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Wednesday, July 20
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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SC-2: Supporting Teachers and Students in the Science Classroom Using NSTA’s Instructional Coaching Tools and Protocols

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Hyatt Regency McCormick Place - Hyde Park A/B

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  • $75 earlybird
  • $100 advance

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This workshop is designed for instructional coaches and leaders who want to support their teachers in making the instructional shifts required by three-dimensional science standards. Participants will receive NSTA’s suite of instructional coaching tools and gain experience using the protocols and providing feedback.

Takeaways: 1. Become familiar with a suite of instructional coaching tools and protocols; 2. Gain experience using the instructional coaching tools and protocols; and 3. Identify ways to use the tools to provide feedback to teachers and document growth over time.

Speakers

Kate Soriano (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Kristin Rademaker (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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https://my.nsta.org/collection/M85g4eNS_sCs_E

Thursday, July 21
9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
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Broaden Science Participation: Unpack “Analyze & Interpret” to Teach Data As an Equalizer

McCormick Place - W179b

We live in a data-driven world, and our students will be working in a data-driven workforce. Therefore, it is critical that our Pre-K-12 students learn foundational data literacy skills. However, currently these skills are too often only taught in upper-level classes. All students need these skills and all students, down to our little Pre-Kers, can work with and make sense of science data. Let’s make sure data is an equalizer, rather than another divider in our educational system and society! Join us as we explore what perception and learning science tell us about how our brains process data. We will experience research-based strategies and freely available resources to build science knowledge and self-efficacy through data. Finally, we will explore ways to adapt our existing curriculum activities and data visualizations to help our students more equitably access science. Through hands-on activities and group discussions, participants will leave more empowered to leverage data and data visualizations into their science content in purposeful ways for all learners. Working with and learning science from data fosters critical thinking skills, lifelong interests in science, and facilitates learners’ overall 21st century skills. Let’s set all of our students up for success!

Takeaways: Participants will identify how data literacy is a critical aspect of science literacy in the 21st century for all students and ways to adjust existing curriculum to leverage data as entry points into science inquiry, sensemaking, and knowledge for all learners to see themselves in STEM.

Speakers

Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, Rutgers University: Princeton, NJ)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Thursday, July 21
9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
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Making A Career In Science Education In 2022

McCormick Place - Skyline W375b

Confused about what to do post COVID? Thinking about switching careers? Learn about the experiences, challenges, and mistakes made by several esteemed science education leaders in this engaging and interactive panel discussion. This panel will feature current and former teachers, school leaders, district leaders, consultants, academics, national STEM education leaders.

Takeaways: Participants will learn about the increasing number of opportunities available for educators both inside and outside of the classroom.

Speakers

Michael Lach (The University of Chicago: Highland Park, IL)

Thursday, July 21
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Developing school-based science teacher leadership through a collaborative learning community.

McCormick Place - W181b

Participants will be introduced to an ongoing partnership between Chicago Public Schools and Loyola University Chicago in which 40 K-8 teachers participated in a Master Teacher Leadership Cohort to support the rollout of a newly-adopted science curriculum. The cohort supports teachers in becoming leaders in their schools and across the district, ensuring a greater impact on underrepresented students by removing barriers to appropriate grade-level content and high-quality instruction. We will begin by highlighting activities from the cohort that develop teacher knowledge of the NGSS and best practices in science instruction, including learning cycle action plans and other strategies to make practice public and engage in collaborative problem-solving (20 min). We will then share strategies for the development of teacher leadership, including case study work, leadership self-assessment and goal-setting, and leadership breakout discussions, where teachers were invited to share individual areas of expertise in science teacher leadership. (15 min) We will then engage participants in preparing for two of the cohort activities: an instructional strategy share-out (“pineapple share”) and leadership breakout discussions. (15 min) We will end with thoughts from a teacher leader in the cohort about how to recruit, retain, and engage teachers in this type of community. (10 min)

Takeaways: Participants will leave this session with the tools they can use to develop collaboration, leadership, and high-quality science instruction among science teacher leaders.

Speakers

Andre Botello (Chicago Public Schools: Chicago, IL), Julie Jacobi (Loyola University Chicago: Chicago, IL), Allison Grandberry (Chicago Public Schools: Chicago, IL), Kayla Cherry (Loyola University Chicago: Chicago, IL)

Thursday, July 21
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Building Yourself as a Teacher Leader and Change Agent

McCormick Place - Skyline W375b

Learn about opportunities to become a change agent within your school, district, and beyond. Discussion will be around strategies and programs to support teacher advocates.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn strategies and opportunities to support them in becoming change agents at various levels: within their school or district, local community, and state.

