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
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Supporting Teachers and Students in the Science Classroom Using NSTA’s Instructi
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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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