2021 National Harbor Area Conference

November 11-13, 2021

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FILTERS APPLIED:6 - 8, Presentation, Integrating Multiple Learning Experiences and Connecting to Move Forward, General Science

 

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Smashing Classrooms Walls Through Virtual Events

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Baltimore 3


STRAND: Innovating the Future of Education: Technology and Science Education

Show Details

Take your students beyond your classroom walls through virtual speakers and field trips with those on the front lines of science, exploration, and conservation.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Discover the benefits of bringing exciting scientists, explorers, and conservationists live into your classroom through virtual guest speakers and field trips; 2. Explore how easy it is to do with exciting resources like Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, Explorer Classroom, Google, and more; and 3. What to do before, during, and afterwards so your students get the most from these experiences.

SPEAKERS:
Joe Grabowski (Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants: Elora, ON)

Stratospheric Ballooning for Middle and High School Students

Thursday, November 11 • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake C



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Google Sites: Stratospheric Ballooning in Delaware

Show Details

Discover how to successfully launch and retrieve payloads engineered by your students into the stratosphere. In the 21st century, the sky is truly the limit!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to design, predict and track stratospheric ballooning projects. Attendees will learn about the FAA guidelines and regulations associated with unmanned balloons. Attendees will learn about the challenges and pitfalls of gathering data from extreme environments up to 20 miles from the surface of the Earth.

SPEAKERS:
Robert Ferrell (St. Georges Technical High School: Middletown, DE), Michael Oberly (Springer Middle School: Wilmington, DE)

Self-Efficacy and Agency in Science Education for Students with Learning Challenges

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake C



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Self-Efficacy and Agency in Science Education Is it Possible

STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

Show Details

Unpack executive functioning and best practices for increasing students with learning challenges' efficacy in Project Based Learning. We'll discuss workshop barriers and pitfalls you've experienced.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Unpack executive functioning for students with learning challenges in science education. 2. Identify the best practices, tools and strategies, to help students manage Project Based Learning (PBL) in Science. 3. Model the continuum of more hand-holding to less when facilitating PBL in science education for both primary and secondary students.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Chambers (The Siena School: Silver Spring, MD)

Share Your STEM Expertise with a Global Audience: Fulbright DAST Opportunities for U.S. Science Teachers

Thursday, November 11 • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 1


Show Details

Fulbright's DAST program is seeking U.S. teachers for two- to six-week projects all over the globe. Come hear from 2020 Uzbekistan Fellow Allan Miller and learn how you can apply.

TAKEAWAYS:
What is the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teacher Short Term Program for US Teachers and how can a teacher apply? An understanding of the presenters experience in Uzbekistan in Jan / Feb 2020 training the first cohort of STEM teacher trainers at the Samarqand Institute for Teacher Education An overview of the 3 Dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards, which served as the foundational learning for grounding the Uzbek Teacher Trainers in an understanding of "What is STEM?"

SPEAKERS:
Allan Miller (Champlain Valley School District: Shelburne, VT)

STEM Education | Space Station Explorers | ISS National Lab

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 2


Show Details

Discover ideas, curricula, and lessons/activities from the Space Station Explorers Program. They inspire curiosity, develop skills, and promote learning in scientific, mathematical, life science, and Earth science spheres by engaging students with the International Space Station.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to access the ideas, curriculum, and lessons/activities of the Space Station Explorers Program How the program integrates appropriately and easily into the classroom (physically or virtually) as well as activities for learning at home. How to become a Space Station Explorer Ambassador

SPEAKERS:
Melissa Pore (Bishop O'Connell High School: Arlington, VA)

Partnering with NSTA to Reach Your Professional Learning Goals

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 8


Show Details

Explore how to take advantage of NSTA’s vast resources and pathways—including both asynchronous and synchronous options—to create personalized professional learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Discover the value of being a School or District NSTA Partner; 2. Explore how to maximize online professional learning for all teachers; and 3. Discover how to utilize NSTA's online learning resources to support in-person professional learning.