Speakers

Nicole Vick (Northwestern University: No City, No State), Maggie Moore (Hononegah High School: Rockton, IL)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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NSTA Storytelling Presentation.pdf

Thursday, July 21
3:40 PM - 4:10 PM
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Instructional Coaching in Elementary Science

McCormick Place - W187b

In this session we will explore the experience of an instructional coach working with a fifth-grade teacher to engage students in three-dimensional learning using an NGSS curriculum at an urban school.

Takeaways: This session will explore how instructional coaches can be leveraged in elementary schools to support teachers and students in implementing the NGSS.

Speakers

Alayla Ende (University at Buffalo, SUNY: Buffalo, NY)

Thursday, July 21
5:10 PM - 5:40 PM
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Science Education Leadership: Helping Administrators Build Knowledge and Skills to Support Quality Science Instruction

McCormick Place - W181c

This session will present attendees with an up-to-date literature review, as well as original research, regarding administrators knowledge and acceptance of evolution and evolution education law. After discussing the research, a virtual library of general resources will be shared with attendees that they bring back to their school and district administrators. Additionally, attendees will learn how to locate or create resources to add to this virtual library that are specific to their state standards, specific content areas, and local communities. The goal is that attendees will return to their schools and districts and be better able to participate directly or indirectly in Instructional Leadership Team roles in their communities in order to promote high quality science instruction for their students.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn about our current understanding of administrators' knowledge of evolution and evolution education law and walk away with a virtual toolbox of resources that can be shared with building and district level administrators to better support quality science instruction.

Speakers

Blake Touchet (National Center for Science Education: Oakland, CA)

Thursday, July 21
5:10 PM - 5:40 PM
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Facilitating teacher learning in ordinary spaces

McCormick Place - W186c

Professional learning opportunities for elementary science teachers are scarce but crucial for all elementary teachers to meet the goals of the NGSS. We argue that schools and districts should leverage the routines teachers are already doing for professional learning. In a study of three districts, we found opportunities for learning about science content, teaching, the NGSS, and instructional leadership. This may not happen in all spaces: there are likely more opportunities if teacher learning is centered alongside administrative function. This presentation will focus on how facilitation for curriculum adoption routines supported particular kinds of teacher learning, through leaning into contentious moments and using tools to mediate perspectives and develop teachers’ knowledge. We will also pose a key dilemma which emerged from our focal districts around membership selection: hand-selecting committee members leveraged their instructional expertise and ensured the selection of high-quality curriculum materials but limited both representation and opportunities for less expert elementary science teachers to learn about teaching science within the routine. We will then facilitate a discussion focused on strategies for supporting teacher learning, including around critical issues of equity which were mostly absent from our data collection, and strategies for managing the key dilemma of membership selection.

Takeaways: Committees for adopting new science curricula are an example of an often untapped opportunity for teacher learning; leaning into points of contention and leveraging tools to mediate committee deliberations contribute to teacher learning.

Speakers

Emily Seeber (University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, MI), Christa Haverly (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL)

Friday, July 22
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Science Instruction in an Era of Accountability

McCormick Place - W187a

An understanding of the structure of our educational system will allow us to better navigate this system in ways which promote social justice in the science classroom. Consequently, this session will start with a discussion of accountability reform initiatives (such as high-stakes testing) and the impact those mandates have had on science education. Thus, the first part of the session will focus on the interplay between reform initiatives and equity by examining how mandates worked to widen the achievement gap. The NGSS challenges states to make changes to their curricula and bring the focus back to science. We will then move to a discussion regarding how we can use the vision embodied in the NRC Framework to promote quality teaching practices in the science classroom and bring the focus to science instruction. Here we examine equity-driven practices that can work to promote social justice in the science classroom. Participants will identify components within the NCR Framework which promote equity by engaging all learners—specifically historically marginalized students—in the learning process.

Takeaways: Accountability mandates such as high-stakes testing are working to funnel time and resources away from science instruction, however, 3D learning and inclusive practices can mitigate the effects of those mandates by promoting sound pedagogical practices.

