2022 Houston National Conference

April 31-2, 2022

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Leveled Practice: Differentiation, Extension, and Intervention

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350C



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Learn how to create opportunities for students to succeed at their own level as they develop proficiency in both SEPs and DCIs.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how: 1. creating leveled practice can benefit all students; 2. to create practice at multiple levels for all learners; and 3. to create interventions for students who are struggling and extensions for students who have already demonstrated mastery for a topic or skill.

SPEAKERS:
Lauren LaSota (Adlai E. Stevenson High School: Lincolnshire, IL), Kellie Dean (Adlai E. Stevenson High School: Lincolnshire, IL)

Teaching the Practices

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370 A/B



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Feeling challenged to teach the practices? Learn to take any traditional science lab and upgrade it to teach NGSS Practices!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. There is no need to "reinvent the wheel" with all new labs when you can upgrade your existing ones to be NGSS practice focused!; 2. Scientific inquiry as the basis of classroom lab experiences is more effective than typical cookie cutter–style labs; and 3. Creating personal connections to science content can dramatically increase engagement.

SPEAKERS:
Vanessa Ueltzen (Walther Christian Academy: Melrose Park, IL)

Instructional Routines for Belonging in Science: How Can Crosscutting Concepts Support This Work?

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 351E



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Experience two novel instructional routines supporting the integration of NGSS Crosscutting Concepts and learn how these routines can be used to foster belonging in science classrooms.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. learn the steps for how to facilitate two instructional routines to support student thinking and discourse; 2. learn how the use of CCCs during these routines can support students making sense of phenomena; and 3. come away with a deeper understanding of how to use the CCCs to foster belonging in science classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Joy Otibu (Mott Hall Bronx High School: Bronx, NY), Andrea Sau (Mott Hall Bronx High School: Bronx, NY)

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
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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)

PlantingScience: Promoting Students' Science Identity Through Online Mentoring

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362B


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Come participate in activities showing how all students’ understanding of science becomes deeper and broader when given the chance to interact with a professional scientist mentor.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. learn how the PlantingScience mentoring program works, and how they can participate; 2. understand the impact that exposure to real scientists can have on students' interest in and perception of science as a practice and a profession; and 3. learn mentoring strategies and understand how PS mentors are coached to respond to students in ways that promote inclusive conversations and learning.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Hartley (The Botanical Society of America: Saint Louis, MO)

Crosscutting Concepts: Looking Through the Lens of Patterns

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 320A


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Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Co.

How do crosscutting concepts link the ideas and practices of science across different domains and over time? We’ll show you practical examples to see how crosscutting concepts provide a foundation for student sensemaking of phenomena and problems. Leave with classroom resources.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Defining the seven crosscutting concepts; 2. Learning strategies to incorporate crosscutting concepts into science lessons; and 3. Understanding how crosscutting concepts support student sensemaking.

SPEAKERS:
Cory Ort (Carolina Biological Supply Co.: Burlington, NC)

Beyond Labz: Realistic Virtual Labs That Bridge the Gap Between Real Labs and Scientific Inquiry

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350E


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Sponsoring Company: Beyond Labz

Built on a platform developed over 20 years, Beyond Labz creates an open-ended environment providing students the opportunity to experiment, practice, fail, discover, and learn.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Beyond Labz simplifies and reduces the cost and expertise needed to provide crucial laboratory experiences and practice for Secondary and Higher Ed students; 2. Attendees will learn how the labs are used for pre- and post-lab experiences, credit recovery and lab make-up, student engagement in class, and meeting NGSS standards; and 3. Basic onboarding and startup instructions will be provided for drop-in solutions, and instructions for using some of the more sophisticated features will also be described.

SPEAKERS:
Brian Woodfield (Brigham Young University: Provo, UT)

Building a Culture of STEM: Engaging Our Communities!

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 360 A/D



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Sponsoring Company: DoD STEM

Build STEM culture through community engagement! Develop interest and awareness, leading to increased demand for STEM programming and STEM career pathway courses.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn strategies for hosting community engagement events, including family STEM nights; 2. Explore the role of partnerships in supporting engagement events; and 3. Walk away with resources to support establishing and hosting community engagement events.

SPEAKERS:
Lisa Blank (Watertown City School District: Watertown, NY), Tiara Davis (Teacher: Charlotte, NC), Heather Overkamp (Portsmouth Public Schools: Portsmouth, VA), Patty Brunet (Cypress High School: Cypress, CA)

Jump-start a “Phenomenal” Day with a Discovery Education Hands-On Experience

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 371


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Sponsoring Company: Discovery Education

Start your day with the DE team and a hands-on immersion into the wonderful world of Phenomena! Please note that attendees must preregister for this workshop here.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. learn and experience how to incorporate everyday phenomena into meaningful science lessons; 2. experience how to utilize hands-on activities to introduce phenomena ; and 3. explore scientific concepts using phenomena from across all grade levels K–12.

SPEAKERS:
Brad Fountain (Discovery Education: Silver Spring, MD), Justin Karkow (Discovery Education: Silver Spring, MD)

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)

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)

Student Science at Sea!

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362E



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NSTA2022_student-science-at-sea.pdf

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Engage your students in real-world science about climate change, geology, and Earth’s history through free resources offered by the International Ocean Discovery Program.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn how to access the 100+ free classroom resources developed by the International Ocean Discovery Program; 2. Collaborate with other teachers to plan lessons that engage students in real-world science and engineering practices; and 3. Improve students’ science literacy through the opportunity to provide students with an authentic interaction with diverse STEM leaders.

SPEAKERS:
Maya Pincus (Bushwick Leaders' High School for Academic Excellence: Brooklyn, NY)

Using the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices for Competency-Based Grading and Assessment

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352F



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Competency Based Grading Presentation - NSTA 31.03.2022.pdf

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See how a high school science department unpacked the science and engineering practices to create and implement a flexible, competency-based assessment system across all courses.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Competency-based grading in a science classroom; 2. Assessing Science and Engineering Practices; and 3. Practical tips for assessment and rubric design and implementation.

SPEAKERS:
Alyssa Wallace (Del Lago Academy: Escondido, CA), Trish Stepanek (Del Lago Academy: Escondido, CA), Maria Vidaca (Del Lago Academy: Escondido, CA)

Using Environmental Solutions as a Lens for Teaching Science and Engineering

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350E


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Sponsoring Company: Green Ninja

This session will share a framework for how to create compelling learning experiences where students use science and engineering concepts to solve local environmental problems.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. be able to create a storyline and lesson sequence outline that focuses on a local environmental issue of interest; 2. be able to bundle different science TEKS using a storyline; and 3. develop experience using localized phenomena to create student-oriented instruction.

SPEAKERS:
Eugene Cordero (Green Ninja: Mountain View, CA)

Making Inquiry Visible

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 360 A/D



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Sponsoring Company: DoD STEM

Engage the power of visible thinking to heighten learning through scientific inquiry and authentic questioning while fostering connections with and between students in your classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. understand and explain visible thinking; 2. describe multiple benefits of applying visible thinking in the classroom; and 3. learn strategies to apply visible thinking in inquiry-based science learning.

SPEAKERS:
Lisa Blank (Watertown City School District: Watertown, NY), Patty Brunet (Cypress High School: Cypress, CA), Tiara Davis (Teacher: Charlotte, NC), Heather Overkamp (Portsmouth Public Schools: Portsmouth, VA)

My Story Won’t Stay in Line: Teachers Learning About Entangled Phenomena Together

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 310A


STRAND: Developing Scientific Literacy in the Classroom

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When teaching about complex social justice science issues, how do teachers decide what to include while learning about new content and contexts?

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Strategies for deciding what content is “worthwhile” when teaching about complex phenomena; 2. Strategies for deciding how much context is appropriate to include when dealing with social justice issues in science class; and 3. Suggestions for leveraging professional learning communities as sites where we can learn about unfamiliar contexts and contents in order to connect our subject to our communities.

