2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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N-gineer your GSS

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A401


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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"PV=NRT" is nearly 200 years old! However, the ideal gas law has remained a relevant tool that's helped us progress from Sterling Engines to Solar Panel Cars. How? Engineering. Come be a student in an engineering project based physics/ physical science class.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will have hands-on opportunity to experience engineered based lesson (mini unit). Teachers will come away with an example scope and sequence, example projects with directions, materials guidelines, and rubrics.

SPEAKERS:
Briana Clarke (Park Day School: Oakland, CA)

Supporting rigorous student sensemaking through adapting curriculum materials and using thoughtful scaffolding

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A411



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STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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The design of scaffolds can support or take away opportunities for student sensemaking. We will identify scaffolds already built into high quality curriculum, like OpenSciEd, and analyze teacher designed scaffolds to determine if they support or undermine sensemaking.

TAKEAWAYS:
Before high quality curriculum, teachers had to aggressively scaffold materials. Teachers will see how the materials support sensemaking without major redesign. They will consider how additional scaffolds may support or undermine student sensemaking elevating the deep expertise of teachers

SPEAKERS:
Hillary Paul Metcalf (Boston College: Chestnut Hill, MA), Nicole Ruttan (Boston College: Chestnut Hill, MA), Ji-Sun Ham (School Support Specialist: Chestnut Hill, MA)

Unpacking the Crosscutting Concepts with a Brand New NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the Three Dimensions

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B301


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Come learn how to carefully unpack elements of the Crosscutting Concepts to support the development and implementation of curriculum, instruction, and assessment using this brand-new version of the NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the Three Dimensions. The “purple book” is now better than ever.

TAKEAWAYS:
A deeper understanding of the Crosscutting Concepts and how a well-designed reference guide can make it easier to unpack the three dimensions for work in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

SPEAKERS:
Ted Willard (Discovery Education: Silver Spring, MD)

CDC Presents: Bring public health into your classroom! Inspire students to pursue STEM careers

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B306



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CDC Science Ambassador Flyer
STEM at CDC Resources

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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CDC staff will provide a tour of CDC’s publicly available STEM resources for teachers. The session will feature the newly released CDC NERD Academy curriculum, which uses real-world COVID-19 data and scenarios to teach foundational science, math, and critical thinking skills. These lesson plans, activities, and videos are designed to include everything a STEM teacher needs, even without previous knowledge of public health. CDC staff will illustrate how Module 2: How does disease spread? can be used to teach students about the science behind prevention strategies. Attendees will also meet a diverse group of fictional characters and real CDC staff to help introduce some public health STEM careers. By session’s end, attendees will have practiced how to use one of CDC’s ready-to-go STEM resources, gained insight on how to create lessons using real CDC data and scenarios from journal articles, and gathered ideas on how to get students interested in public health careers.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to use public health examples to illustrate key STEM concepts and skills and to introduce students to STEM careers in public health.

SPEAKERS:
Juliana Azeredo (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Atlanta, GA)

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)

NextGen TIME: A Toolkit for Materials Evaluation

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B408


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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NextGen TIME is a free suite of tools and processes that supports districts in preparing to evaluate instructional materials for quality and design for NGSS. This collaborative process helps you plan for next steps including customization to improve student outcomes and effective implementation.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how NextGen TIME supports the evaluation of current instructional materials to strengthen their design for NGSS and how NextGen TIME tools and processes can serve as critical components of curriculum-based professional learning. You’ll walk away with free access to NextGen TIME resources.

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

Assessing notebooking through the practices

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A407



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3-5 Notebooking Assessment tool
6-8 Notebooking Assessment Tool
9-12 Notebook Assessment Tool
K-2 Notebooking Assessment Tool
Slide deck includes all links to resources
TOOL for notebook assessment 3-5
TOOL for notebook assessment 6-8
TOOL for notebook assessment 9-12
TOOL for notebook assessment K-2

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Science notebooks can be a powerful tool for students to capture their thinking and chart growth in learning. But, how can notebooks be assessed to help students grow in their science and engineering practices? Proficiency rubrics will be shared to allow teachers and students to assess notebooks.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will leave this session with 4 different proficiency scales to assess student notebooks through the science and engineering practices. While notebooks should not be assessed as “right and wrong,” they can be used to help students grow in their science and engineering practices.

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

Lessons Learned in 3D Assessment Development

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B407


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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In this interactive session, we share important lessons learned through our work with states, educators, and developers to support equitable systems of science assessment. These lessons can help us develop better 3D assessment tasks, processes, and systems that lead to better outcomes for learners.

