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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.

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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.

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Powerpoint Presentation
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Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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How to Give Children More Opportunities to Use Science and Literacy to Make Sense of the World Around Them

Los Angeles Convention Center - 403B

This session introduces a way to create learning experiences that will give students opportunities to talk, read, and write in the service of sensemaking as they use the DCIs, CCs, and SEPs to explain natural phenomena.

Takeaways: 1. How to ensure students have access to science by designing investigations that promote and support the use of literacy skills; 2. How literacy can be used in the service of sensemaking; and 3. How to embed formative assessment of science practices and literacy skills into an investigation in a meaningful and informative way.

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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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Session Resource Document Form
Form to access Resource Document and slide deck from the session.

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.

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Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Using CERs as Formative Assessment to Show Student Learning in Interactive Notebooks

Los Angeles Convention Center - 404

In this session, attendees will learn how to get students to write a scientific argument using a CER tool. They will also learn about a self-evaluation tool students can use to critique their writing.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn: 1. how to use a CER writing tool to make sure students are writing high-level scientific arguments; 2. the importance of the self-evaluation tool when writing CERs; and 3. how to use student interactive notebooks as a tool if students are reaching the learning goal.

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Thursday, December 9
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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STEMify Your Daily Do's

Los Angeles Convention Center - 503

Join us to strengthen STEM in your classroom by STEMifying a Daily Do.

Takeaways: 1. Sensemaking in your classroom using NSTA Daily Do's; 2. How Daily Do's and other lessons can be modified to include more STEM; and 3. How to design for equity in STEM/Science classrooms.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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FlyGirls: Girls with Drones

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

Our FlyGirls program was developed to introduce young women in grades 4–8 to aerospace using drones. The Cobb County School District has partnered with Lockheed Martin, FTW Robotics, female drone pilots from across the U.S., and other informal educators to offer our FlyGirls program. Learn how we shifted during remote learning and focused on college and career readiness.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. learn how to cultivate a dynamic partnerships between multiple agencies; 2. receive step-by-step guidance to start your own local chapter of FlyGirls; and 3. receive access to the resources we developed and used with our FlyGirls group.

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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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Escaping the Mundane Classroom

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Throw away your worksheets and turn your classroom into a collaborative, engaging “escape” room.

Takeaways: 1. Discover how to turn existing lessons into engaging escape rooms; 2. Receive dozens of hands-on puzzle ideas; and 3. Hear how to have your students create a standards-based escape room.

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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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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.

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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.

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Thursday, December 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Develop Engaged, Future-Ready Science Learners

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Attendees will actively engage with innovative, technology-rich tools while learning strategies to teach data collection and analysis, engineering design processes, coding, and robotics. Discover engaging ways to apply coding to make devices “work,” adding rigor and complexity as learners gain skills and understanding.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn how to: 1. design accessible, equitable hands-on learning experiences, in which ALL students actively participate and engage with innovative technology tools, helping students learn essential science concepts, engineering processes, and learn how to collaborate with peers to increase understanding; 2. teach authentic data collection and analysis, so that students can learn how to explore and test variables and measure and analyze their effects; and 3. use programmable technology tools and devices as effective teaching tools, helping students learn how to input code to achieve a desirable outcome, and how to analyze, diagnose, and correct the code when the device doesn’t perform as intended.

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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.

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Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Phenomenon-Based, Literacy-Rich Learning Using Digitized Museum Objects

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

Engage with Research Quest, free, online, NGSS-focused, phenomenon-based investigations using authentic museum objects and research to build students' literacy, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.

Takeaways: Teachers will: 1. experience an exemplar set of free resources that successfully integrate NGSS and ELA standards to provide students with meaningful, self-directed learning; 2. recognize that providing students with opportunities to research phenomenon-based problems professional scientists devote their careers to using the collections and data they build new knowledge from can empower students to better understand the enterprise of science, the natural world, and the natural history of our world—while building their literacy and critical-thinking skills; and 3. understand that creating opportunities to make critical thinking visible is an essential scaffold necessary to support student efficacy with problem finding and problem solving.

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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.

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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.

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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
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Supporting SEL and Meeting NGSS Standards Through Citizen Science and Schoolyard Investigations

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

Support SEL while meeting science standards through student investigations and citizen science. Motivate students with schoolyard projects and real data with our free inquiry curriculum!

Takeaways: Participants will; 1. explore free resources to scaffold citizen science–inspired inquiry projects; 2. discover how outdoor learning and inquiry projects can support social and emotional learning; and 3. discuss the challenges and opportunities related to authentic scientific inquiry and how classroom teachers have successfully implemented these practices.

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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.

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Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Unleashing Your Inner Scientist!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

Find yourself teaching science with little or no “formal” science training? Have no fear—let’s uncover the unknown science within you!

Takeaways: 1. Science is not a mystical/elite field; 2. Educators know more science than they are aware of; and 3. Both educators and students can be more comfortable with "science" topics when presented in everyday terms.

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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.

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MBI website
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MBI presentation
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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.

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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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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.

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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 - 3:00 PM
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Design Squad Latinx

Los Angeles Convention Center - 510

We’ll describe how, working with Latinx communities, we’re developing a conceptual framework for a strengths-based approach that guides development of new resources and messaging to generate interest in STEM. The project features iterative prototype development and formative research with informal educators and youth.

Takeaways: 1. Learn how how Funds of Knowledge, a term that refers to the existing cultural knowledge and skills present in students’ households and communities, can be applied to engineering; 2. Ideas for exploring community-based effort to increase STEM opportunities and resources for Latinx and other youth; and 3. Explore STEM equity issues in general.

