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Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Designing a COVID Currculum: Lessons in Science (and Science Denial) from a Pandemic

Los Angeles Convention Center - 513

We will explore a COVID-19–based curriculum that provides a direct and compelling way to focus student attention on the most basic processes in biology.

Takeaways: 1. Participants will examine specific curriculum plans using the COVID-19 virus to illustrate basic principles of cell biology, including biological membrane structure, mRNA function, transcription, translation, replication, and immune response; 2. The emergence of COVID-19 variants will be explored as a case study in natural selection, evolution, and phylogenetic analysis; and 3. The public reaction to pandemic pubic health countermeasures and vaccination will be examined as a case study in scientific literacy and science denial. Participants will discuss ways to use their classrooms to promote student understand of the science behind these public health measures.

Speakers

Kenneth Miller (Brown University: Providence, RI)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Covid-Curriculum-LA.pdf
Suggestions for a Covid-Based curriculum.
NSTA-LA-Covid-part-1.pptx
Part 1 of my Powerpoint slide file.
NSTA-LA-Covid-part-2.pptx
Part 2 of my Powerpoint slide file.

Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Using Stop-Motion Animation to Model Chemical Reactions

Los Angeles Convention Center - 405

Learn how to help students create stop-motion animated movies to model the atomic rearrangement that occurs during simple chemical reactions!

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. basic techniques for planning and creating stop-motion animated films; 2. how to use this tool to model the atomic rearrangement that occurs during chemical reactions; and 3. how best to teach students how to use stop-motion to create their own animated movie models.

Speakers

Steven Gaskill (K.O. Knudson Middle School: Las Vegas, NV), Heather Rampton (K.O. Knudson Middle School: Las Vegas, NV)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Powerpoint Presentation
Video examples are embedded in the PowerPoint.

Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Be a Part of Our Exciting Evolution Educator Network!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408A

The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science is a network of more than 150 science teachers. We have presented over 225 teacher workshops in all 50 U.S. states.

Takeaways: 1. The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES): provides high school biology teachers with paid opportunities to present to middle and high school science teachers who need help teaching evolution in an engaging and effective manner; 2. has several FREE, complete evolution units for science teachers to use in their classrooms, including assessments, active learning lessons, online investigations, and bell-ringer activities, along with dozens of other free resources; and 3. invites educators, biologists, and science authors to give monthly webinars to an international audience of teachers, students, and science enthusiasts.

Speakers

Sephali Thakkar (Allen STEAM Center: Allen, TX)

Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Video-Based Curriculum from the Switch Energy Alliance: Energy Decisions for a Sustainable Future

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

Discover Switch Classroom, a free, online, objective curriculum about energy use and nonrenewable and renewable resources centered on AP Environmental Science and NGSS Energy standards.

Takeaways: 1. Explore Switch Energy Alliance resources, including Switch Classroom, energy videos, and full-length documentaries. The Switch Classroom curriculum covers six units of comprehensive lessons detailing renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, energy production fundamentals, and how energy decisions are made; 2. Learn how to set up your own class using Switch Classroom, creating a customized energy unit for your students that includes video and your choice of activities that include multiple-choice quizzes, critical-thinking writing and diagramming, and lab and math-based calculation activities; and 3. Increase your students' ability and skills to explain concepts, analyze visual representations, and propose solutions to complex energy decisions in a nonpartisan and objective manner.

Speakers

Leslie Horne (New Market Junior/Senior High School: Newmarket, NH), James Corboy (Long Beach Unified School District: Signal Hill, CA)

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Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Taste Buds in Your Gut? Exploring Taste, Cell Communication, and Glucose Homeostasis

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Experiment with the “sugar-blocking” tea Gymnema sylvestre and model cellular communication pathways in the tongue and the gut before evaluating possible mechanisms of action.

Takeaways: Participants will learn: 1. how to model the physiology of sweet taste perception; 2. how the systems that detect sugar can be disrupted; and 3. how to evaluate three proposed mechanisms of action.

Speakers

Joan Griswold (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Lesson Resources
Google folder with lesson resources and PPT from session

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.

Speakers

Jonte' Lee (Calvin Coolidge Senior High School: Washington, DC)

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Teaching Beyond Insulin: Exploring Environmental Contributions to Type 2

Los Angeles Convention Center - 513

You’ve used blood glucose regulation to teach homeostasis. Extend those lessons with classroom-ready strategies that address how policy and place contribute to type 2 diabetes.

Takeaways: Participants will; 1. become familiar with a research-based storyline that disassociates genetics from health outcomes; 2. l Learn that type 2 diabetes is a complex condition that is heavily influenced by environmental factors such as access to resources, personal choice, product marketing, public policy, socioeconomic status, and stress; and 3. learn that environmental factors can both increase and decrease a person’s risk for type 2 diabetes.

Speakers

Joan Griswold (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

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Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Chemistry of Copper: A Two-Part Inquiry

Los Angeles Convention Center - 405

Learn about the chemical properties of copper using appropriate technology in this hands-on activity.

Takeaways: Participants will; 1. learn to research and design an inquiry experiment; 2. use technology to gather and analyze data from the inquiry; and 3. visualize what occurs on the submicroscopic level by employing particulate drawings.

Speakers

Gregory Dodd (Retired Chemistry Teacher: Pennsboro, WV)

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Classifying Solar System Objects: Is Pluto a Planet?

