2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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"I can't wait for science class!" - The Why and How of 3D Phenomena-Based Learning

Thursday, March 23 • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B405


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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The Framework and NGSS called for phenomena-based 3D learning experiences for all students. Unpack WHY this is important and HOW to make it a reality in your classroom. Take away phenomena and storylines to try in your classroom and strategies for making every student look forward to your class

TAKEAWAYS:
The shift to phenomena-based 3D learning brings the student to the center of the learning and uses their life experiences and approaches to sensemaking to drive the learning.

SPEAKERS:
Sarah Delaney (OpenSciEd: San Carlos, CA)

Working Smarter not Harder - Grading that's Good for Students and Teachers

Thursday, March 23 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B405


STRAND: Avoiding Teacher Burnout

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Grading that supports student sensemaking doesn't have to keep you at school all night. Learn approaches to grading that prioritize 3D sensemaking and utilize technology, collaboration, and existing resources so you have can your evenings back.

TAKEAWAYS:
The process of giving feedback and assigning grades is easier when there are strong materials and assessments to build from and technology can help make it faster without decreasing effectiveness for students.

SPEAKERS:
Sarah Delaney (OpenSciEd: San Carlos, CA)

Coaching Teachers in the NGSS

Thursday, March 23 • 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B405


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Have you wondered how to develop capacity and support teachers around the shifts in the Framework and the NGSS? This session will dive into how one teacher discovered the NGSS, moved from novice to apologist and works with teachers to continue to realize the vision of the Framework for Science Ed.

TAKEAWAYS:
This will largely focus on how to support teachers from a leadership perspective to help students engage in all three dimensions of the NGSS. How can we talk with and work with teachers to help them make shifts while developing the needed capacity and not devalue their expertise.

SPEAKERS:
Spencer Martin (Kansas City Kansas Public Schools: Kansas City, KS)

Breaking down the silos - an interdisciplinary approach to deepen students’ learning

Thursday, March 23 • 3:40 PM - 4:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B405



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STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Real-world problems often cannot be satisfactorily addressed by individual disciplines (or subjects). Enrich students’ learning by engaging them in a summative task requiring integration of concepts and skills from various subjects, through a close collaboration with one or more subject teachers.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will use a modified Understanding by Design (UbD) template to develop an interdisciplinary learning experience that provides opportunities for students to integrate knowledge from various subjects (or disciplines) to create new understandings.

SPEAKERS:
May Jean Cheah (STEM Educator)

Social Emotional Learning in a Phenomena Based Learning Environment

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B405


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Looking to help your students reflect both as an individual and as a learning community as they make sense of the world around them? In this session, participants will explore tools and techniques that provide opportunities for students to develop their social and emotional skills.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will explore all of the tools and techniques that are provided in OpenSciEd units that allow students to improve their social-emotional learning skills as they reflect on community agreements, class discussions, and working as a team.

SPEAKERS:
Thomas Clayton (K-5 STEAM Specialist: Berkeley Heights, NJ)

Using an Observation Tool to Support Rigorous, Student Centered, Phenomenon Based Instruction

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B409


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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This session is designed to support instructional leaders and teachers in considering what the key shifts called for in the NGSS and Framework look like in classrooms. Our team developed an observation tool through our work observing and coaching 76 schools adopting OpenSciEd. The observation tool identifies what to look for in classrooms around rigor, teacher’s responses to student ideas, students’ responses to each other’s ideas, vocabulary, key instructional moves, and student sensemaking. Attendees will unpack the tool and then use it with classroom videos to understand the focal areas. Next, we will examine examples of how schools have used the tool, including classroom observations, to guide PLC discussions, and to facilitate individual teacher reflections. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to plan how they might adapt and use the tool in their own contexts.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will take away an observation tool that is designed to focus observers on the actions of teachers and students that indicate rigorous student sensemaking. Attendees will practice using the tool and consider how to use the tool in their context.

SPEAKERS:
Renee Affolter (Boston College: Chestnut Hill, MA), Benjamin Lowell (New York University: New York, NY), Hillary Paul Metcalf (Boston College: Chestnut Hill, MA)

Turn Up the Discussion - Increasing the Quality and Quantity of Discussion in the Science Classroom

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B405


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Discussion is how a classroom community makes sense of what it is investigating. But for that to happen, students need to actually be talking. Learn strategies for planning discussions, ensuring equitable access, and teacher moves to guide the conversation. It's time to get your students talking!

TAKEAWAYS:
Discussion is the way that a classroom community makes sense of what it is investigating, and there are tools and approaches that teachers can use to ensure that all students have access to this sensemaking.

SPEAKERS:
Sarah Delaney (OpenSciEd: San Carlos, CA)

Classroom discussions where students “figure it out”: Using different teacher moves depending on the goal of the discussion

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B405



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STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Facilitating classroom discussions that are student-centered and advance students’ thinking is challenging. Initial ideas, building understanding, and consensus discussions are three types of discussions that can be used to help draw out student ideas and support their sensemaking. These three types of discussions serve different purposes and phases of a lesson or unit. While they share many features, because the purposes are different the roles of the student and facilitation strategies of the teacher vary across the three types. During this session, we will provide examples and tools from OpenSciEd storyline curricula, which is a high quality, free, online, open educational resource for teachers. We will look at classroom videos from three different types of discussions, consider their purposes and examine teacher moves. We will also share a discussion planning tool that considers both the purposes and moves to help plan discussions.

TAKEAWAYS:
Classroom discussions that support equitable participation require careful planning and implementation. Discussions can be organized into three discussion types with distinct goals, which can help teachers to plan supports and facilitation moves that equitably engage students in meaningful talk.

SPEAKERS:
Bruce Kamerer (Boston College: Chestnut Hill, MA), Katherine McNeill (Boston College: Chestnut Hill, MA), Benjamin Lowell (New York University: New York, NY), Renee Affolter (Boston College: Chestnut Hill, MA)

Using the QFT (Question Formulation Technique) to Help Drive an NGSS Storyline

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B405



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Using the QFT (Question Formulation Technique) to Help Drive an NGSS Storyline

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Do your students need help generating questions about phenomena? Come learn how to use the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to help develop students ability to generate meaningful, relevant and thought provoking questions that will drive inquiry and coherence in your NGSS storyline unit.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will experience using the QFT to help lead their students through the process of generating, categorizing, improving, and prioritizing questions to help drive inquiry with a focus on integrating Cross Cutting Concepts and developing student ownership of learning.

SPEAKERS:
Nicole Bolduc (Ellington Middle School: Ellington, CT)

Increasing accessibility for equitable sensemaking using Universal Design for Learning

Saturday, March 25 • 10:20 AM - 11:20 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B405



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STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Looking for ideas to make science more accessible for your students? Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a powerful framework to increase access. Come experience a phenomenon-based lesson focused on student sensemaking, analyze it for UDL principles, and apply this to our own practice.

TAKEAWAYS:
Designing with UDL can minimize barriers around accessibility so all learners can engage in meaningful, challenging learning opportunities. Participants will identify strategies embedded in phenomenon based instruction, gain concrete strategies to support access, and apply to their own instruction.

SPEAKERS:
Dawn Novak (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL), Renee Affolter (Boston College: Chestnut Hill, MA)

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