2022 Houston National Conference

April 31-2, 2022

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SC-1: Supporting Teachers and Students in the Science Classroom Using NSTA’s Instructional Coaching Tools and Protocol

Wednesday, March 30 • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 310

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Home for a Biome Resources
This Google Doc includes a list of helpful websites as well as student resources, which include: a graphic organizer and real estate listing template. These materials can be adapted to your grade level. Presently it is written for a middle school level.
Supporting Teachers and Students in the Science Classroom Using NSTA’s Instructi
Collection of resources

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Ticket Price: $75 earlybird; $100 advance

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This session is designed for instructional coaches and leaders who want to support their teachers in making the instructional shifts required by three-dimensional science standards, including the TEKS. 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), Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Explore Before Explain, But Not Always

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 342A


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The 5E is effective for learning most concepts, but not for processes. Other models may need to be included within the 5E.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Clearly understand the various instructional models and the best practice for their uses; 2. The learning objective must be clearly identified as a concept of a process to correctly identify the best practice and instructional model; and 3. Use other best practices such as moving instruction from the known to the unknown or concrete to pictorial to abstract or limiting objectives within a 5E.

SPEAKERS:
Sandra West (Texas State University: San Marcos, TX)

Explore NSTA's High-Quality Secondary Lesson Plans and Units for Implementing New Standards

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 361D



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Explore NSTA’s High-Quality Secondary AND Elementary Lesson Plans and Units for
Collection of resources

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Daily Do sensemaking lessons are designed to engage students in authentic, relevant science learning. Join us to explore how these phenomenon-driven lessons motivate students to engage in science and engineering practices to make sense of science ideas (disciplinary core ideas) they need to explain how or why the phenomenon occurs. Gain experience with the critical attributes of sensemaking exemplified in Daily Do lessons you can use to shift your own lessons. Learn strategies to implement sensemaking lessons in both face-to-face and virtual settings.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Explore how phenomenon-driven lessons motivate students to engage in science and engineering practices to make sense of science ideas; 2. Understand the critical attributes of sensemaking; and 3. Discuss strategies for implementing Daily Do lessons in face-to-face and virtual settings.

SPEAKERS:
Patrice Scinta (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Kate Soriano (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Kristin Rademaker (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Young, Gifted, but…Is Science for "Us"?

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362A



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NSTA Conference 2021.pptx
This session focuses on implementing instructional strategies for challenging students.

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Science continues to be a challenge to teach and learn in some schools, especially with students of color. This session will focus on how to truly engage students in a science classroom that is student centered and teacher facilitated. Students should be partners in their education as well as participants.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn: 1. to engage students of color in the science classroom; 2. research-based strategies to create a culture of engagement in the science classroom; and 3. how to collaborate with their colleagues to develop a culture of engagement throughout the department.

SPEAKERS:
Jamie Buxton (Meridian Public School District: Meridian, MS), Tiffany Jones-Fisher (Meridian High School: Meridian, MS)

Partnering with NSTA to Reach Your Professional Learning Goals

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362D



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NSTA-National-Conference-TX-3-31-2022-Admin-Final.pdf

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NSTA School and District partnerships provide personalized professional learning experiences for K–12 educators. Find out more about these NSTA opportunities that combine membership with access to resources, online tools, and the national network.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Discover the value of being a School or District NSTA Partner; 2. Explore how to maximize online professional learning for all teachers; and 3. Discover how to utilize NSTA's online learning resources to support in-person professional learning.

SPEAKERS:
Flavio Mendez (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

NSELA-Sponsored Session: Coffee Talk: Taking Stock of NGSS Implementation

Thursday, March 31 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362F


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Join NSELA members for a generative conversation about the recent "Taking Stock of NGSS Implementation Summit" and share ideas for supporting science learning and leadership.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Reflect on key takeaways from the "Taking Stock of NGSS Implementation"; 2. Discuss the implications for science leadership; and 3. Network with national science leaders.

SPEAKERS:
Andy Weatherhead (National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA): Downingtown, PA), Linda Cook (The University of Texas at Dallas: Richardson, TX)

Pole of Inaccessibility: Bringing Ocean Science to North America’s Great Interior

Thursday, March 31 • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370C


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Join us as we explore how NOAA Teacher at Sea can bring stimulating ocean science content to the classroom through a wide range of technology and media applications.

TAKEAWAYS:
NOAA Teacher at Sea provides numerous cutting-edge strategies to make ocean science accessible to students such as Google Cardboard and various VR applications to utilizing NOAA Teacher at Sea’s rich ocean science resources.

