2021 Portland Area Conference

October 28-30, 2021

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Using Children's Literature to Build Science Literacy In Young Scientists

Thursday, October 28 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - D136



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Portland NSTA 2021 Supporting Literacy FINAL.pptx

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Do you want to learn how to integrate children’s literature into your elementary science block? This workshop will walk you through some children’s books that not only engage students and help build literacy skills but also provide a foundation for NGSS-focused STEM-related projects.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. gain an understanding of developing science literacy in their young students through literature; 2. walk away with resources (ideas and activities) to strengthen literacy and science skills; and 3. use children's literature as a way to enhance STEM learning in their classrooms through hands-on activities.

SPEAKERS:
Melissa Pearcy (Jefferson Elementary School: Spokane, WA), Jayna Ashlock (Logan Elementary School: Spokane, WA), Kendra Robinson-Harding (Jefferson Elementary School: Spokane, WA)

Developing Engaged, Future-Ready Science Learners:  Using Innovative Technology Tools to Develop Essential Skills and Concepts

Thursday, October 28 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - A106


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Attendees will actively engage with innovative, technology-rich tools, learning strategies to teach data collection and analysis, engineering design processes, coding, and robotics, and engaging ways to apply coding to make devices “work,” adding rigor and complexity as learners gain skills and understanding.

TAKEAWAYS:
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.

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

Tinkering with Tales

Thursday, October 28 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - D136


STRAND: Literacy/Science Connections in the Classroom

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Come "tinker" with a classic fairy tale and then practice detecting STEM opportunities within any piece of children's literature.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. recognize that science is all around us and can be found in any storyline; 2. use tips to hone in on identifying science phenomena or concepts in literature; and 3. develop a draft of a three-dimensional STEM lesson of their own.

SPEAKERS:
Emily Owens (Southern Arkansas University: Magnolia, AR), Angela Stanford (Southern Arkansas University: Magnolia, AR), Allye Wright (Barton Junior High School: El Dorado, AR), Lisa Oden (Southern Arkansas University: Magnolia, AR)

Connecting NGSS to Student Interests and the Science That Surrounds Us in Real Life

Thursday, October 28 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - E144


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Learn 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 Learning at Your Window

Thursday, October 28 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - E145


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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:
Jennifer Fee (The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Ithaca, NY)

Helping Teachers and Students Learn Science Through Picture Books!

Thursday, October 28 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - D133/134



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Helping Teachers and students learn science through picture.pptx

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Explore ways to integrate science and ELA with picture books to help students master science concepts, while at the same time enforcing literacy standards!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Using picture books will help bring the science to life while enforcing ELA National and State Standards; 2. Inquiry can be embedded and implemented with the use of interactive picture books; and 3. You can use any picture book to engage and help students practice crosscutting concepts and engineering skills.

SPEAKERS:
Douglas Hunnings (Elkhart Community Schools: Elkhart, IN), John Taylor (Marvin Ridge High School: No City, No State)

Capturing Students’ Wonder and Curiosity Using Amateur Radio

Thursday, October 28 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - A106



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https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_veRCEaT9T_tLoNpt8NSXLJQBIWTap1Ab2HFAW_fcYA/copy
Google Slides presentation of Amateur Radio activities that can be done in the classroom
Supply List
If you want to make your own Morse Code key, but don't want to search for the supplies...

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

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I will showcase and demonstrate hands-on, low-cost activities using amateur radio, including speaking with astronauts on the ISS, and tracking transmitters that orbit Earth.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. What amateur radio truly is (and isn’t); 2. Ways to use amateur radio in the classroom; and 3. Hands-on activities using radio, regardless of if you have a radio license .

SPEAKERS:
Joanne Michael (Wiseburn Unified School District: El Segundo, CA)

ASEE Session: Inventing the Future: How the Invention Process Promotes Diversity in Engineering

Thursday, October 28 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - G131/132


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Take the engineering design process to the next level with invention education. Encourage diverse perspectives, teamwork, and empathy…while engaging in NGSS practices!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. What is invention education and how does it relate to science and engineering?; 2. Where can I find resources for teaching invention education?; and 3. Why is invention education more welcoming to girls and other historically excluded populations than typical engineering lessons?