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Solar system objects are grouped by characteristics. We model how scientists classify solar system objects. What’s a planet, dwarf planet, etc.? Is Pluto a planet?

Takeaways: 1. We, including scientists, group objects to help us understand and describe the world around us; 2. The way we, including scientists, group things may depend on the manner in which we are studying them, i.e., there may be more than one “correct” answer; and 3. Objects in the Solar System (planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, moons) can be grouped by their properties: rocky surfaces, gaseous atmospheres, orbit around the Sun or a planet, where they are in the Solar System, etc.

Speakers

Larry Lebofsky (Senior Education Specialist: Tucson, AZ)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Bennu Introduction
Introduction to Asteroid Bennu activity.
Solar System Classification Intro and Activity
Introduction to the Solar System Classification Activity and Images
Solar System Classification Images
Images for the Solar System Classification Activity
Classifying Solar System Objects Presentation
PowerPoint for the Classifying Solar System Objects Workshop

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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NITARP: High School Teachers and Students Working with Astronomers on Current Research

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

NITARP (NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program) gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research. Small groups of mostly high school educators work with professional astronomers for an original research project.

Takeaways: 1. A clear understanding of the application process to apply for a NITARP opportunity; 2. An idea of the research experience of a participant involved in this astronomy experience; and 3. An awareness of the vast astronomy resources (images and astronomy programs) available for free to educators and their students.

Speakers

John Taylor (ETHOS Innovation Center: Elkhart, IN)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

NITARP NSTA F2021.pdf
Presentation about the NITARP program run by Caltech's IPAC and NASA to connect teachers with researchers in the field of astronomy.

Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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A Phenomenal Approach to Notebooking: Putting the Interaction into Interactive Notebooks

Los Angeles Convention Center - 403B

Make student thinking come to life with notebooks! Increase the rigor of student work—learn new strategies for organizing content and how to use templates for any science class. Take home current NGSS classroom examples to get you started.

Takeaways: 1. The how and why of science notebooks; 2. Engaging ALL students in science; and 3. Templates scaffold student learning for success.

Speakers

Jennifer Weibert (Fresno County Office of Education: Fresno, CA)

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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.

Speakers

Ezgi Yesilyurt (Weber State University: Ogden, UT), Hasan Deniz (University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Las Vegas, NV), Erdogan Kaya (George Mason University: Fairfax, VA)

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.

Speakers

Spencer Cody (Edmunds Central School District: Roscoe, SD)

Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Experience Kinematics: Using Data to Understand Motion

Los Angeles Convention Center - 513

Learn what representations and data your students can use to bridge phenomena and mathematics, and how to assess kinematics understanding, as opposed to rote algebra skills.

Takeaways: 1. Using authentic data from real, open-access journal articles to model motion; 2. Students using multiple representations to shift back and forth from pictures, graphs, and math; and 3. Assessing students' understanding through their performance using real data.

Speakers

Christopher Moore (University of Nebraska Omaha: Omaha, NE)

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.

Speakers

Erika Shugart (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

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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).

Speakers

Deb Morrison (University of Washington: Seattle, WA), Abby Rhinehart (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

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.

Speakers

Barbie Buckner (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Greenbelt, MD)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

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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Evolution—How Strong Is the Evidence?

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

Despite its central role in the Biology curriculum, evolution remains a topic of contention. We will examine evolutionary science today and the evidence behind it.

Takeaways: 1. Participants will see examples of how the evolutionary narrative can be incorporated into topics as diverse as ecology, physiology, taxonomy, and cell biology; 2. The evidence usually marshaled in support of evolution is often confined to passive descriptions of the fossil record and well-worn examples of natural selection. We will examine ways that students can use the availability of genomic data to pinpoint the marks of evolutionary change in DNA sequences and patterns of gene organization; and 3. Finally, we will explore and discuss approaches to overcoming student and community resistance to the teaching of evolution by emphasizing the core biological events behind the process and the central role they play in the living world.

Speakers

Kenneth Miller (Brown University: Providence, RI)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

PBS-Evolution-at-20.pdf
Article on 20th anniversary of the PBS Evolution Series.

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.

Speakers

Lacey Wieser (EdReports.org: Phoenix, AZ)

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Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Crash Science—When Physics Meets Biology

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408A

Use innovative video-assisted STEM activities, demonstrations, award-winning videos, and behind-the-crash-tests tours to teach the science of car crashes. Free lesson plans included. Visit  Classroom.IIHS.org  for more information.

Takeaways: Participant will learn: 1. how to access inquiry-based activities and video-supported experiences integrating STEM concepts with vehicle crashworthiness and crash avoidance technologies; 2. how scientists and engineers use technology (crash dummies, crash tests, crash avoidance testing) at a vehicle research center to measure and evaluate vehicle safety systems; and 3. how to incorporate technology-enhanced STEM design challenges (Project Pedestrian Sensors and Egg-Carrying Paper Car Crash) into their curriculum to promote student awareness and understanding of how engineering and technology are used to build safer vehicles.

Speakers

Griff Jones (Emeritus Professor, University of Florida: Gainesville, FL)

Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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NESTA Presents: Addressing the NGSS Through Topographic Maps and Profiles

Los Angeles Convention Center - 404

Make the conceptual leap from 2D to 3D and make teaching topography, topographic maps, and topographic profiles a concrete, engaging hands-on learning experience.

