2021 Los Angeles Area Conference

December 9-11, 2021

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FILTERS APPLIED:PreK - 5, Presentation, Innovating the Future of Education Technology and Science Education, STEM


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Connecting NGSS to Student Interests and the Science That Surrounds Us in Real Life

Thursday, December 9 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408A

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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!

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.

Donna Knoell (Educational and Technology Consultant: Prairie Village, KS)

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

Friday, December 10 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Los Angeles Convention Center - 512

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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.

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.

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

Making Elementary Science Teaching Impossible to Miss!

Saturday, December 11 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

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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.

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.

Julie Olds (PS Science: Inglewood, CA)

Nurture Through Nature: How Teachers Stumbled Their Way into Building the Most Innovative School Club in the Country

Saturday, December 11 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Los Angeles Convention Center - 504

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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!

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.

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

Connecting Teachers with a University to Bring Computer Science to Life in Elementary-Level Classrooms

Saturday, December 11 • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

STRAND: Successful Collaborations Between Informal and Formal Educators

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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.

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.

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

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