2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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FILTERS APPLIED:6 - 8, Presentation, Curriculum and Assessment, Life Science

 

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Engaging Environmental Activities Developed and Tested by Teachers

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A401


STRAND: Avoiding Teacher Burnout

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Engaging environmental activities for students will develop awareness and action while providing teachers with a sense of purpose to combat burnout. These activities were developed and tested by teachers during multiple workshops that were conducted at the University of Georgia Marine Institute.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will come away with 20+ environmental activities that can be adapted for almost all life and environmental science for grades 3-12

SPEAKERS:
Shaina Otterpohl (5th Grade Science: , TN)

Howling at the Standards!

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C208



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Howling at the Standards.pptx
NGSS and IWC Resources.pdf

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Put 3D Science Learning in context by utilizing the resources from the International Wolf Center. Invite students into the mysterious world of the charismatic wolf and wolf packs using research-based info, activities, and live wolf cams while addressing NextGen SEPs, CCCs, and LS standards.

TAKEAWAYS:
Put life science standards in the context of an apex predator: the wolf. Get curriculum maps with resources from the International Wolf Center to immerse students in pup development, predator/prey relationships, pack communications, hierarchy and territory, and wolf behavior, biology, and ecology.

SPEAKERS:
KIMBERLY LOOMIS (Kennesaw State University: Kennesaw, GA)

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)

3D Science with Language Integration (GSTA)

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B308


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Join this session for information about content-language integration and discuss the design of a multimodal task that emphasizes 3D Science learning through the interpretive and expressive modes of communication. Then, take an in-depth look at examples that you can integrate into your classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn about lesson activities that provide students with the opportunity to make progress towards both the Science Ga Standards of Excellence and WIDA English Language Development Standards.

SPEAKERS:
Laura Canepa-Redondo (Science/ESOL Program Specialist)

Make it open: How to break out of the classroom and transform schools into community partnerships?

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B315


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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This presentation provides an overview of the open schooling approach and the Make It Open project. By introducing resources co-created with educators and tested with students, we aim to present practice concepts such as maker, and inquiry-based learning, to help teachers implement this in classes.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will be introduced to the Make It Open project based on the open schooling approach. They will get an overview of the tools and learning scenarios curricula developed by this project and reflect on how they can implement them in their classrooms based on their community.

SPEAKERS:
Tamar Fuhrmann (TC Columbia University: No City, No State)

Teaching Evolution: Free resources and Lessons

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B308



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NSTA TIES 2023
Resources from the TIES presentation showcasing free tieseducation.org materials for teachers.

STRAND: No Strand

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The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) provides teachers with free and downloadable resources for an entire unit of instruction, including a variety of assessments.

TAKEAWAYS:
The TIES website contains a variety of teaching materials including presentations, online resources, online games, video questions, data analysis, puzzles, and formal assessments. The formal assessments include student response sheets and rubrics to support teaching evolution.

SPEAKERS:
Amanda Clapp (The Catamount School: Sylva, NC), Alison Seymour (Science Teacher: Winchester, 0)

School Garden Spaces: How Native Plants Gardens, Fruit/Vegetable Gardens, and Hydroponic Gardens Can Be Incorporated at Your School

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B301



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School Garden Presentation
Presentation will be used during session. Should make a copy for you when you click on it. You'll see links to all of the materials in the notes.

STRAND: No Strand

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The session will cover 3 different types of gardens spaces. The session covers how to evaluate and set up different garden spaces. The session will cover what standards the spaces will cover and how to receive funding for the spaces.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will take away how to plan and incorporate a garden space of some sort for their school while supporting NGSS standards.

SPEAKERS:
RaeAnn Wood (8th Grade Science Teacher/Lab Science: Little Rock, AR), Jackie Scott (Mann Magnet Middle School: Little Rock, AR)

Enhancing the Learning Experience Through the Citizen Science Model

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B314


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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The Citizen Science model provides students with opportunities to engage in authentic, purposeful, and relevant educational activities in support of local, state, and national scientific research and monitoring projects.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will be introduced to a variety of Life Science and Ecology-based Citizen Science ideas ranging from simple to highly complex activities: activities that teachers can do on their own with students or in collaboration with local, state, or federal wildlife or conservation organizations.

