2022 Chicago National Conference

July 21-23, 2022

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FILTERS APPLIED:Coping in Resilience in Science and STEM Teaching, Equity


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A Holistic Approach to Building Community

Thursday, July 21 • 9:40 AM - 10:40 AM

McCormick Place - W185b-c

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STRAND: Coping in Resilience in Science and STEM Teaching

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Finding support and collaboration, especially in rural settings, can be challenging for educators. The Interstate Science Collaborative (ISC) was formed by state science leaders from a handful of rural states to provide free professional learning for the teachers they serve. Fall and spring book study sessions and a summer learning series were offered with considerations toward equitable participation including making the sessions virtual, being mindful of schedules and capacity, and providing continuing education credits. Feedback from the sessions centered around appreciation from participants for the opportunity to connect with teachers from other states to discuss and share in conversations around common problems of practice. In addition to providing support for educators, the ISC became a safe space for the founding members to share challenges and successes in their own work. Join this presentation to learn about how to set up a professional community in your context that will not only support student learning but can also become a way to create the comradery and community we all need as educators.

Participants will engage in whole and small group discussion to learn about and share strategies to build a professional community that not only focuses on how to improve student learning but also creates a support network for educators.

Sharon Cates (Phenomenon Science Education: Amherst, MA), Christy Krenek (New Mexico Public Education Department: Santa Fe, NM), Shannon Wachowski (EdReports.org: Fort Collins, CO)

How do science teachers stay effective? Practical implications and strategies based on research

Saturday, July 23 • 9:20 AM - 10:20 AM

McCormick Place - W176c

STRAND: Coping in Resilience in Science and STEM Teaching

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This presentation will use a mixture of hands-on activities and discussion questions to engage participants in the themes from research about how science teachers stay effective during challenging times For example, through our research, we have found science teachers often have a strong desire to help their students become better people and create an equitable classroom. They describe that they have goals for their students such as being critical thinkers, problem-solvers, creative, and collaborative. Our session will work to have the participants generate the types of attributes they want in their own students. We will then demonstrate two teaching scenarios: one based on best practices in science education and the other being a teacher-centered approach. We will have participants then analyze the teaching scenarios using the goals they have to determine which has more culturally responsive teaching practices. We will also engage students in a hands-on activity using a gravity well that connects to MS-PS2-4. We will use the activity to discuss culturally responsive teaching practices in science teaching including scaffolding, effective questioning, a method to analyze teaching, and using experiences and phenomena to help students deeply engage in all three dimensions of the NGSS.

Participants will learn about inclusive teaching strategies that help science teachers stay effective.

Jesse Wilcox (University of Northern Iowa: Cedar Falls, IA)

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