Takeaways: 1. Modeling is a key process within the NGSS, participants will walk away with multiple engaging hands-on activities that will allow their students to model and visualize 2D topographic maps and profiles as 3D representations; 2. Using topography that is unique to the community (Mt. Saint Helens for example), participants will be able to understand the environmental and topographic impacts of geological processes; and 3. Making the abstract concrete using simple and inexpensive materials makes the learning accessible and impactful to more diverse learners.

Speakers

Richard Jones (University of Hawaii-West Oahu: Kaploei, HI)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

NSTA 2021 -Topographic Maps and Profiles.pdf
PowerPoint of presentation that shows how to construct the two models used to help students understand how 2D topographic maps represent 3D surfaces.
LA 2021 Topographic Maps and Topographic Profiles.pdf
Activity that will be completed during the session. Several of the topographic maps used are placed based and should be familiar to anyone from the greater LA Basin.

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.

Speakers

Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Wendy Binder (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

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.

Speakers

Larry Plank (Hillsborough County Public Schools: Tampa, FL)

Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Bridging the Gap: Using Teacher Leaders to Support Informal Educators

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

Want to create high-quality, NGSS-focused field trip experiences? Come learn how we brought together classroom teachers and informal educators to accomplish this goal with amazing outcomes!

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. learn the steps we took to create a collaborative environment for teacher leaders to support informal educators in learning more about NGSS and the EP&Cs; 2. learn the value of bringing the expertise of informal educators and the knowledge of formal educators together in order to create high-quality, NGSS-focused field trip experiences; and 3. be given access to the agendas, handouts, and templates we used in our training/planning sessions.

Speakers

Lesley Gates (Fresno County Office of Education: Fresno, CA)

Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Synthetic Biology: The Intersection of Biology, Engineering, and Computer Science

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Participants will combine engineering and biology as they work through a free activity from a no-cost introductory curriculum on the emerging field of Synthetic Biology.

Takeaways: Looking for free resources and innovative ways to introduce engineering into K–12 classrooms? American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) pre-college division will share them!

Speakers

Leonardo Morsut (University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA), Wendy Wooten (Reseda Charter High School: Reseda, CA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Synthetic biology resources
List of resources for synthetic biology with links to curricula, books, videos, journal articles

Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Supporting Three-Dimensional Learning Through Model-Based Inquiry Units and Resources

Los Angeles Convention Center - 514

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

Takeaways: 1. How to utilize modeling across entire units of instruction; 2. Ways to anchor student learning in authentic phenomena; and 3. How to use public records to keep track of student ideas.

Speakers

Ron Gray (Northern Arizona University: Flagstaff, AZ)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

MBI website
The website includes the template, examples, useful phenomena, and support pages.
MBI presentation
This is a PDF of the presentation from this session.

Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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The New Normal: Reviewing the Remote Experience, Keeping the Positive, and Blending Lessons When Returning to the Classroom

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

Multiple lessons were learned with remote instruction that can be transitioned into the face-to-face classroom and that support blended science instruction. Examples, tools, and strategies provided.

Takeaways: 1. Discuss the lessons learned during remote instruction that have the staying power and should be part of blended instruction; 2. Identify positive instructional strategies that maximize technology and digital tools and determine the best way to transition those tools into the blended classroom; and 3. Engage in example activities where connections between digital tools and strategies for use in student engagement are made.

Speakers

Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA)

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

Speakers

Martha Inouye (University of Wyoming: Laramie, WY), Ana Houseal (University of Wyoming: Laramie, WY)

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Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Build a Probe to Stimulate Muscle Movement

Los Angeles Convention Center - 503

This workshop provides participants with materials to construct a probe that can safely stimulate muscle movements in the arms and hands to build understanding of the nervous system’s interactions with the muscular skeletal systems.

Takeaways: 1. How the nerves utilize electrochemical energy to create muscle movements; 2. How muscles when stimulated can move limbs; and 3. How to repurpose and utilize a TENS unit to demonstrate interactions of the neural and muscular skeletal systems.

Speakers

Mark Malone (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs: Colorado Springs, CO)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Build a Probe to Stimulate Muscle Movement - LA Conference Paper.docx
Paper related to "Build a probe to stimulate muscle movement.
Build a Probe to Stimulate Muscle Movement.pdf
PowerPoint related to "Build a Probe to Stimulate Muscle Movement" as a PDF
Template for Constructing Muscle Stimulator.pdf
Template to parts list layout for "Build a Probe to Stimulate Muscle Movement"

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.

Speakers

Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Wendy Binder (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

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.

Speakers

Bethany Ehlmann (California Institute of Technology: Pasadena, CA)

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.

Speakers

Elizabeth Allan (University of Central Oklahoma: Edmond, OK), Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

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.

Speakers

Deb Morrison (University of Washington: Seattle, WA), Abby Rhinehart (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

Friday, December 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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NMLSTA-Sponsored Session: The Great Water Design Challenge

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Problem solving? Creativity? Collaboration? Design Challenge? Join in a mini design challenge and develop your own challenge tailored for your class before you leave.

Takeaways: Design sprints: 1. support innovation by solving a problem in a quick and creative manner; 2. engage students in 21st-century skills; and 3. incorporate many of the Next Generation Science Standards Science and Engineering Practices.

Speakers

Liz Martinez (Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy: Escondido, CA)

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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.