SPEAKERS:
Roxanne Moore (Georgia Institute of Technology: Atlanta, GA)

Using the Excitement of Science Demonstrations to Create an Engaging Learning Experience

Thursday, October 28 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - D137/138


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It is easy to get students interested in science, but how do you extend interest to engagement and learning? This workshop will show you how.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Changing interest to engagement; 2. Using process to teach content; and 3. Using a unique approach to discrepant events.

SPEAKERS:
Mary Jean Lynch (North Central College: Naperville, IL), John Zenchak (North Central College: Naperville, IL)

Keynote Presentation: Curiosity, Creativity, and Courage: Exploring at the Confluence of Science, Art, and Justice

Thursday, October 28 • 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - Oregon Ballroom 201/202


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Sponsoring Company: National Geographic Learning | Cengage

We all live within the land, the ocean, the rains, the winds. Changes in these due to our climate crisis are everywhere and impact us all. These changes are often slow and subtle, punctuated by intense activity: storms, landslides, fires. If we only notice these catastrophes, then we are missing a critical part of the story. Erin will share two passions of hers. One is the value of spending more time observing and being curious about the slow and subtle changes happening in our own communities, because slow and subtle changes matter. The other is to expand who is doing the observing, because who does the science defines how the science gets done, who benefits from the science, and, ultimately, what science matters.

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

SPEAKERS:
Erin Pettit (Oregon State University: Corvallis, OR)

Teachers as Curriculum Writers: Design for NGSS with Our Articulated Writing Process

Friday, October 29 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - A103/104



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Slideshow
PDF version of presentation slides
Slideshow (Google slides)
Presentation slides in Google slides format

STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

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Writing your own NGSS units? Learn about our articulated writing process that achieves NGSS and English Language Proficiency standards. Applicable to all levels!

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn: 1. how we unpack PEs and approach writing a unit; 2. how to consider NGSS from a language perspective; and 3. why the investment in time upfront leads to a more effective writing experience and a more coherent experience for students and teachers.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Mayo (Portland Public Schools: Portland, OR), Jennifer Scherzinger (Portland Public Schools: Portland, OR), Geoff Stonecipher (Portland Public Schools: Portland, OR)

Promoting STEM Careers Using Serious Games While Raising Expectations for Students with Disabilities

Friday, October 29 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - D137/138


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Introducing Dream2B, an innovative, integrated curriculum designed to bolster math performance and interest in STEM /information communication technology (ICT) careers.

Note: Laptop/mobile device and head phones/ear pods are necessary to fully engage in this workshop.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Accessible and supportive learning environments are needed to bolster STEM performance and address unique learning abilities; 2. Collaborative challenges embedded in universally designed virtual worlds have the potential to bolster both conceptual knowledge and engagement in relevant STEM workforce skills (aligns with NGSS https://www.nextgenscience.org/pe/3-5-ets1-2-engineering-design); and 3. A proactive curriculum designed with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework addresses diversity in the student population and act as tools teachers can use to ground instruction.

SPEAKERS:
Michelle Patterson (University of Central Florida: Orlando, FL), Rohana Swihart (University of Central Florida: Orlando, FL)

Welcome to the Inquiry Zone!

Friday, October 29 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - E145



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Welcome to the Inquiry Zone!.pdf

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Elementary teachers can become comfortable teaching science without "adding to their plate." Our training sessions have led to a natural approach to cross-curricular instruction.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn: 1. an approach to decrease the load or stress for elementary teachers to help them feel more comfortable implementing inquiry; 2. how literacy is foundational to a robust cross-curricular science inquiry approach; and 3. an approach to help students "think like a scientist."

SPEAKERS:
Douglas Hunnings (Elkhart Community Schools: Elkhart, IN), John Taylor (Marvin Ridge High School: No City, No State)

Integrating Elementary Science and ELA—It's the Perfect Match!

Friday, October 29 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - A105



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Slides and All Session Links

STRAND: Literacy/Science Connections in the Classroom

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Maximize instructional minutes through integration strategies that deeply engage students in science, engineering, and ELA learning.  I'll share links to free resources for all your NGSS standards.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn: 1. how to use science phenomena and driving questions to engage students deeply with English Language Arts strategies and standards (reading, writing, speaking, and listening); 2. where and how English Language Arts fit and function in the arc of science learning; and 3. about free resources that can help them integrate science and ELA in their elementary classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Kimberley Astle (Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: Olympia, WA)

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

Friday, October 29 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - D136



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Slides for CSSS Inclusive Science Assessments Session
To access full versions of the resources shared here, please see http://stemteachingtools.org/pd
STEM Teaching Tools Collection
Collection of NSF-funded professional learning resources for equitable NGSS / 3D instruction.

