it at your school; 2. use resources from the Build a Better Book project to facilitate design challenges for people with visual impairments based on student interest; and 3. gain strategies to help promote student independence, growth, and reflection.

Speakers

Mara Hitner (MatterHackers, Inc.: Lake Forest, CA), Steven Jones (Swanson Middle School: Arlington, VA)

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Facilitate Student Agency Through Design Challenges
Slide deck, links & resources to all materials discussed in Steven Jones' workshop of "Facilitate Student Agency Through Design Challenges"

Saturday, November 14
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
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An Introduction to eCYBERMISSION: Engaging Your Students in a Web-based STEM Competition

Sponsoring Company: AEOP

Come learn about the eCYBERMISSION competition. It's a web-based STEM competition for students in grade 6–9 where they learn the value of teamwork and make discoveries to help their community, all while competing for monetary prizes!

Takeaways: 1. How to engage students in problem solving; 2. challenging puzzles to take back to the classroom; and 3. information about how eCYBERMISSION gives students a chance to explore and solve problems using science and engineering.

Speakers

Matthew Hartman (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Braincandy: Sparking Evidence-based Argumentation

Experience Braincandy—a free, web-based platform designed to stimulate evidence-based argumentation. Braincandy supports a safe, anonymous space to argue positions, engage in consensus, and critique ideas.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn how to implement Braincandy in their classrooms; 2. learn how the anonymity creates a low-risk environment to foster student argumentation; and 3. understand the effective use of digital tools to support learning.

Speakers

April Holton (Arizona State University: Tempe, AZ), Bryan Henderson (ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College: Phoenix, AZ)

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NSTA Engage 2020 Braincandy Workshop.pdf
This is a PDF version of the workshop slides. It contains screenshots and instructions for how to create and deliver Braincandy questions.

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Beyond the Classroom: Developing Robust Industry and Community Partnerships to Strengthen Applied STEM Learning and Address Workforce Development in STEM Fields

Hear innovative ideas for developing partnerships and programs with community, universities, and industry to equip students with STEM skills necessary for success in tomorrow’s world.

Takeaways: 1. Learn how to go beyond one-off field trips to engage students in deeper, more meaningful, long-term, and real-world learning; 2. Learn how to take advantage of the coming "silver Tsunami" in most industries, to get unique learning experiences and measurable outcomes for your students; and 3. Understand that "STEM fields" are not limited to robotics or space exploration; most if not all fields soon will require at least a basic understanding of STEM concepts.

Speakers

Gordon Bourns (Bourns, Inc.: Riverside, CA), Sharon Gutierrez (Riverside Public Utilities: Riverside, CA), John Robertson (Riverside Unified School District: Riverside, CA), Damaris Velez (Riverside Public Utilities: Riverside, CA)

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Shell Science Teaching Award: Fueling Success with Students; Win Up to $10K

Do you impact your school and community with STEM? If you teach K–12, come learn how to apply to win one of eight Shell-supported awards.

Takeaways: Share your passion and practice by applying for one of eight awards. Learn from past Shell awardees, finalists, and judging panel members’ important tips to apply for this award, and how to win a trip to next year’s national conference in Chicago.

Speakers

Amanda Upton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Richard Embrick (Crockett Middle School: Richmond, TX)

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Shell Programs presentation
Instructional Method and Teaching Philosophy questions
Shell Programs flyer

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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What Elementary Educators Need to Know About Performance Tasks

Participants will review performance task components and will utilize a task screener tool to evaluate a performance task.

Takeaways: Participants will learn: 1. what a performance task is; 2. key components of a performance task; and 3. how to evaluate a performance task.

Speakers

Sara Torres (Arizona Science Teachers Association: Tucson, AZ), Sarah Sleasman (Arizona Dept. of Education: Phoenix, AZ), Meg Gebert (Arizona Science Teachers Association: Tucson, AZ), Rebecca Garelli (Arizona Dept. of Education: Phoenix, AZ)

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Resource Page for Elementary Assessment Session
All resources used throughout this session, including a PDF of the presentation slides.

