2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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A Day in the Devonian: Intermediate Elementary Fossil Investigation

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C201


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Identify common fossils of the Middle Devonian in a hands-on investigation. Work with Petoskey stones and other fossils to make inferences about the past and learn how to teach this with elementary students. Curriculum handouts and fossil kits will be provided to the first 30 participants.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how to use the fossil curriculum with intermediate elementary students. Teachers will get to explore Devonian fossils of the Traverse Group and learn how to analyze data to make inferences about past environments. Teachers will receive materials to use with intermediate elementary students.

SPEAKERS:
Kayce Wills (Captain Walter Francis Duke Elementary School: Leonardtown, MD), Laura Schneider (St. Mary's College of Maryland: Saint Mary's City, MD)

Connecting STEM and Literacy

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C211


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Do you ever wish your lesson engaged everyone in the class? The readers, the mathematicians, the engineers and writers will all love these STEM and literacy lessons! In this session, you will learn how to mix and mingle - with read aloud books and STEM challenges, of course!

TAKEAWAYS:
When you leave this session, you will have a better idea of how incorporate literacy with STEM. I’ll be sharing STEM challenges that you can link to children’s books that you probably already have in your classroom! You’ll also learn some tips on how to create your own read aloud STEM challenges!

SPEAKERS:
Emily Gentile (STEM Teacher: Parker, CO)

Astronomy & Space Science for the Modern, Interactive Classroom

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A309


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Simulation Curriculum

Experience Simulation Curriculum’s award-winning Starry Night Curriculum featuring classroom-ready, standards-based, interactive lesson plans. Covers grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12 with engaging simulations, jaw-dropping interactions, activities and comprehensive teacher support resources!

Earth Science & the Atmosphere

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A309


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Simulation Curriculum

Join us as we use Simulation Curriculum’s Layered Earth to investigate Geology including Plate Tectonics and Meteorology including Weather & Climate using our amazing interactive Earth simulator to engage and excite students!

Empowering Teachers to teach hands-on STEM+Arts!

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B207


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Lyricos Learning LLC

We are a STEM+Arts streaming platform that gets used in the classroom to teach hands-on projects via our standards aligned videos. During this session we will plan on hosting a hands-on project for the teachers to make while following along with the video. Example - they can make a DNA bracelet.

SPEAKERS:
Devina Bhojwani (Lyricos Learning LLC: No City, No State)

Developing a Vision, Writing Curriculum, and Designing Experiences for Elementary STEAM Labs.

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A402


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Opening a lab is a daunting process. Learn about how Fairport developed a vision, wrote a horizontally and vertically aligned curriculum, and utilized intentional decision making to design the Elementary STEAM Lab experience.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will leave with recommendations for creating STEAM Labs in their districts based on the blueprint that Fairport used to launch Labs that incorporate the NGSS Engineering Design standards, Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards, and a focus on social-emotional learning.

SPEAKERS:
Travis Wood (Fairport Central School District: No City, No State), Kristin Larsen (Honeoye Falls- Lima CSD: Honeoye Falls, NY)

Introducing cutting-edge science research to elementary school students provides a rich context for learning

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C201



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Introducing cutting-edge science research to elementary children
Slides used at the workshop - could be used to share with other teachers back in schools/districts.

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Find out how contemporary scientists’ cutting-edge research can be shared with elementary students and linked to curriculum topics. Activities and investigations which children (ages 7 to 11) can do in the classroom to mirror cutting-edge research will be demonstrated.

TAKEAWAYS:
You will learn how I bet you didn’t know… articles written in language that children can understand and accompanying Teacher Guides can be used in the classroom to increase engagement with practical activities, develop enquiry skills and an appreciation of the impact of science on real life.

SPEAKERS:
Alison Trew (Primary Science Teaching Trust: Bristol, England)

Assessment Systems to Build Children’s Learning Stories

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B406a/b


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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COESEE - Join us to learn more about assessment of elementary science learning using elementary learning stories.

TAKEAWAYS:
Creating student learning stories can help support assessment in elementary classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Molly Ewing (The Charles A. Dana Center: No City, No State)

Let's DIVE-in to Engineering and the Engineering Design Process

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B214


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Students get engaged with practical and inquiry-based engineering experiences by using the DIVE-in method. This program was developed with the New York Hall of Science. Transform your classroom into an authentic makerspace with the DIVE process. Learn how to use the design process through consensus.