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.

TAKEAWAYS:
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. -Discuss 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.

SPEAKERS:
Lauren Thompson Allen (D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education: Washington, DC), Philip Bell (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

STEM/STEAM Connections: Books and Beyond!

Friday, October 29 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - D137/138



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https://youtu.be/xeO9nfwQ_iM
STEAM/STEM Connections: Books & Beyond!
STEAMSTEM Connections Books Beyond!
Teacher resource guide for Make Something Beautiful, communities connection.

STRAND: Literacy/Science Connections in the Classroom

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Come take a dive into STEM/STEAM with a fun selection of children’s literature that inspires young learners to engage as architects, engineers, and makers while they plan, construct, and iterate with a variety craft materials.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Participants will dive into hands-on learning experiences that illustrate the interactive nature of the Engineering Design Process (EDP) with NGSS Science and Engineering Practices; 2. Teachers will leave with STEM/STEAM prompts (open-ended questions, verbal encouragement) to use with students while they are working on design challenges; and 3. Teachers will deepen their content with cross-curricular connections in a communities theme that pairs children’s literature with real-life communities (Hey, Wall Story of Art & Community, Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood (San Diego, CA), Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood, The Curious Garden (NYC), Kamala and Maya's Big Idea (Oakland, CA) through art, gardens, and playgrounds.

SPEAKERS:
Belle Akers (Convent & Stuart Hall's Schools of the Sacred Heart: San Francisco, CA)

Spark Discovery and Invention

Friday, October 29 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - E145



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Flyer
Scan the QR code or visit the link provided to get access to our free curriculum materials.
SPARK Discovery and Invention
Fill out this form to get free access to our curriculum modules featured in this session.
SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention
Learn more about the SPARK Museum by visiting our website.

STRAND: Successful Collaborations Between Informal and Formal Educators

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Learn more about FREE curriculum modules from the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention that promote the engagement of all students in science and engineering! Modules were co-developed in partnership with Western Washington University and the Bellingham School District.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn more about: 1. the world-class collection of electrical engineering artifacts, such as Edison's first light bulb and early prototype electrical devices, available to educators (including virtual collections) at the SPARK Museum; 2. abut FREE curriculum modules aligned to the NGSS that engage students in the engineering design process while learning about energy; and 3. ways that engineering can be made relevant to students from diverse backgrounds, interests, and abilities.

SPEAKERS:
Abby Russell (SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention: Bellingham, WA), Paola Sanchez (Western Washington University: Bellingham, WA), Bridget Dahlman-Oeth (Western Washington University: Bellingham, WA), Dan Savage (Western Washington University: Bellingham, WA), Ben Dixon (Western Washington University: Bellingham, WA)

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning: Scientific Explanations to Increase Student Voice

Friday, October 29 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - B110/111



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ClaimEvidenceReasoning-STEMscopes-Heydrick-Shield-2021-Oct29.pdf

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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) is a way for students to explain observed phenomena in a scientific way. This structured approach allows students to use observations and data from an investigation. Students use critical reasoning to connect the claim, evidence, and reasoning together. CER is an acclaimed and highly successful instructional strategy that is changing how students understand concepts and write explanations for phenomena.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Understand the benefits of using the CER Framework; 2. Construct and critique a scientific explanation; and 3. Develop appropriate scaffolds for scientific explanation skills.

SPEAKERS:
Stephanie Shield (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Dr. Kenneth Heydrick (: Houston, TX)

“Going with the Flow” of Genetic Information

Friday, October 29 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - C124


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Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Explore the processes of DNA replication, transcription, and translation using manipulatives that support the NGSS three dimensions, most notably the SEP of developing and using models.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Model the leading and lagging strands of DNA; 2. Understand the semiconservative nature of DNA replication; and 3. Investigate how a change in DNA code can result in a change in the protein produced.

SPEAKERS:
Susan Auld (Sehome High School: Bellingham, WA)

An Easy Paper Model to Accurately Teach CRISPR Gene Editing

Friday, October 29 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - C120/121/122


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Sponsoring Company: Bio-Rad Laboratories

In this hands-on walk-through, learn about a CRISPR gene editing classroom activity and discuss strategies to reveal student misconceptions with a free paper model set.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Free paper models for teaching CRISPR gene editing and revealing student misconceptions; 2. A deeper understanding of CRISPR gene editing at the molecular level; and 3. Information about a CRISPR gene editing classroom activity.