Speakers

Ana Houseal (University of Wyoming: Laramie, WY), Martha Inouye (University of Wyoming: Laramie, WY), Jessica Stephens (Rock Springs Junior High School: Rock Springs, WY)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

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

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Lights-Camera-CRASH: Exploring Crash Science with Griff Jones and the IIHS’s Vehicle Research Center

Los Angeles Convention Center - 511

Use award-winning videos, paper car crashes, egg drop cushions, and behind-the-crash-tests tours to teach motion and energy concepts. All resources are free at classroom.iihs.org.

Takeaways: Participants will learn how: 1. to access inquiry-based activities and video-supported experiences integrating STEM concepts with vehicle crashworthiness and crash avoidance technologies; 2. scientists and engineers use technology (crash dummies, crash tests, crash avoidance testing) at a vehicle research center to measure and evaluate vehicle safety systems; and 3. to incorporate culminating STEM design challenges (Project Pedestrian Sensors and Egg-Carrying Paper Car Crash) into their curriculum to promote student awareness and understanding of how engineering and technology are used to build safer vehicles. Examples of student assessments (formative and summative) are provided.

Speakers

Griff Jones (Emeritus Professor, University of Florida: Gainesville, FL)

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.

Speakers

Deb Morrison (University of Washington: Seattle, WA), Tana Luther (Louisiana Dept. of Education: Baton Rouge, LA)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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A STEM Ice Core Investigation That Integrates the Three Dimensions of NGSS

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502A

Come discover a multidisciplinary, open-ended investigation that incorporates absolute and relative dating, anomalies, historical context, volcanoes, solar proton events, energy cycles, Earth systems, terrestrial events, and supernovas.

Takeaways: 1. Students will have a better understanding of the process of constructing knowledge; 2. Students will have to analyze and defend their results; and 3. Sometimes there is no answer key, only possible solutions from constructing and analyzing data from several sources that cross traditional disciplines.

Speakers

Donna Young (NASA/NSO/UoL Program Manager: Laughlin, NV)

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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.

Speakers

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

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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.

Speakers

Spencer Cody (Edmunds Central School District: Roscoe, SD)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Polishing Students’ Argumentation Skills: Using Discussion Diamonds to Support Discourse and Evidence-Based Writing

Los Angeles Convention Center - 506

Experience how the discussion diamond protocol can help support students’ argumentation skills and Claim-Evidence-Reasoning writing through peer discourse.

Takeaways: 1. Student discourse can be used to support the development of students’ argumentation skills; 2. The discussion diamond protocol provides students with a structure to build scientific arguments based on evidence and reasoning in collaboration with their peers; and 3. The discussion diamond protocol is a versatile tool that can be adapted for students at different skill levels and in various subjects.

Speakers

Nicole Ciccarello (Beverly Hills High School: Beverly Hills, CA)

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Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Zombie Apocalypse!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 510

Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments

Attendees will explore disease modeling through the use of ZOMBIES!

Takeaways: 1. This session will explore disease-spread modeling using fictional zombies; 2. Attendees will also see how using Hollywood themes combined with actual STEM careers can be a fun way to engage students in learning science and STEM; and 3. Attendees will find out about free science and STEM lessons from Texas Instruments.

Speakers

Jeffrey Lukens (Retired Science Teacher: Sioux Falls, SD), Jessica Kohout (Howard County Conservancy: Woodstock, MD)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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DNA Forensics Solves the Murder Mystery of Dr. Ward

Los Angeles Convention Center - 409B

Sponsoring Company: MiniOne Systems

Using the MiniOne System, develop an understanding of forensic science and gel electrophoresis while investigating the mystery of who killed Dr. Ward.

Takeaways: 1. Learn how you can use electrophoresis to teach real-world forensic science to students in grades 9–12; 2. See how the MiniOne System has significantly reduced prep work for teachers by allowing students to get hands on with every step of the lab process; and 3. Understand how electrophoresis can be engaging and lead students toward careers in STEM fields.

Speakers

Callen Hyland (Embi Tec: San Diego, CA)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Enliven Learning with Experimentation

Los Angeles Convention Center - 153A/B

Sponsoring Company: Vernier Software & Technology

Excite your students with hands-on science, whether you’re in the classroom or teaching remotely through collaborative data collection and real-time analysis. Seeing data collected right before their eyes using the Vernier Graphical Analysis™ Pro app gives students the ability to connect abstract concepts to real-world applications. Learn how to use our app to energize your classroom through data sharing, interactive sample experiments with synced data, custom videos, and more.

Takeaways: 1. Educators can create experiments and share the data with students in real time; 2. Seeing data collected right before their eyes gives students the ability to connect abstract concepts to real-world applications; and 3. Graphical Analysis Pro helps students experience three-dimensional learning.

Speakers

Sara Tallarovic (Vernier Software & Technology: Beaverton, OR), Elaine Nam (Vernier Software & Technology: Beaverton, OR)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Transforming Science Classrooms by Redefining Learning Spaces with Stile

Los Angeles Convention Center - 406B

Sponsoring Company: Stile Education

Redefine your science classroom with Stile technology. Experience how Stile empowers teachers to facilitate student-centered learning environments, all grounded in relevant, real-world science.

Takeaways: 1. Technology in science classrooms should redefine how we teach, not substitute it; 2. Current classrooms require multiple entry points for students to learn; and 3. Teachers can redefine how they plan for, facilitate, and analyze student thinking connected to the NGSS.