SPEAKERS:
Daniel Morales-Doyle (University of Illinois Chicago: Chicago, IL), Alejandra Frausto Aceves (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL), Adilene Aguilera (George Washington High School: Chicago, IL), Mindy Chappell (North-Grand High School: Chicago, IL), Tiffany Childress Price (Chicago Public Schools: Chicago, IL), Tomasz Rajski (Hubbard High School: Chicago, IL)

Invitations to Inquiry with FieldScope: Engaging Students in Using Citizen and Community Science Data

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362C


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Invitations to Inquiry with FieldScope are free lessons designed to build student confidence to analyze and interpret data and answer questions about real-world phenomena.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Develop an understanding of an instructional model designed to incrementally provide students with opportunities to develop data analysis and interpretation skills using citizen and community science data sets; 2. Develop awareness and fluency in using an online graphing and mapping tool to analyze large data sets; and 3. Consider the benefits and barriers in using large data sets and digital tools in the classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Audrey Mohan (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO), Sean O'Connor (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO)

3-D Science in a World of Eight Billion

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 361E


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Engage in three-dimensional learning with hands-on activities to explore human population, biodiversity, climate change, land and natural resource use, and paths to sustainability.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. learn ways to incorporate 3-D learning strategies into hands-on activities around the NGSS topic of Human Sustainability; 2. come away with ideas and lessons to supplement their coursework in High School Biology and Environmental Science (General and AP) with experiential activities for in-person and virtual classrooms; and 3. be able to identify how the presented hands-on activities meet the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, and Science and Engineering Practices; and how the activities can be used to reach all kinds of learners, for an inclusive classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Abby Watkins (Population Connection: Washington, DC), Pam Wasserman (Population Connection: Washington, DC)

A STEM Ice Core Investigation That Integrates the Three Dimensions of NGSS

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 360 E/F



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Ice Core Record Data Sheet - Jamboard version
This can be used to do the activity instead of the printed versions, where all students can work in teams in the same document and then be able to see what other teams have done, Please make your own copy to use it in your classroom
Ice Core Records Investigation
Ice Core Records Webinar
Ice Core Student Handout.pdf
SOHO Solar Proton Events & Coronal Mass Ejections
This video highlights the SOHO mission UV highlights of mass ejections, solar winds and protons impacting earth

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A multidisciplinary open-ended investigation that incorporates absolute and relative dating, anomalies, historical context, volcanoes, solar proton events, energy cycles, Earth systems, terrestrial events, and supernovas.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Students will have a better understanding of the process of constructing knowledge; 2. Students will have to analyze and defend their results; and 3. Sometimes there is no answer key, only possible solutions from constructing and analyzing data from several sources that cross traditional disciplines.

SPEAKERS:
Donna Young (NASA/NSO/UoL Program Manager: Laughlin, NV)

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)
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www.reimaginedschools.com/wp
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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)

Exploring OpenSciEd from Carolina

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 320A


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Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Co.

Come experience a model lesson from OpenSciEd for Middle School and see how the new Carolina Certified Edition makes these high-quality instructional materials even better! Leave with classroom resources.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Experience the pedagogy of OpenSciEd through a model lesson; 2. Learn ways to encourage equitable classroom discourse; and 3. Create a Driving Question Board to explore real-world phenomena.

SPEAKERS:
Cory Ort (Carolina Biological Supply Co.: Burlington, NC)

Building Understanding Through 5Es and Game-Based Learning

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 340B



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Legends of Learning One Pager - National 2022.pdf
Vanderbilt Research Infographic (1).pdf

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Sponsoring Company: Legends of Learning

With the amount of time for science instruction constantly under scrutiny, developing experiences that are engaging and develop understanding is critical. Learn how to leverage game-based learning to introduce, review, and deepen student content understanding. Through student-driven learning, Legends of Learning helps educators ensure not a moment of time is lost.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Understanding of how game-based learning (GBL) can enhance a 5Es lesson; 2. Understanding of unique ways to integrate GBL into instructional practices; and 3. Understanding how GBL allows for easier differentiation and builds an inclusive classroom learning environment.

SPEAKERS:
Jonathan Gerlach (Legends of Learning: Laurel, MD), Sean Reidy (Legends of Learning: Laurel, MD)

Fueling Success for Students and Your Science Classroom—Win Up to $15K!