SPEAKERS:
Spencer Cody (Edmunds Central School District: Roscoe, SD)

Preparing Teachers and Students for a Future in the Second Technology Revolution

Thursday, March 31 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362B


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The first technology revolution may have passed you by but rest assured, the second one is going to rock your world!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Relevance/difference of 1st and 2nd technology revolutions; 2. Understanding real-world examples for quantum information science; and 3. Importance of teaching QIS in the K–12 classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Karen Matsler (University of Texas Arlington: No City, No State), Janie Head (Lamar CISD: Rosenberg, TX), Emma Smith (Ridgeline High School: Millville, UT)

The Power of Engaging Educators: Strategies for AMBITIOUS Science Teachers

Thursday, March 31 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370D



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Ambitious Science Teaching

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What kinds of talk, tasks, and tools do students need in order to fully engage in meaningful forms of science learning? Join us as we share a statewide virtual book study that allowed AMBITIOUS Iowa science teachers to connect, collaborate, and refine their practice.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. focus on teaching practices relating to planning for engagement with big science ideas, eliciting students’ ideas, and supporting ongoing changes in student thinking; 2. learn how to set up opportunities for collaboration both online and with a local coach and peers; and 3. learn about the application of the learning related to a classroom action research option.

SPEAKERS:
Tammy Askeland-Nagle (Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency: Bettendorf, IA), Beverly Berns (Keystone Area Education Agency: Elkader, IA), Hope Garton Brown (Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency: Pocahontas, IA), Christopher Soldat (Grant Wood Area Education Agency: Cedar Rapids, IA)

Bringing Science to Life in Today’s Classrooms

Thursday, March 31 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 371


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Sponsoring Company: Discovery Education

Learn from a panel of educators from across the U.S. as they share their impactful stories of bringing science to life in today’s classrooms with Discovery Education. Please note that attendees must preregister for this workshop here.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn strategies and activities that engage students in classrooms across the country; 2. See science come to life with innovative classroom practices; and 3. Leave with a toolkit of resources to bring those ideas to your classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Kristy Vincent (Discovery Education: Silver Spring, MD), Justin Karkow (Discovery Education: Silver Spring, MD)

Explore NSTA's High-Quality Elementary Lesson Plans and Units for Implementing New Standards

Thursday, March 31 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 322B



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Explore NSTA’s High-Quality Secondary AND Elementary Lesson Plans and Units for
Collection of resources

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Daily Do sensemaking lessons are designed to engage students in authentic, relevant science learning. Join us to explore how these phenomenon-driven lessons motivate students to engage in science and engineering practices to make sense of science ideas (disciplinary core ideas) they need to explain how or why the phenomenon occurs. Learn strategies for implementing Daily Do lessons  in both face-to-face and virtual settings. If you are a K–5 teacher, we have Daily Do sensemaking lessons for you!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Explore how phenomenon-driven lessons motivate students to engage in science and engineering practices to make sense of science ideas; 2. Understand the critical attributes of sensemaking; and 3. Discuss strategies for implementing Daily Do lessons in face-to-face and virtual settings.

SPEAKERS:
Patrice Scinta (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Kate Soriano (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Kristin Rademaker (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Building Leadership Capacity to Support Science Implementation in Elementary Grades

Thursday, March 31 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332A



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Session Resources
This resource document includes the slide deck, the continuums, and the pre- and post- interview tools.

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During this session, school leaders will explore an NGSS Implementation Toolkit that leverages classroom observations to support strategic alignment of resources for elementary science education.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Gain a deeper understanding of student sensemaking and discourse in an NGSS-focused elementary classroom; 2. Explore an elementary classroom observation tool that builds instructional leadership in support of science learning; and 3. Examine structures and supports needed to build capacity at the school or district level to implement NGSS in elementary school classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Dawn O'Connor (CSU East Bay: Danville, CA), Nancy Wright (Hayward Unified School District: Hayward, CA)

NSTA Coordination and Supervision Committee Roundtable Discussion

Thursday, March 31 • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 361A


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Join individuals responsible for the coordination and supervision of science education and teachers from around the country to share ideas and solutions.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Networking with individuals in similar positions from around the country; 2. Sharing ideas around concerns facing science educators; and 3. Great ideas or solutions that others are implementing that you can too.

SPEAKERS:
Zoe Evans (Bremen City Schools: Bremen, GA)

Making Science Accessible for All

Thursday, March 31 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352A



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Making Science Accessible to All (Slideshow)
This is a copy of our presentation about how we use learning targets based on the NGSS science practices to develop assessments that are accessible to learners of all abilities.
www.reimaginedschools.com/wp
This is our website with more resources, such as infographics, podcasts, blog posts, and an online course.

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We will share how we use learning targets based on the NGSS science practices to develop assessments that are accessible to learners of all abilities.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. understand how to develop assessments that are accessible to all learners; 2. distinguish between formative and summative assessments and see examples of effective ways to apply each; and 3. understand how to use assessments to fine-tune teaching practice.