TAKEAWAYS:
Three dimensional assessment design is tricky - come join us to discuss how we can take a systems approach and develop better 3D assessments.

SPEAKERS:
Katie Van Horne (Concolor Research: Orlando, FL)

Cracking the CER Code: How a Mi-STAR Lesson Can Help Your Students Construct Explanations and Argue from Evidence with Confidence

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A411



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Handout
Mi-STAR Open Ed Resource Off-the-Shelf Lesson Claim, Evidence, Reasoning
Mi-STAR Open Ed Resource Off-the-Shelf Lessons

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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As long as there have been CER templates, there have been students who struggle. What’s the difference between evidence and reasoning, or an explanation and an argument, exactly? Our Mi-STAR CER lesson and templates help answer these questions and they are open to all - join us to learn more!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will leave with clear and concise definitions of reasoning, explanations, and argumentation, along with a lesson plan, activities, and templates to help students define and construct all three in the science classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Stephanie Tubman (Michigan Technological University: Houghton, MI), Chris Geerer (Mi-STAR: , MI)

Career awareness through innovative webbased curricula

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B306


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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In this unique curriculum, called BioScann, students become science experts, interpreting data to address a real-world challenge from their expert perspective. Students share their expertise in teams where communication and collaboration are essential to finding a final class solution to the problem. By showcasing a broad array of careers that require a range of training and education, we expose students to science careers that are in high demand; a major point being that STEM is for everyone! BioScann modules are web-based and free. The workshop will showcase a 3-day module designed for grades 7-9, but additional modules that focus on plastic pollution and antibiotic resistance are under development. And are expected to be released in 2023. Evaluations of the original BioScann module indicate that students show dramatic and sustained increases in life sciences interest and career awareness and demonstrate an increased ability to read graphs and interpret complex data.

TAKEAWAYS:
Engage in web-based curriculum that introduces students to a wide range of science careers. You will first experience the curriculum from the student perspective but will also be coached to deliver this free curriculum in your classroom. This curriculum is compatible with google classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Maggie Keeler (Senior Curriculum Specialist), Michelle Mischke (VP of Biotechnology Education Programs: CAmbridge, MA)

Know Soil, Know Life: Curricular Connections to this Vital Resource

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A301


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Soils are vital to sustaining life. What makes this natural resource so special? Join us for an active session that digs into numerous soil science concepts and vetted teaching resources connected to the geosciences, biology, chemistry, and physics.

TAKEAWAYS:
Soils are the foundation upon which life exists on Earth. The life that teems below ground supports the life above ground. Understanding the ecosystem services provided by soils requires cross-disciplinary thinking and reveals how vital soils are to our existence.

SPEAKERS:
Missy Holzer (Chatham High School: Chatham, LA)

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)

Using Aviation to Engage Students: NASA Aeronautics

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A407



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NSTA Presentation

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Flight is amazing! Even more amazing is the fact that students at any level can understand how flight works. In this session, we will share resources and strategies to teach aviation in any educational setting and how you can inspire students to pursue STEAM careers.

TAKEAWAYS:
We will share strategies, conduct hands-on STEAM activities, and provide a range of activities, developed by NASA, for all ages and all educational settings. Come have some fun and leave with useful resources you can use right away.

SPEAKERS:
Steve Kirsche (NASA Headquarters: No City, No State)

Green Roof Solar Panel Sustainable Energy Generation and Conservation Curriculum at the Middle School Level

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A401


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Students will gain a deeper knowledge about sustainable energy generation / conservation and architectural ecology through hands-on, collaborative labs, which use on-campus student-built green roof models, a green roof section on our middle school, and ground-level on-campus solar panels.

TAKEAWAYS:
You will learn how to identify a key sustainable energy or ecological practice that fits your school culture. We'll show you how to design labs and select equipment that will engage the students in learning about sustainability. You'll identify learning objectives and assessments.

SPEAKERS:
Brian Ward (Science Teacher: Wallingford, PA)

Sensemaking First: Designing Assessments to Elicit 3D Sensemaking

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B407



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Resources Landing Page

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Sensemaking with the three dimensions is the focal construct we want to measure in science assessments - not the phenomenon or problem or the three-dimensions. Join us for a deep dive into centering sensemaking in 3D assessment design.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will leave with examples of 3D sensemaking in assessment tasks and activities for building better assessments that elicit sensemaking.