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

BSCS Biology: Understanding for Life by Kendall Hunt

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A312


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Kendall Hunt

BSCS Biology: Understanding for Life is designed for the NGSS. The inquiry-based program leverages the new BSCS Anchored Inquiry Learning instructional model as well as literacy and sensemaking strategies to support all learners. Join us to explore the program’s benefits and key features.

SPEAKERS:
Cynthia Gay (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO)

Doing It All - Meaningful Integration of Science with Social Studies, Math and ELA

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A402



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3rd Grade Unit
Bitly link: http://bit.ly/3rdSciSS
Kindergarten Unit Google Folder
Bitly link: http://bit.ly/Kcommunity
Slide deck
The slide deck contains all links needed to access both the Kindergarten and 3rd grade units.

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Presenters will share two units in which science is integrated with ELA, math, and social studies. This session will share the process of unit creation and how incorporation with other content areas strengthens science instruction. Two units will be shared-one for kindergarten and one for 3rd grade.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to integrate multiple content standards to strength science instruction as well as leave with two examples of fully integrated elementary units. In addition to the sharing of the units, presenters will share the creation process so participants can engage in this work.

SPEAKERS:
Chelsie Byram (Central Rivers Area Education Agency: Cedar Falls, IA), Mandie Sanderman (Central Rivers Area Education Agency: Cedar Falls, IA)

Navigating Nature of Science

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C201


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Attendees will participate in a guided walk through the process of developing inquiries to ensure students reach mastery of critical content. This will include analyzing standard(s), participating in hands on inquiry, and using a template to create inquiries for students.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will understand how to plan opportunities for students to demonstrate understanding of critical content using methods that allow educators to easily monitor student progress toward mastery.

SPEAKERS:
Ryan Carlson (Orange County Public Schools: Orlando, FL), Desiree Siegel (Program Specialist Elementary Science: Orlando, FL), Matthew Timm (Orange County Public Schools: Orlando, FL), Kimberly Seaver (Orange County Public Schools: Orlando, FL)

Game On! Gamification vs. Game Based Learning

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A307


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Plasma Games

It's all fun and games but does it work? Take a deep dive into the difference between gamification and game based learning and how to incorporate both into your classroom for the best outcome. Bonus: Leave with an all inclusive access code to a 3D game based platform!

Forewarned is Forearmed: Using Pre-AP Instructional Strategies to Better Prepare Students for AP Biology Challenge Areas

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B207


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: College Board

Come for an active conversation about helping introductory learners prepare for AP-level course work in STEM. We will align challenge areas identified using AP exam data with the Pre-AP Course Framework and explore instructional strategies to help students meet these challenges.

SPEAKERS:
Laura Casdorph (College Board: New York, NY), Mitch Price (College Board: New York, NY)

Creating Science Units that work for YOU!

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C210


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Scared of science? Wondering how to put it ALL together? Join us as we look at how a K-6 STEAM Elementary school creates science units that are project-based and student focused, without breaking the bank or burning out!

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will understand how to create unit frameworks that are informative, easy to use, and lead to quick lesson planning.

SPEAKERS:
Joe Shaughnessy (John Thomas School of Discovery Partner School: Nixa, MO), Ryan Mahn (John Thomas School of Discovery Partner School: Nixa, MO)

Exploring the Science of Energy with Primary Students

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C203


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Background information, teacher demonstrations, and fun, hands-on student explorations to better help you introduce K-3 students to the basic concepts of science and energy, as well as measurement.

TAKEAWAYS:
Help educators learn hands-on activities to introduce primary students to the basic concepts of science and energy using NEED's free curriculum while providing suggestions for use across the K-3 setting.

SPEAKERS:
Kimberly Swan (The NEED Project: Manassas, VA)

CSSS: Capturing the brilliance of children and strengths of teachers through elementary learning materials

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A402


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Participants will explore critical components of “designed for NGSS” elementary units: phenomenon, embedded ELA resources, equity, professional learning, and assessment. Participants receive one exemplar unit.

TAKEAWAYS:
Place-based learning experiences that extend across a school year can have multiple benefits for elementary students. Designed-for NGSS units that elevate the brilliance of children must include new visions of phenomenon, embedded ELA resources, equity, professional learning, and assessment.

