2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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The Importance of Indigenizing our Science Teaching

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B313a


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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

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

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

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

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B407



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Resources Landing Page

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

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

SPEAKERS:
Sara Cooper (Contextus)

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

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A410


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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

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

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

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

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B405


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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

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

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

Synergizing Culturally Inclusive Practices & STEAM

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C209


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

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

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

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

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B302


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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

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

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

Lessons, Opportunities, and Recommendations for Culturally Sustaining STEM in Practice

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A410


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Grounding in culturally-sustaining STEM as an asset pedagogy in context of an informal learning setting, we will focus on lessons learned in a Gullah community and share curriculum examples along with recommendations for culturally based STEM programs through the lens of our project’s stakeholders.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will (1) understand that within the STEM disciplines culture is a part of and embedded within underserved and underrepresented groups and communities and (2) identify ways to design and integrate community assets into project-based learning experiences.

SPEAKERS:
Fenice Boyd (Chair and Professorr: Columbia, SC), Regina Ciphrah (Verbalizing Visions, LLC)

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)

K-12 Science Messaging + Communications Brainstorm Session

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B301


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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For anyone that has excitedly explained the power of phenomenon-based instruction or 3-dimensional learning and been met with a blank stare – this session is for you! Led by communication experts, this session is designed to help you create K-12 Science messages in succinct, compelling ways.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn new ways to describe and explain the importance of 3-dimensional instruction and phenomenon based learning to key audiences, including parents and communities, lawmakers, and non-science educators.

SPEAKERS:
Adam Ezring (Collaborative for Student Success: No City, No State), Josh Parrish (Collaborative for Student Success: No City, No State), Michelle Austin (Managing Director, SVP: Washington, DC)

Accessibility Online? All Students Means All Students

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A412



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Digital Accessibility in Science
Tips for creating digital materials in science that are accessible to all students.
Quick tips for creating accessible digital materials
Short list created in an accessible format - to use as an example

STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Much of the technology around us has been designed for persons with different needs. We can now set an alarm just by asking a device to do so. We can enter stores without touching doors, and read captions for the news on television while listening to music on earbuds. Online curriculum needs to mirror this type of access to give all students the ability to engage with content. Can the visually impaired student in a biology classroom use a microscope? Where are videos with captions for hearing impaired students? Can a student with limited dexterity independently access interactive slides? Deliberate planning of online lessons and selective use of virtual resources can help foster your students’ independence and alleviate barriers. Come learn from the experts.

TAKEAWAYS:
All students have unique needs in regards to online learning. Deliberate planning of online lessons and selective use of virtual resources can help foster your students’ independence and alleviate barriers.

SPEAKERS:
Christopher Like (Iowa Department of Education: No City, No State), Jennifer Bliss (Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Council Bluffs, IA)

Working with Indigenous Learners and Communities– an Un-guidebook for Success

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B302


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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As education professionals seek to engage with Tribal entities to support Youth, they need resources to help ensure that they are stepping respectfully and intentionally. Learn about an Un-guidebook, supported by 100kin10, to help non-Native education professionals engage with Tribal entities.

TAKEAWAYS:
After this session, STEM educators will know more about building relationship with indigenous communities, and how both formal/OST, educators can use the Un-guide to create the first steps of a relationship with Tribal entities in their community and better support Tribal learners, especially youth.

SPEAKERS:
Kathy Hoppe (STEMisED, Inc: No City, No State), Melinda Higgins (U.S. Dept. of Energy - Fossil Energy & Carbon Management: Washington, DC)

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)

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)

THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN GENDER, MINDSET, AND SCIENCE INQUIRY IN MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A411


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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We focus on students’ science mindset vary over time when engaged in science inquiry activities and is there a difference between male and female students? Our quantitative research shows that the use of scientific inquiry as a teaching method directly impacts a females science growth mindset.

TAKEAWAYS:
A female's science identity weakens if elements such as self-efficacy, interest, and willingness to challenge themselves are missing. As students become more familiar with scientific inquiry, there is a deeper understanding of the science content, reducing the gender science achievement gap.

SPEAKERS:
Dr. Jennifer Hooper (East Central High School: San Antonio, TX)

Trauma Informed Teaching in the Science Classroom

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B403


STRAND: Research to Practice

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This talk will describe ways in which science educators can utilize the science of early adversity and resilience to improve their classroom culture, mitigate the effects of early adversity on student performance, and provide students with strategies to improve their educational outcome.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn the basics of the science of early adversity and resilience through the 6 pillars of trauma-informed care proposed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). An emphasis will be placed on strategies and suggestions educators implement.