SPEAKERS:
Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Flavio Mendez (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Forging Successful Collaborations Through Facilitative Instructional Coaching

Friday, November 12 • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 14


Show Details

We present the EQuIPD coaching model used in establishing collaborations between teachers and coaches in a professional development to improve teaching practices and student outcome.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. The attendees will learn how coaching can foster collaborations among teachers and coaches to effect improvement in teaching practices. 2. The attendees will reflect on their practices by engaging with a facilitative coaching method by EQuIPD experts. 3. The attendees will learn the critical features of the EQuIPD facilitative coaching model.

SPEAKERS:
Nancy Ruzycki (University of Florida: Gainesville, FL)

Plants from Fish Poop: Exploring Classroom Aquaponics and Raising Trout

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 8



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Plants From Fish Poop Files on Google Drive
Slideshow, handouts, and examples to assist in raising fish.

STRAND: Integrating Multiple Learning Experiences and Connecting to Move Forward

Show Details

How does toxic ammonia from fish waste end up serving as a nitrogen source for plants? Attend this informative session to learn about aquaponics.

TAKEAWAYS:
How the nitrogen cycle influences both plant and fish health. How to use a modular design philosophy to allow students to innovate and create an aquaponics system in the classroom. How to incorporate Virginia's Trout in the Classroom program into your aquaponics system.

SPEAKERS:
Eric March (Browne Academy: Alexandria, VA), Kristen Oberhofer (Browne Academy: Alexandria, VA)

Responsive Instructional Strategies in a Post-Pandemic Science Classroom

Friday, November 12 • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake I



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Sutton111221.pptx

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

Show Details

How do science teachers and students rebound after a year of interruptions, remote learning, and a compromised learning experience last year?

TAKEAWAYS:
Tips offered on how to engage prior learner experience and content knowledge without student fear of judgement or negative evaluation Looking at 3-dimensional science teaching in terms of broad, transferable skills that can be backfilled if learning loss took place last year Creating opportunities for purposeful, personal self-reflection to help drive instruction and allow learners to connect with material in ways that couldn’t occur with COVID restrictions

SPEAKERS:
Shawn Sutton (Long Valley Middle School: Long Valley, NJ)

Engaging Students Experiencing Chronic Trauma in the Science Classroom

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake I


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

Show Details

This session will take a deep dive into how to engage students experiencing chronic trauma in the science classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Participants will be exposed to the signs and impacts of chronic trauma on science students. 2. Participants will be provided with strategies for engaging these students in the science classroom. 3. Participants will be provided with ideas and techniques for developing a science classroom environment that supports students living with chronic traums.

SPEAKERS:
Ann MacKenzie (Miami University: Oxford, OH)

Discover NSTA’s New Professional Learning Units to Earn Continuing Education Credit

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 1


Show Details

Explore NSTA’s NEWProfessional Learning Units. Discover these bite-sized asynchronous professional learning experiences that support student sensemaking to earn credit to submit to your school or district.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Discover how NSTA can provide asynchronous and bite-sized continuing education credit options (2 hours per PLU); 2. Explore how each PLU contains reflections or tasks connected to the classroom that are submitted to NSTA for review or feedback; and 3. Explore how we can support professional learning for individuals or schools/districts, including the flexible options available for Professional Learning Unit topics, and how these fit into our Professional Learning pathways.

SPEAKERS:
Michelle Phillips (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Elizabeth Allan (University of Central Oklahoma: Edmond, OK), Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Energy Escape Room for Middle School

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - National Harbor 14


Show Details

This session presents an eesmarts activity using the popular “escape room” format in which students solve clues using science knowledge to complete the challenge.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Using an escape room to explore the concepts of energy transformation and its environmental impact 2. Ideas to enhance distance learning through competitive activities/gamification 3. Suggestions for using and adapting escape room format with eesmarts or your existing curriculum

