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)

Learning from the Past: A History of Science, Technology, and Society

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 322B



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STRAND: Developing Scientific Literacy in the Classroom

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Come for a quick peek at the fascinating history of science education and reforms as it relates to defining scientific literacy.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Scientific literacy may mean many things to different people and groups but, in general, a scientifically literate person is one who uses science in everyday decisions and understands the interrelationships between science, technology, and society; 2. Historical events such as Sputnik and the Vietnam war have influenced the focus of science education over time, shifting the emphasis back and forth between more rigorous and more relevant; and 3. A human-centered approach to science teaching and learning is more equitable because it emphasizes student voice and choice, creativity, and self-value.

SPEAKERS:
Becky McDowell (Independent Contractor: Springfield, PA)

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)

Unleashing the Science of Learning to Assess Science Learning

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352A



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This session will describe how I used key strategies based on the research of the science of learning to assess the science learning of elementary preservice teachers.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn: 1. tThe role of retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and metacognition in planning and implementing assessment for learning; 2. kKey strategies for assessing learning virtually in elementary science methods courses and STEM classrooms in general; and 3. quick assessment ideas that engage ALL students in the learning of science.

SPEAKERS:
Demetrice Smith-Mutegi (Old Dominion University: Norfolk, VA)

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)

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)

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)

NESTA and My NASA Data Present:  Earth Science Data Analysis for All

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 361E


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My NASA Data will present the wealth of NGSS-focused NASA resources that promote learning in flexible Earth science classroom spaces such as hybrid, in-person, and virtual environments.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Test out the newly updated Data Literacy Cubes to scaffold Earth science data exploration for a variety of learners; 2. Explore a wealth of three-dimensional resources that support teaching and learning with NASA Earth data; and 3. Navigate through the My NASA Data offerings to locate resources that support your teaching and learning goals.

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

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)

CESI-Sponsored Session: The Role of Sequence, Experience, and Conversation for Making Students' Thinking Visible in a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Classroom

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 361B


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Participants will explore forces with common objects in a carefully designed sequence using conversation to uncover conceptual understanding.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to: 1. sequence instruction to explore forces; 2. use conversations to make thinking visible and drive instruction; and 3. make diverse classrooms equitable and inclusive.

SPEAKERS:
Deanna Buckley (The University of Texas at Austin: Austin, TX)

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)

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)

ASTE-Sponsored Session: NSTA Student Chapter Roundtables

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350B



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NSTA Student Chapter Information
This poster features key links and information about NSTA student chapters.
NSTA Student Chapters Main Page
Starting, Growing, and Sustaining an NSTA Student Chapter
This website has been created by NSTA student chapter members and advisors, with the support of Preservice Director Donna Governor, to provide resources for those interested in starting, growing, or sustaining an NSTA student chapter.
UPDATED 2022 NSTA Student Chapter Guide

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Members and advisors of NSTA Student Chapters, and those interested in starting a student chapter, are invited to network, collaborate, and learn from each other!

TAKEAWAYS:
Connect with other NSTA Student Chapters and Advisors Learn more about the new NSTA National Preservice Chapter and other initiatives Develop strategies for engaging and growing your student chapter at your institution

SPEAKERS:
Debi Hanuscin (Western Washington University: Bellingham, WA), Melanie Reap (Winona State University: Winona, MN)

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)

Building Leadership Capacity to Support Science Implementation in Elementary Grades

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332A



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

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

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

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

Making Science Accessible for All

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352A



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

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

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

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

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

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362A



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Johanna's Ungrading Toolkit

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

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

SPEAKERS:
Johanna Brown (Washington State OSPI)

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

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 342B



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Session Resource Document Form
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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)

Ecosystems of STEAM: Strategies That Engage ALL Minds

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 342D


STRAND: Developing Accountability Systems for Expanding STEM Participation

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Architects of STEAM Ecosystems immerse cross sectors to develop a conduit for ALL students to be successful. STEAM Ecosystems embed authentic research experiences for teachers and students that bridge the cultural and opportunity gaps. Learn how to develop research education blueprints that incorporate cultural responsive externships outside the classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn how to develop research education blueprints that incorporate cultural responsive externships outside the classroom; 2. Help students gain access to pathways for rewarding and productive STEM careers; and 3. Navigate through securing strategic STEM partnerships for a successful STEM Ecosystem.

SPEAKERS:
Doug Baltz (Seaholm High School: Birmingham, MI)

Three-Dimensional 5E PBL Unit Creation

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 342F



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3D 5E PBL ~ NSTA 2022.pdf

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Lead the PBL charge from the science classroom with simple changes to your 5E lesson/unit plans that drive the question, provide instruction, and build interdisciplinary integration.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Changing a 3-D learning claim to a guiding question; 2. Structuring Explore in research and the first phases of the EDP; and 3. Creating an interdisciplinary project in Elaborate that acts as an Evaluation.