SPEAKERS:
David Frangiosa (Pascack Valley Regional High School District: Montvale, NJ), Elise Naramore (Pascack Hills High School: Montvale, NJ)

Grade Less to Learn More! How Shifts Toward Ungrading Free Your Students to Focus on STEM

Thursday, March 31 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362A



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Johanna's Ungrading Toolkit

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You made the learning three dimensional in your classroom; now it's time to do the same for your grading.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Ways to help students focus on learning more than gradesl 2, Systems of efficient grading that make meaningful feedback possible; and 3. Tips to have students participate in telling their learning story.

SPEAKERS:
Johanna Brown (Washington State OSPI)

What Do I Do with This? Making Sense of Your Assessment Data

Thursday, March 31 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 342B



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STRAND: Promoting Effective Assessments in the STEM Classroom

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We are awash in assessment data, but often it’s overwhelming to make sense of it. Join us to learn tips and strategies for wrangling data.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Explore new ways to organize data collection and raw data to aid in exploring the data for stories after it is collected; 2. Acquire skills in tying questions, data types, and data visualizations to enhance your ability to make sense of your assessment data; and 3. Identify next steps to better utilize and leverage your assessment data to help you measure students’ learning and know what steps to consider next.

SPEAKERS:
Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, LLC)

Leveraging Partnerships to Strengthen the STEM Engagement Pipeline

Thursday, March 31 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 360 A/D



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DoDSTEM at NSTA.pdf

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Sponsoring Company: DoD STEM

Hear about how DoD STEM partners with nonprofits, academia, industry, and government to work in schools and produce college- and career-ready graduates.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn: 1. about the mission and vision of DoD STEM; 2. how DoD STEM programs connect schools, students, and teachers with STEM professionals and opportunities; and 3. how they can engage with DoD STEM to support and/or enrich local programming.

SPEAKERS:
Sara Leikin (National Math + Science Initiative: Dallas, TX), Rebecca Stanley (DoD STEM/RTI International: Durham, NC), Jennifer Preston (DoD STEM/RTI International: Research Triangle Park, NC), Laura Larkin (Einstein Fellow, DoD STEM: Washington, DC)

Federal Professional Development Opportunities

Thursday, March 31 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 360 A/D



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NSTA. PAEMST FederalProfessionalDevelopmentOpps Session.pptx

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Sponsoring Company: National Science Foundation, Presidential Awards

Join NSF as we share professional development opportunities for teachers within the federal government and hear from Presidential Awardees about their experiences.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Federal professional development opportunities that you may not have been aware of before; 2. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) application process and benefits received; and 3. The paths of accomplished teachers and Presidential Awardees as they continue to grow their career.

SPEAKERS:
James Colby (National Science Foundation: Alexandria, VA)

NSTA Press Session: The NSTA Atlas of the Three Dimensions

Thursday, March 31 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 361C



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Atlas Map 4.2 Flow of Matter and Energy in Living Systems.pdf
Atlas Pres for NSTA National Conference in Houston March 31 2022.pdf
NSTA Press Web Page about the NSTA Atlas of the Three Dimensions
Sample Maps from the NSTA Atlas of the Three Dimensions

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Learn how to read the 62 maps of practices, core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and performance expectations in The NSTA Atlas of the Three Dimensions and use them and other features of this powerful navigational tool to develop and implement curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Construct an explanation for why it is important to consider learning progressions when planning curriculum, instruction, and assessment; 2. Analyze the elements of the three dimensions on a map to interpret the relationships it conveys; and 3. Obtain and evaluate information about the elements of the three dimensions in order to plan and carry out the development of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

SPEAKERS:
Ted Willard (Discovery Education: Silver Spring, MD)

NSTA Press Session: Using Picture Book to Inspire STEM Learning, K–5

Thursday, March 31 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 361B


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Learn how successful users integrate NSTA resources together to promote STEM and literacy through the use of high-quality STEM-related picture books.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Hear success stories and learn strategies for integrating STEM and literacy in K–5 with NSTA resources such as Picture-Perfect, Uncovering Student Ideas, NSTA Kids books, and more;l 2. Explore suggested picture books that integrate STEM and literacy; and 3. Walk away with a STEM lesson you can use right away.

SPEAKERS:
Christine Lewis (Blue Springs School District: Blue Springs, MO), Ryan Bohannan (Cordill-Mason Elementary School: Blue Springs, MO), Aubrey Tsevis (Lucy Franklin Elementary School: Blue Springs, MO)

Discover NSTA’s Digital Resources and Online Community

Thursday, March 31 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370C



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NSTA-National-Conference-TX-3-31-2022-Digital_Resources-Final.pdf

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Explore the NSTA website with us! NSTA provides high-quality digital resources and opportunities—all within a professional community—that supports professional learning and classroom instruction. NSTA gift cards will be raffled!