Speakers

Shawna Jensen (Stile Education: Los Angeles, CA), Julianna Jimenez (Stile Education: Los Angeles, CA)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Tracking SARS-CoV-2 Spread Using an Easy Gel Electrophoresis Activity

Los Angeles Convention Center - 407

Sponsoring Company: Bio-Rad Laboratories

A COVID-19 outbreak among restaurant customers has researchers puzzled. It's time for your students to analyze DNA samples by electrophoresis and propose evidence-based explanations.

Takeaways: 1. Walk through a hands-on classroom lab activity to teach about SARS-CoV-2 detection methods; 2. Learn about a case study, based on a publication in 2020, in which researchers analyzed diagnostic data from patrons of a restaurant to learn about how SARS-CoV-2 spreads; and 3. See how students can use classroom lab results to propose evidence-based explanations for how SARS-CoV-2 may have spread in the case study scenario.

Speakers

Damon Tighe (Bio-Rad Laboratories: Hercules, CA)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Dynamic DNA: More Than Just As, Ts, Gs, and Cs

Los Angeles Convention Center - 410

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Join us as we use a variety of physical models of DNA student-centered activities to explore the structure and function of this amazing biomolecule.

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. practice their understanding of the structure of DNA while transferring their knowledge across different models of DNA; 2. consider how a model-based approach to investigating DNA deepens student understanding and inquiry; and 3. investigate the differences between RNA and DNA while examining models.

Speakers

Keri Shingleton (Holland Hall: Tulsa, OK)

Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Claim-Evidence-Reasoning: Scientific Explanations to Increase Student Voice

Los Angeles Convention Center - 409A

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) is a way for students to explain observed phenomena in a scientific way. This structured approach allows students to use observations and data from an investigation. Students use critical reasoning to connect the claim, evidence, and reasoning together. CER is an acclaimed and highly successful instructional strategy that is changing how students understand concepts and write explanations for phenomena.

Takeaways: 1. Understand the benefits of using the CER Framework; 2. Construct and critique a scientific explanation; and 3. Develop appropriate scaffolds for scientific explanation skills.

Speakers

Stephanie Shield (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Kenneth Heydrick (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

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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Proteins: The Star of the Show

Los Angeles Convention Center - 410

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Participants will interact with hands-on modeling activities to investigate how proteins fold and easy ways to connect back to the central dogma. DNA might be the king, but proteins are the star of the show!

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn about the benefits of hands-on modeling; 2. practice using the model to illustrate protein folding; and 3. see how modeling with the Amino Acid Starter kit already fits into their curriculum and can increase student mastery.

Speakers

Diane Sigalas (Livingston High School: Livingston, NJ)

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.

Speakers

Kenneth Heydrick (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Stephanie Shield (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

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.

Speakers

Bryan Brown (Stanford University: Stanford, CA)

Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Who Is Baby Whale’s Father? DNA Fingerprinting Solves the Mystery!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 409B

Sponsoring Company: MiniOne Systems

Develop an understanding of gel electrophoresis and environmental science principles while helping a whale calf identify which whale is her father.

Takeaways: 1. Learn how the MiniOne Electrophoresis System has made teaching DNA separation labs more teacher and student friendly; 2. See how you can affordably teach genetics labs that allow students to take ownership of every step from prep to analysis; and 3. Learn how hands-on labs can inspire students with real-world inquiry-based science.

Speakers

Callen Hyland (Embi Tec: San Diego, CA)

Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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The Challenge Is On!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 153A/B

Sponsoring Company: Savvas Learning Co.

Explore the ways open inquiry and engineering and design challenges can be used within a chemistry program to deepen conceptual understanding for your diverse students.

Takeaways: 1. The session will support teachers in the implementation of all three dimensions of the CA NGSS; 2. Educators will see how to use phenomena to drive instruction, and offer suggestions for celebrating and meeting the needs of the diverse learners in their classroom; and 3. Educators will work together to complete an engineering challenge from Savvas’ Experience Chemistry program.

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Erin Horner (Savvas Learning Co.: Paramus, NJ)

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.

Speakers

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

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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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Jonte' Lee (Calvin Coolidge Senior High School: Washington, DC)

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.

Speakers

Barbie Buckner (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Greenbelt, MD)

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NASA 3..2..1..BEST presentation files
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Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Build Local Connection and Global Perspective with eBird Citizen Science

Los Angeles Convention Center - 513

Connect to nature, explore biodiversity data, and build science practices with eBird citizen science. Bring your own device and use free apps to discover birds and beyond, wherever you are.

Takeaways: Participants will be able to: 1. use the Merlin bird ID app to identify birds and create a list of the most 10 common birds in their area, and to use the eBird citizen science app to submit a checklist of birds; 2. define citizen science and describe how it can help students develop data literacy, deepen understanding of biodiversity, uncover real-world patterns and trends, and support conservation efforts; and 3. name and access at least three freely available resources (such as apps, online interactives, videos, lesson plans, data visualizations, and projects) that are suitable to use in their classroom to diverse learners in citizen science.

Speakers

Jennifer Fee (The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Ithaca, NY)

Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Supporting Students in Engaging Fully in Three-Dimensional Instruction

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

In this interactive session, explore ways that you can support your students in engaging in shifts in your instruction and increase their socio-emotional skills.