SPEAKERS:
Sara Cooper (Contextus), Katie Van Horne (Concolor Research: Orlando, FL)

Climate in your classroom, climate in your world: Use free NOAA resources and data to teach this integrated topic

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B404


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Want to teach climate literacy but don’t know where to start? NOAA offers lesson plans, videos, data, webinars, and more to inform and inspire students.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to improve climate literacy and discuss climate and climate change in your classroom with free resources from NOAA.

SPEAKERS:
Frank Niepold (NOAA Climate Program Office: Silver Spring, MD)

Hands-on Solar System Modeling you will Remember using Fractions, Proportions, & Decimals

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A411


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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This presentation highlights 10 unique and unusual science-based examples of solar system modeling that use simple materials and all activities stress the use of decimals, fractions, and proportions in a scalable, adaptable, and fun exploration of the planets, distance, time, density, and scale.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will view the solar system in new ways through hands-on activities addressing geologic age, light distance, object ratios, density, gravity, and travel time.

SPEAKERS:
Martin Horejsi (University of Montana: Missoula, MT)

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)

GaDOE Updates and Resources (GSTA)

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B308


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Join the GaDOE science team to get updates on resources, professional learning, virtual communities, and other information related to the science teaching community. See what has just been released and how you can use it in your classroom tomorrow!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will receive updates from the Georgia Department of Education science team. Many new resources and professional learning opportunities are now available. Check out the phenomenon-based resources, including instructional deliverables, assessment tasks, literacy plans, and more.

SPEAKERS:
Laura Canepa-Redondo (Science/ESOL Program Specialist), Judie Beccaro (Georgia Department of Education: Atlanta, GA), Renee Shirley-Stevens (Science Program Specialist), Keith Crandall (Science Program Manager: No City, No State)

Empowering Educators to Impact the Direction of State Assessment

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B407


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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The purpose of this session is to explain how NGSS-aligned state assessments are developed alongside our state partners. We will use our Item Review Framework to analyze a sample item from New Meridian and ask participants to compare/contrast that with released items from their state. This comparison will provide teachers with the tools they need to review their own state assessment content and provide evidence for the changes they would like to see enacted within their state program.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will leave with a better understanding of how state-wide assessments are created and the role educators can play in influencing the direction of those assessments.

SPEAKERS:
Christopher Lazzaro (New Meridian Corporation: austin, TX)

Connecting Science to our world and Taking Action

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A401



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Presentation slides for Connecting science to our world and taking action

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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This session will cover how the science department at our school worked with our director of collaborative curriculum to create transdisciplinary lesson plans for grades 5-8. Some of the topics covered in our units include light and perception, climate change, breadmaking, sustainability, and water.

TAKEAWAYS:
Our work shows how science can be the center of a transdisciplinary study. We wanted to connect science to real world issues and bring the world into the classroom. We are using science skills and understanding to take action in our community.

SPEAKERS:
Sara Melman (San Francisco Friends School: San Francisco, CA), Rich Oberman (San Francisco Friends School: No City, No State), Jeffrey Porter (San Francisco Friends School: San Francisco, CA), Jennifer Stuart (Director of Collaborative Curriculum: San Francisco, CA), Christine Tantoco (Science Teacher: San Francisco, CA)

Selecting High Quality NGSS-Aligned K-12 Instructional Materials

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B408



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NSTA_Selecting HQ NGSS-Aligned K-12 IM.pdf
NSTA_Selecting HQ NGSS-Aligned K-12 IM.pdf

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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This session helps participants use the tools and reports available from EdReports to select high-quality instructional materials for their classroom or school. Participants will learn how the tools evaluate for NGSS-aligned instruction and have the chance to practice evaluating sample materials.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will leave with tools to help them evaluate instructional materials for NGSS-aligned instruction based on making sense of phenomena and integrating the three dimensions.

SPEAKERS:
Shannon Wachowski (EdReports.org: Fort Collins, CO), John-Carlos Marino (Science Lead)

System Models with Mi-STAR: Supporting Students to Develop and Share System Models

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B305



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Mi-STAR Open Ed Resource Off-the-Shelf Lessons

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Engineers around the world use system models as a go-to tool to solve problems, and your students can too. Create system models related to real-world problems and learn pedagogy for supporting students to develop and share system models. Leave with an engineer-approved 5E lesson to use tomorrow!

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will understand the origin and use of system modeling as an engineering tool and be able to use student talk, whiteboarding, and system schema to implement system modeling in their classrooms. Teachers receive Mi-STAR’s OER lesson plan to introduce system models to their students.