TAKEAWAYS:
1) Become versed about the plethora of digital resources available on NSTA’s website. 2) Learn about NSTA’s virtual learning opportunities for educators of science. 3) Grow your network of like-minded individuals.

SPEAKERS:
Flavio Mendez (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Michelle Phillips (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

How to Implement STEM and NGSS into Your Classroom Through the Use of NSTA Competitions

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 361A



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Presentation Slides

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Hear about various NSTA competitions and how they can bring STEM and the NGSS into the classroom, as well as give students and teachers a chance to earn recognition and prizes.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn: 1. about NSTA competitions; 2. how NSTA competitions help integrate STEM and NGSS in the classroom; and 3. how students and teachers can win recognition and prizes.

SPEAKERS:
Acacia McKenna (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Matthew Hartman (BrainPOP: Pittsburgh, PA)

Wisconsin's School Forest and Wheels to Woods: Program Pathways to Diversity in Forestry

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 361F



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Wisconsins School Forest and Wheels to Woods Program Pathways to Diversity

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Wisconsin has over 400 school forests, yet many students across the state are unable to enjoy the benefits of outdoor science education. LEAF works to improve access.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Forests are wonderful laboratories that stimulate curiosity in ways that indoor classrooms simply cannot; 2. Not all students have equal access to forests and we have much work to do to change that; and 3. Wisconsin’s School Forest and Wheels to Woods programs are working to improve K–12 field trip access to forests.

SPEAKERS:
Stephen Schmidt (LEAF: Stevens Point, WI)

Scaling and Supporting the Implementation of High-Quality Materials: The Role of Professional Learning Providers

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362D



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Scaling High Quality Instructional Materials Presentation Link

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Come see the professional learning model being utilized across Iowa to scale the use of free high-quality instructional materials (OpenSciEd) across the state for middle school publicly released units as well as furthering unit design with supports for the high school field test. These materials support the science learning of emerging multilingual students and incorporate the Universal Design for Learning guidelines.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. review the instructional routines highlighted across all OpenSciEd units and other high-quality OER curricula; 2. examine the professional learning model used to support the implementation of high-quality instructional materials across the state of Iowa; and 3. consider how the tools, processes, and instructional model shared could be applied to their local context.

SPEAKERS:
Tammy Askeland-Nagle (Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency: Bettendorf, IA), Jason Martin-Hiner (Keystone Area Education Agency: Elkader, IA), Hope Garton Brown (Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency: Pocahontas, IA), Beverly Berns (Keystone Area Education Agency: Elkader, IA)

Science and Engineering in Preschool Through Elementary Grades: The Brilliance of Children and the Strengths of Educators

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362F


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Authors of this report from the Board on Science Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will give an overview of the report’s key issues, conclusions, and recommendations.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Science and Engineering education needs to be prioritized through fifth grade; 2. State policymakers should ensure these subjects are taught comprehensively, frequently, and consistently; and 3. Ways to support learning and engagement with science and engineering.

SPEAKERS:
Heidi Schweingruber (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Washington, DC)

NextGen TIME: A Toolkit for Materials Evaluation

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370 A/B


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Learn how using NextGen TIME can help you get the best possible science instructional materials into the hands of teachers prepared to use them.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. NextGen TIME is a suite of tools and processes that support district leaders in: a. preparing to evaluate instructional materials; b. evaluating instructional materials for their quality and design for next generation science; and c. planning for next steps including customization to improve student outcomes and effective implementation in classrooms throughout the district; 2. NextGen TIME is a collaborative, evidence based suite of tools and processes for professional learning that helps teachers and others operationalize the characteristics of high-quality instructional materials designed for next generation science; and 3. Using NextGen TIME represents an investment in curriculum-based professional learning to increase the likelihood that all students and teachers have access to the best possible materials for the local context.

SPEAKERS:
Jody Bintz (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO), Jenine Cotton-Proby (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO)

Zoom a WISE Woman: Using Virtual Informal Opportunities in the Classroom to Promote More Inclusive Experiences

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370D


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The Texas A&M Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) organization invites you to join a mock Zoom a WISE Woman session with scientists and engineers!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Connecting real-world female scientists and engineers with K–12 classrooms; 2. Understanding the importance of connecting diverse role models in order to broaden participation in STEM; and 3. Experiencing the ease and benefits of collaborating with a virtual outreach program.

SPEAKERS:
Iliana De La Cruz (Texas A&M University: College Station, TX), Sarah Poor (Texas A&M University: Columbia, MO)

Instructional Materials Designed for Today’s Science Standards

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 361C



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Instructional Materials Designed for Todays Standards

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Curricula can support all students in reaching today’s standards, including NGSS. Attend to learn about critical curriculum features and how to improve/advocate for quality materials.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Understanding the importance of high-quality materials for supporting students and teachers; 2. Understanding the features and the opportunity for feedback and input; and 3. Ability to utilize the features for improving development and selection of curriculum materials.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Childress Self (NextGenScience: San Francisco, CA), Sam Shaw (EdReports.org)

Integrated STEM as a District-Wide Equity Move

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332 E/F



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Integrated STEM in Tracy Unified.NSTA.4.1.2022.pptx

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Come experience how one California district is leveraging an opportunity to bring equitable STEM experiences to all preK–12 students.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. How one district approaches integrated STEM; 2. What an integrated STEM unit feels like; and 3. How one district supports and builds accountability for equitable STEM instruction.

