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Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Inspiring Literacy and Science Interest with Data

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

We use data to do science; data literacy is its own set of skills. Young learners benefit when we integrate data, literacy, and science together.

Takeaways: 1. Identify how data literacy is a critical aspect of literacy and science literacy in the 21st century; 2. Explore strategies and resources to use to authentically integrate data into K–5 science instruction; and 3. Develop a plan for next steps to elevate data as an aspect of meaningful connections between literacy and science.

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Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Does Black English Stand Between Black Students and Success in Science?

Los Angeles Convention Center - 404

Discussion centers on tools to properly analyze Black students’ scientific work to determine if the misconceptions and misunderstandings are a learning issue or language issue. This workshop focuses on the use of language to reduce the ethnic achievement gap in science.

Takeaways: 1. Analyzing students’ work from a linguistic lens; 2. Recognizing biases when it comes to student language; and 3. Pushing Black students academically forward without making them feel torn between two language worlds.

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Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Connecting NGSS to Student Interests and the Science That Surrounds Us in Real Life

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408A

Learn how to create engaging lessons, connecting to student interests and to the science and natural phenomena that surround us. Pick up strategies to engage K–6 students in explorations, helping them recognize and understand real-world science while creating a lifelong love of science. Handouts!

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. innovative strategies to help children identify, explore, and understand a variety of interesting, real-life science that surrounds them in their everyday world; 2. how to design lessons that emphasize exploration, and give students the opportunity to test variables and analyze their effects; and 3. effective questioning strategies to engage students and increase the depth of student thinking, also helping to make student thinking visible; and to help teachers use effective questioning strategies to help students clarify and articulate their understanding of essential science phenomena and concepts.

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Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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NSTA Press Session: Inspiring Curiosity and Writing with the Next Time You See Series, K–5

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

Learn how the Next Time You See books can connect students with nature and inspire them to write their own books about natural objects and phenomena.

Takeaways: 1. Explore research about the positive effects of time in nature on children and adults; 2. Learn how literacy and science can be connected through writing activities; and 3. Receive classroom-ready resources (videos and graphic organizers) to guide your students through a Mentor Text Study.

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Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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NARST-Sponsored Session: Features of Engineering for K–12 Education

Los Angeles Convention Center - 401

The present study identified important features of engineering by eliciting experts’ opinions. The features of engineering could help teachers develop disciplinary knowledge for engineering.

Takeaways: 1. The important features of engineering for K–12 engineering education; 2. Learn about engineering design activities; and 3. Learn about what professional engineers think is important about learning engineering.

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Thursday, December 9
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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Specialty Crops in the Classroom: Educating Youth Through Mobile Classroom Growing Systems

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

Join us as we explore how specialty crops can be a useful tool in the classroom by improving both instruction and student nutrition.

Takeaways: Teachers will learn: 1. about resources for teaching about botany, plant science, and soil science made available through the specialty crops block grant; 2. how to incorporate NGSS into Free Fruit and Vegetable education program requirements; and 3. how to incorporate NGSS into nutrition science across the curriculum.

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Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Funding for Science Education Through the American Rescue Plan

Los Angeles Convention Center - 401

To address the impacts of the pandemic on K–12 education, Congress has made emergency funds available through the American Rescue Plan Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund. In this session for educators and science leaders at the district and school levels, we will discuss how these federal funds can be leveraged to support science education, students, and
teachers, and review the products and services NSTA has available to address learning loss.

Takeaways: 1. Information on federal funding for pandemic relief for K–12 education; 2. How this federal funding can be used for science education; and 3. NSTA products and services that address learning loss.

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Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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STEM Teaching Tools: Resources for Justice-Centered Science Instruction

Los Angeles Convention Center - 514

Choose which of these free resources for equitable science instruction are most relevant to your work. Then read, discuss, and plan!