SPEAKERS:
Stephanie Tubman (Michigan Technological University: Houghton, MI), Chris Geerer (Mi-STAR: , MI)

Coral reef ecosystems and us: Explore free NOAA resources about these fragile, but threatened, wonders

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A407



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Slides for Coral Reef Ecosystems and Us Free NOAA Resources

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Incorporate coral reefs into your existing curriculum – biology, chemistry, climate studies, art, and more – using lesson plans, demos, activities, and multimedia from NOAA.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn what corals are, why they are important, and how to fit coral reefs ecosystems into your curriculum using free NOAA resources.

SPEAKERS:
Kayla Smith (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Silver Spring, MD), Denise Harrington (NOAA TASAA Fellow: Garibaldi, OR), Bekkah Lampe (NOAA Office of Education: Silver Spring, MD)

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.

The Importance of Students Engaging in Problematizing in 3D Assessments for Sensemaking

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B407



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NSTA 2023 Landing Page

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Problematizing phenomena requires that tasks pose productive uncertainties related to a phenomenon or problem explicitly to students. During this interactive session, participants will analyze various assessments and artifacts for how problematizing is an integral part of the assessment.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will engage with well problematized assessment scenarios and will have access to these assessments for future use.

SPEAKERS:
Dawn Novak (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL), Sara Cooper (Contextus)

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.

Knock, Knock, Chicken Who’s There? Our Assumptions and Students’ Misconceptions in Science

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B404



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NSTA-Atlanta 2023, Knock, Knock Chicken... presentation NSTA upload, v.3.pptx
We ask kids questions to get at their understanding of science concepts but have underlying expectations of how they will respond. Be aware of what ideas your students will bring to the classroom and use to shape their ideas about science. Explore students’ ideas and misconceptions in the Physical Sciences and know some of what they bring with them before they walk in the door!

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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We all make assumptions about how we think students will respond to our seemingly basic questions on what they know. We also assume that they are thinking what we are thinking – until they tell us.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will learn to work with research-based misconceptions that students hold across grade bands in the physical sciences in order to incorporate those into assessment.

SPEAKERS:
Cynthia Crockett (Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian: Cambridge, MA)

Citizen Scientists Needed: What Is Making My Neighborhood SO HOT

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A302



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NSTA Urban Heat Island Effect Presentation 2023.pptx
Get started in looking at your Urban Heat Islands!
Urban Heat Island Effect Presentation 2023 final.pptx
Get started in studying your local heat islands!

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Compare surface temperature data collected by students between urban & rural areas studying the phenomenon of urban heat islands. Get involved in the summer in a Google classroom and receive equipment.

TAKEAWAYS:
The importance of collecting surface temperature data to study “heat islands” within communities and ways to interpret the ground-truthing & satellite data.

SPEAKERS:
Sara Mierzwiak (The University of Toledo: Toledo, OH), Kevin Czajkowski (The University of Toledo: Toledo, OH), Jessica Taylor (NASA Langley Research Center: Hampton, VA), Janet Struble (The University of Toledo: Toledo, OH)

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)

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)

Designing Classroom Assessments to address NGSS Performance Expectations

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B303



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In this session, we will share how to use NGSS performance expectations to design classroom assessments. Sample assessments will be provided that require students to incorporate models and use evidence to support their responses.

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Attendees will come away with both examples of assessments and tools for developing their own three-dimensional assessments.

SPEAKERS:
Nicole McRee (KCSD#96), Tracy Eschrich (KCSD96: No City, No State)

The Multiple Paths of Equitable Assessment

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B407



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NSTA 2023 Landing Page

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A key aspect of the vision in A Framework for K-12 Science Education and Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards is how to develop assessments to advance equity. In this session, participants will use an equity framework developed to analyze three-dimensional assessment task

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Participants will use an equity framework that has been developed to support (re)designing assessment tasks to ensure accessibility by all students. Participants will use this equity framework to analyze example assessments for alignment.

SPEAKERS:
Dawn Novak (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL)

Defining Criteria and Constraints for Successful Engineering Solutions: A Mi-STAR Lesson for Middle School Students

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A305



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Mi-STAR Open Ed Resource Off-the-Shelf Lesson Criteria and Constraints
Mi-STAR Open Ed Resource Off-the-Shelf Lessons

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How could the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows bridge have been prevented? How can we ensure electronic devices hold up to everyday use? Developing well-defined criteria and constraints is critical to successful engineering. Experience ways to help your students plan and evaluate solutions like pros!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn the importance of well-defined criteria and constraints, and will experience activities to share with students to help them develop and evaluate successful solutions to engineering challenges. Everyone leaves with access to a Mi-STAR NGSS aligned OER lesson.