Takeaways: 1. Build a deeper understanding of two instructional shifts needed to achieve three-dimensional instruction; 2. Consider and identify what students need to know and understand to be able to participate in these shifts; and 3. Identify potential ways to support students to participate in three-dimensional learning.

Speakers

Ana Houseal (University of Wyoming: Laramie, WY), Martha Inouye (University of Wyoming: Laramie, WY)

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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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Larry Plank (Hillsborough County Public Schools: Tampa, FL)

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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Effective Intervention Strategies: Let’s Hook Students into Learning

Los Angeles Convention Center - 409A

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Let’s explore several intervention strategies to help struggling students in STEM, and let's move beyond differentiation and scaffolding. Come learn other proven intervention techniques to help students. Learn how to modify our traditional outreach to connect with students so that they gain greater understanding.

Takeaways: 1. Explore several intervention strategies to help struggling students in STEM; 2. Compare differentiation and scaffolding strategies, and learn successful adaptations of each strategy; and 3. Explore effective intervention strategies that are built into the STEMscopes curriculum.

Speakers

Kenneth Heydrick (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Stephanie Shield (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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“Going with the Flow” from Genes to Proteins!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 410

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Model the cellular processes of transcription and translation using manipulatives that support the NGSS three dimensions, most notably the science and engineering practice of developing and using models.

Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. work together to practice modeling transcription and translation, while learning how this approach deepens student inquiry and understanding; 2. investigate how a mutation in DNA can result in a change in the protein produced. In addition, attendees will explore how to make connections between the Amino Acid Starter Kit and the Flow of Genetics Kit to illustrate the impact a mutation may have on the structure of a protein; and 3. consider how this modeling approach to DNA function works well with phenomenon-driven lessons.

Speakers

Mark Eberhard (St. Clair High School: Saint Clair, MI)

Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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CSSS-Sponsored Session: What Is Computational Thinking and Why It's Not Just a Buzzword

Los Angeles Convention Center - 506

Participants will learn about the key pedagogical model of computational thinking (CT) and see how it can be incorporated into lessons by teachers at all grade levels.

Takeaways: 1. Conceptual thinking; 2. Coastal erosion phenomenon; and 3. Take a complex problem, deconstruct it, and use data to reason a testable answer.

Speakers

Jamie Mixon (Louisiana Dept. of Education: Baton Rouge, LA), Tana Luther (Louisiana Dept. of Education: Baton Rouge, LA), Molly Talbot (Louisiana Dept. of Education: Baton Rouge, LA), Michelle Lewis (Louisiana Dept. of Education: Baton Rouge, LA)

Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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NARST-Sponsored Session: Science in Disguise: Merging Art and Science in Field-Based Experiences

Los Angeles Convention Center - 513

We will discuss a model for merging art and science instruction to attract and engage diverse students, develop science communication skills, and increase environmental stewardship.

Takeaways: 1. Strategies for, and benefits of, implementing interdisciplinary science research into a middle or high school science course; 2. Developing environmental stewardship in students; and 3. How to develop reflection skills, communication skills, and science research skills in students.

Speakers

Susannah Sandrin (Arizona State University West Campus: Phoenix, AZ)

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NARST-Sponsored Session Science in Disguise Merging Art and Science in Field-B
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Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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NSTA Press Session: Argument-Driven Inquiry as a Way to Bring Three-Dimensional Instruction to Your Classroom

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502B

Argument-Driven Inquiry is an instructional model that gives students an opportunity to learn how to use DCIs, CCs, and SEPs to explain natural phenomena and creates a learning environment where students are able to talk, read, and write in the service of sensemaking.

Takeaways: 1. How to use this instructional model, or way of teaching, to give students an opportunity to learn how to use the DCIs, CCs, and SEPs to make sense of natural phenomena; 2. How to give students an opportunity to use their own ideas and ways of communicating to talk, read, and write in the service of sensemaking; and 3. How to give students more opportunities to decide what counts as valid and acceptable and develop new criteria for what counts evidence in science.

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Todd Hutner (The University of Alabama: Tuscaloosa, AL)

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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Joe Grabowski (Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants: Elora, ON)

Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Modeling Stellar Evolution Using NASA Images, Data, and STEM Analysis Tools

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

Model stellar evolution processes using NASA images, plotting H-R diagram transitions, and determining the chemistry and physics of supernovas using NASA STEM image analysis tools.

Takeaways: 1. Knowledge of the process of how stars form and change over time ending in catastrophic events, providing conditions for the formation of planets; 2. Students will understand that all knowledge of celestial events is determined by analyzing the light from these events and providing possibilities—not definitive answers, as the data can be interpreted differently; and 3. Image analysis software tools allow scientists to gain detailed information of stellar physical and chemical processes and constantly refine our evolving models of stellar evolution.

Speakers

Donna Young (NASA/NSO/UoL Program Manager: Laughlin, NV)

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Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Using Maggots, Flies, and Flesh to Solve a Mystery!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 510

Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments

Attendees will explore a virtual decomposing corpse along with other clues to solve a mystery.

Takeaways: 1. Data-assisted problem solving; 2. The science behind decomposition and variables that affect it; and 3. Storytelling is a powerful way to engage students into learning science concepts.

