2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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Start your day mindfully - Morning mindfulness meditation

Thursday, March 23 • 6:40 AM - 7:40 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B403


STRAND: No Strand

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Join us to find out how being mindful can reduce stress and other benefits. Share tips on how to incorporate mindfulness into your life. We will practice breathwork together and share in a meditation exercise.

TAKEAWAYS:
A sense of calm, peace, and balance.

Supporting STEAM Teachers’ Practices in Social Justice & Rightful Presence

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A403


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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This interactive session will highlight a summer professional learning course designed to prioritize social justice in the K-12 STEAM classroom. While most teachers held social justice orientations, Rightful Presence (Calabrese Barton & Tan, 2020), provided important connection to teaching practice.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers in the course used reflection and robust discussion to examine and identify their educational bias, teaching philosophies, and socially just teaching practices in STEAM. This interactive session will share strategies and reflection practices for teachers to bring back to their classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Meltem Alemdar (CEISMC, Georgia Institute of Technology: Atlanta, GA), Katie Boice (Georgia Tech, CEISMC: Atlanta, GA), Ti'Era Worsley (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro: No City, No State), Justina Jackson (CEISMC, Georgia Institute of Technology: Atlanta, GA)

A Four-Level Framework for Empowered Engineering

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B310


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Knowles Engineering teachers co-developed and piloted a scaffolded framework for integrating social justice into engineering design that we are excited to share with the NSTA community. Come ready to explore how to empower your science students through intentional engineering curriculum design!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will interact with examples of empowered engineering curriculum, as well as apply the framework to their own classroom. Teachers will leave with concrete ideas for how to incorporate more social justice work into their own engineering curriculum in manageable and expanding ways.

SPEAKERS:
Katey Shirey (edukatey: Washington, DC), Emily Berman (Global STEM Challenges Program)

Getting Your Feet Wet: High School Field Trip Activities for Geoscience Integration

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B316



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Getting Your Feet Wet: High School Field Trip Activities for Geoscience

STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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This session will describe an NSF grant in progress to increase high school awareness of geoscience through field trips and activities. This grant was written by geoscience and education faculty. We will share some activities along with what we learned from the pre- and post- assessments.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will participate in hands-on activities that have been prepared by geoscience faculty at Missouri S&T. The teacher ed. faculty at Missouri S&T will share ideas on how to implement and assess these. Student learning is enhanced when students are engaged in hands-on, field based learning.

SPEAKERS:
Amanda Meek (Professor: Rolla, MO), Michelle Schwartze (Missouri S&T: Rolla, MO)

The Importance of Indigenizing our Science Teaching

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B313a


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Indigenization is receiving global attention. Why should we be concerned with Indigenizing and decolonizing our science instruction? Attend this panel discussion to learn how and why different countries are Indigenizing their science teacher preparation, science curricula, and science teaching.

TAKEAWAYS:
In order to advance the process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, it is essential that we Indigenize and decolonialize our curriculum and our teaching methodologies. This panel discussion will present ways Indigenizing the curriculum is being done in various international contexts.

SPEAKERS:
Patricia Morrell (Head School of Education: St. Lucia, 0)

The Three Most Important Science Talks for Elementary Lessons

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B305



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NSTA_2023_ThreeTalks_Forsythe.pdf
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STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Come learn three discussion routines that can transform your science lessons: “I Notice, I Wonder, I Predict”, “Data Discussions”, and “Let’s Make Sense of It All”. Together we’ll explore key features of each talk, participate in enactments, and brainstorm ways to have more talk time in our lessons

TAKEAWAYS:
For young students, talking is learning as students learn as they talk through their own ideas and listen to the ideas of others. This session highlights three whole class science discussion routines that can transform elementary science lessons.

SPEAKERS:
Michelle Forsythe (Texas State University: San Marcos, TX)

Equity and Belonging in Marine Sciences and Education

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B303


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Who belongs in marine sciences? Why does it matter? Join the NMEA Equity & Belonging committee for an interactive session which aims to advance dialogue on social equity & justice in these spaces. This session is for educators who are passionate about integrating marine concepts in their practice.