Takeaways: 1. Science learning is culturally rooted, and strong instruction should take an asset-based approach to young peoples’ ways of thinking and knowing; 2. Developing more inclusive classrooms is a constant process. There are always steps educators can take to support equity, no matter where they are in their journey; and 3. These resources offer tangible next steps educators can take toward equity in their classroom, from identifying meaningful anchor phenomena (stemteachingtools.org/brief/42) to teaching biology in more gender-inclusive ways (stemteachingtools.org/brief/76) to fostering more student talk (stemteachingtools.org/brief/35).

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Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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NASA's Space Food and Nutrition

Los Angeles Convention Center - 403B

Explore caloric and nutritional values of NASA's space food. Discover a menu of inquiry activities/resources to integrate into the classroom to satisfy your STEM appetite.

Takeaways: 1. Explore NASA STEM activities that investigate space food and nutrition for astronauts living on the Space Station; 2. Construct sample space food menus to develop a better understanding of nutrition for human space exploration; and 3. Make connections between math, science, nutrition, and exercise while exploring the impact of living in space and in our gravity-filled environment here on Earth.

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NASA Space Food & Nutrition Files
use this link to my NSTA collection of resources for the NASA Space Food & Nutrition Files that includes the powerpoint from my 2021 session

Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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ASEE Session: Coding in an Elementary School

Los Angeles Convention Center - 405

Let's teach students, teachers, and families how to code. Learn how to promote creativity, problem solving, higher-order thinking, and digital literacy in your classroom.

Takeaways: Teachers will: 1. learn to incorporate unplugged activities; 2. gain skills to integrate coding into their classroom using multiple platforms; and learn how to involve families during Hour of Code Event.

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Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Are These Materials Designed for NGSS? Understanding the EdReports Review Process (Grades K–8)

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

Learn about the EdReports’ educator-led review process in science and how you can utilize our resources both in an instructional materials adoption and to grow your own understanding of high-quality instructional materials.

Takeaways: 1. Build an understanding of the challenges educators face in finding quality materials and how EdReports aims to address those challenges; 2. Learn about EdReports' science review tools for grades K–5 and 6–8, characteristics of alignment to the NGSS and usability, and discuss smart adoption processes; and 3. Hear about opportunities to engage as an EdReports reviewer in upcoming reviews, which includes NGSS training, an extended learning community, and a paid stipend.

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Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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NSTA Press Session: Ignite Your Professional Teaching Practice with NSTA’s Trilogy of Three-Dimensional Resources

Los Angeles Convention Center - 503

Join us as we explore how NSTA’s three-dimensional resources can be utilized to enhance your teaching. Walk away with effective strategies for science teaching and learning and hear from educators as they provide tips for using these resources.

Takeaways: 1. Hear from classroom teachers about how they are using NSTA Press publications; and 2. Leave with top-notch teaching tips and innovative lesson plan ideas that promote imaginative learning and student engagement.

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Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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NSELA-Sponsored Session: How as Science Leaders Are We Supporting an Asset View of Science Learners?

Los Angeles Convention Center - 514

Participants will learn about how some districts around the country are using an asset approach to post-COVID learning and will collaboratively share ideas with others.

Takeaways: 1. Some districts around the country are focusing on an acceleration rather than a remediation post-COVID approach to learning; 2. An asset approach to learning and learners supports social and emotional well-being; and 3. The NSELA Learning Center provides resources for continued learning about asset versus deficit approaches to learning.

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Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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NSTA Press Session: Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons: Using Picture Book to Inspire STEM Learning, K–5

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Learn how to integrate STEM and literacy through the use of high-quality STEM-related picture books.

Takeaways: 1. Strategies for integrating STEM and literacy in K–5; 2. Suggested picture books that integrate STEM and literacy; and 3. A STEM lesson you can use right away.

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Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Using Phenomena to Promote Sensemaking and Deepen Coherence

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

Dissect the differences between flashy engagers and phenomena to identify essential components of effective phenomenon-based teaching. Critically consider phenomena with personal relevance for your students.

Takeaways: 1. Build a deeper understanding of the differences between “hooks” and phenomena, 2. Consider and identify the benefits of using contextual, locally inspired phenomena to support all students, and 3. Identify potential local phenomena for their own classrooms to support more inclusive learning

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Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Partnering with NSTA to Reach Your Professional Learning Goals

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408A

Explore how to take advantage of NSTA’s vast resources and pathways, including both asynchronous and synchronous options, to create personalized professional learning.

