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Friday, July 22
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Is This Going To Be Graded? Formative Assessment and Feedback Practices that Matter

McCormick Place - W192c

Sponsoring Company: BrainPOP Science

Research has shown better ways to incorporate learning theory in our assessment practices. This session links constructivist learning theory to instructional practices and meaningful formative assessment. Teachers often seek more clarity on the term "inquiry" related to science instruction and the new role of the teachers in students' learning. When we empower students to have agency, how do we still provide support and coaching? We will discuss current findings from Hattie, William, and other educational researchers on how to involve students in the learning process. New tools and software designed around inquiry can make teaching science and STEM exciting. Anchored by essential questions, we will demonstrate tools for student learning which organize and visualize the data while allowing students time to focus on analyzing and understanding instead of simple creation. While not a replacement for hands-on activities, we will examine ways to use simulations to enhance learning. Discover ways to strengthen sense-making and enable your students to think like scientists while exploring immersive 3D worlds where students make observations and collect evidence for CER assessments. We will also discuss assessment through the lens of UDL (Universal Design for Learning) and social/emotional standards.

Takeaways: Participants will be exposed to different levels of instructional feedback, standard-based grading, and assessment and feedback tools.

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Mike Jones (Illinois State University: Normal, IL)

Friday, July 22
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Building Critical Thinking Skills with (New) BrainPOP Science and BrainPOP (K-8)

McCormick Place - W192c

Sponsoring Company: BrainPOP Science

BrainPOP Science is a new inquiry-based instructional tool for middle school science classrooms. Our unique and intuitive Claim-Evidence-Reasoning process allows students to gather, edit, and organize evidence the way real scientists do while strengthening their argumentative writing skills. Rich with phenomena-driven content, investigations, units, diagnostics, and assessments, it provides teachers and administrators with real-time, actionable insight into student learning to help drive instruction, differentiation, and assessment success for all students.

Takeaways: Transitioning from using BrainPOP science topics into using our new middle school investigations in BrainPOP Science.

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Rex Beaber (Professional Learning Strategist, BrainPOP Science: New York, NY), Robert Miller (Professional Learning Strategist, BrainPOP Science: New York, NY)

Friday, July 22
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
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What Evidence Do You Have To Support Your Claim?

McCormick Place - W192c

Sponsoring Company: BrainPOP Science

You've heard the phrase "CER" but aren't sure what it means in the context of your classroom and your students? We all know that effective communication is crucial to our student's success, but what role do we, as science teachers, play in establishing a communicative culture? We will discuss the necessity of evidence-based writing and how to help students comprehend the distinction between evidence and reasoning. We'll look at a science lesson with an embedded CER, and discuss the components of CERs as well as CERs' role in the science classroom and how CERs are fundamentally a part of 21st-century career and college readiness skills. Teachers will leave with skills, techniques, and resources to guarantee that CER is taught effectively in their classroom.

Takeaways: Participants will learn to promote a supportive writing environment and identify writing supports for ELs and SPED students in a science classroom

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Kristen Rillieux (BrainPOP: New York, NY)

Saturday, July 23
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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The Power of Student Discourse in Your Science Classroom

McCormick Place - W192c

Sponsoring Company: BrainPOP Science

This workshop will explain the purpose and importance of student discourse in the science classroom to help with sense-making. Examples of effective strategies and teacher moves will be provided for participants to explore resources that foster student discourse. Participants will then experience these strategies firsthand and see the teacher moves as they utilize a science investigation from the lens of a student. The session will wrap up with a debrief of the modeling activity and leave an opportunity to ask questions.

Takeaways: Attendees will receive effective strategies that promote productive student discourse and see how BrainPOP Science can provide opportunities for collaborative student discourse.

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Kelsie Stocz (Wake County Public School System: Cary, NC)

Saturday, July 23
9:20 AM - 10:20 AM
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Assessing Multi-Dimensional Science Skills within Inquiry Based Learning

McCormick Place - W192c

Sponsoring Company: BrainPOP Science

Assessments can be a powerful learning tool if used in the right way. Research shows that students find it helpful to be able to practice applying what they have learned in new contexts, that feedback after struggle leads to learning, and student responses to assessments can be used to help teachers plan for what to teach next or what they may need to re-teach. Our BrainPOP Science product offers multiple opportunities to digitally assess student knowledge to help inform teaching and learning. In this presentation we will highlight two of the key digital assessment components within the BrainPOP Science product that support multidimensional learning.

Takeaways: Participants will learn about the different digital assessment opportunities offered in our BP Science product and how to use evidence collected through strategically designed assessments to support multidimensional learning.

Speakers

Sara Bakken (BrainPOP: New York, NY)