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

How to Give Children More Opportunities to Use Science and Literacy to Make Sense of the World Around Them

Friday, October 29 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - A107-109


STRAND: Literacy/Science Connections in the Classroom

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This session introduces a way to create learning experiences that will give students opportunities to talk, read, and write in the service of sensemaking as they use the DCIs, CCs, and SEPs to explain natural phenomena.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. How to ensure students have access to science by designing investigations that promote and support the use of literacy skills; 2. How literacy can be used to be used in the service of sensemaking; and 3. How to embed formative assessment of science practices and literacy skills into an investigation in a meaningful and informative way.

SPEAKERS:
Victor Sampson (The University of Texas at Austin: Austin, TX)

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

Friday, October 29 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - D136


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

TAKEAWAYS:
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.

SPEAKERS:
Kim Stilwell (BIOZONE Corp.: Parker, CO)

Assessing in 3-D: K–5 Common Science/ELP Assessments

Friday, October 29 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - E144



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K-5 Common NGSS/ESL Assessments
OER Commons
Oregon Open Learning Hub
Presentation

STRAND: Sharing Authentic Assessment Strategies

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The Portland K–5 Common Assessments assess student learning in a relevant and compelling 3-D  task, centered in local phenomena. The assessments and rubrics provide access for emerging bilinguals.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. There are key features of three-dimensional assessment design that include both a local phenomenon or problem and access for English learners; 2. Evidence statements serve as tools for rubric design to inform assessment goals and enable feedback about student learning; and 3. Strategies for using the Common Assessments provide opportunities for teacher self-reflection and collaboration.

SPEAKERS:
Susan Holveck (Portland Metro STEM Partnership: No City, No State), Noelle Gorbett (Oregon Dept. of Education: Salem, OR)

Featured Presentation: Engaging Authentic Science Learning in Diverse Environments

Friday, October 29 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - Oregon Ballroom 201/202


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“To learn” is a complicated and varied verb, especially in science. Learning takes place in multiple modes along multiple dimensions and with lots of different results; and many of us have experienced some of our best learning experiences outside of traditional classrooms or labs. How do we take experiences that might occur on a performance stage or in a city park, a small kitchen, or a vast desert and incorporate them into science learning for all? Especially as we emerge from the pandemic and its trauma, how do we take stock of where we’ve been and what we envision for the future of science learning? Adam will bring examples and experiences for us to reconsider the meanings of science teaching and learning in our classes and beyond.

SPEAKERS:
Adam Johnston (Weber State University: Ogden, UT)

Effective Intervention Strategies: Let’s Hook Students into Learning

Friday, October 29 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - B110/111



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InterventionStrategies-STEMscopes-Heydrick-Shield-2021-Oct29.pdf

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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Let’s explore several intervention strategies to help struggling students in STEM. Let's move beyond differentiation and scaffolding. Come learn other proven intervention techniques to help students. Let’s modify our traditional outreach to connect with students so that they gain greater understanding.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Explore several intervention strategies to help struggling students in STEM; 2. Compare differentiation and scaffolding strategies, and learn successful adaptations of each strategy; and 3. Explore effective intervention strategies that are built into the STEMscopes curriculum.

SPEAKERS:
Dr. Kenneth Heydrick (: Houston, TX), Stephanie Shield (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Twist and Shout: Unraveling Chromosomes with Hands-On Models

Friday, October 29 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - C124


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Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Mitosis, meiosis, chromosome structure, and crossing over will be explored in this hands-on modeling event. Bring your student hat and be ready to engage.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Model chromosome structure and anatomy; 2. Compare and contrast mitosis and meiosis; and 3. Model mechanisms that contribute to genetic variation.

SPEAKERS:
Christina Bowers (Meridian School: Round Rock, TX)

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

Friday, October 29 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - A107-109


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

TAKEAWAYS:
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.

SPEAKERS:
Kim Stilwell (BIOZONE Corp.: Parker, CO)

Facilitating Emancipatory and Justice-Centered Environmental and Climate Learning with Elementary Students

Friday, October 29 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - E144


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We’ll explore key stances, strategies, and resources for supporting elementary students to learn about and take collective action in response to authentic socio-ecological challenges.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Young learners are capable of consequential and justice-centered learning about social, political, environmental, and climate issues. Concerns about “developmental appropriateness” can perpetuate dominant forms of science and invisibilize marginalized students’ lived experiences; 2. Science learning should support students in understanding and engaging with local and global challenges through centering the world views, perspectives, and leadership of BIPOC communities; and 3. The use of project-based approaches can allow young learners to develop their voice and leadership capacity as they solve problems that are real and urgent in their communities.

