2021 Los Angeles Area Conference - Sessions




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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.


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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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.


Julia Cook (Savvas Learning Co.: Paramus, NJ), David Chinh (Savvas Learning Co.: Paramus, NJ)

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

Los Angeles Convention Center - 153A/B

Sponsoring Company: EiE | Museum of Science, Boston

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

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


Lorri Coates (Museum of Science, Boston: Boston, MA)