SPEAKERS:
Claire Williams McGee (Metro Nashville Public Schools: Nashville, TN)

Wave-Particle Duality of Electrons and Photons

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370 A/B


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This session will focus on how to teach wave-particle duality (WPD) from a historical to present-day perspective. Engage students experimentally and relate the results to quantum information science.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Recognition of the historical relevance and sequence of events that currently support WPD; 2. The double slit experiment can be done with electrons and photons; and 3. Experimental results show how a wave interference pattern can also be produced by a probability distribution of photons and electrons.

SPEAKERS:
Karen Matsler (University of Texas Arlington: No City, No State), Jan Mader (Retired Physics and Chemistry Teacher: Great Falls, MT)

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

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

George R. Brown Convention Center - 361B


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

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

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

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

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 361A



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Presentation Slides

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

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

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

ASTE-Sponsored Session: Secondary Science Methods Share-a-Thon

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352A


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All instructors of secondary science methods courses are invited to bring a favorite activity or assignment to share with colleagues.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Network with other science teacher educators who teach secondary science methods courses; 2. Share your own practice and get feedback from others; and 3. Gather new ideas for use in your own courses.

SPEAKERS:
Sarah Haines (Towson University: Towson, MD)

NSELA-Sponsored Session: Sharing What You Know: Working Toward Publishing Your Own Research

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352C


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This session will provide practical assistance to those who wish to produce research studies for peer-reviewed journals. Robert Tai, co-editor and science educator, will lead this session.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. How to structure a research study; 2. How to develop research questions; and 3. How to write up a research study for review by research journals.

SPEAKERS:
Robert Tai (University of Virginia: Charlottesville, VA)

NextGen TIME: A Toolkit for Materials Evaluation

Friday, April 1 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370 A/B


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

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

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

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

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370D


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

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

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

Instructional Materials Designed for Today’s Science Standards

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 361C



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Instructional Materials Designed for Todays Standards

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

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

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

Break Out of the Box: Encouraging Engagement of All Learners in Science Through Cooperative, Social, and Emotional Learning

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332C


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Teach chemistry using Breakout boxes to encourage problem-solving through mystery (unlock the box), while incorporating Cooperative, Social, and Emotional skills to support all learners.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Experience an engaging chemistry lesson on atomic structure and identifying elements using the periodic table through hands-on activities, in a mystery game "Find the Secret Code" setting; 2. Model how to easily incorporate more Cooperative Learning ( not just group work) in all lessons; and 3. Demonstrate how Social Emotional Learning skills such as active listening, respect for others, and appreciation of diversity of thought can be interwoven in science lessons to help in creating a supportive and safe science learning environment.

SPEAKERS:
Pam Kirkland (The University of Texas at Dallas: Richardson, TX), Emily Hennessy (The University of Texas at Dallas: Richardson, TX)

CSSS-Sponsored Session: Tools for Abolition Science Teaching: Race, Racism, and Science Education

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352F


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Come explore tools to support counter-racism activity within science classroom settings, an activity we are all responsible to engage in to build equitable learning environments.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Awareness on how science education has and does perpetuate racism; 2. Participants will build a repertoire of inclusive science strategies that address race productively; and 3. Methods for creating and adapting curriculum that are equitable and justice centered.

SPEAKERS:
Deb Morrison (Educator and Learning Scientist: Seattle, WA), Maya Garcia (Colorado Dept. of Education: Denver, CO)

All Learning Is Cultural, Especially Science

Friday, April 1 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 342B


STRAND: Strategies for Creating Inclusive Science Classrooms

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

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

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

ASTE-Sponsored Session: Elementary Science Methods Share-a-Thon

Friday, April 1 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 310C



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ASTE Methods for Methods Forum Site
Use this website to share and access syllabi, assignments, learning activities, and resources for teaching elementary science methods!
CKT Science Website
Provides assessment tools and instructional materials for use in elementary teacher education related to content knowledge for teaching about matter (CKT).

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All instructors of elementary science methods courses are invited to bring a favorite activity or assignment to share with colleagues.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. network with other science teacher educators who teach elementary science methods courses; 2. share their own practice and get feedback from others; and 3. gather new ideas for use in their own courses.

