2021 National Harbor Area Conference

November 11-13, 2021

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Using Student-Created Poetry to Strengthen Growth in Science

Thursday, November 11 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake H



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ppt Using Student-Created Poetry to Strengthen Growth in Science.pptx

STRAND: Literacy/Science Connections in the Classroom

Show Details

Come learn about a variety of formula poems that can reinforce science learning on a wide range of topics. See student examples and try writing some.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn about a wide variety of formula poems that can be used across elementary grade levels and tie easily to commonly taught science concepts. Attendees will learn how they might modify the formula poems to meet the needs of diverse students. Attendees will realize how to use the poetry as a type of informal assessment to see what science content students know and what they still need reinforced.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Altieri (Coastal Carolina University: Conway, SC)

Creating Engaging K–6 Science Explorations That Will Ignite a Lifelong Passion for Science

Thursday, November 11 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 2


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Discover 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.

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

Science and Engineering in Preschool Through Elementary Grades: The Brilliance of Children and the Strengths of Educators

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson C


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Authors of this report from the Board on Science Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will give an overview of the report’s key issues, conclusions, and recommendations.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Challenges facing elementary science education; and 2. Solutions for increasing elementary science education.

SPEAKERS:
Heidi Schweingruber (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Washington, DC), Amy Stephens (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Washington, DC)

Mountaineer Mania

Thursday, November 11 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 8


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This session provides ideas for engaging students in Science, Math, and Literacy while addressing learning loss and school culture.

TAKEAWAYS:
Ideas on how to address leaning loss through fun and engagement. Integration of Science, Math, Literacy, and local studies Building a school culture based on positivity and love

SPEAKERS:
LaCosta Hodges (Oakvale Elementary School: Oakvale, WV), Racine Stefancic (Oakvale Elementary School: Oakvale, WV), Summer Thomas (Oakvale Elementary School: Oakvale, WV)

Using the Japanese Lesson Study to Create Sustained Professional Development for STEM Instruction in Elementary Classrooms

Thursday, November 11 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 1



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Collective Teacher Efficacy, Elementary STEM Education and Japanese Lesson Study

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This session will highlight the impact of the Japanese Lesson Study model on increasing self-efficacy and teacher collective efficacy through low-cost sustained professional learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
Examine a case study that highlights how one school district addressed its immediate need to embed integrated STEM education by using the Japanese Lesson Study as its professional development framework. Learn about solutions to address barriers to effective professional development. Participants will examine their current school context to develop action steps to increase self-efficacy and collective teacher efficacy in relation to elementary, integrated STEM education.

SPEAKERS:
Mark Avitabile (Interboro School District: Prospect Park, PA)

Supporting Student Agency Using Multidisciplinary Projects in the Elementary Classroom

Thursday, November 11 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake H



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Slideshow

STRAND: Literacy/Science Connections in the Classroom

Show Details

Orchestrate whole-class and independent inquiries that integrate science, social studies, technology, and literacy using phenomena, investigations, historical primary sources, picture books, and driving question boards.

TAKEAWAYS:
(1) Participants will learn strategies for using driving question boards to support student agency and manage multidisciplinary student inquiries that connect to an anchoring phenomenon. (2) Participants will learn how to layer texts like picture books and primary sources to support student writing and inquiries in science and social studies. (3) Participants will learn strategies for supporting student writing across the disciplines of science and social studies with the help of digital tools.

SPEAKERS:
John Smith (Chester A Arthur School: Philadelphia, PA)

Supporting SEL and Meeting NGSS Standards Through Citizen Science and Schoolyard Investigations

Thursday, November 11 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake I


STRAND: Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students Post-COVID-19

Show Details

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:
Kelly Schaeffer (The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Ithaca, NY)

Best Practices for New Science Teachers

Thursday, November 11 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 1



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NSTA Presentation.pptx

Show Details

Are you new to elementary science education, or looking for ways to streamline your current science instruction? If so, this is the place for you! In this session I will share tips, strategies, and best practices that I’ve found to be successful year after year to not only teach rigorous material, but to do it in a consistent way that ensures student engagement and learning!

TAKEAWAYS:
- How to setup a routine specifically for science instruction to help units flow more smoothly - How to thoroughly use the standards to plan your units - How to embed claim, evidence, and reasoning practice opportunities, and engineering activities throughout your instruction.

SPEAKERS:
Nancy Flowers (Cumberland County Elementary School: Burkesville, KY)

Problem Solving by Design for Every Classroom

Friday, November 12 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 3


STRAND: Sharing Authentic Assessment Strategies

Show Details

The challenges presented to our students by the world in which they will live require committed problem solvers with the academic, life, and social skills promoted through an education utilizing design learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how each step of the design process can promote essential skills in their classroom. Attendees will learn where effective and appropriate technology use enhances the design process and problem solving. Attendees will learn how design learning fosters leadership skills in those facilitating the learning and in those participating in the challenges.

SPEAKERS:
Dr. Chad LeDune (Southwest School Corporation: Sullivan, IN)

How to Implement STEM and NGSS into Your Classroom Through the Use of NSTA Competitions

Friday, November 12 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 8


Show Details

Hear about various NSTA competitions and how they can bring STEM and the NGSS into the classroom, as well as give students and teachers a chance to earn recognition and prizes.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn: 1. about NSTA competitions; 2. how NSTA competitions help integrate STEM and NGSS in the classroom; and 3. how students and teachers can win recognition and prizes.

SPEAKERS:
Acacia McKenna (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Winnie Boyle (NSTA: No City, No State)

Delving Deeper into Text: Activities for Enhancing Understanding of Science Text

Friday, November 12 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake H



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final presentation PPT Delving Deeper into Text.pptx

STRAND: Literacy/Science Connections in the Classroom

Show Details

Learn about strategies teachers use to help students comprehend scientific information. Polar Opposites, 3-2-1, Multiple Gist, and other ideas will be discussed.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Attendees will understand why even "good " readers may struggle with understanding and remembering scientific information. 2. Attendees will learn the importance of teaching students to use and understand text features, focus on specific content, engage with multiple texts, and support their opinions with textual evidence. 3. Attendees will learn specific strategies elementary teachers have used to develop each of the above skills in the science classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Altieri (Coastal Carolina University: Conway, SC)

Science Learning at Your Window

Friday, November 12 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake G


Show Details

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:
Kelly Schaeffer (The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Ithaca, NY)

Transform Your Literacy Block Through the Engineering and Design Process

Saturday, November 13 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 3



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NSTA_Nov2021_ARMD and Literature.pdf
Transforming Your Literacy Block with STEM

Show Details

Through STEM notebooks and the Engineering and Design Process, transform your literacy block to become more engaging and inquiry based.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. The steps of the engineering and design process and what each step means and how it looks in the classroom 2. STEM notebooks and how to use them effectively 3. Using STEM notebooks and the EDP during your literacy block specifically but demonstrate how the EDP is cross curricular

SPEAKERS:
Lindsey McAlister (McKissick Academy of Science & Technology: Easley, SC), Abbigail Ramey (McKissick Academy of Science & Technology: Easley, SC)

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