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Fairy Tales of Science

We use fairy tales to pass societal values and norms to the next generation. Why not use (tweaked) fairy tales to support students in using NGSS science and engineering practices.

Takeaways: You will get, and learn how to use: 1. versions of fairy tales that illustrate the SEP; 2. activities that support use of these fairy tales; and 3. protocols and strategies to support productive student reading and talking in your science classroom.

Speakers

Rob Wallace (Teacher PD and Curriculum Design: Kenner, LA)

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3 pigs.pdf
the girl, the bear, and the three bowls.pdf

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Special Session: Teaching Science and Engineering During a Crisis: Maintaining High-Quality Science and Engineering Learning During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in widespread and ongoing changes to how the K–12 education system functions, including disruptions to science and engineering teaching and learning environments. In early September 2020, the Board on Science Education at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released Teaching Science During the COVID-19 Pandemic, to offer guidance to educators as they take on the challenge of adapting instruction to these challenging times. The guide aims to describe what high quality science and engineering education can look like in a time of great uncertainty and to support practitioners as they work toward their goals. This session will provide an overview of the key principles in the guide and engage participants in a discussion of how these principles can guide the difficult decisions they are making day to day as they navigate complex blends of virtual and in-person learning environments.

Speakers

Jennifer Childress Self (NextGenScience: San Francisco, CA), Heidi Schweingruber (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Washington, DC)

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Teaching Science and Engineering During a Crisis -- Slides

Saturday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
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Three Transformations: Making Sense of Three-Dimensional Learning

Come learn about the transformations that support three-dimensional learning. Participants will engage with a hands-on experience and have time to analyze in order to develop an understanding of what is needed to transform learning in the classroom.

Takeaways: 1. Authentic sense-making of phenomena or problems can be achieved through shifting heavy lifting of constructing understanding to students; 2. encouraging and listening for diverse student ideas that can be critiqued using evidence supports all students’ pathways toward understanding; and 3. using specific talk moves that change the pattern of conversation from IRE (Initiate, Respond, Evaluate) to Reasoning is needed for all to be engaged in sense-making.

Speakers

Kristen Moorhead (PLI, LLC: Mesa, AZ)

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Tool 1_ SUSD Evidence of AZSS.docx (1).pdf

Sunday, November 15
11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
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Making Learning Accessible

What does accessibility look like in the science classroom? As we take on the Next Generation Science Standards and combat the digital divide, another question that comes up is how to effectively teach the NGSS to all students. Some questions to think about:

  • What are the internal biases that I carry in my work as a science teacher?
  • What are the systemic barriers in place that contribute to student inequities?
  • What is my role in advocating for all standards for all students?

Speakers

Leena Bakshi (STEM 4 Real: Honolulu, HI)

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Whos Learning Now Students With Special Needs Toolkit 4Real
Case Study 3: Students With Disabilities and the NGSS
SPED My Stomach Hurts 5E Learning Sequence

Sunday, November 15
11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
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COVID-19 Educational Resources on the Web

Join Michael as he offers a “lightning” overview of COVID-19 educational resources on the web and profiles a cache of free, downloadable activities he has written. Then, he’ll open the “virtual” stage for sharing your ideas on how best to teach the science and the associated health concepts.

Speakers

Michael DiSpezio (Master Educator, Presenter, and Author: North Falmouth, MA)

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Share NSTA Web Resources.pptx

Sunday, November 15
11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
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Ask Me Anything About Science and Safety

Come have a conversation with James Palcik, director of Education, Safety, and Compliance at FLINN Scientific, where you can truly ‘Ask Me Anything Science / STEM related’. Topics might include the increased protocols surrounding lab equipment sanitation, healthy hygiene guidance, how to disinfect lab instruments and apparatus, how to conduct safe lab activities in the classroom and at home, remote learning continuity for science and STEM students, and so much more. James will be happy to answer your questions regarding best practices in the lab and virtually for educators across the country—don’t be shy!