SPEAKERS:
Stephanie Tubman (Michigan Technological University: Houghton, MI), Chris Geerer (Mi-STAR: , MI)

Mobilizing Student Changemakers through Data, Technology, and Student Innovation

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B404


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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We will dive into hands-on, STEM-based activities and technology resources such as ArcGIS and web apps, that educators can use right away to help students understand the sustainability and climate justice issues most relevant to their school and local community. We will present best practices for executing a successful eco-audit and using design thinking methodologies to foster critical thinking and problem solving. These methodologies will help students tap into community funds of knowledge by engaging local stakeholders in their process. These K-12 activities help students cultivate sustainability and climate science literacy while exploring the uneven and inequitable impacts of climate change on the communities that have the fewest resources to respond. Teachers will explore how to foster student action through the creation of data-driven policy or use student-driven Eco-Audit resources to implement a climate solution at their school.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will explore how ArcGIS StoryMaps and other EcoRise resources related to climate data, mapping and climate justice can shape students’ understanding of the causes and impact of climate change within their community and foster student action.

SPEAKERS:
Brynn Johnson (Program Manager), Zakhia Grant (EcoRise: No City, No State)

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)

Exit Ticket Design Sprint - Prioritizing Student Experience in 3D Learning

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B407



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NSTA 2023 Landing Page

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Engage in a mini design sprint to develop curriculum aligned exit tickets for use in your classroom. Together, we will use an equity framework and Universal Design to design exit tickets that support equitable sensemaking and 3D science learning. You will walk away with a set of exit tickets to asse

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will leave with a set of exit ticket prompts to support 3D science learning in their classrooms. These prompts can be used to gain insight into their students’ experiences to support their 3D sensemaking.

SPEAKERS:
Katie Van Horne (Concolor Research: Orlando, FL), Dawn Novak (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL)

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)

The NSTA Atlas of the Three Dimensions

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B309


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Learn how to read the 62 maps of practices, core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and performance expectations in The NSTA Atlas of the Three Dimensions and use them and other features of this powerful navigational tool to develop and implement curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

TAKEAWAYS:
A careful review of the connections between elements of the three dimensions can provide a clearer understanding of science standards and important guidance in planning instructional sequences to support three-dimensional teaching and learning.

SPEAKERS:
Ted Willard (Discovery Education: Silver Spring, MD)

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.

Creating Curriculum with Community Collaboration

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A316



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Creating Curriculum with Community Collaboration
Presentation slides that explore examples of successful collaborations on curriculum for grades PreK-12 between museums and schools.
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Explore examples of successful collaborations on curriculum for grades PreK-12 between museums & schools and learn how to get what you need from your community partners.

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Explore examples of successful collaborations on curriculum for grades PreK-12 between museums & schools and learn how to get what you need from your community partners.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how to best utilize your community partners to co-create comprehensive curriculum and experiences for your students.

SPEAKERS:
Tina Seidelson (Director of Student Engagement: No City, No State), Karyn Torigoe (Great Lakes Science Center: Cleveland, OH)

Urban Heat Islands: Using scale to identify solutions

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A401


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Climate change has exacerbated the urban heat island issue. Understanding the issue at different spatial scales helps us clarify the problem and identify solutions. Participants unpack the science of urban heat islands at local and regional scales, and identify solutions to reduce the impacts.

TAKEAWAYS:
Urban heat islands are studied at local and regional scales using simple instruments, and remote sensing data to view the impact over time and space. Understanding the causes and effects of urban heat islands at different scales will ensure effective solutions are implemented to reduce the impacts.

SPEAKERS:
Desiray Wilson (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.: Hampton, VA), Missy Holzer (Chatham High School: Chatham, LA)

STEM Lessons from the International Space Station: Engineering Design Process

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C210


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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This session introduces participants to NASA resources including a closer look at STEMonstrations which are STEM demonstrations filmed in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station and taught by astronauts. Each of these videos includes a corresponding Classroom Connection lesson plan which is ready for educators to immediately implement in their classrooms. This session focuses on the Engineering Design Process STEMonstration where participants will watch the Engineering Design Process STEMonstration video and participate in the corresponding Classroom Connection activity. Other engineering design activities will be introduced and discussed as extensions to this introductory lesson.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will become familiar with STEMonstrations and be able to integrate these videos and corresponding Classroom Connections into their classrooms. Participants will leave this session with hands-on, ready-to-go STEM lesson plans including student activities and worksheets.

