2021 Los Angeles Area Conference

December 9-11, 2021

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FILTERS APPLIED:PreK - 5, Hands-On Workshop, Successful Collaborations Between Informal and Formal Educators, Leadership


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NSTA Press Session: Inspiring Curiosity and Writing with the Next Time You See Series, K–5

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

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

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Learn how the Next Time You See books can connect students with nature and inspire them to write their own books about natural objects and phenomena.

1. Explore research about the positive effects of time in nature on children and adults; 2. Learn how literacy and science can be connected through writing activities; and 3. Receive classroom-ready resources (videos and graphic organizers) to guide your students through a Mentor Text Study.

Kim Stilwell (BIOZONE Corp.: Parker, CO)

NSTA Press Session: Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons: Using Picture Book to Inspire STEM Learning, K–5

Thursday, December 9 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

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Learn how to integrate STEM and literacy through the use of high-quality STEM-related picture books.

1. Strategies for integrating STEM and literacy in K–5; 2. Suggested picture books that integrate STEM and literacy; and 3. A STEM lesson you can use right away.

Kim Stilwell (BIOZONE Corp.: Parker, CO)

Language Proficiency and Rigorous Science Instruction—What’s the Connection?

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

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

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California Association of Science Educators (CASE)
Sci-Lingual Education
Language and Literacy Resources: developing language in the context of science.
Science Centered Language Development
Science Practices and ELD Standards K-5
Slides for CASE Session Language Proficiency and Science

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What can we learn from examining the CA ELPAC science-related test items? Join us for a hands-on exploration into how three-dimensional NGSS teaching and learning can increase students’ English language proficiency.

1. Language proficiency is not a prerequisite for content instruction but an outcome of effective content instruction. Science learning and language development are mutually supportive; 2. As Emerging Multilingual Learners engage in science practices, they use disciplinary language and language functions (describe, sequence, evaluate, synthesize, etc.) to make sense of phenomena and to communicate their ideas; and 3. The functional use of language in social contexts improves language learners' communication abilities. Using language for meaningful purposes in an engaging science context improves students' ability to communicate in all areas and increases their language proficiency levels as measured by the ELPAC.

Claudio Vargas (Sci-Lingual Education: Oakland, CA), Peter A'Hearn (California Association of Science Educators: Folsom, CA), Diana Velez (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

Inclusive Science Assessments: Supporting and Designing Equitable Formative Assessments to Build on Learners’ Interests and Knowledge

Saturday, December 11 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

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Learn how to integrate the cultural resources your students bring to class with your science teaching and learning. Come explore equity-based cultural formative assessments.

1. Resources for instructional leaders and educators to support and create meaningful connections between classroom science concepts and the application of those ideas in everyday situations; 2. Discussion of the implementation of these tools and resources in dynamic school environments; and 3. The strategies presented in this workshop can be used with any curricula, at any grade level, and in all subjects of science and engineering.

Deb Morrison (Educator and Learning Scientist: Seattle, WA)

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