SPEAKERS:
Debi Hanuscin (Western Washington University: Bellingham, WA)

To STEM or Not to STEM: Exploring Female Perceptions on STEM

Friday, April 1 • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370D



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To STEM or Not to STEM - NSTA 2022.pdf

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Engaging in thought-provoking conversations about female perceptions of STEM, participants will understand how an inclusive “To STEM” learning environment can influence their professional practice.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. understand the value of using female STEM role models to break the mold of stereotypes and help students form new, meaningful connections to STEM careers; 2. understand the value of inclusive learning environments and how knowing female perspectives are important in building an inclusive STEM community; and 3. learn the role female perceptions can play in building inclusive learning environments that support engagement and learning among all students.

SPEAKERS:
Carol Waters (University of Houston-Clear Lake: Houston, TX), Mary Curtis (Curriculum & Instruction Consultant: Richardson, TX)

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)

Claim, Evidence, Reasoning, and Assessment—Maximizing the Quality of Students Responses as Evidence of Learning

Friday, April 1 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 342A



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Natural Hazards Assessment from Stanford NGSS Assessment Project
Natural Hazards Assessment Rubric from Stanford NGSS Assessment Project
Presentation Slides
SNAP Design Criteria for Science Performance Assessment.pdf
Stronger and Clearer Each Time (1).pdf

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Participants will analyze student learning using a Claim-Evidence-Reasoning framework and identify instructional strategies that support student writing to serve as evidence of learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Claim-Evidence-Reasoning and student writing; and 2. Analyzing student responses.

SPEAKERS:
Kenneth King (Aurora University: Aurora, IL), Tina King (St. Charles CUSD 303: Saint Charles, IL)

University and College Instructors—Engage Your Students with NSTA!

Friday, April 1 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352A



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NSTA-National-Conference-TX-4-1-2022-Instructors-Final.pdf

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Are you an instructor of preservice teachers of science? Learn about NSTA's digital resources, virtual experiences, and website tools to help your students become the BEST teachers they can be. More than membership, learn about what’s on the NSTA website that you can use to teach your course.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Preservice teachers create a library of resources, grow their network of professional colleagues, and enhance their content and pedagogical knowledge of science by actively engaging with NSTA digital resources and online tools within the NSTA website; 2. Instructors receive a class landing page to manage their course and a private forum for asynchronous discussions, and gain access to an administrator's dashboard to monitor and assess their students' engagement within the NSTA website; and 3. All instructors using NSTA as their textbook get a free NSTA membership and their students become members of the Association through their graduation date at a cost that is competitive and gives the students access in perpetuity to the entire suite of NSTA’s Interactive E-Books+ Professional.

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

Hands-On Demonstrations and Models for Your Plate Tectonics, Nature Hazards, Earthquake Units

Friday, April 1 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 360 E/F



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Handout - List of Earthquake Related Models
Overview of 20 earthquake related models for use in your classroom!
Slide Presentation
The slides that were used to present the session.

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Explore inexpensive hands-on demonstrations and interactive models to build conceptual understanding of Earth’s elasticity, structure, plate motions, and more.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will be able to: 1. describe a suite of hands-on models, evaluating their merits and limitations; 2. differentiate between mental models and expressed models, linking multiple types of models to phenomena (to express the unviewable); and 3. support explanations by analyzing and interpreting data generated by physical models.

SPEAKERS:
Michael Hubenthal (IRIS | Earthscope Consortium: Washington, DC)

Data-Driven Digital Storytelling: Analysis of COVID-19 Race Statistics Provides Academic Grounding for Personal Narratives of Inequality

Friday, April 1 • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 350C



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Statistics to Storytelling - COVID-19 and Race in Boston
Statistics to Storytelling. Video shows excerpts from student videos discussing their statistical analysis of COVID-19 cases and fatalities by race in Boston. Students connect the statistical outcomes to their own life experiences and describe the struggles and strategies for success during the pandemic. The project demonstrates strategies to address racial inequality in STEM courses by grounding discussion in hypothesis testing and statistical verification.

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Storytelling highlights student cultural wealth. Students create story videos that connect their pandemic experiences with evidence from their analysis of racial inequities in COVID-19 cases.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. see how to scaffold assignments from data analysis to digital story creation; 2. create their own mini digital story about their pandemic experience; and 3. learn how to demonstrate that arguing from statistical evidence can provide an "academic grounding" for discussion of systemic racism.

SPEAKERS:
Scott Benjamin (Bunker Hill Community College: Charlestown, MA)

All Students Engaging in Science Education

Friday, April 1 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 342F


STRAND: Using Science Inquiry to Facilitate Learning for Multilingual Learners

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Discover accessible three-dimensional–aligned instruction and instructional strategies that are beneficial for diverse student groups, including English learners.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Discover the successes and challenges in a three-dimensional science classroom; 2. Instructional strategies to integrate the disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts that are beneficial for all students; and 3. Strategies that can immediately be implemented into a three-dimensional learning experience.