SPEAKERS:
Mary Starr (Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network)

STEMscopes Showcase: What’s New at STEMscopes?

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B214


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

If you're using STEMscopes (or wanna-be), this session is for you. Come see the most popular digital curriculum during this session. Discover assessment packages, streaming videos with activities, coding with app building, hands-on engineering projects, STEM teacher certification, and much more.

SPEAKERS:
Leslie Spaeny (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Suzan Morris (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Susan Arnette (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Ashley Mathis (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Solving Real-world Problems Using STEM Cases: Developing and using models to design, test, and optimize solutions

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A313


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: ExploreLearning

This interactive session will explore a digital interface that develops models to capture students' thinking when designing and testing solutions to real-world problems. We will immerse ourselves in solving a puzzling STEM Case to develop a model and use it to optimize a solution.

SPEAKERS:
Lauren Chiota (Learning Designer), Jared Jackson (Director of Production: Decatur, GA)

Living by Chemistry: A Phenomenon-Based Curriculum for High School Students.

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A311


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Bedford, Freeman & Worth Publishers

Capture high school chemistry students’ interest by inviting them into a phenomenon-based curriculum! Perform a periodic table card sort and learn how to build an understanding of whether it is possible to turn a copper penny into gold. Presented by Living by Chemistry author, Dr. Angelica Stacy.

SPEAKERS:
Angelica Stacy (University of California, Berkeley: Berkeley, CA)

Power to Go-H2O: Harnessing the Force of the Ocean

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A312


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Imagine Learning | Twig Education

Join world class designers and engineers as we dive in to explore hydroelectricity and the growing need to harness force and motion found in the ocean. Participants will experience a simulated lesson, make a 3D model of a water turbine, and use it to investigate the relationship between force and motion.

Why are there ocean fossils in the Smoky Mountains: Strategies to customize open-source science lessons for local contexts

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B304



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Fossil Unit Lesson Materials

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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An 11 year old recently found a trilobite in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Let's explore this phenomenon and how customizing existing high-quality, open-source lessons for local stories create a cohesive storyline for elementary students.

TAKEAWAYS:
1) How to customize existing high-quality, open-source lessons that pair with local phenomena; 2) What fossil evidence scientists use to support claims about past environments; and 3) Where to find open-source storylines for the elementary classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Rachel Cox (Knox County Schools: Knoxville, TN)

Framework for STEM Curriculum Development, K-12

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A302



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Room Defender - Framework for STEM Curriculum Development - NSTA Atlanta.pptx

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Discover how to build a STEM curriculum from the ground up, from ideation to final product. Design an alarm to protect your stuff, meet the STEM Quality Framework and 50+ free STEM units from Pre-K to High School, and explore amazing resources from the Dayton Regional STEM Center and DoDSTEM.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn the process of designing a high-quality STEM curriculum including; standards alignment, evaluation and improvement of curriculum and implementation within the classroom, along with a library of free, currently available unit plans and resources.

SPEAKERS:
Tim Carey (Xenia Community Schools: Xenia, OH)

Ignite Your Students’ Interest in STEM with SPARX (3-5)

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A305


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Learn about the new NASA Next Gen STEM activity Sparking Participation with Real-world Experiences (SPARX), launching in school year 23-24. Explore this exciting opportunity and experience hands-on lessons from the SPARX portfolio - Priority Packing for the Moon.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will leave this session with an understanding of what resources will be necessary on a mission to the Moon, a knowledge of NASA SPARX, and an activity to ignite students' interest in STEM through space exploration resources.

SPEAKERS:
Elizabeth Sebastian (Education Coordinator), Martha Lopez (Education Coordinator: Houston, TX)

Wave Properties and Information Technologies (Gr 6–8)

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A304


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: School Specialty - FOSS

Engage in activities using lasers and optical fibers and concepts of refraction and reflection in the FOSS Next Generation Waves Course for middle school. Explore the phenomena that allow information transfer by fiber optic technology, and identify connections to the three dimensions of NGSS.

SPEAKERS:
Jessica Penchos (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA), FOSS Project Staff (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

Anatomy & Physiology

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A309


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Simulation Curriculum

Experience Simulation Curriculum's newest addition - Interactive Anatomy & Physiology - for grades 9-12. See the jaw-dropping interactive anatomy simulator with its 40+ lesson plans, simulations and images along with complete teacher resources.