Speakers

James Palcik (Flinn Scientific Canada, Inc.: Hamilton, ON)

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Common Questions and Answers from Science Educators regarding Science, Safety
Base presentation for the interactive session where participant questions are live answered during the session on a wide-range of topics in science teaching, best-practices, safety protocols and much more. Hosted by FLINN
Handbook of science safety protocols for COVID-19 in schools
This is a practical playbook to be used as a reference for science departments dealing with COVID-19 situations. FLINN has developed this resource guide to assist you in managing aspects of disinfection, sanitation, hygiene, prevention and routines surrounding COVID-19 in your school. A valuable reference item!

Sunday, November 15
11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
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 Investigational Shifts: Moving from Old School to NGSS

During this chat, we'll consider how NGSS has shifted the way that we should teach. Best practices for implementation will be shared, as well as ways that science is now more engaging to Gen Z students between phenomena and explorations. Assessing student understanding will also be discussed.

  • How do the three dimensions of NGSS change the way that we teach science?
  • How has inquiry changed over time?
  • If I incorporate more hands-on instruction, will I have fulfilled the NGSS fully?
  • How does phenomena tie into the NGSS?
  • How may I assess students for their understanding of science under NGSS?

Speakers

Lisa Larsgaard (Twig Education: Santa Cruz, CA)

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NSTA 2020 Coffee Chat Investigational Shifts_ Moving from Old School to NGSS.pptx

Sunday, November 15
11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
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Race and Bias: How to Engage All Learners

During this chat, we'll explore how to make science accessible to all students. This is critically important, as all students should have the opportunity to learn science to be prepared for a future STEM career. It is required by the NGSS in Appendix D and every district, teacher, and parent should also want this for the success of their students. This is not an easy task and is an area in which we must continue to learn and grow. This is evidenced by the implicit biases that occur and the gaps that exist in populations that pursue STEM college and careers.

  • What is equity? What is a bias?
  • Why does equity in STEM education matter?
  • What role has implicit biases played in creating historically underserved student populations?
  • How does the addition of phenomena in science education help support equity?
  • How can we create more equitable STEM learning opportunities for all students, including during distance learning?

Speakers

Contessa Akintunji (Twig Education: Santa Cruz, CA)

Sunday, November 15
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
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Let STEMscopes Support You with Synchronous and Asynchronous Virtual Learning Opportunities

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes

Explore how popular educational technology tools can enhance your science curriculum for guided and independent remote learning. This session will provide participants with easy-to-implement strategies to create meaningful experiences that empower your students with 21st-century skills needed to succeed in a virtual learning environment.

Takeaways: 1. Help streamline the planning process; 2. Identify what is essential for each platform; and 3. Experience what those experiences look like.

Speakers

Kenneth Heydrick (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Ashley Mathis (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Michele Cozza (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

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Synchronous_Asynchronous NGSS Planning Template.pdf
STEMscopes Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Guide_09-2020 (1).pdf

Sunday, November 15
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
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Coronavirus: Science Is the Answer

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Through a series of videos and physical models of coronavirus proteins we will explore the molecular mechanism of virus infection, and how a vaccine will produce antibodies that will neutralize the coronavirus spike protein. We will also preview a student modeling program focused on the development of therapeutic nanobodies.

Takeaways: 1. Coronavirus in an enveloped virus with spike proteins on its surface; 2. the spike protein plays a critical role in the infection process; and 3. several different strategies are being taken to create a vaccine to inactivate the virus.

Speakers

Tim Herman (MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling: Milwaukee, WI)

Sunday, November 15
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
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Teaching Physics Using Pivot Interactives

Sponsoring Company: Pivot Interactives

Come learn how Pivot Interactives helps students learn physics concepts and lab skills using our online learning platform. Interactive video allows students to make their own measurements from libraries of thousands of high-resolution videos and interactive measurement tools. Customizable instructions, fast grading tools, and LMS integration make life easier for teachers too!