SPEAKERS:
Kathleen Brooks (CREC: No City, No State), Rebecca Tonkinson (eesmarts: Hartford, CT), Sharyon Holness (eesmarts: No City, No State)

NSTA Press Session: Ignite Your Professional Teaching Practice with NSTA’s Trilogy of Three-Dimensional Resources

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 1


Show Details

Join us as we explore how NSTA’s three-dimensional resources can be utilized to enhance your teaching. Walk away with effective strategies for science teaching and learning and hear from educators as they provide tips for using these resources.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Hear from classroom teachers about how they are using NSTA Press publications; and 2. Leave with top-notch teaching tips and innovative lesson plan ideas that promote imaginative learning and student engagement.

SPEAKERS:
Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Wendy Binder (Program Director, STEM Professional Learning: Arlington, VA)

Literacy in the Science Classroom

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake G


STRAND: Literacy/Science Connections in the Classroom

Show Details

Explore innovative approaches to incorporating vocabulary and text in the science classroom using strategies encouraging reflection, critical thinking, communication, and consistent connection to content.

TAKEAWAYS:
1) Immediately applicable, engaging activities that can be used at any grade level 2)How to help students connect what they are doing in science to themselves, their world or the world around them 3) How to create a space in your classroom for weekly vocabulary in order to ensure all students have the same base of information for classroom discussions, activities and content instruction

SPEAKERS:
Kate Price (Moore Square Magnet Middle School: Raleigh, NC), Kim Patterson (West Pine Middle School: West End, NC)

A Tale of Three Projects: Technology-Enriched Project-Based Learning

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

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 2



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MIssion to Learn - One of the Projects
Tale of 3 Projects - NSTA DC 2021.pdf

Show Details

Share our Vermont middle school journey implementing project-based learning and the “ best of times, worst of times" in units involving podcasts, student science videos, and design challenges.

TAKEAWAYS:
What are the key design elements for technology-rich project based learning units? How can a project drive student learning and still keep content learning targets in the center? Is it possible video production, podcasting or engineering design challenges might enhance students’ proficiency based learning in my classroom - and if so, how?

SPEAKERS:
Damon Tighe (Bio-Rad Laboratories: Hercules, CA)

It Takes a Village: Collaboration Between Educators and Community Partners

Saturday, November 13 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Chesapeake I



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NSTA It Takes A Village.pptx

STRAND: Successful Collaborations Between Informal and Formal Educators

Show Details

Give students memorable experiences by providing opportunities for learning that extend beyond the classroom through meaningful connections with community partners.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Community partners can come from unlikely places. 2. Partnerships benefit not only students but educators as well. 3. Teachers will learn how to plan and approach building a network of community partners.

SPEAKERS:
Melissa Niemi (Muscogee County School District: Columbus, GA)

Developing a Self-Directed Classroom for Middle School Science

Saturday, November 13 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 2



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Developing a Self-Directed Classroom Note Taking

Show Details

Imagine doing daily labs without going crazy. We will discuss the highlights of setting up a self-directed middle school science classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
You'll learn the questions you must ask before embarking on this structural change. You'll consider how to change your environment to accommodate a self-directed classroom. You'll think through your scope and sequence and see how it can be adjusted to a self-directed classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Carolyn Balch (Teacher: Great Falls, VA)

Digital Choose-Your-Own Science Adventure

Saturday, November 13 • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Annapolis 2


STRAND: Innovating the Future of Education: Technology and Science Education

Show Details

Experience three different digital design challenges using branching scenarios that provide student choice and data sets. Each challenge is presented on a different digital platform.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Participants will engage in a digital design challenge to test efficiency of wind turbine blades. 2. Participants will engage in a digital design challenge to test the strength of electromagnets. 3. Participants will engage in a digital design challenge to test the greenhouse effect in an area of a specific land surface (polar region, water, desert).

SPEAKERS:
Kathleen Brooks (CREC: No City, No State), Rebecca Tonkinson (eesmarts: Hartford, CT), Sharyon Holness (eesmarts: No City, No State)

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