Build a Heart with STEM…and Play-Doh!

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B217


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments

You will learn how to build and code a four-chamber heart (no coding experience required) while exploring how the heart works. This is a great project for middle and high school science and STEM students! You can also borrow all of the equipment for this project from TI for free.

Using Computational Thinking to Protect Whales

Friday, March 24 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A305


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Protecting Whales is one of two new freely available units in the Smithsonian Science for Computational Thinking series. Learn about integrating computational thinking into your elementary STEM classroom using both hands-on and high-tech resources by using this specific third grade unit.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how to integrate computational thinking into the upper elementary STEM classroom using a problem-driven approach. Learn how to access everything needed to implement the 3rd grade Protecting Whales unit.

SPEAKERS:
Melissa Rogers (Smithsonian Science Education Center: Washington, DC), Sarah Glassman (Smithsonian Science Education Center: Washington, DC)

Introduction to FOSS Pathways (Gr 3–5)

Friday, March 24 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A304


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: School Specialty - FOSS

Students need to experience and make sense of relevant science phenomena that connect to and define standards—a challenging task for teachers. Learn strategies for providing direct experience with phenomena, guiding students to constructing explanations, and developing models with the FOSS program.

SPEAKERS:
FOSS Project Staff (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA), Brian Campbell (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

Anchored Science Presented by Kendall Hunt and MiSTAR Teams

Friday, March 24 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A312


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Kendall Hunt

Anchored Science by Mi-STAR is a middle school science curriculum motivated by a vision for the future in which science including engineering practices is taught and learned as an integrated body of knowledge that is applied to address societal issues. Attend this session to learn more.

SPEAKERS:
Teresa Rockwood (Science Curriculum Specialist: , TX)

Empowering Teachers to teach hands-on STEM+Arts!

Friday, March 24 • 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A311


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Lyricos Learning LLC

We are a STEM+Arts streaming platform that gets used in the classroom to teach hands-on projects via our standards aligned videos. During this session we will plan on hosting a hands-on project for the teachers to make while following along with the video. Example - they can make a DNA bracelet.

SPEAKERS:
Devina Bhojwani (Lyricos Learning LLC: No City, No State)

A Home for Fossils: Bringing place-based education to a museum-based program

Friday, March 24 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Join education staff from Tellus Science Museum to see fossils that call Georgia home and discuss how to incorporate place-based geoscience education with elementary science standards.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will see how a science museum has worked to improve its own geoscience education using a place-based approach and how similar processes can be applied to education practice in classrooms or other localities.

SPEAKERS:
Hannah Eisla (Tellus Science Museum: No City, No State)

Limitations of the CHLT-6 as an Assessment in a STEM Laboratory Experience

Friday, March 24 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Although cancer biology is an important topic with the study life science, the definition of cancer literacy has been ill defined. This project demonstrates limitations of using one measure of cancer literacy, the Cancer Health Literacy Test-6, within the scope of a cancer biology outreach program.

TAKEAWAYS:
Cancer literacy has been broadly defined and assessed. Assessment of cancer biology knowledge may be best suited by the use of instructor-prepared, lesson-specific assessments.

SPEAKERS:
Emily Heath (Student: Warrenville, SC), Kamani Barnes (Student: Warrenville, SC), Alexandria Martin (Student: , SC), Christie Palladino (Teacher: Warrenville, SC)

Claim, Evidence and Reasoning; Assessing Student Understanding

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A401


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Claim Evidence and Reasoning a strategy to increase engagement and assess student learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will use the Claim Evidence and Reasoning protocol to check student content knowledge, increase discourse and improve literacy.

SPEAKERS:
Lindiwe Ngubeni (Atlanta Public Schools: Atlanta, GA), Felicia Pratt (Atlanta Public Schools: Atlanta, GA), Warren Edwards (Atlanta Public Schools: Atlanta, GA)

Language, Literacy, and Science Integration (Gr K-8)

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A304


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: School Specialty - FOSS

The convergence of language, literacy, and science lands squarely in the science and engineering practices. Engage in a hands-on learning experience and discussion as we explore strategies and tools that support student engagement in the practices and focus on literacy and language development.

SPEAKERS:
Diana Velez (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA), FOSS Project Staff (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

Rover! Watch out for Scruffy!