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350E



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Instructional_Method_and_Teaching_Philosophy_tips 2022.pdf
Shell Awards requriement pages combined 2022-23.pdf
Shell Lab Regional Challenge requirements 2022-23.pdf
Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge w-awards - Houston.pdf
Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge and Shell Awards presentation

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Sponsoring Company: Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge/ Shell Awards

Come start your winning application for one of three Shell-sponsored programs. We'll walk through the application step by step and you'll be able to begin your application or nomination form live.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. learn about the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge competition and the two Shell-sponsored teacher awards; 2. learn how to nominate and apply for the programs that are sponsored by Shell; and 3. be able to collaborate with previous winners and judges on key elements to include in a strong application.

SPEAKERS:
Martha McLeod (Aransas County ISD: Rockport, TX), Ritu Gandhi (Morales Elementary School: Houston, TX), Ruth Ruud (Cleveland State University: Cleveland, OH), Melissa Collins (John P. Freeman Optional School: Memphis, TN)

Accelerated Learning Implementation Strategies That Incorporate a Patented Science STAAR Review Process for Fifth Grade

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350F


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Sponsoring Company: Summit K12

Engaging evidence-based best practices that accelerate learning through an innovative fifth-grade STAAR Review Process that optimizes by class or through Individualized Learning Plans. Come learn how this process ensures growth at  the Masters, Meets, and Approaches levels.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Teachers can meaningfully connect Benchmark Results to a customized STAAR Review Plan; 2. Students will be able to accelerate their learning through a customized learning path and plan; and 3. Students are guaranteed to excel in Science.

SPEAKERS:
Edna Carter (Summit K12 Holdings, Inc.: Austin, TX)

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)

Texas Science Lunch & Learn: Discovery Education and Mystery Science

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 371


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Sponsoring Company: Discovery Education

Join us for lunch and explore DE’s Texas Two-Year Science Package, which is fully aligned to the TEKS and includes ready-to-use activities and intuitive lessons from Mystery Science. Please note that attendees must preregister for this workshop here.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. dive into DE’s Two-Year Science Package that was designed to bridge the gap and prepare science teachers and students for 2024; 2. understand how DE brings science to life inside the classroom with hands-on activities connected to real-world phenomena; and 3. explore new easy-to-use lessons available through our partnership with Mystery Science.

SPEAKERS:
Brittany Lewis (Discovery Education: Silver Spring, MD), Raquel Gruver (Discovery Education: Silver Spring, MD), Justin Karkow (Discovery Education: Silver Spring, MD)

Earth Comm: Systems Thinking Applied to Planet Earth’s Greatest Challenges

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350D


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Sponsoring Company: Activate Learning

Experience a novel approach to Earth science. This new pedagogy uses a “systems” approach for plate tectonics, astronomy, natural resources, geology, and paleoclimatology. There will be several take-home activities and ideas to implement or augment your existing Earth science curricula. This curriculum is put together by AGI (American Geoscience Institute) out of Washington, D.C.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Receive materials they can use in their classrooms; 2. Learn more about the “systems” approach to Earth science; and 3. Receive a poster for your classroom reflecting the systems approach.

SPEAKERS:
Gary Curts (Activate Learning: Greenwich, CT)

Discover BIOZONE’s Interactive Worktext and Toolkit

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350F



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AP Biology: FULL Preview + Download Sample Packet
AP Environmental Science: FULL Preview + Download Sample Packet
BIOZONE 2023 Catalog
BIOZONE Workshop Slides
Our Resource Advisor Pam Temons will be presenting a workshop on "Discovering BIOZONE’s Interactive Worktext and Toolkit". These are the slides associated with this presentation.
Explore BIOZONE's Latest Programs
Download Sample Packets and see FULL Previews of all our latest programs
Introduction to BIOZONE's NGSS Programs (Video)

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Sponsoring Company: BIOZONE

Learn how BIOZONE’S superb interactive texts and BIOZONE toolkit support teachers to deliver flexible and engaging NGSS and AP programs.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Discover how BIOZONE’s interactive worktexts and BIOZONE toolkit empower teachers to deliver engaging, effective programs within a differentiated classroom; 2. Discover how the BIOZONE toolkit augments the worktext and supports teachers in delivering a flexible and engaging program; and 3. Learn about BIOZONE’S two NGSS series (Standard NGSS Series and Integrated NGSS Series) and our new Advanced Placement titles for AP Biology and AP Environmental Science.