TAKEAWAYS:
The personal and professional narratives shared by the presenters will highlight tools and strategies to shift the power dynamics in your science classroom. A curated collection of resources to support more just and equitable science teaching practices will be shared.

SPEAKERS:
Rae Quadara (The University of Southern Mississippi Marine Education Center: No City, No State), Janice Williams (Pinnacle Education Services /NMEA /COLC: No City, No State)

Aligned to What? Assessment Systems that are “Born” Instructionally Relevant

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B407



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Resources Landing Page

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What would it look like if we designed all aspects of the assessment system to prioritize impact on instruction and students? We will discuss key principles for designing systems, and examples and implications for state, district, and classroom assessments.

TAKEAWAYS:
Systems of assessment can center students and instruction, and simultaneously surface trustworthy information for decision-making–if they are intentionally designed to do so.

SPEAKERS:
Sara Cooper (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO)

Is Science a Right or Privilege for “Those Kids”? Creating Culturally Responsive Science Curriculum for All Students

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A410


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Learn how the STEM4Real Lesson Study (LS) can empower teachers to meet needs of diverse learners, especially those with disabilities and underrepresented communities. A case study with a court and community school shows how LS aids in the creation of NGSS-aligned culturally responsive lesson plans.

TAKEAWAYS:
Use a justice centered lesson plan template that connects to students’ lived experiences and identities, creates a learning experience where students from underrepresented communities feel seen and heard and cultivates a community affirming the inherent value of all people, regardless of background.

SPEAKERS:
Marie Gorman (STEM 4 Real: San Francisco, CA)

"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)

Supporting Equitable Classroom Practices Through Alternate Assessment

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A405



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Presentations and Other Resources
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STRAND: Equity and Justice

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We will share how we implemented current educational research to create a learning environment that supports learners of all abilities.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will understand the educational research supporting a shift away from traditional grading and describe methods of implementation that address issues of equity, differentiation, peer interactions, and more.

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

Synergizing Culturally Inclusive Practices & STEAM

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C209


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During this session, participants will discuss the significance of culture in STEAM learning. Additionally, participants will obtain and practice using a tool to include culturally inclusive practices in STEAM lessons.

TAKEAWAYS:
Why are culturally inclusive strategies important in STEAM classrooms? How can you synthesize strategies that challenge and engage a diverse group of learners? In this session, we will reveal a planning tool that you can use to support learner success in STEAM classroom settings.

SPEAKERS:
Deanna Taylor (Interactive Learning Solutions LLC: Columbia, SC), Regina Ciphrah (Verbalizing Visions, LLC)

Expanding the STEM Narrative: Ensuring All Students Can See Themselves in STEM

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B302


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Our session will support science teachers in discovering and incorporating diverse and relevant experiences so ALL students can see themselves as scientists. We will review culturally responsive science instructional practices.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Explore the tenets of Culturally Responsive Science Teaching; 2. Understand how all learning is cultural and the importance of access to diverse representation; and 3. Explore the components and values of an inclusive science classroom and the need for students need to see themselves.

SPEAKERS:
Tonya Woolfolk (Houston County Schools: Perry, GA), Patricia Morgan (Georgia State University: Atlanta, GA)

Recharge yourself! From Striving to Thriving - How to Manage Your Stress

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B403



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Stress Relief Presenentation ATL March 2023 FINAL.pdf

STRAND: No Strand

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In today’s fast-paced world, chronic stress is common, but your mind and body can pay a high price. Learn to recognize overwhelming stress—and what you can do about it. Most importantly, learn how to use the power of your senses to relieve stress on the spot and stay calm, productive, and focused—no matter what life throws at you.

TAKEAWAYS:
Tips on how to manage stress.

SPEAKERS:
Michelle Phillips (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Azra Chughtai (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

You have the power! Bringing phenomena to life with NGSS-designed instructional materials

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A307



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https://linktr.ee/AmplifyScienceNSTA2023
You Have the Power - slides - NSTA 2023 Amplify Science.pdf

STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Sponsoring Company: Amplify

High quality instructional materials are essential for equitable access to science, but materials are only the start of the instructional journey! Examine the importance of YOUR role as a teacher in leveraging NGSS-designed curriculum to inspire your students to figure out phenomena.