Takeaways: 1. Discover the value of being a School or District NSTA Partner; 2. Explore how to maximize online professional learning for all teachers; and 3. Discover how to utilize NSTA's online learning resources to support in-person professional learning.

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Thursday, December 9
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
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Keynote Presentation: Roving Mars and Exploring Solar System Worlds

Los Angeles Convention Center - Petree Hall C/D

Sponsoring Company: National Geographic Learning | Cengage

The dawn of the 21st century is a golden age for scientific space exploration. Missions from NASA and a growing set of international and commercial organizations launch space telescopes and send flyby, orbiter, rover, and sample return missions to explore our solar system. Dr. Ehlmann has been part of planetary mission teams since she was an undergraduate student working on the Mars Exploration Rovers. She has since worked on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Curiosity and Perseverance Mars rovers, the Dawn orbiter mission to the dwarf planet and asteroid Ceres, and is now the principal investigator leading the Lunar Trailblazer mission to map ice on the Moon. She will describe her journey from a child who loved science and science fiction to planetary scientist, telling the story of how objects that were once pinpricks of light in Earth’s sky have become worlds and how discoveries from the journeys of spacecraft can inspire the next generation of explorers.

NSTA wishes to thank National Geographic Learning | Cengage for sponsoring this speaker.

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Friday, December 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Discover NSTA’s New Professional Learning Units to Earn Continuing Education Credit

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502A

Explore NSTA’s NEWProfessional Learning Units. Discover these bite-sized asynchronous professional learning experiences that support student sensemaking to earn credit to submit to your school or district.

Takeaways: 1. Discover how NSTA can provide asynchronous and bite-sized continuing education credit options (2 hours per PLU); 2. Explore how each PLU contains reflections or tasks connected to the classroom that are submitted to NSTA for review or feedback; and 3. Explore how we can support professional learning for individuals or schools/districts including the flexible options available for Professional Learning Unit topics, and how these fit into our Professional Learning pathways.

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Friday, December 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Tools for Justice-Centered Climate Change Teaching and Learning

Los Angeles Convention Center - 401

Our students are already impacted by climate change. How can we teach about it in ways that help them all thrive on a damaged planet?

Takeaways: 1. Justice-centered climate science instruction is possible and needed throughout the grade span, and intersects with a variety of other ecological topics; 2. Our young people are already aware of and experiencing the effects of climate change, and educators are in a unique position to help them better understand and process this new reality; and 3. There are many resources already available to support educators in this work, even if it may sound daunting at first.

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Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Using Three-Dimensional Prompts to Drive Student Sensemaking

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

Learning science means engaging in DCIs, SEPs, and CCCs. Come explore how to generate authentic prompts that integrate all three dimensions to drive student learning.

Takeaways: 1. Practice creating 3-D prompts that explicitly promote the three dimensions and drive more integrated student learning and assessment; 2. Learn how to adapt your own questions and prompts to better target specific dimensions; and 3. Consider how framing of activities, through questions and prompts, can support specific DCIs, SEPs, and CCCs.

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3D Prompts_Guide_NSTA LA2021.pdf
Guide to writing 3D prompts

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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CSSS-Sponsored Session: Supporting All Students in Making Sense of Phenomena by Building All of Their Intellectual Resources

Los Angeles Convention Center - 503

Students bring amazing intellectual resources to make sense of natural phenomena. Come learn how to notice and leverage these resources in your teaching.

Takeaways: 1. Identify equity dimensions of sensemaking through the science and engineering practices; 2. Learn to see different ways students contribute to making sense of phenomena—and connect to science; and 3. Better appreciate that navigating multiple ways of knowing is the basic human condition, not the exception.

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Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Protocols for Student Success with Science and Engineering Practices

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

Using protocols will scaffold students’ learning as they apply science and engineering practices to science lessons. Come see how this approach can change your science instruction!