Takeaways: 1. Learn how Pivot Interactives allows students to start with phenomena and guides them to use their own measurements and observations to build and apply models; 2. see from the student perspective how Pivot Interactives enables online labs; and 3. explore the content library, grading tools, and LMS integration.

Speakers

Peter Bohacek (Pivot Interactives: Minneapolis, MN)

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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NSTA Press Session: The NSTA Atlas of the Three Dimensions

The NSTA Atlas of the Three Dimensions maps out learning progressions based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) using the same techniques that were used to develop the Atlas of Science Literacy from AAAS Project 2061. The 62 maps in the Atlas organize all of the elements from standards on a particular topic (e.g., modeling, patterns, or definitions of energy) on a single page. The elements from grades K–2 are at the bottom of the page and those from grades 9–12 are at the top. Arrows connect elements to indicate how ideas in a particular topic build on each other and how elements in different topics connect to one another. Studying the maps in the Atlas and the additional resources in the appendixes can provide educators new insights about the standards.
 
This session will provide an overview of how to read a map, the other features of the Atlas, and how educators can use this powerful navigational tool to develop and implement curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Takeaways: 1. How to read a map in the Atlas; 2. the relationship between the Framework and the Atlas; and 3. how to use the Atlas to unpack or clarify standards.

Speakers

Ted Willard (Discovery Education: Silver Spring, MD)

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Frontmatter and sample maps from the NSTA Atlas
This 53 page pdf contains the Introduction and a map from each of the 9 chapters of the Atlas.
Atlas Map Key and Map 4.2 (Flow of Matter and Energy in Living Systems).pdf
Willard Atlas Pres for NSTA Engage November 2020.pdf
This is a pdf of the slides.
FAQ for the #3DAtlasChat twitter slow chat

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Bring on the Data! Beginning Strategies to Integrate Data and Scientific Literacy into Your Science Classroom and Beyond

Leverage how people learn from data to teach data skills alongside content with these beginning strategies to build students literacy in science, math, and technology.

Takeaways: 1. A framework for thinking about how people learn from data and what are the steps along the progression from being a novice to expert user of data to do science, math, and use technology; 2. Strategies and resources to use in our teaching in any unit to better set students up for success as they build their mastery of data skills to become more data and science literate; and 3. a suite of tips and tricks to integrate into our current curricula across different disciplines that enhance how students work with data to learn their science and math content as well as critical evaluate claims in the world.

Speakers

Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, Rutgers University: Princeton, NJ)

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Session Resource Document
We will use this shared Google Document to access a variety of materials to use during the workshop, as well as share multiple additional resources to use and pursue following the workshop.

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Beyond a Test: Alternative Assessments in Science

We will share unique and interactive assessments that go beyond multiple choice tests. These options offer learners a variety of ways to demonstrate their mastery of content. Varied assessment options will be explored, including alternative testing questions, interactive assessments, concept maps, and projects.

Takeaways: 1. Attendees will learn about alternate ways of assessing student learning that allows all learners the ability to demonstrate mastery of content; 2. Alternate mid-term and final exam options will be shared; and 3. Attendees will learn how to create valid assessments for English Learners.

Speakers

Stephanie Matson (Thomas Worthington High School: Columbus, OH), Kimberly Thesing (Thomas Worthington High School: Columbus, OH)

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Beyond a Test: Alternative Assessments in Science Presentation

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Distance-Learning Strategies: Providing ALL Students Opportunities to Access Science Learning, Part 1

Experience distance-learning strategies in the context of a middle school Daily Do lesson that create opportunities for equitable participation in science learning.

Takeaways: 1. Gain distance-learning strategies that provide opportunities for ALL students to participate in science learning and contribute to learning of their peers; 2. Learn how to leverage digital tools students may already be familiar with for distance learning; and 3. Identify key features of a phenomenon-driven, three-dimensional ("sensemaking") lesson.

Speakers

Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Kate Soriano (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

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Collection of Resources

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Cultivating Creativity

Explore the critical role that creativity plays in addressing essential skills required for ALL students and their future success.