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B217


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments

This session will challenge you to code a TI Rover to avoid hitting a dog! Using the relationship between distance, time, and speed, you will try to get rover as close to scruffy as possible without making contact. Students LOVE this activity! You can borrow TI gear for free to do this project!

Forewarned is Forearmed: Using Pre-AP Instructional Strategies to Prepare Students for AP Chemistry Challenge Areas

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B202


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: College Board

Come for an active session about helping students prepare for AP-level course work in STEM. We will align challenge areas identified using AP Chem exam data and correlate these with the Pre-AP Chem Course Framework and explore instructional strategies to help students meet these challenges.

SPEAKERS:
Laura Casdorph (College Board: New York, NY), Mitch Price (College Board: New York, NY)

Using Maggots, Flies, and Flesh to Solve a Mystery!

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B217


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments

A decomposing corpse is found in a field. Four possible missing persons fit the description. But who is it? Using clues near the scene will help determine identity. Forensic anthropologist Diane France helped to develop this free middle school and high school forensic science lesson.

Using Science Notebooks to engage with Sense Making with FOSS (Gr K–5)

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A304


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: School Specialty - FOSS

Investigate phenomena and experience how students collect data, engage in sensemaking discussions, and construct explanations in FOSS lessons. Experience strategies that build student agency and promote scientific thinking and discussion by using science notebooks.

SPEAKERS:
Brian Campbell (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA), FOSS Project Staff (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

Teaching Problem Solving to All Students (Math)

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B214


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Teaching students to reason and problem solve is the cornerstone of math instruction. This session will highlight several engaging strategies - Three Reads, Numberless Word Problems, and more. These provide multiple entry points for students to engage in the math problem solving process.

SPEAKERS:
Suzan Morris (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Susan Arnette (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

It’s Not Just Algebra: Assessing Student Thinking in Physics Problem-Solving

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B216


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Savvas Learning Company

Good problem-solving in physics is more than algebraic manipulation. Students can learn and you can assess problem-solving through multiple avenues, including graphs, representations, and more.

SPEAKERS:
Christopher Moore (University of Nebraska Omaha: Omaha, NE)

Science for All Students—Access and Equity (Gr K–8)

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A304


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: School Specialty - FOSS

Join us for a hands-on experience and discussion as we consider the assets of our diverse students and how to leverage their funds of knowledge in science and engineering. Receive a toolbox of strategies the FOSS Project developed for educators to support universal access.

SPEAKERS:
Diana Velez (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA), FOSS Project Staff (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

Zombie Apocalypse!

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B217


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments

Attendees will explore disease modeling through the use of ZOMBIES!

Comics + Phenomenon + CER = Scientific Literacy

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A307


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: Plasma Games

Scientific literacy goes beyond understanding and requires students to make a claim that is supported with fact and reasoning. By incorporating comics, anchoring phenomenon, and repetition, we are taking these CER charts to the next level! Bonus: Leave with an all inclusive access code to a 3D game

STEMscopes Showcase: What’s New at STEMscopes?

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B214


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

If you're using STEMscopes (or wanna-be), this session is for you. Come see the most popular digital curriculum during this session. Discover assessment packages, streaming videos with activities, coding with app building, hands-on engineering projects, STEM teacher certification, and much more.

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER): Are You CERtain Your Students Understand the Data?

Saturday, March 25 • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B214


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

CER gets students to explain phenomena in a scientific way. Let’s use investigations to demonstrate how to use data collection to drive data-based conclusions. Guide students in how to think deeper, write scientifically, & incorporate vocabulary that strengthens their understanding of a phenomenon.

SPEAKERS:
Ashley Mathis (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX)

Building 3 Dimensional Assessments for High School

Saturday, March 25 • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B218


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: InnerOrbit

During this session you’ll build a scaffolded, NGSS-aligned assessments to use with your classroom, school, or district! We'll investigate building prior grade level assessments, cover common misconceptions around sensemaking, and best practices for scaffolding assessments for HS students.

Teaching Symbiosis Through Poetry

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A402



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Teaching symbiosis through poetry
Teach symbiosis and inspire young poets!

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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This presentation demonstrates the lasting power and depth of learning through interdisciplinary projects. Come see how science and language arts can be combined for students to have the opportunity to share knowledge about symbiosis through side-by-side poetry.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn to use poetry to communicate how organisms survive. Participants will leave knowing how to introduce side-by-side poetry through a scientific lens, demonstrating a unique way of understanding symbiosis.