SPEAKERS:
Chelsea Robertson (Assistant Professor), Cheryl Robertson (University of Tennessee, Knoxvile)

Weaving Community-Centered Climate Change Education into Secondary Classrooms

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A410



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Slide Deck for Weaving Community-Centered Climate Change.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Learn how we collaborated with local organizations and tribes to incorporate climate change focused phenomena rooted in the local community and the student’s interests and identities. We’ll share our framework for the learning, lessons learned and how it connects to a statewide ClimeTime project.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will be provided an example of how to incorporate climate change and their local communities into a secondary science unit through collaboration with community partners and local tribes.

SPEAKERS:
Brad Street (IslandWood: Bainbridge Island, WA)

Social Emotional Learning in a Phenomena Based Learning Environment

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B405


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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

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

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

Building bridges of success by forming real-world research and curriculum building connections.

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B311



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1196 GS FDA Prof Dev Course Flyer(2).pdf
The FDA provides amazing opportunities for teachers across the United States to work together focusing on food science.

STRAND: Research to Practice

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This session will provide resources for real life research and curriculum building opportunities in STEM. Come experience the passion of a veteran science educator who is continually finding new ways to enhance her own learning and wants to share her success with you!

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will leave with resources and ideas on how to synergize their own professional practices by participating in hands on research and learning opportunities that will provide them the tools to successfully introduce real- life STEM concepts into their own teaching.

SPEAKERS:
Camie Walker (Weber School District, Ogden, Utah: No City, No State)

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

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B409


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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

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

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

STEM and SELI

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A401


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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STEM and SELI explores how to bring social emotional learning practices to your science classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
One main takeaway is that science teachers can use social emotional learning practices to both foster better working relationships with their students, and show students that science (like interpersonal relationship building) is applicable everywhere, and not just in the classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Ariella McCown (Educator: Baltimore, MD)

Inclusive Excellence in Elementary STEM: Supporting future teachers in designing rigorous STEM classrooms that center equity and engage ALL students

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A405


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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In this session, the presenters will share specific strategies and an intentional design for preparing elementary STEM teachers to create inclusive and equitable STEM classroms.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn about specific strategies to create inclusive STEM classrooms. Elementary STEM educators will model ways in which they have revised curriculum and integrated specific STEM pedagogy that is inclusive, culturally sustaining, and rooted in social justice.

SPEAKERS:
Bonnie Maur (Sacred Heart University: Fairfield, CT)

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)

Cultivating Student Perseverance and Resilience in STEM

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B306


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Participants will participate in several discussions focused on the general perception of STEM careers that students may have, as well as their own perceptions and biases surrounding the content and materials they incorporate in their instruction. Strategies will be provided for use in the classroom to engage student interest in seeing themselves in STEM, and foster space for their resilience and perseverance. Activities: Discussion: What does a scientist look like? Activity (Philosophical Circle): Participants will be given a scenario and tasked with determining their response to that scenario. Activity: Choose an item that symbolizes skills or qualities that are needed to persevere in STEM. Discussion: What do you do in your classroom to cultivate student perseverance and resilience?

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will takeaway strategies to engage student interest and perseverance in STEM.

SPEAKERS:
LaTonya Bolden (School Improvement Coach), Marshai Waiters (Marietta Middle School: Marietta, GA)

Youth Advocacy for Resilience to Disasters (YARDs) Overview and Demo

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B312


STRAND: Research to Practice

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Our session introduces an open-source data visualization tool, Map Spot, which creates spaces for participants to draw together personal and public accounts to illustrate claims about the places they live. Research shows that visualization tools can help youth understand the effects of disasters, the value of resilience, and how infrastructural improvements can support or even alleviate existing community resilience strategies. Besides Map Spot, we will demonstrate YARDs, a 14-session curriculum for middle school youth to advocate for building community resilience. Youth advocacy is an effective intervention for improving individual and group-level psychosocial outcomes and also built environment and community change. Our presentation will show how these two tools can help youth reflect on the effects of disasters in their communities, imagine what resilience to these disasters might mean, and advocate for infrastructural projects that will benefit themselves and the region.