SPEAKERS:
Pam Temons (BIOZONE International Ltd.: Hamilton, New Zealand)

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)

Seven Ways to Science with Discovery Education

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 371


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Sponsoring Company: Discovery Education

To celebrate 20 years of supporting teachers and engaging students, the Discovery Education team invites you to join us as we dig deep into our platform and unveil seven things that you didn’t know about your FAVORITE science learning platform, and one thing you probably did! Please note that attendees must preregister for this workshop here.

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

Citizen Scientists Needed! Study Your Local “Heat Islands"

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 322A



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Citizen Scientist final.pdf
Are you ready to find Earth science resources that serve all of your students, especially your multilingual learners? If so, you will not want to miss this session to find NASA resources that are made for teachers, by teachers. My NASA Data worked closely with teachers to develop resources that build data analysis and interpretation skills while saving precious planning time. The tools are flexible for in-person and virtual learning, increase student participation in these environments, and make

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Compare surface temperature data collected by students between urban and rural areas. Get involved and continue over the summer in a Google classroom. Resources will be provided.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. The importance of collecting surface temperature data to study “heat islands” within communities and ways to interpret the data; 2. Analysis of ground-truthing data and NASA satellite data; and 3. Instructional materials from GLOBE and NASA to teach the science content (heat islands) and protocols aligned to NGSS.

SPEAKERS:
Desiray Wilson (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.: Hampton, VA), Janet Struble (: Toledo, OH), Kevin Czajkowski (The University of Toledo: Toledo, OH), Jessica Taylor (NASA Langley Research Center: Hampton, VA)

Using the NGSS to Explore Space: Engaging Students in Evidence-Based Arguments About Exoplanets

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362E


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Learn how to engage your students with the rich phenomena that stars and exoplanets can provide through the use of an open-source, NGSS-driven unit.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. deepen their understanding of how to use phenomena-driven 3-D instruction to attend to student interest and relevance; 2. develop a clear vision for how to use argumentation to teach ESS concepts; and 3. learn how to access, use, and adapt a free high school Earth and space science unit.

SPEAKERS:
Charles Link (DeWitt Clinton High School: Bronx, NY), John Salazar (New Visions for Public Schools: New York, NY)

NGSS High School Earth Science: Using Climate Proxies to Learn About Earth’s Climate History

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 351B


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Sponsoring Company: Lab-Aids

How can scientists tell what Earth’s climate was like thousands of years before human measurements? This activity simulates the use of fossil ocean foraminifera, tiny organisms whose growth patterns are different in warm or cold water. Your students will analyze and graph samples of replicas of these organisms and use this information to determine relative warm and cold periods in the past 200,000 years.

TAKEAWAYS:
Use a simulated sediment core to count and analyze foraminifera in layers of sediment; 2. Determine relative warm and cold periods in the past 200,000 years; and 3. Earth’s climate has varied considerably in the past.

SPEAKERS:
Mark Koker (Lab-Aids, Inc.: Ronkonkoma, NY)

Meeting Learning Standards with Planetarium Software

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350F


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Sponsoring Company: Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc.

Use Digitalis' Nightshade NG planetarium software to target NGSS and/or TEKS at multiple age levels in various scientific disciplines.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. gain ideas about how Nightshade NG planetarium software can be used to target NGSS and/or TEKS at multiple grade levels; 2. experience how Nightshade NG planetarium software can be used to target NGSS and/or TEKS in various disciplines such as astronomy, Earth science, engineering, ecology, biology, physics, and more; and 3. learn how astronomy can be used as an anchor for interdisciplinary units.

SPEAKERS:
Karrie Berglund (Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc.: Bremerton, WA), Beau Hartweg (Tyler Junior College: Tyler, TX)

Determining the Expansion Rate of Supernova Remnants Using Web-Based NASA Data and STEM Image Analysis Tools

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362B



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Guide to JS9
Contains user guides and activities for js9, a web-based software that siplays and analyzes FITS files.
The Expansion Rate of a Supernova Remnant Powerpoint
The Expansion Rate of a Supernova Remnant – a js9 activity
Purpose: To analyze observational data of a supernova remnant to determine the expansion velocity using js9 web-based analysis tools.

