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, Mathematics


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Inspiring Literacy and Science Interest with Data

Thursday, December 9 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Los Angeles Convention Center - 402A

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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.

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.

Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, LLC)

Develop Engaged, Future-Ready Science Learners

Thursday, December 9 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

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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.

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.

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

Using Picture Books Can Promote Literacies with Text to…Connections

Friday, December 10 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Los Angeles Convention Center - 503

STRAND: Literacy/Science Connections in the Classroom

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Literacy has used “text to…” connections  to help students make authentic connections. Strategies/examples of expanded “text to…” connections for science and math are modeled.

Participants will: 1. explore how to expand a common literacy strategy of “text to” connections when using picture books in the elementary science classroom; 2. engage in investigations that model the use of “text to” connections to help students connect their own authentic experiences and help them understand and make sense; and 3. consider that the criteria for the selection of books, identification of phenomena, and selection of investigations can be a powerful experience for students.

Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA)

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