Speakers

Jeffrey Lukens (Retired Science Teacher: Sioux Falls, SD), Jessica Kohout (Howard County Conservancy: Woodstock, MD)

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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Kim Gonzalez (GBH Education: Brighton, MA)

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Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Ditch the Dish and Kick the Ice Bucket with Classroom-Friendly Bacterial Transformation!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 409B

Sponsoring Company: MiniOne Systems

Reduce your prep and integrate technology to take the mess and stress out of transformation with the Let it Glow™ Bacterial Transformation MiniLab.

Takeaways: How to: 1. reduce the mess and stress of bacterial transformation; 2. use a PCR System to perform transformation; and 3. use The Winston, The MiniOne PCR System, and gloTrays to replace ice buckets, heat baths, and petri dishes.

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Callen Hyland (Embi Tec: San Diego, CA)

Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Making High School Science Accessible for All

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Different strategies will be shared and discussed that have been used to make science accessible for all high school students.

Takeaways: 1. Relationship building ideas to help get to know your students; 2. See different formative assessments that work for all; and 3. Learn classroom activities that support learning.

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Brenda Walsh (Eden Prairie High School: Eden Prairie, MN)

Friday, December 10
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Detect the Disease! An Antibody-Based Hands-On Classroom Epidemiology Activity

Los Angeles Convention Center - 407

Sponsoring Company: Bio-Rad Laboratories

Become the epidemiologist, harness the power of real antibodies, and trace the community spread of viruses like SARS-CoV-2 in this no-equipment hands-on wet-lab activity.

Takeaways: 1. Learn how to perform an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA); 2. Learn about a hands-on classroom activity in which students use ELISA to mimic the detection of disease; and 3. Discuss ways to use ELISA to teach about the immune system and the specificity of antibodies.

Speakers

Damon Tighe (Bio-Rad Laboratories: Hercules, CA)

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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Using Interactive and Digital Student Notebooks

Los Angeles Convention Center - 409A

Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Come learn several strategies to help students organize their learning. Transform the old composition notebooks into a useful and engaging tool that incorporates technology and multimedia. Interactive student notebooks use various modalities, left/right-side format, and offer students an electronic portfolio of learning. Join us!

Takeaways: 1. Learn several strategies to help students organize their learning; 2. Learn how to adapt old student notebooks into digital interactive portfolios with Slides, Jamboard, Flipgrid, Padlet, and Screencasify; and 3. Learn how to structure notebooks for left-side "Output" and right-side "Input."

Speakers

Kenneth Heydrick (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Stephanie Shield (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Friday, December 10
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Using Modeling to Teach Biotechnology

Los Angeles Convention Center - 410

Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Discover how modeling engages students when teaching PCR, Sanger Sequencing, and Restriction Enzymes. Through these lessons, students experience the process, not just memorize results.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn about the benefits of hands-on modeling; 2. practice one application of PCR modeling; and 3. see how modeling with the Biotechnology kit already fits into their curriculum and can increase student mastery.

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Diane Sigalas (Livingston High School: Livingston, NJ)

Friday, December 10
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Beyond Labz: Realistic Virtual Labs That Bridge the Gap Between Real Labs and Scientific Inquiry

Los Angeles Convention Center - 407

Sponsoring Company: Beyond Labz

Built on a platform developed over 20 years, Beyond Labz creates an open-ended environment providing students the opportunity to experiment, practice, fail, discover, and learn.

Takeaways: 1. Beyond Labz simplifies and reduces the cost and expertise needed to provide crucial laboratory experiences and practice for secondary and higher ed students; 2. Attendees will learn how the labs are used for pre- and post-lab experiences, credit recovery and lab make-up, student engagement in class, and meeting NGSS standards; and 3. Basic onboarding and startup instructions will be provided for drop-in solutions, and instructions for using some of the more sophisticated features will also be described.

Speakers

Brian Woodfield (Brigham Young University: Provo, UT)

Friday, December 10
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Taking Macromolecules to Micro!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 409B

Sponsoring Company: MiniOne Systems

Learn about a simple way to test for DNA, carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids, without large volumes of reagents, cleaning test tubes, or boiling reagents.

Takeaways: 1. Learn how you can teach about macromolecules without large volumes of reagents, cleaning test tubes, or boiling reagent; 2. See how the Winston Fluorescence Reader has made it easy to test for the presence of DNA and other macromolecules; and 3. Learn how to perform starch, glucose, and protein assays on an assay plate instead of in a test tube.

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Callen Hyland (Embi Tec: San Diego, CA)

Friday, December 10
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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BIOZONE Showcases Latest Titles: Print and Digital

Los Angeles Convention Center - 406B

Sponsoring Company: BIOZONE International Ltd.

Hear about our superb new resources to support AP Biology, AP Environmental science, plus NGSS programs for biology, chemistry, physics, and Earth and space sciences.

Takeaways: 1. Discover how the new titles have been structured to follow the latest CEDs; 2. Inquiry, case studies, and data analysis are used to develop enduring understanding of key concepts; and 3. Personal Progress Checks prepare students for the AP exam.

Speakers

Scott Schultz (BIOZONE Corp.: Parker, CO)

Friday, December 10
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Broadening Participation in STEM Through Implementation of a Computer Science Curriculum in Rural and Underserved School Districts

Los Angeles Convention Center - 512

This presentation gives an overview of a professional development program for inservice teachers designed to provide content knowledge and pedagogical strategies for engaging high school students from traditionally underrepresented groups in computer science.