SPEAKERS:
Rae Han (EarthGen: No City, No State), Pranjali Upadhyay (Educational Service District 112: Vancouver, WA)

Little Engineers

Friday, October 29 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - A106


STRAND: Successful Collaborations Between Informal and Formal Educators

Show Details

The National WWII Museum has developed a set of activities that connect stories from WWII to investigations that K–3 students can conduct to learn 3-D science.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Get access to the free Little Engineers lessons; 2. Practice one or more of the activities; and 3. Find out about teacher workshops, student webinars, and other resources from The National WWII Museum.

SPEAKERS:
Rob Wallace (: Kenner, LA)

Computer Science and SEL: A Match Made Through Computational Thinking

Friday, October 29 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - E145



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https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1lqFtAPiByBSKbc9K_N2ue1sAnaaoms-J9lkxbYCRw5U/edit?usp=sharing
SEL and CS Presentation.pdf

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

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Link computer science and SEL through computational thinking! Make a classroom procedure integrating CS and SEL through coding and leave with resources for classroom routines.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. A classroom-ready procedure integrating CS and SEL to immediately use with students; 2. An expanded knowledge of coding in Scratch and for those new to the tool, a baseline for its and other similar tools' uses and instructional integration; and 3. A model for coaching students through interpersonal communication using computational thinking concepts in social-emotional situations.

SPEAKERS:
Erin Lark (Kognity: Stockholm, 0), Katherine Livick (Educational Service District 112: Vancouver, WA)

Using Interactive and Digital Student Notebooks

Friday, October 29 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - B110/111



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StudentNotebooks-STEMscopes-Heydrick-Shield-2021-Oct29.pdf

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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Come learn several strategies to help students organize their learning. Transform the old composition notebooks into a useful and engaging tool that incorporates technology and multimedia. Interactive student notebooks use various modalities and left/right–side format, and offer students an electronic portfolio of learning. Join us!

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn: 1. several strategies to help students organize their learning; 2. how to adapt old student notebooks into digital interactive portfolios with Slides, Jamboard, Flipgrid, Padlet, and Screencasify; and 3. how to structure notebooks for left side "Output" and right side "Input."

SPEAKERS:
Dr. Kenneth Heydrick (: Houston, TX), Stephanie Shield (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Amplify Your PCR Instruction with Hands-On Modeling

Friday, October 29 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - C124


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Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Work through cycles of PCR using foam manipulatives that make the invisible visible. Demonstrate the role of Taq polymerase, primers, and nucleotides as they copy target DNA.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Explore the chemical mechanism involved in PCR; 2. Model polymerase chain reaction and how flanking primers result in the exponential amplification of a short product; and 3. Use a real-world scientific example of how PCR is used to help solve a crime.

SPEAKERS:
Susan Auld (Sehome High School: Bellingham, WA)

Beyond Labz: Realistic Virtual Labs That Bridge the Gap Between Real Labs and Scientific Inquiry

Friday, October 29 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - B117/118/119


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Sponsoring Company: Beyond Labz

Built on a platform developed over 20 years, Beyond Labz creates an open-ended environment providing students the opportunity to experiment, practice, fail, discover, and learn.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Beyond Labz simplifies and reduces the cost and expertise needed to provide crucial laboratory experiences and practice for Secondary and Higher Ed students; 2. Attendees will learn how the labs are used for pre- and post-lab experiences, credit recovery and lab make-up, student engagement in class, and meeting NGSS standards; and 3. Basic onboarding and start-up instructions will be provided for drop-in solutions, and instructions for using some of the more sophisticated features will also be described.

SPEAKERS:
Brian Woodfield (Brigham Young University: Provo, UT)

Using Picture Books Can Promote Literacies with Text to…Connections

Friday, October 29 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - A106


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.

TAKEAWAYS:
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 that help students connect their own authentic experiences and help them understand and make sense; and 3. consider how the criteria for the selection of books, identification of phenomena, and selection of investigations can be a powerful experience for students.