SPEAKERS:
Robert Hodgdon (Richmond Hill Middle School: Richmond Hill, GA)

Teaching Biology through the Lenses of Aviation and Aeronautics

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B301


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Looking to increase achievement in an immersive way? The Air Camp Team will demonstrate how to harness the universal appeal of flight by captivating students with lessons and engaging activities rooted in biology standards while exploring exciting and fast growing aviation career fields!

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn strategies to construct activities resulting in greater interest and mastery of biology for students in grades K-12. Explore distinct professional practices that expand biology standards into unforgettable learning experiences associated with human life, animals, plantlife, and so much more!

SPEAKERS:
Shannon Coblentz (Director of Operations: Dayton, OH), Christina Davis (Air Camp USA, Inc.: Dayton, OH)

Discover NSTA’s Middle School Instructional Materials!

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B402


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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This session will introduce NSTA's phenomenon-driven, three-dimensional instructional materials designed for middle school classrooms. These lessons and units provide opportunities for all students to engage in science learning meaningful to them.

TAKEAWAYS:
Phenomenon-driven, three-dimensional lessons and units provide students opportunities to actively try to figure out how the world works or design solutions to problems (sensemaking).

SPEAKERS:
Patrice Scinta (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Engaging ELL's in Science

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A315



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Chompy the Shark Reading Passage
Reading passage to introduce academic vocabulary in a fun way.
Partner Reading Cards
Cards for flexible grouping for partner reading activity.

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Nothing is better than learning new strategies that you can take back to your classroom/school that enhance literacy and engage English language learners in science. This session will introduce you to four or more new strategies that promote speaking, reading, listening, and writing. Educators will

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will acquire four or more essential teaching strategies for ELL's that they can use in their classroom to enhance literacy and engage learners.

SPEAKERS:
Kristen Rowland (ESOL Department Chair/ ESOL Teacher)

Garden-based STEAM Learning and Smart Foodscapes: Protecting Rangelands and Pollinators

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B303


STRAND: Research to Practice

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This USDA funded project aims to develop diverse rangeland grazing systems to optimize ruminant production, reduce environmental impacts, enhance biodiversity, and improve overall health. Schools and communities partner through gardening programs to develop scientific ways of thinking.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn about a sustainable agricultural research program that utilizes garden-based and social and emotional learning through the 3-H learning model. We build science capital through an integrated STEAM curriculum, children’s literature, outreach booths, citizen science, and videos.

SPEAKERS:
Kathy Trundle (Utah STate University: No City, No State), Rita Hagevik (The University of North Carolina at Pembroke: LAURINBURG, NC)

Connecting science classrooms with the community

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B305


STRAND: STEAM or STEM

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Teachers will learn about the iWonder process and online tools that help connect students to the community (locally and globally) through place-based, scientific, research projects they create!

TAKEAWAYS:
Students' imagination will be sparked, and science connections with the world outside the classroom will be ignited with iWonder!

SPEAKERS:
Ian Collins (Maine Math and Science Alliance), Rebecca Clark Uchenna (Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance: Augusta, ME), Megan McCall (Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies: No City, No State)

Smashing Classrooms Walls Through Virtual Events

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C207


STRAND: Technology and Media

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As educators, we strive to bring meaningful and relevant learning experiences to our students each day, to connect the dots between what we're teaching and how it applies to the real world. We need to inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers, and there are no better role models than those who are on the frontlines of researching, documenting, protecting, and exploring our planet. Every scientist and explorer remembers when it happened, when their passion for their chosen pursuit was ignited. It may have been meeting someone, seeing a documentary, reading a book, or an inspirational educator. You can spark these 'aha' moments for your students by bringing the world into your classrooms through virtual connections with leading scientists and explorers around the world, and it's easier than you think! Join educator and National Geographic Explorer Joe Grabowski and dive into exciting resources, along with tips and tricks for engaging students before and after.

TAKEAWAYS:
Discover the benefits of bringing exciting scientists, explorers, and conservationists live into your classroom, while exploring how easy it is to do with exciting resources like Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, Explorer Classroom, Google, and more!

SPEAKERS:
Joe Grabowski (Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants: Elora, ON)

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