TAKEAWAYS:
Besides Map Spot and YARDs, participants will learn how advocacy work can increase self and collective efficacy and connect youth to a broader network of local allies. In addition to the potential for infrastructural change, these social and individual psychosocial changes can enhance resilience.

SPEAKERS:
Mohsin Yousufi (PhD Student: Atlanta, GA), Allen Hyde (Assistant Professor)

Examining our students linguistic backgrounds to adapt curriculum

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B409


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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How do we adapt curriculum to support our emergent multilingual learners? How can we localize phenomena for science instruction? Participants will examine student work from multimodal language surveys and learn strategies to guide curriculum adaptations for more linguistically equitable learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will be provided with a language survey tool, example student work and a strategies list to help them make more linguistically inclusive curriculum adaptations and help localize phenomena for science instruction.

SPEAKERS:
Katherine McNeill (Boston College: Chestnut Hill, MA), Samuel Lee (Boston College: Chestnut Hill, MA)

Towards Inclusion: Accessibility and Equity for All Students

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A404


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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This session will feature a combination of presentation and interactive activities to provide classroom teachers with immediate feasible and practical implementation strategies to support all learners in their general education science classrooms.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will leave this session with research-based and practical pedagogies of how they can support all learners, including students with disabilities in their general education science classrooms in their very next lessons.

SPEAKERS:
Lauren Madden (The College of New Jersey: Ewing, NJ), Dina Secchiaroli (Professional Learning Specialist: No City, No State), Sami Kahn (Princeton University: Princeton, NJ), Jonté Taylor (Penn State: University Park, PA), Lacey Huffling (Georgia Southern University: Statesboro, GA), Michele Koomen (Research Professor: No City, No State)

I Want to See Me in My Science Learning…Using Literacy to Meet the Needs of All Science Learners

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B308


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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This session is presented by members of the Georgia Science Teachers Association Board of Directors and shares ways to incorporate literacy in science lessons using inclusive teaching strategies. The session will be a panel presentation that addresses using a broad range of analogies, a mix of textual and visual representations, inclusion of examples that include both women and ethnic minority groups, students with disabilities, use of funds of knowledge, a variety of learning exercises and assessments and the use of rubrics. Justin Harvey (GSTA Director) is submitting this proposal on behalf of the GSTA Board, but he is not one of the presenters. The panel of presenters include: Teresa Massey, GA District 10 Director Robert Bice, GA District 1 Director Jane Reed, District 2 Director Michelle Thompson, District 8 Director Kathryn Mullen, District 12 Director Melissa Niemi, GSTA President-Elect

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will see how the need to consider diversity is important for all students learning science. Participants will gain research-based strategies for integrating diversity in science lessons that meet the needs of all learners.

SPEAKERS:
Teresa Massey (Graduate Student), Michelle Thompson (Effingham College and Career Academy: No City, No State)

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

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B405


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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

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

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

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

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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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

TAKEAWAYS:
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)

The Forgotten Science Practice; Observation!

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B316



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Slide deck

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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This session will be about the importance of Observation as the first scientific skill that we can impart to our students; without it you cannot complete the rest of the practices. Observation can help our multilingual learners and diverse learners feel like they have a place in certain sciences that seemed inaccessible before due to language barriers. Certain teacher moves will be discussed that will strengthen observations as well as activities that the teachers will be able to recreate in their classroom to do the prep work for such a strong foundational skill. Activities will include: drawing, gallery walks, whole group/small group observation discussions. While this proposal requires me to have target grade range; I believe that this session would be great for all grade levels.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn strategies to get their students to more easily make observations in their learning which will support the rest of the Science and Engineering Practices. Teaching moves that can be employed right away to reach all skill levels; in fact, show your diverse learners excelling!

SPEAKERS:
Margaret Morton (Lozano Elementary: Chicago, IL)

SIOP Model in Science: Supporting the ELL

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B301



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SIOP Model in Science Slides with Links

STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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The SIOP Model is an effective research-based instructional model for meeting the academic needs of English language learners. Learn how to use it to support ELLs in your science classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. The eight components to the SIOP model will be explained; 2. Examples of actual and effective classroom implementation of the SIOP model; and 3. Consideration for not only teaching science content but doing so in a culturally conscious manner will also be shared.