Speakers

Klodia Saad (Dearborn Public Schools: Dearborn, MI)

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Friday, July 22
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Women in STEM Mentorship Program: Building a Bridge to STEM at Community Colleges

McCormick Place - W185a

Join us as we share our experience in developing and piloting our Women in STEM Mentorship Program (WSMP), a year-long mentorship program that pairs high school juniors and seniors who identify as female with female college STEM faculty to build relationships and positively impact the social development and academic achievement of participating young women as they consider pursuing a STEM field at College of DuPage. In this presentation, we will be discussing the creation, implementation, and piloting of a mentorship program focused on attracting high school students, who identify as female, to the STEM fields. Eight high school juniors and seniors participated in the Women in STEM Mentorship Program. Mentees were paired with STEM faculty who teach at a community college. In addition to this, we will be discussing our findings and the changes that we will be making to future cohorts. We hope to hear directly from some of our mentees and mentors, who will share their experience. Finally, we will share what we believe makes our program different from other STEM mentorship programs and provide examples of how we created the program that you can take with you should you wish to start your own.

Takeaways: Attendees will learn how community college STEM faculty can work to support potential incoming underrepresented students through a mentorship and networking program. We hope to have mentors and mentees available to share their experience.

Speakers

Sara Spaniol (College of DuPage: Glen Ellyn, IL)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Press Release
NSTA Presentation: Women in STEM Mentorship Program
Sample Mentor Welcome Packet
includes Code of Conduct, Communication Guidelines, and Photo/Video release
Sample Meeting Guidelines
Sample Checklist
Sample Multi-year Module Plan

Friday, July 22
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Adolescent Award Brain: NGSS Engagement Strategies for Classroom Management

McCormick Place - W185d

Utilize recent findings about adolescent brain development to create an inclusive, participatory-engaged NGSS/STEM environment and quell disruptive behaviors before they start.

Takeaways: NGSS "Rules of Engagement" for better classroom management.

Speakers

Julie A. Smith (Lennox Middle School: Lennox, CA)

Presenter Materials for this Session:
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Adolescent Award Brain - NGSS Engagement Strategies for Classroom Management
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Adolescent Award Brain - NGSS Engagement Strategies for Classroom Management
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Friday, July 22
2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
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Toshiba America Foundation wants to work together with teachers who are looking for a better way of doing the right thing

McCormick Place - W175c

Toshiba America Foundation wants to work together with teachers who are looking for a better way to engage the community in STEM. Participants will hear from educators that have won money for their school and communities to implement STEM action projects.

Takeaways: Participants will learn how they can receive cash awards and acknowledge for STEM action projects.

Speakers

John Anderson (Toshiba America Foundation: New York, NY)

Friday, July 22
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM
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Empower Students with the Sustainable Development Goals

McCormick Place - W183c

Are you looking to fuel student engagement, incorporate real-world problem solving, and build empathy through STEM? If so, please join us to learn how the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, student-created learning centers and STEM-based contests promote learner ownership and innovative problem solving. Since the SDGs highlight global inequalities, learning about them builds awareness and develops empathy. This, in turn, encourages students to consider STEM-based solutions to create a more sustainable future that also reduces barriers for underrepresented populations. Our classroom-ready resources allow students to self-select an SDG, become experts about its impact on the global community, and create an informative, interactive learning center. This process increases student interest and engagement and develops leadership skills. As people participate in these student-created centers, they learn about the SDGs and consider positive solutions for each. Ultimately, learning center participants are encouraged to become SDG ambassadors who spread global awareness. In addition, we will share how a systems-based approach for STEM contest integration not only forges STEM pathways, incorporates science and engineering practices, and expands career awareness, but also creates future-ready citizens who are equipped with skills to increase prosperity within our global community.

Takeaways: Learn how the Sustainable Development Goals and the Engineering Design Process promote empathy, increase classroom participation, and spark innovative student-based solutions that reduce global barriers within underrepresented populations in order to create real-world change.

Speakers

Elizabeth Kaleta (John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School: Aurora, IL), Debby Nelson (Rotolo Middle School: Batavia, IL)

Saturday, July 23
9:20 AM - 10:20 AM
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4-H, STEM and Entrepreneurship...Oh My!

McCormick Place - W181b

Learn how Ohio 4-H and the Ohio Academy of Science have partnered to offer the a free STEM entrepreneurial program for junior high and high school students. Educators will participate in activities that will showcase student-centered learning experiences that allows them to explore entrepreneurship in the formal classroom, home-school classroom or 4-H SPIN Club. The curriculum teaches students how to commercialize solutions to problems by developing a STEM Commercialization Plan or STEM Business Plan. The goal of the program is to create a culture of innovation. This is accomplished by focusing on the practical application of STEM and related fields and the development of an entrepreneurial mindset and the critical thinking skills students will need in the future.

Takeaways: This session will provide the tools needed to expand student participation in STEM by connecting classroom educators to the broad community of 4-H officers, leaders and facilitators.

Speakers

Angela McMurry (The Ohio Academy of Science: Dublin, OH), Mark Light (The Ohio State University: Columbus, OH)