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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
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Real-World Science

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502B

The NWWII Museum has developed a science curriculum for students in grades 5–8 that uses stories from WWII and connected investigations to bring science to life for students.

Takeaways: 1. Get access to the free Real World Science curriculum; 2. Practice one or more of the activities; and 3. Find out about teacher workshops, student webinars, and other resources from The National WWII Museum.

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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.

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Friday, December 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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A Fiery STEM Community: ULXplorlabs, Local Fire Departments, and Schools

Los Angeles Convention Center - 506

Learn how several counties in Georgia built relationships with local fire departments and Underwriters Laboratories to create authentic STEM learning experiences for physical science students.

Takeaways: 1. Experience quality STEM-infused learning through UL Xplorlabs: Fire Forensics (free curriculum); 2. Learn about the Community Partnerships between Cobb, Henry, and Cherokee County Schools and Fire Departments with Underwriter Laboratories Non-Profit Sector; and 3. Identify potential for building similar STEM ecosystems.

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Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Engineering for STEM Literacy in Support of Workforce Readiness—Presented by Teacher Fellows from the 2020–2021 Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Come experience quality engineering lessons inspired by externships with engineers that require students to acquire and use elements of disciplinary core ideas (DCIs) from physical, life, or Earth and space sciences together with elements of DCIs from engineering design to solve problems.

Takeaways: 1. Experience how to create an authentic need to integrate science and engineering ideas to solve an authentic problem, making the interdependence of science and engineering explicit; 2. Explore examples of engineering lessons that provide access for all students that are grounded in sensemaking; and 3. Discuss what it means to be career ready and the skills that are inherent in three-dimensional learning as espoused by NGSS and the K–12 Framework for Science Education.

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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
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Friday, December 10
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Voices of Hope: Climate Science Unit

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502B

Climate Science can be a difficult topic, however focusing on hope and action allows students to see they can make a difference. Come see how!

Takeaways: 1. Gain strategies to support all students, but especially English Learners (using OCDE, Orange County Department of Education, Project GLAD® strategies); 2. Learn the content and the relevant issues that are impacting climate change; and 3. How to focus on the importance of maintaining hope. We do this by showing students how their actions will make a difference.

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Voices of Hope: Climate Science Unit
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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.

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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
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Local Phenomenon-Based Projects

Los Angeles Convention Center - 406B

Sponsoring Company: AEOP

Come learn about using community-based phenomena as the basis for long-term STEM projects.

Takeaways: 1. How to intergrade local phenomena into STEM projects; 2. Using eCYBERMISSION in your middle school science classroom; and 3. How to better engage middle school students with local problems.

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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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Session Resource Document Form
Form to access the Resource Document and slide deck from the session.

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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You Had Me at Toys :)

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

Middle schoolers haven’t grown up yet so trot out the toys and the science parodies…the best way to their brains!

Takeaways: 1. Reading is great but singing about a concept will cement vocabulary better than anything else; 2. Kids needs to be engaged with the material and nothing does that like PLAYING with something and raising their own questions; and 3. Science classes that are fun as well as challenging will be the ones that educate.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Making the STEM Connection by Looking into the Future

Los Angeles Convention Center - 512

This project-based STEM experience encourages your students to design and create cities of the future. Give your students a real-world experience of doing what an engineer does while working with real engineers.

Takeaways: 1. Discover how this career-related project-based experience can illustrate the application of STEM; 2. Help students understand the engineering design process and project management; and 3. Give students a real-world experience of doing what an engineer does.

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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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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."

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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A Better Way to Take Notes! Visually Processing Science Content with Sketchnotes

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502B

Students love sketchnoting in science! Come learn how visual notetaking leads to deep processing and retention of content. Editable templates will be provided.

Takeaways: 1. What are sketchnotes; 2. How to use sketchnotes in science; and 3. How to greatly increase student processing.

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Saturday, December 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Science—It's LIT!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 506

Discover best practices for incorporating ELA and technology—they're easy to implement in your classroom! Grab your device and let's talk all things science…it's LIT fam!

Takeaways: 1. Examples of activities and assignments will be shared that can be incorporated in a variety of classroom science activities; 2. Attendees will create a foldable that can be used for a variety of topics and see how it was used in the classroom; and 3. Attendees will participate in a digital activity that can be manipulated to fit their content.

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SPACE Writing.pdf
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Lab RERUN
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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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Science Learning at Your Window

Los Angeles Convention Center - 512

Come get a window bird feeder and discover how to attract birds and student interest! Take home activities and ideas to teach science through birds.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. discover how to encourage student curiosity and learning through feeder birds and free Cornell Lab resources; 2. learn where and when to hang feeders in order to attract a variety of birds; and 3. explore apps and resources to help identify birds and participate in our citizen science projects.

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Saturday, December 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Making Student Thinking Visible: Developing and Using Models in Instruction and Assessment

Los Angeles Convention Center - 511

We will explore how students can use modeling and linked practices to engage with phenomena. Participants will take home a goody bag and lesson plans.

Takeaways: 1. We will demonstrate how students can use modeling, argumentative writing, and data analysis to explain different scientific phenomena throughout Earth and space sciences, life science, and physical sciences; 2. Participants will have the opportunity to build and revise three different kinds of models during the session as learners, and then reflect on how to use the same strategies with their students; and 3. Everyone will engage with different modeling scaffolds that increase inclusion and link the practice of modeling to others such as arguing from evidence, analyzing and interpreting data, and obtaining, evaluating and communicating information.

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