SPEAKERS:
Nadene Klein (Daniel C. Oakes High School: Castle Rock, CO)

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about NGSS, But Were Afraid to Ask

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B305



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Atlanta2023_Everything you always wanted to know about NGSS_Handout.pdf
Atlanta2023_Everything you always wanted to know about NGSS_Presentation.pptx

STRAND: No Strand

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Still confused about the basics of the NGSS? Need a refresher about what it is and why it matters? Come learn from the experts.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will leave with a basic understanding of the structures of the Next Generation Science Standards and how they inform 3-dimensional standards and 3-dimensional science teaching.

SPEAKERS:
Karin Klein (Museum of Science and Industry: Chicago, IL)

Making Phenomenon Matter - Adapting existing curriculum for equitable learning experience

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B304



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https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ROYeODEWpfDCBZiNOYUDmSt1huu4sPH6?usp=sharing

STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Learn how to select phenomena that matter to students and leverage students' questions to create a student-driven storyline. Participants will learn the design principles for adapting existing curriculum that honor students’ identities, voices, and ideas.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn two key aspects of designing equitable learning experiences for NGSS instruction: 1) making phenomena matter by considering community issues and student identities; 2) leveraging students’ diverse ideas and questions to drive instruction.

SPEAKERS:
Nelly Tsai (University of California, Irvine: No City, No State)

Girl Power: Powerful Ways to Motivate Girls in STEM

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B313a


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Discover the recent research on females in STEM and learn how to take intentionally small, but powerful steps in your classroom to ensure that our future female problem-solvers have the confidence, encouragement, and motivation to change the world, one STEM field at a time!

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will discover the current reseach regarding girls in STEM and leave with six powerful ways to increase their interest,, motivation, and confidence in these fields.

SPEAKERS:
Dawn McCotter (Van Andel Education Institute: Grand Rapids, MI)

Impacting Adoption of High Quality K-12 Instructional Materials with EdReports Resources

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B408



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NSTA_Impacting Adoption of High Quality K-12 Instructional Materials with EdReports Resources.pdf

STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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School leaders play a large role in the adoption of high quality instructional materials and can impact change in this space. Participants will learn about how to utilize EdReports reviews of instructional materials and how to get started with the adoption process by setting an instructional vision.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will engage with EdReports reviews of instructional materials and how to use the evidence from the reports to make informed decisions based on local context. They will explore how to utilize EdReports resources to set an instructional vision as part of the materials adoption process.

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

Vocabulary Instruction for English Language Learners!

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B310


STRAND: No Strand

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How do we teach Tier 3 science vocabulary to students with limited English (or no English) and encourage success? We will share multiple strategies for teaching Tier 3 Academic Science vocabulary, as well as modalities that incorporate visual aids, manipulatives, and kinesthetic activities to engage

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Tier 3 strategies for teaching science; 2. The inclusion of visual and kinesthetic activities to engage ALL students; and 3. Forms of assessment for ALL level of English Language Learners.

SPEAKERS:
Karen Ziminski (EMK Academy for Health Careers: Boston, MA)

Curriculum-agnostic Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching with the NGSS

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B312



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Atlanta2023_Curriculum-agnostic Pedagogical Approaches_Handout.pdf
Atlanta2023_Curriculum-agnostic Pedagogical Approaches_presentation.pptx

STRAND: Research to Practice

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We are developing a framework of pedagogical methods and professional learning, with an emphasis on equity, that can be leveraged to support teaching with the NGSS no matter what curriculum is being used. Come tell us what you think!

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will gain a deeper understanding of high leverage pedagogical practices that directly support teaching with the NGSS, and strategies to implement some of these practices in the science classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Karin Klein (Museum of Science and Industry: Chicago, IL)

Taking on Big Science Challenges: How District Leaders Can Build Equitable Science Programs

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B408


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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District leaders play a critical role in ensuring all students in their district have access to meaningful science experiences. The NextGenScience team shares lessons learned from work with state- and district-level leadership networks across the nation to plan for equitable science programs.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants examine their definition of equitable science education and consider key strategies for school and district leaders to evaluate and design systems in ways that eliminate inequitable practices, engage stakeholders, and create a supportive context for learning.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Childress Self (NextGenScience: San Francisco, CA), Neelo Soltanzadeh (WestEd: San Francisco, CA)

Beyond Career Day - Engaging Middle School Students in Thinking About STEM Careers

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A402


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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STEM careers are for ALL students! Learn how to bridge the gap between STEM careers & classroom spaces by exploring proven strategies for hosting STEM professionals in your middle school classroom! Walk away with an engagement guide written for middle school teachers, by middle school teachers!

