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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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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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)