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Use STEM web-based analysis software and real data to determine the rate of a supernova remnant expansion and its uniformity.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Astronomical observations with the same parameters separated by time can be used to study the dynamics of a supernova remnant; 2. Expansion velocity of a supernova remnant can be used to determine its age and perhaps connect it to historical observations of such; and 3. Js9 web-based software provides students with real opportunities to do astronomical research.

SPEAKERS:
Pamela Perry (Lewiston High School: Lewiston, ME)

How to Use NOAA Data: A Guide for Educators

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350C



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How to Use NOAA Data A Guide for Educators (slides)
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Learn how to access and explore NOAA’s data-rich resources, lesson plans, and visualization tools to build data literacy and proficiency in scientific data analysis.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. What types of data are available from NOAA; 2. How to find and use NOAA data in your classroom; and 3. How students can be involved in data collection.

SPEAKERS:
Bekkah Lampe (NOAA Office of Education: Silver Spring, MD), Kayla Smith (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Silver Spring, MD)

Science Through the Lens of Agriculture

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350D


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Sponsoring Company: American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture

Food and agriculture are universally relevant. This session will focus on using agricultural phenomena to increase the relevancy and authenticity of content in science classrooms.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn: 1. how to connect with each student's agricultural identity to enhance the relevancy and authenticity of science lessons; 2. how agricultural phenomena can drive student sensemaking and problem-solving; and 3. about free resources and professional immersive learning experiences available from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture to support three-dimensional teaching, learning, and assessment.

SPEAKERS:
Brian Beierle (American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture: Washington, DC), Christine Girtain (Toms River High School South: Toms River, NJ)

Infusing STEM into a Truly Integrated High School Science Course

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 310A


STRAND: Developing Scientific Literacy in the Classroom

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Integrated science? Teach NGSS-focused geology, ecology, biology, engineering, and physical science through real-world problems. Access rubrics, guides, lesson plans, timelines, and other ideas.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Using a thematic approach to integrated science truly integrates the disciplines rather than the traditional one quarter of each discipline; 2. Integrated science can be highly engaging by giving students real-world applications of the content; and 3. Even though NGSS does not have a set of "integrated science" standards, aligning this kind of course to NGSS is still possible.

SPEAKERS:
Vanessa Ueltzen (Walther Christian Academy: Melrose Park, IL)

Dumpster Dive with STEM

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 351E



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Dumpster Dive With STEM Participant Folder

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Connect the human impact of trash pollution to engineering design. Get your students thinking critically and creatively as they collaborate in real-world problem-solving. The global real-world issue of human-generated trash polluting local bodies of water is the main focus of this hands-on session. Using our partnership with the Howard County Conservancy, our students learn about their local watersheds and contribute to a Watershed Report Card. Students see how trash that is often found on our local schoolyards can affect our watershed, and they design a working model for trash removal in a local tributary. Basic coding will be used to design programs that will control sensors and motors through a microcontroller, thus removing the trash from the water source. The model will utilize solar and water power to move the trash into a separate receptacle. Various sensors will also be used to monitor water levels and determine the outcome of the program. This session will allow participants to find ways to increase the environmental stewardship of their students while incorporating engineering design into the science classroom. This project allows authentic integration of technology, mathematics, crosscutting concepts, science practices, and easy implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Connecting the human impact of single-use plastics and their effect on aquatic ecosystems; 2. Exposing students to basic coding and engineering design in an NGSS-focused content classroom; and 3. Developing a project that enhances STEM skills in students such as collaboration, curiosity, and creative problem-solving.

SPEAKERS:
Jessica Kohout (Educational Consultant: Voorhees, NJ), Stacy Thibodeaux (Southside High School: Youngsville, LA)

Radio Astronomy in the Science Classroom: A Daytime Activity

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 361C


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Use radio astronomy to offer students a hands-on way to enhance their learning of the EM spectrum, Doppler Effect/Red Shift, Kepler’s 3rd law, circular motion, or astronomy. Lessons provided.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Students can get to do real astronomy with a telescope they build; 2. Radio astronomy can be done during class time as radio wave detection is not affected by daylight and enhances student engagement in existing physics lessons; and 3. Students will learn about the unique nature of galactic rotational behavior as compared to circular motion and planetary motion under Kepler’s Laws.

SPEAKERS:
John Clark (Volusia Online Learning: Port Orange, FL)

Genes in Space: Genetics Research on the International Space Station, Free Loaner Equipment, and More!