SPEAKERS:
Scott Reynolds (Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC): Boston, MA), Dean Reese (Tracy Unified School District: Tracy, CA)

FlyGirls: Girls with Drones

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350C


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Our FlyGirls program was developed to introduce young women in grades 4–8 to aerospace using drones. The Cobb County School District has partnered with Lockheed Martin, FTW Robotics, female drone pilots from across the U.S., and other informal educators to offer our FlyGirls program. Learn how we shifted during remote learning and focused on college and career readiness.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. learn how to cultivate a dynamic partnership between multiple agencies; 2. receive step-by-step guidance to start your own local chapter of FlyGirls; and 3. receive access to the resources we developed and used with our FlyGirls group.

SPEAKERS:
Sally Creel (Cobb County School District: Marietta, GA), Zoe Evans (Bremen City Schools: Bremen, GA)

All Learning Is Cultural, Especially Science

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 342B


STRAND: Strategies for Creating Inclusive Science Classrooms

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During this session, we will discuss instructional tools and resources to leverage students' cultural capital in the science classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Explore the tenets of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy; 2. Understand how all learning is cultural, especially science, and access to science helps students become change agents; and 3. Explore the components and values of an inclusive science classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Patricia Morgan (Georgia State University: Atlanta, GA)

3D@NSTA: Designing and Adapting Equitable Curriculum-Embedded Assessments to Support Five-Dimensional Science Learning

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 310B



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Materials from Designing and Adapting Equitable Curriculum-Embedded Assessments
Includes all slides and handouts

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The vision of the Framework calls for engaging students in sensemaking about phenomena and problems that connect to their interests and identities and that make use of disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. Assessment can support this vision when embedded in high-quality materials and when tasks invite student sensemaking and help build a caring academic community in the classroom. In this session, participants will engage with principles, tools, and examples of curriculum-embedded assessments that support student learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Framework-aligned assessments require a system of tasks and activities that address five dimensions of science learning: the use of disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts and connections to students’ interests and identities; 2. For assessments to be fair, they need to be accessible and connected to what students have opportunities to learn (curriculum); and 3. There are principles and freely available tools for designing and adapting assessments that support equitable science learning.

SPEAKERS:
William Penuel (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO), Sara Cooper (Contextus)

CONNECTing NASA to Your Classroom

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 342F



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CONNECTS presentation
NASA CONNECTS flyer
NASA CONNECTS flyer

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Learn how to join NASA’s first online community of practice for STEM educators (CONNECTS) and gain access to NASA content, resources, educator community, exclusive events, and NASA experts.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. receive a foam rocket activity they can implement in their classrooms using simple materials; 2. learn about the vast resources offered by NASA’s new online community of practice for STEM educators, CONNECTS; and 3. learn how they can join CONNECTS.

SPEAKERS:
Cindy Hasselbring (NASA Headquarters: Washington, DC)

Using a DQB with a Model NGSS Activity to Make Phenomena Meaningful and Connected to Science Content

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 351B


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Sponsoring Company: Lab-Aids

Explore the use of a Driving Question Board (DQB) as a tool to make the phenomena meaningful and connected to science content. Using an example activity from Ecology, we will model the DQB at the start of the unit, then jump to an activity to make connections to the phenomena and content. Pro-tips and full exemplary DQB walkthrough with our experienced classroom trainers.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Develop a DQB to help drive phenomena throughout a unit of study; 2. Develop a model of an ecosystem; and 3. Determine how an introduced species affects the flow of energy and cycling of matter throughout an ecosystem.

SPEAKERS:
Cindy Lilly (Ocean Bay Middle School: Myrtle Beach, SC)

Build a Heart with STEM…and Play-Doh!

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350D



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Anatomy of Saving a Life - NSTA 2022.pdf
Anatomy of Saving a Life - NSTA 2022.pdf

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Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments

You will learn how to build and code a four-chambered heart (no coding experience required) while learning about how the heart works. This is a great project for middle and high school science and STEM students!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. You can do STEM with your science students and science with your STEM students!; 2. Apply knowledge of science to inform an engineering design (artificial heart); and 3. Combining science, coding, and engineering design helps students get to higher-order thinking skills.