TAKEAWAYS:
Through the lens of equity and inclusion, participants will explore tips for sustained classroom-based STEM career exposure success (both in-person & virtual), including: selecting and preparing speakers, planning an engaging classroom visit, and maintaining relationships with STEM professionals.

SPEAKERS:
Michelle Pearson (Adams 12 Five Star Schools), Cameron McKinley (Technology Integration Coach), Tehmina Khan (Science Department Chair: Stratford, CT), Kristen Record (Bunnell High School - National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY): No City, No State)

A Climate Justice Toolkit for K-12 Educators - Building Community and Justice Connections in the Science Classroom

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C209


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Justice-centered science instruction is a critical process for building transformative, empowering classrooms. The Climate Justice Toolkit for K-12 Educators provides resources and planning templates for creating community-driven, justice-centered science learning experiences for students.

TAKEAWAYS:
Classroom learning experiences that center local issues impacting students and their communities are more engaging and meaningful for students, especially for students traditionally underrepresented and underserved by science education.

SPEAKERS:
Pranjali Upadhyay (Educational Service District 112: Vancouver, WA), Rae Han (EarthGen: No City, No State), Stacy Meyer (Educational Service District 112: Vancouver, WA)

Building Student Science Identity Through Relevant and Meaningful Phenomena

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B304


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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How do we build confident “do-ers” of science? Inspire curiosity, engagement, and science identity through the use of relevant and meaningful phenomena. Phenomena can come from real events and from student imaginations. Let student questions guide learning and exploration.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will leave with ideas for incorporating meaningful phenomena in their instruction and learn how phenomena can be a bridge to relevance and engagement for students. 3-Dimensional instruction provides a framework for students to figure-out science.

SPEAKERS:
Ashley Armstrong (Sanford Underground Research Facility: Lead, SD)

Design Your Digital-Age STEM Learning Ecosystem with Equity in Mind

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B306



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
Digital Learning Matrix_USDOE.pdf
US Department of Education
Digital Support Features_USDOE.pdf
US Department of Education
Digital Tools for Interaction_Hyperlinked.pdf
Hyperlinked document to Digital Tools for Multilingual Learners
Digital Tools for Learning Strategies_Hyperlinked.pdf
DLR Family Engagement Tools_Hyperlinked.pdf
EL Portrait at a Glance
Template to access basic information about each English learner
Levels of Cognition and Products.pdf
NSTA 2023_Design Your Digital Age STEM Ecosystem with MLs-Participant Slides.pdf
Strategic Sentence Starters.pdf
Three Types of Scaffolds.pdf

STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Foster digital-age STEM learning ecosystems that address the 5 Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and culture) and close the digital divide for multilingual learners in the STEM classroom. Cultivate equitable, authentic, and digital learning environments.

TAKEAWAYS:
By emphasizing the six literacy domains (listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing), teachers can engage multilingual learners in STEM practices that position students and teachers as "co-inquirers' in the learning process. Explore opportunities that support sensemaking.

SPEAKERS:
Maria Cieslak (Center for Applied Linguistics: Washington, DC)

Creating a Culturally Responsive Science Classroom

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A410



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Culturally Responsive Teaching Keynote - MacNeil with QR Code for CRT Toolkit

STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Come learn how to use what we know about brain science to weave culturally responsive teaching and learning into science classrooms! We will explore tools to help all students become independent, successful learners who are active participants in their own learning. Resources provided.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers can use what we know about brain science to create culturally responsive learning environments by igniting student interest, making learning relevant to students, providing students with opportunities to actively process what they have learned, and giving them multiple chances to review.

SPEAKERS:
Janet MacNeil (Cambridge Public Schools: No City, No State)

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

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B405



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

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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

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

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

World Changers: Transforming Minoritized Students' Disidentification with STEM

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C208


STRAND: Research to Practice

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Minoritized students' underrepresentation in STEM are a result of cycles of marginalization that replay resounding narratives of socially constructed inferiority in STEM. Curricular experiences that counter deficit narratives support minoritized students in transforming their identitities in STEM.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn about an effective curriculum and instructional model that supports minoritized students' achievement in STEM with a specific focus on enhancing their sense of efficacy and science identity.

SPEAKERS:
Layla/Ye Zang (Virginia Tech: Blacksburg, VA), Brenda Brand (Virginia Tech: Blacksburg, VA)

NSELA Sponsored Session: Role Identification Activity for Science Teacher Leaders

Saturday, March 25 • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B304


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Science teacher leadership roles and responsibilities vary according to context. This session will present an activity designed to support science teacher leaders to identify their leadership roles and professional learning needs as it relates to their organizational context.

