2021 National Harbor Area Conference

November 11-13, 2021

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Opening Keynote Presentation: Teaching in the Digital Age. Literally.

Thursday, November 11 • 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson A

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Sponsoring Company: National Geographic Learning | Cengage

As a teacher, connecting with students and connecting students to the curriculum is becoming either more difficult or more effortless, depending on the perspective. The ability to teach students using state-of-the-art technology makes for displaying concepts and topics more efficient than ever. With the global pandemic amidst and with no foreseeable end in sight, we’ve converted to convenient online instruction. But how do we incorporate that meaningful teacher-student social interaction? Carter will pull from his own experience to share the events that sparked his early interest in science and the teachers who curated that spark. He will discuss his current research with the New York African Burial Ground and the importance of listening to students to hear their perspectives and enrich the lesson. Setting a trajectory for students and teachers themselves is a necessary component of academia, and we must introduce students to all career paths and create a solid plan of development to continue evolving as masters of instruction.

NSTA wishes to thank National Geographic Learning | Cengage for sponsoring this speaker.

Carter Clinton (Penn State: University Park, PA)

Featured Panel: Call to Action for Science Education

Friday, November 12 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson A

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In July, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine issued the report Call to Action for Science Education: Building Opportunity for the Future . In the report—funded by the Carnegie Corporation—leading scientists, educators, and other key stakeholders identify effective science education practices and lay out the major challenges educators face to implement a coherent K–16 science education program.

The report provides recommendations that call on federal agencies, state and local governments, and other stakeholders to elevate the status of science education and make science education a core national priority, and empower and give local communities the resources they need to deliver equitable science education and to track progress. Panelists will provide key highlights from the report, share their vision for the future of science and STEM education, and discuss what educators can do to help implement the report’s recommendations.

Heidi Schweingruber (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Washington, DC), Erika Shugart (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Jim Short (Carnegie Corporation of New York: New York, NY)

Closing Keynote Presentation: Education Is the Foundation to Combating Climate Change

Saturday, November 13 • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson A

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Climate change is a global human issue that affects each and every one of us, yet disproportionately impacts some of us. During the closing keynote speech, Jasmine Sanders will speak to attendees about this intersectional, complex issue, its various impacts, how educators are part of the solution, and the organization she leads working with young people on an everyday basis to advocate for change. "Imagine the possibilities when we use our power as educators and tap into young bright minds to make a difference."

Jasmine Sanders (Our Climate: Washington, DC)

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