SPEAKERS:
Jeffrey Lukens (Retired Science Teacher: Sioux Falls, SD)

3D@NSTA: Transforming Teaching Through Curriculum-Based Professional Learning

Friday, April 1 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 310B


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Carnegie Corporation of New York released a challenge paper calling on the education field to transform teaching and learning through the elements and essentials of curriculum-based professional learning. Learn how schools and systems are helping teachers experience the instruction their students experience to help change instructional practices, leading to better student outcomes.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Explore the rationale for a challenge paper dedicated solely to the issue of curriculum-based professional learning; 2. Discover the 10 elements and three essentials of professional learning critical to effective implementation of high-quality science instructional materials; and 3. Consider implications of the roles and responsibilities for putting into action the elements of curriculum-based professional learning.

SPEAKERS:
Jim Short (Carnegie Corporation of New York: New York, NY)

Discover NSTA’s New Professional Learning Units to Earn Continuing Education Credit

Friday, April 1 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350B


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Explore NSTA’s new Professional Learning Units. Discover these bite-sized asynchronous professional learning experiences that support student sensemaking to earn credit to submit to your school or district.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Discover how NSTA can provide asynchronous and bite-sized continuing education credit options (2 hours per PLU); 2. Explore how each PLU contains reflections or tasks connected to the classroom that are submitted to NSTA for review or feedback; and 3. Explore how we can support professional learning for individuals or schools/districts, including the flexible options available for Professional Learning Unit topics, and how these fit into our Professional Learning pathways.

SPEAKERS:
Kate Soriano (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Using Inquiry-Based Laboratory Instruction to Facilitate Scientific Literacy and Writing Competency

Friday, April 1 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362A



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USING INQUIRY-BASED LABORATORY INSTRUCTION TO FACILITATE SCIENTIFIC LITERACY AND WRITING COMPETENCY

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Let's explore student and teacher outcomes from inquiry-based laboratory instruction of scientific literacy and writing in a private high school setting.

TAKEAWAYS:
Effectiveness of: 1. professional development on teacher efficacy for writing instruction in science; 2. inquiry-based laboratory instruction on student writing performance in science; and 3. inquiry-based laboratory instruction on student perceptions of writing ability and scientific literacy.

SPEAKERS:
Ross Lyons (Ensworth High School Campus: Nashville, TN)

Students with Abilities in Science! Using Science to Drive Special Education Achievement

Friday, April 1 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 322A


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Student-centered science instruction can embrace the diversity of students with special needs. Create engaging instructional opportunities with accommodations and learn strategies for special education achievement.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn how to embrace the needs of students with special needs and use the 3D5E DO-KNOW-THINK Learning Sequence that allows teachers to create STEAM-centered lessons for engagement, active learning, and interdisciplinary instruction; 2. Understand the specific needs and accommodations necessary for students with special needs and walk away with a matrix of learning strategies that can be used to modify and differentiate your instruction for all students; and 3. Create a co-teaching model with action planning steps, questions to think about, and collaboration strategies between special education, general education, and parent communication.

SPEAKERS:
Leena Bakshi (STEM4Real: No City, No State), Marie Gorman (STEM 4 Real: San Francisco, CA)

NSELA-Sponsored Session: How as Science Leaders Are We Supporting an Asset View of Science Learners?

Friday, April 1 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352C


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Participants will learn about how some districts around the country are using an asset approach to post-COVID learning and will collaboratively share ideas with others.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Some districts around the country are focusing on an acceleration rather than a remediation post-COVID approach to learning; 2. An asset approach to learning and learners supports social and emotional well-being; and 3. The NSELA Learning Center provides resources for continued learning about asset versus deficit approaches to learning.

SPEAKERS:
Andy Weatherhead (National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA): Downingtown, PA), Linda Cook (The University of Texas at Dallas: Richardson, TX)

Exploring the Practice of Developing and Using Models

Friday, April 1 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 351E



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Atlas Map 1.2 Developing and Using Models (MOD).pdf
Exploring the Practice of Developing and Using Models for NSTA Houston 2022.pdf

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Come explore the practice of developing and using models by analyzing maps from The NSTA Atlas of Science Literacy and developing your own models based on your own observations of a phenomenon during a hands-on activity.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Explain the intended progression of learning for students in developing and using models; 2. Analyze a model to determine students' understanding of core ideas in science; and 3. Argue with evidence about students’ proficiency with the practice of developing and using models.

SPEAKERS:
Ted Willard (Discovery Education: Silver Spring, MD), Brad Fountain (Discovery Education: Silver Spring, MD)

Using Maggots, Flies, and Flesh to Solve a Mystery!

Friday, April 1 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 340A


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Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments

An empty field. A human corpse. Maggots and flies. Who is the victim? What happened? Can you solve the mystery? This middle and high school activity will challenge you to apply science and deductive reasoning to determine what happened!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Forensic science is a STEM career field that combines science, math, and criminal justice concepts; 2. Understanding the natural process of decomposition can help investigators narrow in on identifying victims and causes of death; and 3. Using stories is a great way to engage students and provide context to the science/STEM they are learning.

