2022 Houston National Conference

April 31-2, 2022

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NASA STEAM: Biomimicry and Robotics—Robotic Insects

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 322A


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Design a robotic insect to meet the requirements of a given environment and adapt the designs to changes in or new information about the environment.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. NASA engineers use biomimicry to design robots for other planets; 2. NASA STEM educator guides provide detailed information to implement STEM in the classroom; and 3. Practice designing a Robotic Insect.

SPEAKERS:
Susan Kohler (NASA Glenn Research Center: Cleveland, OH)

Solutionaries by Design: The Next Generation of Science Stewards in the Yuba Watershed

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332 E/F



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Solutionary Unit Design Template.pdf
Yuba Water Curriculum Concept Flow.pdf
Yuba Water Project One-Pager.pdf

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In this session, participants will engage with the Solutionary Unit, an inquiry-based curriculum design combined with placed-based science learning and investigations grounded in equity and justice.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. learn the Solutionary Unit Design approach; 2. learn Science and Engineering Practices strategies and frameworks that align with local issues and challenges; and 3. collaborate with colleagues and peers to examine ways to implement the solutionary practices in their own communities and watersheds.

SPEAKERS:
Nicodemus Ford (Pivot Learning: Oakland, CA), Anna Meyerpeter-Newman (Retired Science Educator: Wheatland, CA)

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)

Storybooks and STEM

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 310B



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2022 STEM Imagination Guides Social Media.pdf
STEM Imagination Guides NSTA Presentation-2.pdf

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Bring the excitement of literacy and STEM to children as you discover how to incorporate STEM Imagination Guides in your classroom!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. discover this new resource and the potential for community partnerships by utilizing the STEM Imagination Guides; 2. walk away with book suggestions, guided questions, and expanded learning resources to support literacy development, enhance relationships, and make connections with local libraries; and 3. discuss the importance of incorporating nature and STEM into their early childhood classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Sarah Roberts (University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Lincoln, NE), Jackie Steffen (University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Cedar County: Hartington, NE)

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)

Exploring Practices, Nature of Science, and Science in Society: Analyzing Historical Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362C



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Analyzing Primary Sources in the Science Classroom Presentation
Connecting with Primary Sources Resource List
How can science teachers use historical primary sources
Primary Source Analysis Tool and Teacher Guide
Professional Development Opportunities with the Library of Congress
Zenith Balloon Primary Source

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Practice hands-on strategies for engaging students with scientific notebooks, letters, photos, and drawings, highlighting scientific practices, nature of science, and connections between science and society.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Access to millions of free digitized primary sources the Library of Congress has for K–12 science educators, including Thomas Jefferson’s weather journal, Robert Hooke’s first drawings of cells, photographs from the Dust Bowl, historic newspaper accounts about lead paint and electric cars, and much more!; 2. Multiple hands-on strategies for integrating science-related primary sources in the K–12 classroom to facilitate student engagement, critical thinking, and student-centered construction of knowledge; and 3. An understanding of how primary source analysis can lead to unique insights related to the Nature of Science, such as how scientists and engineers think, practice, and apply scientific principles and discoveries in the real world; how scientific ideas evolve over time; and how science and engineering are related to society.

SPEAKERS:
Michael Apfeldorf (Library of Congress: Washington, DC), Lesley Anderson (Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow: Washington, CA)

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)

Blast Off with STEM Learning

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 340B


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Sponsoring Company: Estes Industries

Ready to take STEM learning to new heights? Join Estes and build a FREE rocket and learn model rocketry basics!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Model rocketry provides a relevant, hands-on, and engaging vehicle to hold students accountable for their knowledge in the classroom; 2. Participants will learn model rocketry basics and how to successfully set up a launch site; and 3. Estes Education provides interdisciplinary STEM resources and tools to educators that give them the skills and confidence necessary to elevate learning.

SPEAKERS:
Nicole Bayeur (Estes Industries: , United States)

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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Session Resources

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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)

Tinkering with Tales

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 310C


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Become a Tinkering Teacher by participating in a hands-on STEM lesson derived from a classic fairytale. Learn how to detect STEM opportunities within your favorite pieces of children's literature to create rigorous novel engineering lessons of your very own.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. participate in a model STEM lesson derived from a problem found within children's literature. This model experience enables attendees to learn how to see science in every piece of material they choose to use in their classroom. Science is indeed everywhere and awaiting us to make the connections; 2. learn how to utilize and develop lessons using the 5E instructional model; 3. take away methods for preparing 5E lessons from their favorite children's literature; 4. utilize tips shared in the training session to identify science phenomena or concepts embedded in the literature; 5. recognize the significance of inquiry and facilitating collaborative discussion to further depth of knowledge; and 6. recognize the added benefit of journaling: differentiating instruction and strengthening 21st-century writing and communication skills.