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 340B


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Sponsoring Company: miniPCR bio

Engage your students in authentic research through Genes in Space, the experimental design competition that launches student experiments to the International Space Station.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Engage students in an experimental design contest; 2. A chance for an astronaut to perform your experiment on the International Space Station; and 3. Classroom resources, including lesson plans, classroom activities, explainer videos, and free biotechnology equipment loans.

SPEAKERS:
Sebastian Kraves (miniPCR: Cambridge, MA)

NOAA in Your Classroom 1—Sea Level Rise: Engaging Students with One of the Most Dangerous Climate Impacts of Our Time

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 320A



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NOAA Sea Level Rise - Beat the Uncertainty Game Presentation
NOAA Sea Level Rise Education Resources

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Sponsoring Company: NOAA

Engage students with data-driven NGSS-focused interactive online lessons, visualizations, and role-playing activities to explain what sea level rise is, why it is so dangerous, and how we can address it.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will: 1. learn about climate change–driven sea level rise and its impacts to their coastal communities and nationally; 2. explore NOAA’s classroom-ready Data in the Classroom module: Investigating Sea Level Using Real Data; and NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer, learn how students can use NOAA satellite and coastal station data to analyze how sea level is changing, its impacts on U.S. Coastal areas, and how they can integrate its inquiry-based resources into their classrooms immediately; and 3. play NOAA’s role-playing game Beat the Uncertainty: Planning Climate-Resilient Cities, and learn how to use it with their students.

SPEAKERS:
Bruce Moravchik (NOAA National Ocean Service: Silver Spring, MD), Symone Barkley (NOAA National Ocean Service: Silver Spring, MD)

SPEAK: Scientific Storytelling and Podcasting

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370C



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Environmental Science Podcasting Project.pdf

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Participants will immerse themselves in a podcasting project to explores ways to leverage the art of storytelling as a means to teach difficult science content.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. consider biological evolution as a function of man’s creativity; thus, all students have the ability to tap into their essential creativity (with some help from specifically designed spoken word protocols); 2. take away blueprints for a series of spoken word activities that promote literacy skills and enrich the learning experience by allowing students to use the language of science in real conversations that promote metacognition; and 3. evaluate the multimodal potential of combining podcasting with storytelling as a pathway to both formative and summative NGSS assessments.

SPEAKERS:
Susan Sobehrad (Teacher: Northport, MI)

Discover and Measure Earth's Layered Interior Using Seismic Data and Simple Models: A 3-D Learning Activity from IRIS

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 322A



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Discovering Earth's Layered Interior - Hands-on Lab
Students work first in small groups, and then as a whole class to compare predicted seismic wave travel times, generated by students from a scaled Earth model, to observed seismic data from a recent earthquakes. This activity uses models, real data and emphasizes the process of science
Discovering Earth's Layered Interior - Online Lab
In this online lab, students compare observed seismic data to predictions they make from a model, to determine that the Earth must have a layered internal structure and to estimate the size of Earth's core.
Slide Presentation
The slides that were used to present the session.

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By using math, building models, analyzing earthquake data, and participating in scientific discourse, your students can discover and measure Earth's outer core!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Demonstrate that Earth cannot be a homogeneous mass and must have a layered interior; 2. Explain how seismic waves provide evidence for Earth’s internal structure and composition; and 3. Explain the usefulness of models in the process of science, as tools to generate predictions that can be compared to observations of the Earth system.

SPEAKERS:
Michael Hubenthal (IRIS | Earthscope Consortium: Washington, DC), John Taber (IRIS | Earthscope Consortium: Chevy Chase, MD)

Science Vocabulary in an NGSS Classroom

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362D



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Vocabulary in an NGSS Classroom.pdf

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Explore the role of scientific vocabulary in an NGSS classroom and take away innovative strategies for incorporating vocabulary instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will: 1. learn how to make scientific vocabulary meaningful to students; 2. engage in learning innovative strategies for developing vocabulary usage and knowledge; and 3. learn how to use instruction to drive the learning of vocabulary.

SPEAKERS:
Kelly Watrous (Mark T. Sheehan High School: Wallingford, CT)

All Learning Is Cultural, Especially Science