SPEAKERS:
Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA)

Bacteria Phage Away Unless They Have a CRISPR Array

Friday, October 29 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - C124


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Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Learn how trouble in a yogurt factory exposed CRISPR biology, paving the way for a groundbreaking biotechnology tool. This session explores virus-cell interactions at the boundary of living and nonliving systems.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. To update teachers’ knowledge of bacteria-phage interactions; 2. To demonstrate how teachers can connect this new technology to basic concepts of molecular biology they are already teaching; and 3. To connect a basic biological system to technological innovation.

SPEAKERS:
Christina Bowers (Meridian School: Round Rock, TX)

Integration Essentials: Engineering and Computer Science

Friday, October 29 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - B110/111


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Sponsoring Company: Museum of Science, Boston – EiE

Learn how EiE can help grades 1–5 students develop 21st-century skills through high-quality scaffolded engineering and computer science experiences.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Identify the connections and recognize the benefits of integrating engineering and computer science learning in the classroom; 2. Understand the habits of mind that learners develop when participating in high-quality engineering and computer science activities; and 3. Learn the structure and rationale behind EiE's Integrated Engineering and Computer Science Essentials units.

SPEAKERS:
Amanda Glover (Museum of Science, Boston: Boston, MA), Jesus Garcia (Museum of Science, Boston: Boston, MA)

Three Ways to Make Your STEM PBL a Main Course

Friday, October 29 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - B117/118/119


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Sponsoring Company: Pitsco Education

The framework of our STEM PBL units includes a meaningful STEM challenge, authentic inquiry, student choice, applied development, and public engagement.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Elements of a STEM PBL unit; 2. Ways to incorporate hands-on STEM learning into an open-ended STEM PBL unit; and 3. Leave with the right tools and confidence to integrate a STEM PBL unit into your learning environment.

SPEAKERS:
Molly Underwood (Pitsco Education: Pittsburg, KS), Mohit Abraham (Pitsco Education: Pittsburg, KS)

Famous Fossils of Washington and Oregon

Saturday, October 30 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - D139/140



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FF of WA & OR.pdf

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Join me as I share eight short stories about the most significant fossil discoveries in Washington and Oregon combined with a hands-on experience that connects to each story.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Use storytelling to engage students in the NGSS Earth Science Standards that include fossil evidence; 2. Utilize prehistoric animals as motivation to read and research about the place that you live; and 3. Make connections to the John Day Fossil Beds in Oregon and the Burke Museum and Stonerose fossils in Washington.

SPEAKERS:
Mark Watrin (WSTA: Olympia, WA)

Modeling Molecular Interactions with CRISPR Cas9: A Hands-On Exploration of Genome Editing Technology

Saturday, October 30 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - C124


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Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

This session introduces CRISPR-Cas9 in the context of DNA, RNA, and protein structure. Functional interactions in the natural system are explained as well as engineered improvements for sequence-specific targeting in the human genome.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. To update teachers’ knowledge of this new gene-editing technology; 2. To demonstrate how teachers can connect this new technology to basic concepts of molecular biology they are already teaching; and 3. To explore the potential and limitations of genome-editing technology applications.

SPEAKERS:
Christina Bowers (Meridian School: Round Rock, TX)

Universal Design for Learning Science

Saturday, October 30 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - E146



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FREE sample chapter from NSTA
Interactive UDL Guidelines
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Universal Design for Learning Science
This NSTA Press book is featured in the session.

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides a framework for reducing barriers and increasing access for all students in science. Learn how elementary teachers are applying this framework in science!

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn: 1. about the UDL Framework; 2. how curriculum and teaching methods create barriers for students; and 3. how to reduce barriers through intentional planning with UDL.

SPEAKERS:
Debi Hanuscin (Western Washington University: Bellingham, WA)

Using Objects and Pictures to Welcome All Students to Phenomena-Based Science Learning

Saturday, October 30 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - D133/134



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Portland VTS Presentation.pptx
resources for visual and objects.docx

STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

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Have you ever wondered how using a single picture or object can spark any student’s curiosity about science? Get the tools to help all your students embrace science with open arms and excitement.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will: 1. learn how to use pictures to spark interest in science phenomena; 2. experience a Visual Thinking Strategy (VTS) lesson incorporated with science; and 3. experience how using objects can spark students' interests and leads to students asking their own questions.

SPEAKERS:
Melissa Pearcy (Jefferson Elementary School: Spokane, WA), Carrie Ryan Walls (Woodridge Elementary School: Spokane, WA), Emily O'Halloran (Linwood Elementary School: Spokane, WA)

Communication: Sending Information with a Micro:bit

Saturday, October 30 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - A107-109



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Curricula Sign Up
Sign up to receive the other free (grant funded) science units.
CYBER.ORG
Check out the other amazing resources that are free (grant funded) for teachers!
Student Files
Here are the associated student handouts to use in your classroom.
Teacher Guide
As a teacher, this will help to show you how to do the activities that we did together in the workshop with your students while reaching the Next Generation Science Standards.

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

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Learn how to reach the three-dimensional science standards in your classroom through hands-on coding with the BBC micro:bit and free online Microsoft MakeCode simulator.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. gain personal hands-on experience using a BBC micro:bit to teach the Next Generation Science Standards; 2. learn how to teach problem solving through coding at an age-approprite level with tips and pointers from presenters who each have over 10 years' experience in the elementary classroom; and 3. walk away with a free sample lesson from CYBER.ORG, which includes the corresponding Next Generation Science Standards for their upper elementary classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Laurie Salvail (CYBER.ORG: Bossier City, LA), Brittany Pike (CYBER.ORG: Bossier City, LA)

Creating  Problem-Based Learning Opportunities Through Partnerships

Saturday, October 30 • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - D137/138



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Creating problem-based learning opportunities Powerpoint
Powerpoint presentation for creating problem based learning through partnerships.

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Learn and understand  how an industry partner and a team of educators collaborated to create activities in helping students design a microgravity space toilet.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. How to develop a successful problem-based Learning unit incorporating NGSS, Common Core, and CTE; 2. How to infuse 21st-Century soft skills and connections to career pathways into a problem-based learning unit; and 3. Tips on forming strong partnership collaborations.

SPEAKERS:
Barbara Bromley (Hazelwood Elementary School: Lynnwood, WA), Zayd Sarwat (Hazelwood Elementary School: Lynnwood, WA), Alexandra Willwerth (Hazelwood Elementary School: Lynnwood, WA), Makena Nymeyer (Hazelwood Elementary School: Lynnwood, WA), Sylvie Giral Kacmarcik (Civil Air Patrol, Washington Wing: Bothell, WA)

Let's Get Back to Hands-On Learning and Use 5E Science Lessons to Emphasize Effective Instructional Sequences

Saturday, October 30 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - B110/111



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Hands-OnLearning-5E-STEMscopes-Heydrick-Shield-2021-Oct30.pdf

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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Research has shown that the actual doing of science or engineering will pique students’ curiosity, capture their interest, and motivate their continued study. Combining this information with simple shifts in instructional sequencing will help students construct scientific meaning. Are you ready to open your eyes to a whole new world of scientific inquiry!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Explore the research-based 5E instructional model with adaptations for acceleration and intervention; 2. Learn several techniques to embed hands-on learning experiences in various classroom environments; and 3. Learn how to make simple shifts in your instructional plan and sequence to foster better student understanding of concepts.

SPEAKERS:
Dr. Kenneth Heydrick (: Houston, TX), Stephanie Shield (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Making Membranes Memorable

Saturday, October 30 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - C124


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Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Support three-dimensional learning with the hands-on Phospholipid Membrane Transport Kit, exploring the chemical properties of water and the phospholipid bilayer membrane.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Model how phospholipids spontaneously assemble in water; 2. Identify and simulate the function of the various types of channel proteins involved in membrane transport; and 3. Show how the membrane model can be used over time to add increasingly more advanced topics such as transport of ions or active transport using sodium potassium pumps.

SPEAKERS:
Susan Auld (Sehome High School: Bellingham, WA)

Tracking SARS-CoV-2 Spread Using an Easy Gel Electrophoresis Activity

Saturday, October 30 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - C120/121/122


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Sponsoring Company: Bio-Rad Laboratories

A COVID-19 outbreak among restaurant customers has researchers puzzled. It's time for your students to analyze DNA samples by electrophoresis and propose evidence-based explanations.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Walk through a hands-on classroom lab activity to teach about SARS-CoV-2 detection methods; 2. Learn about a case study, based on a publication in 2020, in which researchers analyzed diagnostic data from patrons of a restaurant to learn about how SARS-CoV-2 spreads; and 3. See how students can use classroom lab results to propose evidence-based explanations for how SARS-CoV-2 may have spread in the case study scenario.

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

Science Classroom Tasks That Support Girls' STEM Identities

Saturday, October 30 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - E146



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Learn about the role of classroom instructional strategies and types of tasks in creating a more gender-equitable science classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn about Science Capital and how teachers can work to build student Science Capital; 2. Examine the six SciGirls Strategies to support a gender-equitable science classroom; and 3. Examine a classroom assessment task as a learning moment and opportunity for enacting SciGirls Strategies.

SPEAKERS:
Tom Hathorn (University of Washington Tacoma: Tacoma, WA)

Building Community Through Writing Science Curricula

Saturday, October 30 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - D133/134



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NSTA 01 Question Starters.pdf
NSTA Driving Question Board Guide.pdf
NSTA Portland Oct 2021.pdf

STRAND: Integrating Multiple Learning Experiences and Connecting to Move Forward

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Learn about the shift to NGSS in our large urban district, including collaboration between Science and ESL departments in writing K–5 curricula that meet both Science and English Language Proficiency expectations.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Glimpse into our collaborative writing process; 2. Experience several high-leverage instructional strategies in our K–5 NGSS and ELP units; and 3. Ideas for how to collaborate across departments, including how this work has developed during and post-COVID-19.

SPEAKERS:
Geoff Stonecipher (Portland Public Schools: Portland, OR), Kate Yocum (Portland Public Schools: Portland, OR)

Transform Your Literacy Block Through the Engineering and Design Process

Saturday, October 30 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - E145



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Transform Literacy Through the Engineering Design Process
Updated Presentation (Transform Your Literacy Block Through EDP)

STRAND: Literacy/Science Connections in the Classroom

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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; and 3. Using STEM notebooks and the EDP during your literacy block and demonstrating how the EDP is cross-curricular.

SPEAKERS:
Angela Spearman (McKissick Academy of Science & Technology: Easley, SC), McKenzie Martin (McKissick Academy of Science & Technology: Easley, SC)

Excitation Potential: Hands-On/ Minds-On Modeling with Neurons

Saturday, October 30 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - C124


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Sponsoring Company: 3D Molecular Designs

Let's explore membrane transport and signaling support neuron function. This session covers the relationship between structures and the electrical changes during excitation along with strategies to deepen engagement and understanding.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. deepen their understanding of the molecular mechanisms that support neuron activation and signal propagation during an action potential; 2. become familiar with the specific impacts of neurotransmitters on the pre- and post-synaptic neurons; and 3. use foam models to explore approaches to learning that invite deep questioning, such as via making predictions of the consequences of specific mutations in the sodium potassium pump on neuron activity.

SPEAKERS:
Christina Bowers (Meridian School: Round Rock, TX)

Art and Science: A Powerful Combination

Saturday, October 30 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - E146


STRAND: Successful Collaborations Between Informal and Formal Educators

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Learn how Mid-Columbia Ballet, LIGO, and teachers created an exciting unit combining art and science to engage students. Participants will engage in activities and discussions.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. understand how multiple informal and formal educators can work together to achieve their goals; 2. be able to identify possible partners in their region; and 3. learn how informal and formal partnerships can teach content standards, crosscutting concepts, and engineering practices in a unique way.

SPEAKERS:
Renee Kollman (Adams) (Mid-Columbia Ballet: Richland, WA), McKenzie Munn (Marcus Whitman Elementary School: Richland, WA), Amber Strunk (LIGO Hanford Observatory: Richland, WA)

Featured Presentation: Teaching Environmental Justice Theory and Applications in STEM

Saturday, October 30 • 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Oregon Convention Center - Oregon Ballroom 201/202


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This presentation will focus on how social, political, and biophysical factors structure access to water, using the concept of environmental justice to draw attention to issues of fairness and equality in the ways different social groups gain access to natural resources. It is essential for anyone working in the environmental sciences to acknowledge the human communities that impact and are impacted by those systems. The history of spatial segregation in the U.S. has had real consequences for how water is distributed, diverted, stored, and managed across urban and rural landscapes. This has resulted in uneven access to clean, reliable water and differential access to water-related decision-making. In this talk, Melissa will introduce a theoretical framework based on current research in environmental justice that considers distributive, procedural, and recognition justice. Looking at case studies in the Pacific Northwest, she will demonstrate how water managers and researchers can use this framework to ask questions that will illuminate opportunities to support diversity, equity, and inclusion approaches in their work.

SPEAKERS:
Melissa Haeffner (Portland State University: Portland, OR)

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