TAKEAWAYS:
Science teacher leader participants will have an opportunity to identify their roles and professional learning needs. Science teacher educators will leave with an activity that they can use in their context to develop professional learning supports for the science teacher leaders they work with.

SPEAKERS:
Sarah Stallings (Graduate Student: No City, No State)

Who Are Scientists? Exploring Equity and Inclusion in Science Representation

Saturday, March 25 • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B312


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Who do children picture when they picture scientists? Do they picture themselves? Representation matters in engaging all learners in science. Attendees will explore and receive various free Natural Inquirer products that introduce students to the diversity of people and fields in the Forest Service.

TAKEAWAYS:
Natural Inquirer publications, created in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, help educators demonstrate that science is a human endeavor. Educators will be able to show their students that scientists are people from all cultures and backgrounds. Attendees will receive copies of all materials.

SPEAKERS:
Nissa McKinney (FIND Outdoors/Forest Service Cooperator: No City, No State), Rachel Bayer (Environmental Education Specialist), Jessica Nickelsen (Forest Service/ Natural Inquirer)

Public Comment on the 2028 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Science Framework Recommendations

Saturday, March 25 • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B405


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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Frameworks are developed through a comprehensive, inclusive, and deliberative process​. The frameworks describe the content and format of a NAEP assessment​ including: (1) what to measure at each grade​, (2) how to measure it​, and (3) how achievement levels are to be represented. ​The frameworks are written for a diverse audience of educators, policymakers, and the public​. The NAEP Science Assessment covers: Physical Science, Life Science and Earth and Space Sciences. It includes four science practices (1) Identifying Science Principles (2) Using Science Principles (3) Using Scientific Inquiry (4) Using Technological Design. Results for grades 4, 8, and 12 are reported. In this session, members from the NAEP Steering and Development panels will give an overview of the recommendations for the NAEP Science Framework, gather ideas, answer questions, and provide information about submitting public comment.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will have an understanding of NAEP, the recommended revisions to the NAEP Science Framework, and how to submit public comment on the proposed revisions.

SPEAKERS:
Heather Morley (Science Teacher: Hinesburg, VT)

Generating STEM Interest in Latinx Communities

Saturday, March 25 • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B305


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Learn how, working with Latinx communities, we’re developing a conceptual framework for a strengths-based approach that guides development of new resources and messaging to generate interest in STEM. Iterative prototype development and formative research are part of the project.

TAKEAWAYS:
Ideas for exploring community-based effort to increase STEM opportunities and resources for Latinx and other youth.

SPEAKERS:
Shawn Stevens (GBH Education: Brighton, MA)

Girls in Science: How to Spark Interest through Programs Organized by Educators

Saturday, March 25 • 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B405


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Based on the statistics that show that less than 30% of research scientists in the US are female, we need to have strong role models for girls at a young age. In this session, I will show you how to get started in planning the Science Event for Girls, which is a program developed for grades 6-8.

TAKEAWAYS:
Making sure that young women have the same opportunities as young men in the science field will help to ignite curiosity and interest in our natural world. Starting this interest at a young age is important for gaining traction in shifting the statistics of women in the science field.

SPEAKERS:
Shelly Pagnotta (Science Teacher)

Challenge All Science Learners While Supporting Students with Autism

Saturday, March 25 • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B407



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Google Slides Templates for Interactive Science Notebook Pages
Presentation - Challenge All Learners with Interactive Science Notebooks
Google slides templates for Interactive Science Notebook pages: https://tinyurl.com/ISN-template-NSTA

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Want a more inclusive science classroom? Differentiate instruction and scaffold sensemaking through Interactive Science Notebooks. Take home free Google Slide templates, scaffolding examples, and a collection of summarizer activities for middle school that can be adapted to elementary/high schools.

TAKEAWAYS:
Explore what an inclusive science classroom looks like for students with autism spectrum disorder. Learn best practices for implementing interactive notebooks to help students organize ideas, engage in science and engineering practices, and make explicit connections to NGSS crosscutting concepts.

SPEAKERS:
Carrie Adler (Westland Middle School: Bethesda, MD)

After the exit ticket: Using self-paced structures to effectively respond to formative assessments in a mastery-based classroom.