SPEAKERS:
Jeffrey Lukens (Retired Science Teacher: Sioux Falls, SD)

Unified Science: Promoting Social Inclusion Through the Secondary Science Classroom

Saturday, April 2 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370D



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Unified Science NSTA Houston 2022
Learn how to develop a program where special education students work side-by-side with traditional students as they investigate real-word scientific phenomena.

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Learn how to develop a program where special education students work side-by-side with traditional students as they investigate real-word scientific phenomena.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn how the Special Olympics Unified Sports idea can be extended into the content-area classroom to provide equity and access to ALL students. Hear from students, both traditional and special needs, about how participating in this Science Education Partnership has affected their lives; 2. Get tips for whom to partner with inside and outside of your school and how to raise support and interest for your program; and 3. Learn how to access detailed lesson plans and curated resources for both biology- and physical science–based courses.

SPEAKERS:
Dani Stroud (CERRA: No City, No State), Holly Sullivan (Richland School District Two: Columbia, SC)

"Are These Materials Designed for NGSS?" EdReports Expansion to High School Reviews

Saturday, April 2 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350B



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EdReports is expanding into high school materials reviews. Learn about the high school tool development, share your experience, and hear about opportunities to become a reviewer.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Build an understanding of the challenges educators face in finding quality materials and how EdReports aims to address those challenges; 2. Learn about the expansion into high school science and develop an understanding of the tool development process, characteristics of alignment to the NGSS and usability, and discuss smart adoption processes; and 3. Hear about opportunities to engage as an EdReports reviewer in upcoming reviews, which includes NGSS training, an extended learning community, and a paid stipend.

SPEAKERS:
Sam Shaw (EdReports.org)

Collaborating with Science Leaders to Advance 3-D Science Teaching and Learning

Saturday, April 2 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 342F


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Join us as we share our journey of collaborating with science leaders to recognize and design quality professional learning to advance 3-D science teaching and learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. An understanding of the science leader’s role in putting the pieces of the NRC Framework together for a coherent science program; 2. Ways to strategically plan and prioritize professional learning based on system and individual teacher needs; and 3. Ways to approach addressing what teachers need to know and be able to do if students are to achieve our vision for science learning.

SPEAKERS:
Tonya Woolfolk (Houston County Schools: Perry, GA), Patricia Morgan (Georgia State University: Atlanta, GA), Casey Bethel (Douglas County School System: Douglasville, GA)

NSTA Press Session: Ignite Your Profession Teaching Practice with NSTA’s Trilogy of Three-Dimensional Resources

Saturday, April 2 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332 E/F


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Join us as we explore how NSTA’s three-dimensional resources can be utilized to enhance your teaching. Walk away with effective strategies for science teaching and learning and hear from educators as they provide tips for using these resources.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn how to use NSTA resources to shift your practice; 2. Leave with strategies to use in your classroom to promote student engagement in science learning; and 3. Hear from classroom teachers about how they are using NSTA Press publications.

SPEAKERS:
Wendy Binder (Program Director, STEM Professional Learning: Arlington, VA), Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA)

Teach Like an Elder and Help Your Students Thrive!

Saturday, April 2 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352C


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Did you realize that elders used inquiry, a multidisciplinary project-based approach, hands-on learning, and innovation? Incorporating these ideas will improve your classroom for ALL students.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. All teachers can adapt their teaching methods to match those of our elders and, in fact, NSTA's Sensemaking program provides a strong foundation for this method of instruction; 2. The sequence and methods that were used by our elders ensured that all students were active learners; and 3. The elders not only had students build a foundation of knowledge, but also accomplished this by using inquiry, exploring phenomena, implementing a hands-on approach, and concluding with an innovative extension.

SPEAKERS:
Joel Truesdell (Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus: Keaau, HI)

Scientific Literacy: Our Lives Depend on It!

Saturday, April 2 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 310A



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Scientific Literacy: Out Lives Depend on It!
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STRAND: Developing Scientific Literacy in the Classroom

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Explore what it means to be scientifically literate and how to develop students who can participate in discussions about scientific issues that affect society.

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The goals of this session are for participants to gain an understanding of what scientific literacy is, how it can be supported in classrooms, and how the application of science principles and processes will enable students to join society’s science conversations.

SPEAKERS:
Tina Hovance (Katy ISD: Katy, TX), Cathy Harter (Katy ISD: Katy, TX)

Supporting Equitable Classroom Practices Through Alternate Assessment

Saturday, April 2 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352A



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We will share how we implemented current educational research to create a learning environment that supports learners of all abilities.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. understand the educational research supporting a shift away from traditional grading; 2. describe which attributes of a learning progression model address each of several major classroom issues, including equity, differentiation, peer interactions, and growth mindset; and 3. describe methods of implementing the research in the classroom.