Takeaways: 1. Professional development for inservice teachers; Culturally relevant teaching strategies in the STEM classroom; and 3. Broadening participation in STEM for traditionally underrepresented populations.

Speakers

Melody Russell (Auburn University: Auburn University, AL), Mohammed Qazi (Tuskegee University: Tuskegee Institute, AL), David Shannon (Auburn University: Auburn University, AL), Misty Thomas (Auburn University: Auburn University, AL), Jared Russell (Auburn University: Auburn University, AL), Jeff Gray (The University of Alabama: Tuscaloosa, AL)

Friday, December 10
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Building Argumentation Skills in Evolution

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

Join me as I share an example of how to incrementally build skill in argumentation from evidence as part of a freely available curriculum unit on Evolution. For more information, please  visit https://teach.genetics.utah.edu/content/evolution/.

Takeaways: 1. Learn about a successful classroom-tested approach to building skills in argumentation through a series of lessons interwoven in a high school evolution unit; 2. Consider ways to apply an incremental approach to argumentation in any unit; and 3. Learn where to access free multimedia and paper-based genetics, evolution, and argumentation materials.

Speakers

Molly Malone (The University of Utah: Salt Lake City, UT)

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Friday, December 10
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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Plastic Waste and Mental Health: How Young People Build on Informal Learning to Make Change in Their School and Communities

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

We’ll unpack examples of young people learning across different settings, showing how formal and informal educators can collaborate to support science engagement and community involvement.

Takeaways: 1. Young people bring their learning across settings, making connections between the practices and activities they do in informal and formal spaces; 2. When educators partner and coordinate experiences across settings, they can better support young peoples’ learning pathways, identity development, and promote community involvement; and 3. This session will offer examples of how young people have brought their learning and made connections across settings, which will highlight opportunities for educators to design better partnerships in the future to support young people in the future.

Speakers

Abby Rhinehart (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

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Friday, December 10
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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Engaging Students in Local Science with Hands-On Activities

Los Angeles Convention Center - 506

First steps in engaging students in life that surrounds them by using hands-on activities and community support.

Takeaways: 1. How to make action steps to incorporate a local topic with hands-on labs into an NGSS-focused curriculum (examples used will be Beekeeping, Fish anatomy and physiology, and astronomy); 2. How to build relationships with informal educators and bring them into the classroom; and 3. How to incorporate local topics and and deepen ties with informal educators into school culture through the creation of extracurricular clubs and student-led learning activities.

Speakers

Nels Lund (Chelan High School: Chelan, WA)

Friday, December 10
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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Every Park in a Classroom: OutSCIder Classroom

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Discover how to connect your classroom to America’s best idea, our National Parks System. Participants will get access to engaging NGSS-focused science videos and instructional resources to connect classrooms to our public lands.

Takeaways: 1. Integrate lesson plans with instructional materials that connect students to our national parks; 2. Develop a sense of environmental stewardship and conservation with students; and 3. Make concepts and current environmental impacts on the parks relevant to your students.

Speakers

Chris Anderson (Hamilton County ESC: Cincinnati, OH)

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Friday, December 10
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Making Science Inquiry Work for Emergent Bilinguals

Los Angeles Convention Center - 511

Learn how the structure of your inquiry activities can produce roadblocks for emergent bilinguals, and how shifts based on student strengths increase engagement and success.

Takeaways: 1. Good science modeling uses words and picture to make meaning. Working through multiple representations of phenomena shares similarities to translanguaging among bilinguals, resulting in a resource as opposed to a deficit approach to learning; 2. Student collaborations centered around representations, as opposed to language, are more inclusive and improve understanding for all students; and 3. Generative frameworks through chunking steps and heuristics allow for organization of understanding and context transfer.

Speakers

Christopher Moore (University of Nebraska Omaha: Omaha, NE)

Friday, December 10
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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NMLSTA-Sponsored Session: Oil Spills and Dust Bowls

Los Angeles Convention Center - 501

The Dust Bowl and oil spills and disasters. What do they have in common? Engage in hands-on activities that investigate the interaction of Earth’s four spheres.

Takeaways: 1. Scientists from various disciplines work together to solve problems; 2. Earth’s atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere are constantly interacting with one another; and 3. Human interaction with Earth’s systems may be detrimental with long-term effects.

Speakers

Liz Martinez (Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy: Escondido, CA)

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Friday, December 10
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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Increasing Engagement in the High School Science Classroom Using Sensemaking

Los Angeles Convention Center - 506

The NSTA High School Committee will share strategies used in their classrooms to help students wonder about science, ask questions, be engaged, and develop ideas.

Takeaways: 1. Learning and sharing engagement strategies for the high school classroom; 2. Learning about sensemaking at the high school level; and 3. Using NSTA's Daily Do's in the classroom.

Speakers

Brenda Walsh (Eden Prairie High School: Eden Prairie, MN)

Saturday, December 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Are These Materials Designed for NGSS? EdReports Expansion to High School Reviews

Los Angeles Convention Center - 512

EdReports is expanding into high school instructional materials reviews. Learn about the High School Learning and Listening Tour, provide feedback on our current thinking, and hear about opportunities to become a reviewer.

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 the expansion into High School science and develop an understanding of the findings from our High School Learning and Listening tour, 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.

Speakers

Lacey Wieser (EdReports.org: Phoenix, AZ)

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