Takeaways: 1. Teachers will receive a grade-band appropriate set of protocols ready to use in the classroom (printable copies, teaching slides, and digital versions compatible with Google Classroom will all be provided); 2. Experience a model lesson using the Science and Engineering Protocols; and 3. Receive training on how to use the Science and Engineering Protocols to engage students in doing science, not just learning about science.

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Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Fueling Success with Students—Win Up to $10K for You and Up to $15K for Your Classroom

Los Angeles Convention Center - 513

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

Takeaways: 1. Share your passion and practice by applying for one of eight awards, and a teacher competition; 2. Learn from past Shell awardees, finalists, and judging panel members’ important tips to apply for this award; and 3. Learn how to win a trip to the 2022 NSTA Houston National Conference, March 31–April 3, 2022.

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Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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Pole of Inaccessibility: Bringing Ocean Science to North America’s Great Interior

Los Angeles Convention Center - 401

Join us as we explore how NOAA Teacher at Sea can bring stimulating ocean science content to the classroom through a wide range of technology and media applications.

Takeaways: NOAA Teacher at Sea provides numerous cutting-edge strategies to make ocean science accessible to students such as Google Cardboard and various VR applications to utilizing NOAA Teacher at Sea’s rich ocean science resources.

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Friday, December 10
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
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NSTA Exhibit Hall

Los Angeles Convention Center - Concourse Hall 151/152

The NSTA Exhibit Hall is a must-see! NSTA brings you the leading science education companies and organizations to showcase products, services, curricula, and much more. You’ll discover  something new and exciting in the world of science teaching.

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Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Let's Get Back to Hands-On Learning and Use 5E Science Lessons to Emphasize Effective Instructional Sequences

Los Angeles Convention Center - 409A

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Research has shown that the actual doing of science or engineering will pique students’ curiosity, capture their interest, and motivate their continued study. Combining this information with simple shifts in instructional sequencing can help students construct scientific meaning. Are you ready to open your eyes to a whole new world of scientific inquiry!

Takeaways: 1. Explore the research-based 5E instructional model with adaptations for acceleration and intervention; 2. Learn several techniques to embed hands-on learning experiences in various classroom environments; and 3. Learn how to make simple shifts in your instructional plan and sequence to foster better student understanding of concepts.

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Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Featured Presentation: The Meaning Beyond the Words: How Language, Race, and Culture Impact Science Teaching and Learning

Los Angeles Convention Center - 515A

This presentation explores how race, culture, and language intersect to create the condition of contemporary learning. For years, research on the language of classrooms explored how the way we say things impacts students’ sense of belonging. Despite this research, Science and Technology Education have failed to adequately explore how issues of race, language, and culture shape the outcomes of teaching and learning in science. Through a sequence of research, this presentation explores the theoretical and pragmatic aspects of this dilemma. From a theoretical perspective, the talk will explore the Language-Identity dilemma. As students learn, the way academic language is taught to them can present a cognitive and cultural conflict. From a cognitive perspective, if science is taught without respect to the implications of how language is learned, students can be misunderstood and misunderstand the teacher’s complex discourse. From a cultural conflict perspective, students may feel they are cultural outsiders when the language of the classroom positions them as outsiders. The presentation provides an overview of a series of qualitative and quantitative experiments that document the realities of this complex interaction.

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Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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What Do I Do with This? Making Sense of Your Assessment Data

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

We are awash in assessment data, but often it’s overwhelming to make sense of it. Join us to learn tips and strategies for wrangling data.

Takeaways: 1. Explore new ways to organize data collection and raw data to aid in exploring the data for stories after it is collected; 2. Acquire skills in tying questions, data types, and data visualizations to enhance your ability to make sense of the assessment data; and 3. Identify next steps to better utilize and leverage your assessment data to help you measure students’ success and know what steps to consider next.

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Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Getting Students to Read in Science

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502B

Reading should not be limited to English courses. Leave with strategies on how to motivate students to explore science through scientific novels. Review three years of qualitative data on how novels increased  literacy, scientific fluency, scientific connectivity, and college preparation in a marine biology course.

