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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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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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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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Science Media and Text for Young Learners

Los Angeles Convention Center - 510

Purposeful use of quality media and texts is especially important for young learners. We will introduce you to quality digital learning resources that are effective, engaging, standards-focused, and appropriate to early exploration of science concepts, data, and phenomena. Discover media from Curious George, Peep and the Big Wide World, and more…all with literacy tie-ins and support materials, and available free on PBS LearningMedia.

Takeaways: 1. A wide range of digital media for science for young learners will be presented, and teachers will leave with a list of resources they can begin using immediately; 2. Media literacy, as well as literacy with associated texts, will be discussed; and 3. Teachers will leave with a list of tips for engaging young learners with science media and associated texts.

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Kim Gonzalez (GBH Education: Brighton, MA)

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

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408A

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

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

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

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
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.

Speakers

Sally Creel (Cobb County School District: Marietta, GA), Alana Davis (Cobb County School District: Marietta, GA)

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

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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Erika Shugart (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

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

Los Angeles Convention Center - 507

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

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

Speakers

Lacey Wieser (EdReports.org: Phoenix, AZ)

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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
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.

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

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

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.

Speakers

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

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

Thursday, December 9
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Bridging Science and Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom Through the Crosscutting Concepts of Science

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

This session will demonstrate how the NGSS’s crosscutting concepts can be utilized in the preschool setting to enhance literacy skills using intentional language and play experiences.

Takeaways: Framed within the constructivist approach, this presentation will include the following: 1. digital documentation of preschool-age children (3 to 5-year-olds) using crosscutting concepts; 2. discussion of scaffolding in children’s scientific thinking and literacy behaviors; and 3. discussion of the crosscutting concepts through the lens of literacy and nature.

Speakers

Jennifer Hardison (St. Margaret's Episcopal School: San Juan Capistrano, CA), Kelly McGovern (St. Margaret's Episcopal School: San Juan Capistrano, CA)

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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.

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
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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.

Speakers

Kim Gonzalez (GBH Education: Brighton, MA)

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

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

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 - 10:30 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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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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Creating Curriculum Around Nonfiction Books: New Tools for Engaging Differentiated Learners

Los Angeles Convention Center - 512

This interactive presentation builds on NSTA resources with new classroom tools for using nonfiction trade books. Content-rich videos and lesson plans support differentiated learning styles.

Takeaways: 1. Discover new tools for STEM/Lit connections that expand learning opportunities for students with differentiated learning styles; 2. Obtain bibliographies of current, high-quality nonfiction trade books that offer related, carefully curated teaching videos, curriculum-based lesson plans, and classroom activities; and 3. Explore new approaches to inspiring budding scientists by leveraging nonfiction books and associated resources on a range of subjects, including challenging topics.

Speakers

Elizabeth Shreeve (Science Writer: Mill Valley, CA), Jason Jones (Educator/Multi-Media Specialist: Woodacre, CA)

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.

Speakers

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

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
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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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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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.

Speakers

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

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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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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John Hutchens (Ruth Patrick Science Education Center: Aiken, SC)

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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Nels Lund (Chelan High School: Chelan, WA)

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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Abby Rhinehart (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

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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.

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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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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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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
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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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.

Speakers

Carl Carranza (Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: San Pedro, CA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

From the Sea to Your Seat - Resource Links.docx
Website links to the pages covered in the session.

Saturday, December 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Making Elementary Science Teaching Impossible to Miss!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

The most amazing science curriculum lacks impact if it's not used. PS Science has been working on ways to ensure science isn't left out.

Takeaways: 1. A successful elementary science program is built around ease of implementation and supporting teachers; 2. When there is no budget for science, lessons can still happen each week throughout the year; and 3. PS Science Instructors model inquiry science instruction through free video lessons.

Speakers

Julie Olds (PS Science: Inglewood, CA)

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.

Speakers

Dawn Chehab (Millennia Gardens Elementary School: Orlando, FL), John Martinez (Millennia Gardens Elementary School: Orlando, FL)

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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.

Speakers

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

Saturday, December 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Building STEAM Through Community Collaborations—You're Not Alone!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

Learn about a STEAM Ecosystem providing hands-on connections between NGSS and STEAM careers. The collaborative includes a large school district and nine community agencies.

Takeaways: Each attendee will be provided with Dramatic Results’ STEAM Ecosystem Mapping Tool to take back to their communities to: 1. identify potential collaborators in their community (“community” includes local, regional, national\, and even international) strengths and challenges posed with each potential collaborator; 2. establish shared goals for their STEAM Ecosystem; and 3. learn how to adapt their STEAM Ecosystem to include both in-person and virtual engagement and program delivery.

Speakers

Tori-Ann Hampton (Dramatic Results: Signal Hill, CA), Christine Pham (Dramatic Results: Signal Hill, CA)

Saturday, December 11
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Mission: INCLUDE EVERYONE!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 512

It is time to adjust STEM lessons to students of any background and ability. Instead of asking students to adapt to their teacher, it is time for teachers to use their lesson as a way to adapt to their students. Walk away with tips on how to adapt your classroom to your students and their needs, including how to vary lessons on the spot.

Takeaways: 1. Help creating more inclusive and diverse classrooms; 2. Tips on how to engage all students while meeting individual needs; and 3. Controlling the transitional times within your classroom.

Speakers

Cody Stoll (Academy for Urban Scholars High School: Youngstown, OH)

Saturday, December 11
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Students as Project Managers—From Concept to Conference

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

Discover how students build 21st-century skills by serving as project managers and conference planners for student-led virtual STEM conferences.

Takeaways: 1. Explore unique learning and leadership opportunities for students in STEM; 2. Review and discuss unique student-designed and student-led projects, including the STEMxYouth Summit and the Youth Climate Conference; and 3. Hear from the student coordinators as they share their experiences as project managers.

Speakers

Eric Walters (Marymount School of New York: New York, NY)

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

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

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

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

Speakers

Mary Bonaparte-Saller (University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA)

Saturday, December 11
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Uncover the Dual Nature of Light Using Modeling and Scientific Argumentation!

Los Angeles Convention Center - 514

Take home an NGSS unit where students test the wave and particle model against phenomena and engage in scientific argumentation, uncovering the nature of light!

Takeaways: 1. Teachers will walk away with a multi-lesson unit that has students testing the particle and wave model of light against phenomena and engaging in argumentation (including lesson plans, student handouts, and a summative assessment with rubric); 2. The material allows students to investigate multiple wave-like phenomena (e.g. diffraction, interference, polarization) and particle-like phenomena (e.g. Plank’s Blackbody Radiation solution, the photoelectric effect, the Compton Effect, and the Bohr Model) of light; and 3. Teachers will be provided with research-based student argumentation strategies and support materials that encourage students to go beyond “Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning.”

Speakers

Justin Fournier (Cypress High School: Cypress, CA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:

Nature of Light Lesson Sequence
A Google Drive folder of all materials (activities, pre-activities, supplemental materials, summary, and pacing guide) for the "Nature of Light" lesson sequence discussed and reviewed in this session.