Introducing Anchoring Phenomena and Driving Question Boards

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B209


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Company

Teachers will be introduced to the four elements of the anchoring phenomenon routine from OpenSciEd for Middle School. Teachers will experience how an anchoring phenomenon can motivate students to explore & explain real-world phenomena, & develop strategies for creating a driving question board.

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

Best Practices for Equity and Inclusivity in the STEM Classroom

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A304


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Sponsoring Company: VEX Robotics

STEM education needs to be inclusive. This workshop will discuss research proven methods for why STEM can help improve student participation in the classroom. Jason McKenna, Director of Education at VEX Robotics, will include examples and techniques that teachers can use in their own classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Jason McKenna (VEX Robotics: Pittsburgh, PA), Drew Ostry (Marketing Director: Greenville, TX)

Strategies to Support English Learners (ELs) in the Science Classroom

Thursday, March 23 • 11:40 AM - 12:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B214


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Engage in strategies to help your English Learners (EL) population make sense of science concepts and apply their science knowledge to real-world applications. We will explore a variety of strategies for differentiating instruction so that ELs can build their ability to communicate science concepts.

SPEAKERS:
Stacey O'Connor (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Suzan Morris (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Engage Students in Rich Discourse

Thursday, March 23 • 11:40 AM - 12:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A313


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: PEER Physics

Are you passionate about engaging students in rich discourse and looking for strategies, norms, and protocols that can support this work? Join us for an interactive workshop to explore effective small-group and whole-class discourse techniques. Participants receive consensus building protocols.

SPEAKERS:
Valerie Otero (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO)

Beyond Pre-Teaching Vocabulary: Intentional Language Instruction in a Secondary Science Classroom

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A405



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Beyond Pre-teaching Vocab
This link takes you to a participant links page with all the resources from the session today including: the Educational Leadership article, Data Tracker template, pdf of presentation, Wakelet for each language domain, and print version of the Stages of Learning Resource.

STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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This session is intended for secondary science teachers with multilingual learners (MLLs). MLLs bring important science ideas that contribute to learning. This session will emphasize meaningful language instruction for all students and provide ideas for how to support emergent multilingual students.

TAKEAWAYS:
In this session, participants will engage with meaningful examples of teaching techniques to support higher-level thinking for all students, especially multilingual learners. These examples can be implemented in any secondary science classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Monica Davies Davies (AVID curriculum Developer: , WA), Angela DiLoreto (Bellevue School District: Bellevue, WA)

Place-Conscious STEM Instructional Methods

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C206


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Generating STEM interest through a place-conscious framework is a pathway for students to solve issues relevant to their community. Framing instructional methods within the place-conscious design allow important issues to be at the center of the curriculum.

TAKEAWAYS:
This session will explore how to design hands-on inquiry lesson developed from a place-conscious framework.

SPEAKERS:
Nicole Bookheimer (Pre-service Teacher: , MT)

Designing for justice in OpenSciEd High School Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

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

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom D


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Designing for justice means centering inquiry on phenomena that cross the artificial boundary between human and natural systems. The result is instruction that not only teaches students to understand the natural world, but broadens their perspectives on how humans fit into natural systems, what constitutes science, and what they can accomplish using science. In high school, some of the design problems that students are noticing in the world may feel overwhelming, but breaking them down using the ideas and practices of science can help students find hope and resilience. For example in OpenSciEd HS, students ask: Where should we focus efforts on treatment and prevention of cancer? What can we do to make driving safer for everyone? How can we slow the flow of energy on Earth to protect vulnerable communities? To answer these, students must use science ideas and practices to understand/think creatively about design problems that emerge from complex systems at the nature-human divide.

TAKEAWAYS:
NGSS-designed instruction that is oriented toward justice can not only teach students to understand the natural world, but broadens their perspectives on how humans fit into natural systems, what constitutes science, and what they can accomplish using science.

SPEAKERS:
Zoe Buck Bracey (Senior Science Educator and Director of Design for Justice: Colorado Springs, CO), Samantha Pinter (Norwalk Public Schools: Norwalk, CT), Jamie Noll (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO)