2021 Portland Area Conference

October 28-30, 2021

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FILTERS APPLIED:Sharing Authentic Assessment Strategies, Preservice Science Education


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A Matter of Understanding: Teaching About Teaching Matter in the Elementary Grades

Saturday, October 30 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - D139/140

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CKT Packet: Instructional Goals and Big Ideas for Teaching about Matter
CKT Science Website

STRAND: Sharing Authentic Assessment Strategies

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College faculty and teacher educators will explore NGSS-focused strategies and materials for preparing teachers to teach about matter in the elementary grades.

Attendees will: 1. learn more about the content knowledge for teaching (CKT) about matter that elementary teachers need to know in order to teach in ways that align with the NGSS; 2. learn how to elicit elementary teacher/preservice teachers’ CKT for matter with research-based CKT assessment tasks; and 3. learn how to support the development of elementary teachers’ CKT for matter using free materials and resources.

Josie Melton (Western Washington University: Bellingham, WA), Emily Borda (Western Washington University: Bellingham, WA)

Creating Social Activists Through Culturally Relevant Science Lessons

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

Oregon Convention Center - E145

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Culturally Relevant and Culturally Responsive 2 Theories for Science Teaching.pdf
Culturally relevant assessments.pptx

STRAND: Sharing Authentic Assessment Strategies

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Participants will learn how to create a culturally relevant science lesson using an Earth science unit on conflict minerals in electronic devices as an example.

Participants will: 1. learn how to identify concepts that readily lend themselves to connecting and engaging students in culturally relevant content; 2. brainstorm science content that can lead to social activism; and 3. learn how to connect the NGSS crosscutting concepts and science and engineering practices.

Lesley Urasky (Saratoga Middle/High School: Saratoga, WY)

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