Saturday, March 25 • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A304


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Finding the time in your class schedule to reteach content can be daunting, especially with frequent absenteeism and different degrees of understanding. Learn how self-paced structures can be leveraged to create time for your students to achieve mastery of each learning target in a sustainable way.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will receive multiple frameworks for immediately implementing self-paced structures in their classroom. Materials include sample class schedules, pacing trackers, and lesson templates to fit students’ needs in any classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Hannah Reed (The University of Alabama: Tuscaloosa, AL)

STEM, Equity & Leadership

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A403


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Concerned about the achievement gap? Learn about the latest achievement gap data, experience a strategy for facilitating equity conversations with students, colleagues, and/or PD participants, which will enhance students’ STEM achievement and foster educators’ leadership skills.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will experience a unique equity-enhancing strategy and discuss how it might be used by teachers to create positive classroom cultures that nurture the STEM achievement of all their students, or with colleagues or PD participants as an asset to developing their leadership skills

SPEAKERS:
Jerry Valadez (Fresno State and SAM Academy CSW)

To Be It, You MUST See It: Providing STEM Role Models for Under-Included and Under-Resourced Students

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B302


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Join the education staff from Detroit’s historic Belle Isle Aquarium to discover exciting ways to identify, recruit, and host diverse career role models to inspire your students, whether you’re teaching face-to-face, virtual, or in hybrid mode.

TAKEAWAYS:
A. Greater understanding of how STEM role models can have a significant positive impact on young learners; B. Practical steps for teachers to design STEM career connections from their own communities that richly connect to students' lives; and C. Access to novel STEM career role model resources—vide

SPEAKERS:
June Teisan (InnovatED 313: No City, No State)

Science for All: Equity in the Science and STEM Classroom

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A410


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Equitable science classroom experiences are vital to developing actively engaged students who will solve the significant problems of our time. What must educators do to ensure they promote the development of student interest and identity in science, equipping students to confront these challenges?

TAKEAWAYS:
This session will provide resources teachers can use to assess how their current classroom practices affect providing equitable classroom experiences for all students.

SPEAKERS:
Katina White (University of Arkansas for Medical Science: No City, No State)

Exploring Climate Justice: a District Wide K-12 Approach

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A412


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Learn how an Atlanta area school district partnered with two non-profits to develop professional learning and teaching resources for a whole-district approach to climate change education and student-directed action, through an environmental justice lens.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will leave this session with access to a curated collection of climate justice teaching resources that can be used to engage students in place-based problem solving

SPEAKERS:
Janetta Greenwood (Clayton County Public Schools: Jonesboro, GA), Karan Wood (Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia (EEA): Acworth, GA)

From Struggle to Success: Reading Strategies in the Science Classroom

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C202


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Reading proficiency is tied to academic success. Teaching various reading and testing strategies and using high quality instructional materials (HQIM) can help students overcome their challenges with comprehension and vocabulary acquisition.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to use reading strategies to help all students develop ways to navigate grade level challenging text. How creating a classroom culture can cultivate an environment conducive for welcoming and increasing literacy in the classroom. How to use testing strategies in science to help students navigate

SPEAKERS:
Leslie White (Duval County Public Schools: Jacksonville, FL)

Launch Instruction into Hyperdrive with Inclusive Practices

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A405



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Session Padlet: Launch Instruction into Hyperdrive with Inclusive Practices
Access session resources and presenter contact information in the session Padlet.

STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Houston we have a problem... We need more inclusive science classrooms and curricula! Explore the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and learn how to use the UDL Guidelines to identify and overcome barriers to student learning and make science accessible for ALL students.

TAKEAWAYS:
By the end of this session, participants will understand how the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework can be used to plan more inclusive learning experiences and classroom environments so that every student can be a successful learner in the science classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Dodie Resendez (Region 4 Education Service Center: Houston, TX)

A Promising Professional Learning Model for Bringing NGSS-Aligned Instruction to Scale

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B305


STRAND: No Strand

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Hear how a K-8 district just north of Chicago with 18 schools is transforming science teaching and learning through cultivating Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), leveraging student experience surveys, and providing professional learning opportunities for-teachers-by-teachers.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teacher leaders & students are crucial to scaling reform efforts. Participants will walk away with a detailed model for cultivating science PLCs, example student experience surveys that elevate student voice, and structures that support the offering of professional learning for teachers by teachers.