SPEAKERS:
Michele Hooks (Education Project Manager), Lynn Dotson (NASA Office of STEM Engagement-GoH: Kennedy Space Center, FL)

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)

Bringing Physical Science into the Earth Science Classroom

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

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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How do we add physical science emphasis to Earth Science curriculum? Weather and Climate with ADI Gas intro lab Students will use the ideal gas law Pv=nrT in their Earth science lessons Students will explore basic Chemistry in their exploration of the atmosphere Molecular models activity Gas Properties lab Water and Oceans Density Ph labs Salinity labs Geology with ADI Students will study wave theory as it applies to earthquakes and tectonics plates Wave on a string Minerals with an emphasis on the atom and radioactivity Space and Astronomy with ADI Students will look at motion in three dimensions and learn how to calculate azimuth and simple orbital mechanics Students will study the periodic table in conjunction with the cosmic forces that created them Gravity Forces lab Gravity and orbits lab Blackbody Spectrum analysis Introduction to Quantum Chemistry

TAKEAWAYS:
We will review activities, lessons, and experiments that will help enhance your Earth Science class and prepare your student for middle school or high school physical science.

SPEAKERS:
Brian Gardiner (Kittredge Magnet School for High Achievers: Atlanta, GA)

"It's Electric !!!"

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

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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In this session , I will model ways to make your elementary and middle school electricity unit light up! I will demonstrate several labs and display a cumulative project that you can assign to your students.

TAKEAWAYS:
The teacher will actively engage students in a tangible session regarding electricity.

SPEAKERS:
Amber Kersey (Henderson Middle School: Jackson, GA)

Developing Middle-school Physical Science Assessments using Disciplinary Core Ideas

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B303



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Developing Middle-school Physical Science Assessments using Disciplinary Core Id
CONSTRUCT project writing and revising middle school physical science assessment questions

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Good questions help us assess student’s learning, but are we asking the right – or best – questions?

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn the nuances of assessment without bias or excess difficulty that reaches all students.

SPEAKERS:
Philip Sadler (Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian: Cambridge, MA), Cynthia Crockett (Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian: Cambridge, MA)

Cells in Context

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C210


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Explore a free unit featuring progressive cell models supported by multimedia tools. A realistic and dynamic exploration of cells, cell systems, and disruption by pathogens.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to integrate realistic multimedia and paper-based modeling exercises to depict the dynamic inner-workings of cells and tissues.

SPEAKERS:
Jen Taylor (Lakeview Academy: Saratoga Springs, UT)

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.

CSSS: Developing Three Dimensional Multiple Choice Assessment Item to Enhance Student Learning

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B406a/b


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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The session engages participants in the process of developing three-dimensional multiple-choice assessment items to be used as a component of classroom instruction. The focus is on the role of phenomena and crosscutting concepts in assessing student understanding of practices and core ideas.

TAKEAWAYS:
Process for developing three-dimensional multiple-choice assessment items. Strategies for measuring student understanding of core ideas, practices, and of crosscutting concepts. Understanding the central role of phenomena in assessing student application of scientific knowledge.

SPEAKERS:
Juan-Carlos Aguilar (Georgia Dept. of Education: Brookhaven, GA)

Genes, Traits & Change Over Time

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C210


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Explore a free middle school unit that integrates genetics concepts to help students understand natural selection. Features paper-based activities, multimedia pieces, and games!

TAKEAWAYS:
How to access and use a new, free unit that integrates core ideas in genetics, heredity, and natural selection, through multimedia materials.

SPEAKERS:
Jen Taylor (Lakeview Academy: Saratoga Springs, UT)

Framework for STEM Curriculum Development, K-12

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A412



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Discover how to build a STEM curriculum from the ground up, from ideation to final product. Improve an aircraft design, 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)

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)

Learning Binary Code to Understand Information Transfer

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B212


STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Explore how communication systems encode and transfer information via digital signals, from texts to images from space. Hands-on activities will introduce signals, binary, and ASCII.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will deepen their understanding of digital signals and information transfer. Attendees will walk away with an overview of a complete unit including hands on activities for both in person and distance learning.

SPEAKERS:
Jayne Kerner (F.A. Day Middle School: Newtonville, MA)

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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