SPEAKERS:
Lisa Oden (Southern Arkansas University: Magnolia, AR), Angela Stanford (Southern Arkansas University: Magnolia, AR)

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)

Engaging Preschoolers with Diverse Social-Emotional Needs in Engineering: Teacher Strategies to Build Inclusive Learning Experiences in Engineering

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332D


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Engineering encompasses hands-on activity, inquiry, teamwork, and other instructional practices that develop students’ collaboration and problem-solving skills. Given that students with disabilities or at risk need support with social skills, especially collaboration, this presentation will share strategies on planning and implementing engineering activities in an inclusive classroom that engage students in the Engineering Design Process and collaborate to solve design problems.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Two distinct patterns of social interactions are seen during preschool students' participation in engineering activities: collaboration and “baby steps” toward collaboration; 2. The type of materials provided and the manner in which the classroom environment is set up plays an important role in how students with diverse needs can access and meaningfully participate in engineering activities; and 3. Engineering activities, in turn, also give teachers more detail and insight into what students are capable of, especially students with disabilities who are often thought of through a deficit-first lens.

SPEAKERS:
Gurupriya Ramanathan (Salisbury University: Salisbury, MD)

Getting Creative to Be Inclusive

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332B



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EiE's Online Platform (Includes free materials)
GettingCreativetobeInclusive_EUoverview.pdf
GettingCreativetobeInclusivePresentation.pdf
Information about EiE

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Learn about the creative way one school district is getting more diverse students involved in STEM and explore classroom facilitation strategies that engage all learners.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn strategies to eliminate barriers and allow all students to feel included; 2. Identify discussion supports to foster effective collaboration and communication; and 3. Explore the benefits of engaging with community partners to provide new STEM opportunities.

SPEAKERS:
Lorri Coates (Museum of Science, Boston: Boston, MA), Sarah Slater (Marquardt School District 15: Glendale Heights, IL)

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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Session Resources

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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)

NSTA Press Session: Crosscutting Concepts: Strengthening Science and Engineering Learning

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352F


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This session focuses on the core messages of the book Crosscutting Concepts: Strengthening Science and Engineering Learning, published by NSTA Press in 2021.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. The power of crosscutting concepts is most fully realized when they are used in conjunction with science and engineering practices and disciplinary core ideas; 2. Crosscutting concepts serve as lenses on phenomena, supporting all students in question-asking and sensemaking; and 3. Teacher leadership is critical to realizing the power of crosscutting concepts in practice.

SPEAKERS:
Jeff Nordine (The University of Iowa: Iowa City, IA), Okhee Lee (New York University: New York, NY)

The Search for Life in the Universe with Your Students

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370C



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Life in the Universe and the Astrobiology Learning Progressions presentation

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Astrobiology Learning Progressions support the creation of units that are relevant and motivating through the lens of the search for life in the universe.

TAKEAWAYS:
K–12 teachers, curriculum directors, and other science communicators will take away from this session: 1. what is the scientific search for life in the universe—Astrobiology, how it is interdisciplinary, and how it can be combined within STEM, ELA, art, engineering, and more; 2. how they can use the excitement and motivating topics in Astrobiology to leverage learning in a variety of science concepts throughout the NGSS; and 3. the know-how to navigate and use the Astrobiology Learning Progressions ( https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/education/alp/ )to find information, context, and resources to create their units and lessons.

SPEAKERS:
Dani Leach (Lakewood High School: Arlington, WA)

Bringing Real-World Research into the Middle and High School Classroom: Research Experiences for STEM Educators and Teachers (RESET)

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352C



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Google Slides

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RESET provides online PD and opportunities for summer research at Army labs for STEM educators in middle and high school around the nation.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. become familiar with the goals and objectives for AEOP RESET; 2. learn about examples of previous summer research by former AEOP RESET participants; and 3. learn about the requirements and process for applying to become an AEOP RESET participant.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Meadows (Tennessee Tech: Cookeville, TN), Kelly Moore (Tennessee Tech: Cookeville, TN), Leslie Suters (Tennessee Tech: Cookeville, TN)

Sowing SEEDs, Cultivating Community Partnerships, and Nurturing STEM Careers

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362B


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Connect your school with local colleges and STEM employers using relevant, standards-based, hands-on activities that spark interest in science and STEM careers. Sample activity included.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. How to identify and reach out to potential community and industry partners; 2. How to build a program or event that meets the needs of all stakeholders; and 3. How to develop authentic learning experiences to impact student perspectives of locally available STEM careers.

SPEAKERS:
Bethany Kenyon (BioNetwork: Greenville, NC)

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

Show Details

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)

How to Make In-Person and Remote STEM Instruction Meaningful, Rigorous, and Equitable for Students

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332B


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This session introduces a way to create in-person and remote learning experiences that give all students a chance to learn how to use the DCIs, CCS, and SEPs to make sense of the world around them.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. How to make in-person and remote learnings experience more meaningful, relevant, and equitable for students; 2. How to give students an opportunity to use their own ideas along with the DCIs, CCs, and SEPs in the service of sensemaking; and 3. How embedded formative assessment during an investigation can be used to examine student sensemaking.

SPEAKERS:
Victor Sampson (The University of Texas at Austin: Austin, TX)

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