SPEAKERS:
Amanda Salak (Bryan Middle School: Omaha, NE)

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

Friday, April 1 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 362A



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

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

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

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

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

Friday, April 1 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 322A


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

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

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

Engaging In and Designing Project-Based Learning Simultaneously: A Model for Preservice STEM Teacher Preparation

Friday, April 1 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370D



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Resources
Link to presentation and other PBL resources

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Hear how a university prepares preservice STEM teachers for project-based learning (PBL) while they simultaneously experience a PBL curriculum for teacher preparation. Leave with resources.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. be able to identify the importance of rigor, relevance, and relationships in the design of a STEM teacher preparation program that threads PBL throughout teacher candidates’ preparation; 2. be able to identify opportunities and challenges of threading PBL throughout such a program; and 3. reflect on how provided resources can be utilized and integrated into their own STEM teacher preparation programs.

SPEAKERS:
Deborah Sachs (University of Indianapolis: Indianapolis, IN), Katherine Stickney (University of Indianapolis: Indianapolis, IN), Kimberly Baker (University of Indianapolis: Indianapolis, IN), Jean Lee (University of Indianapolis: Indianapolis, IN), Laura Gardner (Riverside High School: Indianapolis, IN)

Citizen Chats: Supporting Student Voice

Friday, April 1 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 370C


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Citizen Chats allow students to find a voice on topics ranging from social justice issues to scientific experiments, and let the data collected guide their decisions.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. be able to support their students in the incorporation of 21st-century skills to design and execute student-driven research in class; 2. be able to design and implement grading strategies to appropriately gauge student learning for a wide variety of topics; and 3. feel comfortable incorporating student-based research into their everyday curriculum for deepening student learning.

SPEAKERS:
Emily Lahr (Greene Central High School: Snow Hill, NC), Jose Garcia (Greene Central High School: Snow Hill, NC)

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

Friday, April 1 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352C


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

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

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

Preservice Teacher and Museum Virtual Partnerships for Science Education of All

Friday, April 1 • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352A


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Museum staff and education professors will present a multi-state service-learning project. Attendees will brainstorm experiential learning partnerships for preservice teacher in their own communities.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will: 1. learn about a multi-state service-learning project completed by elementary education preservice teachers enrolled in Creative Writing and Science Methods courses (at a rural university in Texas) for a Musuem of Natural Sciences (in North Carolina), completed entirely online during the global pandemic; 2. learn about the benefits of service-learning projects for future science educators, local organizations, and local communities…including how the PSTs’ lesson plans met Next Generation Science Standards; and 3. be prompted to consider possible experiential learning partnerships for preservice teachers based on the known needs of their local community organizations. Presenters (including museum staff and university professors) will offer tips for those ideas shared.

SPEAKERS:
Lauren Burrow (Stephen F. Austin State University: Nacogdoches, TX), Tonya Jeffery (University of Houston - Downtown: Houston, TX)

Developing Students' Critical Consciousness in Science

Friday, April 1 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 342D


STRAND: Strategies for Creating Inclusive Science Classrooms

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Hear how to support the development of students' critical consciousness in STEM using COVID-19 to explore social and health disparities.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Examine beliefs, practices, and policies that uphold and enforce the oppression of marginalized people; 2. Unpack the history of power, prejudice, privilege, and oppression that marginalized people have faced in healthcare; and 3. Explore how to help students evaluate the recent history of diversity and inclusion efforts and offer solutions to create inclusive classrooms, schools, and communities.

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

Ignite Epistemic Curiosity with a Puzzling Phenomenon

Saturday, April 2 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 352F


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Participants investigate three concepts of an anchoring phenomenon to explain why a dog can see himself and the bottom of a frozen pond simultaneously.

TAKEAWAYS:
Workshop participants will engage in and learn about; 1. a phenomenon-driven storyline focused on multiple concepts; 2. model-based reasoning and collective sensemaking; and 3. constructing explanations via developing models and forming CER statements.

SPEAKERS:
Jaclyn Murray (Mercer University: Macon, GA)

Amazonian Ecology and Culture

Saturday, April 2 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

George R. Brown Convention Center - 332D



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Amazon Travel Presentation
Sorry so late. Here is our Amazonian Culture and Ecology presentation. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out at [email protected] Thanks.

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Undergraduate citizen science research from Peru’s Sucasari Region is brought to Iowa. Examples and connections for reference and future connections will be provided.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Cultures have more similarities than differences; 2. Understanding phenomena is trans-continental; and 3. Science involves questioning and researching.

SPEAKERS:
Michael Bechtel (Wartburg College: Waverly, IA), Chloe Zierke (Wartburg College: Waverly, IA), Michaela Dehli (Wartburg College: Waverly, IA)