Takeaways: 1. Why creativity must be a critical component of effective planning; 2. How creativity impacts student success; and 3. How to provide continuous and effective creative opportunities for students.

Speakers

Cathi Cox-Boniol (Region 8 LaSTEM Director: Ruston, LA), Missy Wooley (Lincoln Parish School Board: Ruston, LA)

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NSTA Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom Nov 2020.pdf

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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Rising to the Challenge: Creating Equitable Opportunities During a Remote Learning  Environment…and Beyond

Let's bring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into the forefront of science education! Join us as we share the details of our joint AMSE and NSTA Multicultural/Equity upcoming virtual miniseries. #DEIinACTION

Takeaways: 1. Addressing the Elephant in the Room: A Focus on Diversity and Equity Among Minority and Underserved Students in Geographic Locations; 2. Designing for Equitable Sense-making with Multilingual Learners; and 3. All in the (Science) Family: Considerations and Strategies for Inclusive Science Teaching for All Students.

Speakers

Alicia Conerly (Monticello Elementary School: Monticello, MS), Sharon Delesbore (Hightower High School: Missouri City, TX)

Sunday, November 15
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
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NSTA-WIDA Session: Designing for Equitable Sensemaking

Participants will learn ideas and strategies for engaging MLs in science as they relate to the Principles of Equitable Engagement for Multilingual Learners in Three-Dimensional Science developed through the Making Science Multilingual initiative that is a collaboration between NSTA and the WIDA Consortium.

Takeaways: 1. Examine a set of principles co-developed by NSTA and WIDA, and discuss how these apply in classrooms to benefit multilingual learners; 2. explore ways to help a linguistically diverse group of students engage together in sensemaking in 3-D science; and 3. explore ways to make science instruction more equitable and include more cultural and linguistic assets.

Speakers

David Crowther (University of Nevada, Reno: Reno, NV), Rita MacDonald (Wisconsin Center for Education Research: Madison, WI)

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NSTA WIDA Engaging for Sense-making session (PPT)

Sunday, November 15
1:05 PM - 1:10 PM
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Science Current Events Journals: Real Science and Media Literacy

Science current events journals bring real science into the classroom. Use the news to teach science content, media literacy, and analytical thinking, and to reinforce language arts.

Takeaways: 1. How to integrate media literacy in the science classroom; 2. Tools for differentiated instruction in science literacy; and 3. Integration of NGSS in a science literacy project.

Speakers

Elizabeth Weissman (The Ramaz School: New York, NY)

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Science_Current_Events_Instructions (1).docx
Science Current Events Journals NSTA 2020.pptx

Sunday, November 15
1:10 PM - 1:15 PM
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NESTA and AGI Session: Geoscience Is for Everyone—Activities That Help Students Explore STEM in Their Lives

Take part in activities making personal/local connections that encourage learners to reflect on the role of STEM in their lives, communities, and possible futures.

Takeaways: 1. Through engaging students in investigations centered on STEM careers we can inspire the next generation of STEM pioneers and innovators to build a better world; 2. Geoscience is for everyone; and 3. Personal and local connections like those explored in this workshop demonstrate the role of STEM for all learners.

Speakers

Aida Awad (Education Consultant/ Adjunct: Buckeye, AZ), Ed Robeck (American Geosciences Institute: Alexandria, VA)

Sunday, November 15
1:15 PM - 1:20 PM
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Inappropriate Science

Find out how to use anonymous surveys to collect students’ honest questions concerning content, then using SELF (Suitable, Extend, Line, Functionality) to determine which responses to use.

Takeaways: Teachers will: 1. analyze which anonymous survey method works best in their classroom; 2. dissect the SELF (Suitable, Extend, Line, Functionality) method and learn how to apply it to their instructional methods; and 3. explore content topics in which SELF would increase learning and discussion.