SPEAKERS:
Candice Autry (Sheridan School: Washington, DC)

NGSS-Aligned Formative Elementary Assessments

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B303


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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BYO Device to this hands-on workshop for the Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) project. Explore free, high-quality, multidimensional tasks, consider how to use them for formative assessment in your elementary classrooms, and view online resources in a virtual learning

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn to access and use two related, freely available online resources that support elementary teachers’ use of NGSS-aligned assessment and instruction: A site with tasks aligned with the performance expectations for Grades 3-5 and a virtual learning community for science teachers.

SPEAKERS:
Jeanne Di Domenico (The University of Chicago: Chicago, IL), Brian Gane (University of Kansas: No City, No State), Carla Strickland (UChicago STEM Education: No City, No State)

NOAA Workshop 7: Engage Your Students in One of the Most Dangerous Climate Impacts of Our Time: Sea Level Rise

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B209


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: NOAA

Why are sea levels rising? Why is it so dangerous for everyone - no matter where they live? How can we address it? Explore these questions and NGSS-aligned online lessons, visualizations, and role-playing activities from NOAA to engage your students on this topic.

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

Effective Literacy and Writing Strategies in the Science Classroom

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B214


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Come learn how to use effective literacy strategies so that students can better understand science content. Student understanding and critical-thinking skills will improve with these techniques. Join our constructivist approach that promotes literacy in the science classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Suzan Morris (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Angela Campana (Accelerate Learning, Inc.: Houston, TX)

Wholly Science: Incorporating Research Methods into Elementary School

Saturday, March 25 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle



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Elementary Research Methods Toolkit-2.pdf
This document has an overview of research methods used by scientists and ideas for observational studies, mathematical modeling, and statistics.

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Science educators teach THE scientific method; while this is a tried-and-true practice, it doesn’t wholly represent all the different methods used by scientists. At UT Austin, college students are taught there are several scientific methods. We can teach science this way starting at a younger age!

TAKEAWAYS:
Students would benefit from learning more research methods from a young age! Expand students’ view of science, and introduce variety to maintain student interest. Hear ideas to incorporate methods into your lessons such as mathematical modeling, observational studies, and statistics.

SPEAKERS:
Rama Sreekantham (Paragon Prep School: No City, No State)

Introducing cutting-edge science research to elementary school students provides a rich context for learning

Saturday, March 25 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle



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Introducing cutting-edge science research to elementary children
Full poster - giving QR code to access 'I bet you didn't know...' resources and website to see more freely downloadable resources from the Primary Science Teaching Trust (UK).

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Contemporary scientists’ cutting-edge research can be shared with elementary students and linked to curriculum topics. Using I bet you didn’t know… articles and accompanying Teacher Guides is an exciting way to stimulate children and provides a rich context for learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
You will learn how I bet you didn’t know… articles written in language that children can understand and accompanying Teacher Guides can be used in the classroom to increase engagement with practical activities, develop enquiry skills and an appreciation of the impact of science on real life.

SPEAKERS:
Alison Trew (Primary Science Teaching Trust: Bristol, England)

Building 3 Dimensional Assessments for Middle School

Saturday, March 25 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B218


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: InnerOrbit

During this session you’ll build a scaffolded, NGSS-aligned assessments to use with your classroom, school, or district! We'll investigate building prior grade level assessments, cover common misconceptions around sensemaking, and best practices for scaffolding assessments for MS students.

Building Benchmarks and Common Assessments for the NGSS

Saturday, March 25 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B218


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sponsoring Company: InnerOrbit

During this session you’ll build an NGSS Benchmark or common assessment from our database of 10,000+ NGSS Assessment items! We'll look at the types of questions best used for these summative assessments and take workshop time to build an assessment you can use immediately

SPEAKERS:
Erin Cooke (Customer Success Manager)

Bugs The Food of the Furture

Saturday, March 25 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A410


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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A skyrocketing global population is making us rethink how we feed people. Traditional protein sources are unequally distributed and can have devastating effects. We will be investigating how insects could help us feed the world in a more equitable and sustainable way. Bring your appetite!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how traditional ways of farming protein (poultry and cattle) negatively affect the ecological communities and explore how insects could help rectify this problem.

SPEAKERS:
Courtney Ologbosele (Teacher), Curtis Martin (Teacher)

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