SPEAKERS:
David Frangiosa (Pascack Valley Regional High School District: Montvale, NJ), Elise Naramore (Pascack Hills High School: Montvale, NJ)

Money for Your Idea

Saturday, April 2 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 351E


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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.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Toshiba America Foundation objectives; 2. How to request a Toshiba America Foundation grant; and 3. Learn from fellow Toshiba America Foundation grant teachers.

SPEAKERS:
Acacia McKenna (NSTA: Arlington, VA), John Anderson (Toshiba America Foundation: Irvine, CA)

Science Teacher Growth: Professional Learning as an Embedded Practice

Saturday, April 2 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332B


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Have you attended too many PD trainings that never made a difference in your classroom instruction? Let's explore ways to change that.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Setting and growing toward personal goals that align with campus and district priorities is one strategy we'll explore; 2. Designing content-specific learning for yourself as the classroom teacher creates opportunities for you to share with your students what you are learning, and that next question you are researching; and 3. We'll share available resources and practices that guide embedded science teacher learning. (Please bring yours.)

SPEAKERS:
Joey Belgard (Rockwall ISD: Rockwall, TX)

Learn from an Expert Panel: Systemic Approaches to Expanding STEM Participation in a School and District

Saturday, April 2 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 320C


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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Learn how professional learning culminates in STEM certificates from the National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) and systemically strengthens STEM instruction for all students. Hear from several district experts on how they integrated STEM certification into district initiatives.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn about different STEM certifications (teacher, campus, and district) opportunities offered through NISE; 2. Learn how Texas districts have used national certificates to increase and strengthen STEM instruction, and also increased numbers of STEM students; and 3. Learn from Lewisville ISD’s STEM Administrator, Dr. Jonas Greene, about their experience in combining NISE certifications with other district efforts to maximize STEM for their students.

SPEAKERS:
Jonas Greene (Lewisville ISD: Lewisville, TX), Jacque Garcia (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Jennifer Culver (Little Elm ISD: Little Elm, TX), Judy Zimny (National Institute for STEM Education: Houston, TX)

Inspiring Literacy and Science Interest with Real-World Data

Saturday, April 2 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352D



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We use data to do science; data literacy is its own set of skills. Young learners benefit when we integrate data, literacy, and science together.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Identify how data literacy is a critical aspect of literacy and science literacy in the 21st century; 2. Explore strategies and resources to use to authentically integrate data into K–5 science instruction; and 3. Develop a plan for next steps to elevate data as an aspect of meaningful connections between literacy and science.

SPEAKERS:
Kristin Hunter-Thomson (Dataspire Education & Evaluation, LLC)

Urban Science Education Challenges: Solutions and Programs That Work

Saturday, April 2 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362D



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Urban Science Education Advisory Board Session Slides - April 2, 2022, 11_00 AM - 12_00 PM (1).pdf

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This session features current science practitioners who share some common challenges faced by urban science educators as well as successful solutions from their school districts. The challenges and solutions discussed are applicable to all school settings.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Receive resources and strategies to promote successful science education; 2. Discuss fresh progressively thinking approaches of current science practitioners who are in the classroom and at the district level; and 3. Engage with presenters on culturally responsive tips that support and strengthen urban science education.

SPEAKERS:
Charles Hayes (Highland Oaks Elementary School: Memphis, TN), LeeAnne Jimenez (Wilson Teaching and Learning Academy: Tulsa, OK), Michelle Ellis (Hunter Huss High School: Gastonia, NC), Brad Rhew (Guilford County Schools: No City, No State), Florentia Spires (Prince George's County Public Schools: Upper Marlboro, MD)

NSTA Press Session: Inspiring Curiosity and Writing with NSTA Kids Books, K–5

Saturday, April 2 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362B


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Learn from successful users how NSTA Kids books can be integrated into your classroom to spark student notebooking and mentor text writing activities.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn how literacy and science can be connected through writing activities with NSTA Kids books Notable Notebooks, Exemplary Evidence, and The Next Time You See series; 2. The NSTA Science Notebooks in Student-Centered Classrooms resource address the essential component of 3-D student-centered classrooms. While there are a variety of notebook models in use, a flexible, hybrid approach is best to meet the needs of elementary students; and 3. In this session, you will receive free classroom-ready resources (videos and graphic organizers) to guide your students through a Mentor Text Study.

SPEAKERS:
Heather Kirk (William Yates Elementary 2022 Partner School: Blue Springs, MO), Christine Lewis (Blue Springs School District: Blue Springs, MO), Ryan Bohannan (Cordill-Mason Elementary School: Blue Springs, MO), Aubrey Tsevis (Lucy Franklin Elementary School: Blue Springs, MO)

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