Takeaways: Teahers will: 1. learn how to use articles to make their content more applicable to the lives of the students; 2. receive strategies on how to get students to read more scientific articles; and 3. receive resources on selecting grade-appropriate scientific articles.

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Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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3-2-1 Lift-Off! NASA’s Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) Curriculum

Los Angeles Convention Center - 501

Use each stage of the Engineering Design Process to complete a team challenge of building and launching a satellite while making connections to NASA missions.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn about and use the engineering design process to build and perform a drop test of a satellite using NASA’s BEST activities; 2. learn how to integrate the process skills of measuring, calculating, designing, and evaluating while teaching the engineering design process; and 3. make real-life connections to how NASA engineers use the engineering design process and work as teams to accomplish their mission goals.

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NASA 3..2..1..BEST presentation files
This is a link to my BEST collection of resources including the PowerPoint used for the 3...2...1... Lift-Off NASA's BEST Curriculum

Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Welcome to the Inquiry Zone!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 506

Elementary teachers can become comfortable teaching science without "adding to their plate." Our strategies have led to a natural approach to cross-curricular instruction.

Takeaways: Participants will learn: 1. an approach to decrease the load or stress for elementary teachers to help them feel more comfortable implementing inquiry; 2. how literacy is foundational to a robust cross-curricular science inquiry approach; and 3. an approach to help students "think like a scientist."

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Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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NSELA-Sponsored Session: Highlighting Stories of Successful (Formal and Informal Science) Partnerships from National Science Leaders

Los Angeles Convention Center - 401

Participants will learn about the successful and varied informal and formal science partnerships developed by members of the NSELA leadership community.

Takeaways: 1. Successful partnerships between formal and informal science institutions increase student and community engagement in STEM education; 2. Success stories include STEM ecosystems; and 3. The NSELA Learning Center provides resources and support for ongoing learning about formal and informal science partnerships.

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Friday, December 10
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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NSTA Exhibit Hall

Los Angeles Convention Center - Concourse Hall 151/152

The NSTA Exhibit Hall is a must-see! NSTA brings you the leading science education companies and organizations to showcase products, services, curricula, and much more. You’ll discover  something new and exciting in the world of science teaching.

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Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Smashing Classrooms Walls Through Virtual Events

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502A

Take your students beyond your classroom walls through virtual speakers and field trips with those on the front lines of science, exploration, and conservation.

Takeaways: 1. Discover the benefits of bringing exciting scientists, explorers, and conservationists live into your classroom through virtual guest speakers and field trips; 2. Explore how easy it is to do with exciting resources like Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, Explorer Classroom, Google, and more; and 3. What to do before, during, and afterwards so your students get the most from these experiences.

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Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Using Picture Books Can Promote Literacies with Text to…Connections

Los Angeles Convention Center - 503

Literacy has used “text to…” connections  to help students make authentic connections. Strategies/examples of expanded “text to…” connections for science and math are modeled.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. explore how to expand a common literacy strategy of “text to” connections when using picture books in the elementary science classroom; 2. engage in investigations that model the use of “text to” connections to help students connect their own authentic experiences and help them understand and make sense; and 3. consider that the criteria for the selection of books, identification of phenomena, and selection of investigations can be a powerful experience for students.

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Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Elevate Your Science Classroom with an Escape Room

Los Angeles Convention Center - 153A/B

Sponsoring Company: Savvas Learning Co.

Ready to break out of your everyday routine and foster cross-curricular collaborative conversations? Experience the power of using Escape Room techniques and draw on individual strengths to work through engaging puzzles and challenges while actively navigating science standards.

Takeaways: 1. Provide teachers with lesson plan ideas; 2. Show that escape rooms provide motivation and give students a reason to try and understand and connect with the material; and 3. Show that escape rooms are immersive experiences that encourage teamwork in solving puzzles and finding clues to complete an objective.

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Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Culturally Responsive Science: GBH's Framework for Diversity and Equity in K–12 Science Educational Media

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

In this session, we present the importance of cultural responsiveness in the science classroom and introduce GBH’s Framework for Diversity and Equity in K–12 Science Educational Media to make science instruction more inclusive.