Speakers

Stephanie Jimmerson (Cabot High School: Cabot, AR), Brandon Daughety (Cabot High School: Cabot, AR)

Sunday, November 15
1:15 PM - 1:20 PM
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Environmental Education Clubs, Green STEM, and Eco-Schools

Discussion centers on how to start an Environmental Education Club, incorporate green STEM-focused curriculum, and become part of the Eco-School global initiative.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. how to start an Environmental Education club at their school and will see examples from other schools and colleges; 2. about Green STEM lessons and interdisciplinary units that they can easily incorporate in their standards-based curriculum; and 3. about the Eco-School global initiative and will explore how they can inspire their students to collaborate with others and involve their local communities so together they can create creative and meaningful solutions to protect the planet.

Speakers

Lisa Ristuccia (Fountain Hills Charter School: Fountain Hills, AZ)

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Eco-School Fact Sheet
Eco-Schools the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Eco-Schools Pathway Icons (Printable pdf)
Experiential Outdoor Learning in the Schoolyard
GLOBE Framework Alignment
Green STEM Guidebook
Hiking the Seven Cs by Brad Daniel
Living Schoolyard Activity Guide
Nature Play at Home Guidelines
Nighttime Adventures
Nighttime Adventures - Exploring and appreciating the mysteries of the night by leading walks after dark Article by Brad Daniel & Cliffard Knapp in Green Teacher
Positive Actions for the Sustainable Development Goals
Resources Sheet for Eco-Schools and Green STEM
Schoolyard Habitat Monarch Guide
SciGirls Go Green Activity Guide
Global Eco-Schools
National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools USA
NWF Eco-Schools USA - Virtual Classroom Resources
Greenpoint Eco-Schools Sustainability Toolkit
Schoolyard Habitat Monarch Guide
Kids Gardening - Grants
Growing Spaces - Grants
Seed Your Future - Grants
Whole Kids Foundation - Grants
Captain Planet Foundation - Grants
The Awesome Foundation - Grants
Project Learning Tree
Project WET
SciGirls Go Green Activity Guide
Green STEM Guidebook from NWF
Nature Play at Home from NWF
GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment)
EarthEcho International
EarthEcho Water Monitoring
Ranger Rick Magazine
Ology from the American Museum of Natural History
Global Green STEM
Green Schoolyards
Living Schoolyard Activity Guide
BEETLES Project
Earth Day Network
National Geographic Kids
Article - "Nighttime Adventures" by Brad Daniel
Article - "Hiking the Seven C's" by Brad Daniel
Arizona Game & Fish Department – Focus Wild Arizona
ChangeX
Arizona Association for Environmental Education
North American Association for Environmental Education
Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education (MAEOE) Green Schools
U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
Connecticul Green LEAF Schools
SciTech Institute Resource Directory
NWF - Learn about Eco-Schools USA! (video)
Eco-Schools Presentation for NSTA Engage Fall 2020 Conference

Sunday, November 15
1:20 PM - 1:25 PM
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Supporting Three-Dimensional Learning Through Model-Driven Inquiry Units and Resources

We will introduce a collection of units and resources to help teachers engage students in three-dimensional learning through model-driven inquiry.

Takeaways: 1. Anchoring instruction around authentic phenomena is the first step to 3-D learning; 2. The practice of modeling should be at the center of your instructional units; and 3. Models help groups of students build explanations of phenomena together over time.

Speakers

Todd Campbell (University of Connecticut: Storrs Mansfield, CT), Ron Gray (Northern Arizona University: Flagstaff, AZ), Victor Sampson (The University of Texas at Austin: Austin, TX)

Sunday, November 15
1:20 PM - 1:25 PM
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Project Hero: Activating Empathy for Species and Ecosystems in Trouble

Project Hero is a free program that challenges students to accept standards-focused and project-based Quests aimed at helping locally relevant species and ecosystems under pressure.

Takeaways: Participants will be able to: 1. create an account and explore Quests as they become available ; 2. facilitate the QUEST process with their students ; and 3. demonstrate understanding of the process for applying for a grant to support their Quest.