SPEAKERS:
Kafi Chase (Chute Middle School), Yang Zhang (Northwestern University: Evanston, IL), Shannon Dangerfield (Haven Middle School: Evanston, IL), Megan McDermott (8th grade science educator), Alissa Berg (Evanston Skokie School District 65)

Equity in Science Education Roundtable

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A410


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Join us in sharing YOUR concerns for enhancing equity and access in classrooms, schools, or districts. Learn what NSTA, and others, are doing or providing for STEM equity, as potential resources. Experience an equity-enhancing strategy that may be useful for your equity toolkit.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will share and learn what others are doing, as they listen to the challenges and accomplishments of their equity efforts. Being with like-minded individuals, they will be encouraged and supported in a confidential, safe environment. Knowing that one is not alone is always comforting

SPEAKERS:
Jerry Valadez (Fresno State and SAM Academy CSW)

How to Teach Science/Climate Science using Game Based Learning

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B306


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Bring your creativity and learn how to implement game-based learning in your science classroom. We will explore using hands-on techniques to make science fun.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. create a science-based game to use in their classroom; 2. develop an understanding of game-based learning; and 3. embed game-based learning in their current content/curriculum.

SPEAKERS:
Tammie Schrader (NorthEast Washington ESD 101: Spokane, WA)

Thinking in 3D

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C203


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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In this session, we will explore the intersection between Information Processing as outlined in Culturally Responsive Teaching, Cognitive Routines, and Three-Dimensional Science to enhance science learning experiences for all students.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will walk away with an experience that enables them to utilize cognitive routines and develop as independent learners while also building their capacity as culturally responsive educators.

SPEAKERS:
Danielle Bowks (Director of Science: No City, No State), Heather Gansky (Smedley Elementary School: Philadelphia, PA), Allison Porzillo (Mastery Charter Schools: Philadelphia, PA)

Engaging Students through STEM and Sustainability

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C209


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This session will prepare educators to facilitate the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals guides, a set of eight free digital guides inspired by the UN SDGs. The guides support a student-led experience where youth become action researchers in their local communities. Through a process where young people explore global issues in their local spaces, youth discover their own knowledge and feelings, investigate to understand more about an issue, and take self-determined actions. The presentation will model opportunities for transdisciplinary research, with an emphasis on student choice. Following their own curiosity, young people can explore and connect to their own communities using scientific investigations by collecting and analyzing data from their local environment. The session will culminate with ways to support youth action-taking. Presenters will discuss how to help young people to channel their passions and interests into actionable plans to make their communities better.

TAKEAWAYS:
Students can be engaged and included through an approach that centers their own identity and expertise and uses STEM investigations to solve sustainability problems relevant to their local and global communities.

SPEAKERS:
Carol O'Donnell (Smithsonian Science Education Center: Washington, DC)

Using Neuroscience to Build a Better Classroom

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C201


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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In the past 20 years, we've learned so much about the brain. Come learn about, or get data to back up, some neuroscience-backed best practices to help students stay engaged and motivated while also combatting the devastating impacts of stress, anger, and trauma.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn brain-based best practices to transform school culture and instructional time.

SPEAKERS:
Katie Busch (The University of Alabama at Birmingham: Birimingham, AL)

Scaffolding Decision-making about Socio-scientific Issues by Integrating Scientific Argumentation and Democratic Deliberation

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C204



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NSTA_2023_Forsythe_Chan_Argumentation&Deliberation.pdf

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Practical solutions to socio-scientific issues often require the synthesis of scientific, social, economic, and political dimensions. Learn how to support student sensemaking about these issues by linking the science practice of argumentation to the social studies practice of democratic deliberation

TAKEAWAYS:
Since communities use scientific evidence as well as socio-political considerations to make decisions about socioscientific issues, lessons need to support students in analyzing scientific data about an issue and then integrating this analysis with sociopolitical perspectives to deliberate solutions

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

Expanding Participation and Success in STEM Teaching through Partnerships

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B211


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Ideas and concrete strategies for building collaborative, generative partnerships with community groups, nonprofits, preK–12 schools, museums, and community colleges in order to transform the STEM ecosystem and preservice teachers' futures will be shared.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. hear from different partners about the generative ways we have collaborated to increase diversity in our STEM teacher preparation program; 2. engage in discussion and planning next steps for reaching out to a potential collaborative partner; and 3. learn about the ways in which

SPEAKERS:
Bonnie Maur (Sacred Heart University: Fairfield, CT)

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