Takeaways: 1. How to assess educational media for science against a framework for diversity and equity; 2. Real-world examples of how science media was improved for DEI after assessment using the Framework; and 3. Practical tips educators can use to assess the science media they use in the classroom.

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Friday, December 10
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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NSTA Exhibit Hall

Los Angeles Convention Center - Concourse Hall 151/152

The NSTA Exhibit Hall is a must-see! NSTA brings you the leading science education companies and organizations to showcase products, services, curricula, and much more. You’ll discover  something new and exciting in the world of science teaching.

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Friday, December 10
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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NSTA Exhibit Hall

Los Angeles Convention Center - Concourse Hall 151/152

Please join us for an Exclusive Exhibit Hall hour today (2:00–3:00 PM). During this time there are no teacher sessions scheduled and it’s a perfect opportunity to visit the exhibits and discover all the products and services companies and organizations have to offer. Some exhibitors will offer materials for sale throughout the conference.

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Friday, December 10
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Rewriting the Story: Developing a More Inclusive STEM Classroom

Los Angeles Convention Center - 153A/B

Sponsoring Company: EiE | Museum of Science, Boston

Explore classroom facilitation strategies that engage all learners in high-quality STEM experiences and hear from educators who are implementing these strategies.

Takeaways: 1. Learn strategies to eliminate barriers and engage all students; 2. Identify discussion supports that foster effective collaboration and communication; and 3. Explore the benefits of implementing STEM curricula designed for diverse classrooms.

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Saturday, December 11
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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NSTA’s Sensemaking Ecosystem

Los Angeles Convention Center - 503

Join us to learn what sensemaking is and how to use research-based resources to engage students in making sense of the world around them.

Takeaways: 1. Develop an understanding of what sensemaking is and how it can help build classrooms where students are able to make sense of the world around them; 2. Using a Daily Do, explore the four critical attributes of sensemaking: Phenomena; Science and Engineering Practices; Student Ideas; and Science Ideas; and 3. See what Professional Learning Units are and how they can help bring sensemaking to your classroom.

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Saturday, December 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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From the Sea to Your Seat—No Beach Needed!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

No-mess dissections! Shark feedings! Find out how Cabrillo Marine Aquarium can bring these and more to your class through our online programming!

Takeaways: 1. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium can be a valuable resource to educators beyond our immediate area; 2. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium provides a wide array of freely available online content for educators; and 3. Online materials can enhance classroom learning.

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From the Sea to Your Seat - Resource Links.docx
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Saturday, December 11
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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NSTA Exhibit Hall

Los Angeles Convention Center - Concourse Hall 151/152

The NSTA Exhibit Hall is a must-see! NSTA brings you the leading science education companies and organizations to showcase products, services, curricula, and much more. You’ll discover  something new and exciting in the world of science teaching.

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Saturday, December 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Nurture Through Nature: How Teachers Stumbled Their Way into Building the Most Innovative School Club in the Country

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

Want to get your students outside enjoying nature and taking an active interest in improving the world around us, but don’t know where to start and how to sustain it? Join in for strategies to encourage critical thinking about environmental issues, methods to help students gain awareness of everyday resources and uses, budgeting and funding procedures, and ways to meet multiple subject areas. Empower your students to become part of the solution!

Takeaways: 1. Critical thinking about environmental issues methods to help students gain awareness of everyday resources and uses; and 2. Ways to meet multiple subject areas.

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Saturday, December 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Leading Conversations Around Identity, Race, Belonging, and Bias in STEM Spaces

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Join the UCLA Science Project as we explore structures and formats for science leaders looking to engage teachers around social justice in STEM classrooms.

Takeaways: 1. Co-construct a learning experience centered around inclusion and belonging within school site meetings; 2. Recognize how our identities and lived experiences impact our approaches to science education and leadership; and 3. Establish space and culture that sustains conversations around equity issues.

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Saturday, December 11
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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NSTA Exhibit Hall

Los Angeles Convention Center - Concourse Hall 151/152

The NSTA Exhibit Hall is a must-see! NSTA brings you the leading science education companies and organizations to showcase products, services, curricula, and much more. You’ll discover  something new and exciting in the world of science teaching.