Speakers

Laura Arndt (Global GreenSTEM: Franktown, CO)

Sunday, November 15
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
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Exploring Engineering Through Connected Learning and Real-World Problem-Solving

We will present a unit designed to help students understand friction by using connected learning, engineering design principles, and real-world problem-solving.

Takeaways: 1. How to create real-world problems based on engineering design principles; 2. Explore how connected learning can engage all learners by tapping into their interests; and 3. Examine the framework of engineering design principles through an example of friction.

Speakers

Tevis Jacobs (University of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, PA), Cassie Quigley (University of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, PA), Autumn Dillaman (Falk Laboratory School: Pittsburgh, PA)

Sunday, November 15
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
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Making Quality Science Instruction Accessible and Equitable to ALL K–6 Students

Attention will be paid to research-based strategies and resources to differentiate instruction, making science accessible and engaging for ALL students. Discussion centers on ways to increase participation, engagement, and advance learning. Handouts.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. strategies, to engage all learners actively with hands-on experiences, to advance learning and deepen conceptual understanding for all K–6 students; 2. ways to differentiate instruction, offering tiered or leveled experiences, where explorations vary as to the complexity of the task, while offering essential concepts to all students; and 3. effective questioning strategies to enhance and deepen student understanding, increase academic language, and help make students’ thinking visible.

Speakers

Donna Knoell (Educational and Technology Consultant: Overland Park, KS)

Sunday, November 15
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
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Engaging the Reluctant Learner on a Journey Through the 7Cs

The 7Cs of creativity (Creators, Creating, Collaborations, Contexts, Creations, Consumption, and Curricula) allow students additional avenues to demonstrate content mastery content. Join in to explore ways of connecting science practices and design thinking.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn strategies to incorporate wonder and curiosity in science lessons to engage reluctant learners; be able to implement lessons that incorporate creativity, design thinking, and science practices; and 3. learn ways to implement design thinking and use science practices with a wide range of learners.

Speakers

Deepa Iyer (Knox Gifted Academy: Chandler, AZ)

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NSTA_engage_rev1.pptx
NSTA_engage_Final.pptx

Sunday, November 15
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
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Distance-Learning Strategies: Providing ALL Students Opportunities to Access Science Learning, Part 2

Experience distance-learning strategies in the context of a middle school Daily Do lesson that create opportunities for equitable participation in science learning.

Takeaways: 1. Gain distance-learning strategies that provide opportunities for ALL students to participate in science learning and contribute to learning of their peers; 2. Learn how to leverage digital tools students may already be familiar with for distance learning; and 3. Identify key features of a phenomenon-driven, three-dimensional ("sensemaking") lesson.

Speakers

Kate Soriano (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

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Sunday, November 15
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
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Sparking Discovery and Exploration—From Home!

This session will engage teachers in experiencing and exploring free NGSS-focused resources for classrooms from STEM@GTRI.

Takeaways: 1. Free NGSS-focused resources; 2. virtual field experiences; and 3. educational technology.

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Tyler Kinner (Georgia Tech Research Institute: Atlanta, GA)

Sunday, November 15
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
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Closing Keynote Address: WOW! Tips, Techniques, and Tricks for Motivating Students

Join master educator, presenter, and author Michael A. DiSpezio as he explores ways in which you can effectively engage students within our challenging times. Driven by a diverse cache of science engagements designed for both at-home and face-to-face encounters, this presentation profiles tenets for reclaiming motivation, engagement, and success. These easily repeatable and inexpensive experiences offer multiple opportunities that are effective in recapturing, maintaining, and nurturing student success in standards-based science literacy. They range from mind-bending science challenges to an activity assortment of awesome hands-on experiments that you can perform with everyday items. So join Michael for a practical and pragmatic session that surveys a variety of tips, techniques, and tricks designed for the at-home/online science classroom. Plus, make sure you have several sheets of scrap paper, paper clips, scissors, and tape at your desktop for this interactive experience!

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Michael DiSpezio (Master Educator, Presenter, and Author: North Falmouth, MA)

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