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Saturday, December 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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NSTA Exhibit Hall

Los Angeles Convention Center - Concourse Hall 151/152

The NSTA Exhibit Hall is a must-see! NSTA brings you the leading science education companies and organizations to showcase products, services, curricula, and much more. You’ll discover  something new and exciting in the world of science teaching.

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Saturday, December 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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ALL Elementary Teachers Are STEM Teachers

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Come experience the true impact of standards-driven STEM lessons that embed literacy components through the use of children’s literature and more!

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. understand that integration of content in the elementary classroom is the only way to address the issue of finding instructional minutes to teach all content areas; 2. learn how to use children’s literature and informational text to increase the engagement of students in STEM learning experiences; and 3. be able to quickly analyze their existing lessons to increase the rigor by incorporating grade-level standards for science, math, and literacy.

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Saturday, December 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Inclusive Science Assessments: Supporting and Designing Equitable Formative Assessments to Build on Learners’ Interests and Knowledge

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Learn how to integrate the cultural resources your students bring to class with your science teaching and learning. Come explore equity-based cultural formative assessments.

Takeaways: 1. Resources for instructional leaders and educators to support and create meaningful connections between classroom science concepts and the application of those ideas in everyday situations; 2. Discussion of the implementation of these tools and resources in dynamic school environments; and 3. The strategies presented in this workshop can be used with any curricula, at any grade level, and in all subjects of science and engineering.

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Saturday, December 11
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Infusing Your STEM Curriculum with Real-World Connections

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Discover how students may use their mobile devices to document “science in action,” anytime, anywhere, in this unique intersection between socratic questioning and place-based learning.

Takeaways: How students may use their mobile devices: 1. to demonstrate their knowledge of scientific concepts in a real-world context; 2. connect this real-world context to crosscutting concepts; and 3. explore how this learning model may be used to support service learning in the science curriculum.

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Saturday, December 11
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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NASA’s Scale of Discovery and the Solar System Scroll

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502B

Let’s make a pocket solar system scroll. Come learn how to apply ratios to create a scale model of the planets based on your height.

Takeaways: 1. With a properly scaled solar system scroll, participants will identify inner and outer planets and readily SEE why they are named as such (ESS1, ESS2); 2. Understanding the concept of rations and fractions, part-to-whole, participants will leave being able to create a proportional solar system in their classroom, on a football field, or across their state; and 3. This activity takes unique NASA content, places it in context within the curriculum, and makes applications beyond the solar system that include scientific inquiry and scientific discovery while using mathematics to show proportions and relate to the overall structure of our solar system (ETS2).

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NASA's Scale of Discovery & Solar System Scroll activity files
This link will take you to my collection of NASA's Scale of Discovery & Solar System Scroll activity files including the powerpoint used in my NSTA 2021 session.

Saturday, December 11
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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Connecting Teachers with a University to Bring Computer Science to Life in Elementary-Level Classrooms

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Best practices and lessons learned from the USC BOTS computer science teacher education program and recommendations for building successful university-elementary teacher partnerships in computer science.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn about: 1. the USC BOTS program and the major benefits of a successful university-elementary teacher CS partnership; 2. common challenges of such collaborations and how to overcome them; and 3. the steps recommended to foster their own successful university-elementary teacher CS partnerships.

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Saturday, December 11
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
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Featured Presentation: Fostering Joy: Designing Science Learning Around Climate Justice and Action

Los Angeles Convention Center - 515A

The intersections of climate, justice, and science learning offer a multitude of challenges and opportunities. As we look forward to our shared future, there is a growing understanding for the need to accelerate just climate action in mitigation of fossil fuel emissions and climate change adaptation efforts. However, not all of the choices we make will foster justice and not all decision-making practices on how to act are foundationally equitable in nature. To ensure our communities, particularly our youth, are equipped and inspired to engage in just climate action, we need to design learning that crosses historic boundaries, shifts power dynamics, and engages all involved in transformative experiences.

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