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)

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)

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)

Best Practices for Equity and Inclusivity in the STEM Classroom

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A304


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Sponsoring Company: VEX Robotics

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

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

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)

Accessibility Online? All Students Means All Students

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A412



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
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)

Talking Allowed! Using Science Discourse for Equity

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B209


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Sponsoring Company: Carolina Biological Supply Company

Why is science discourse important? How does it impact improving equity in a science classroom? How do teachers implement this strategy? Learn the answers to these and other questions as you explore engaging (STCMS) lessons from the Smithsonian. Leave with resource materials.

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

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)

Engaging All Students Using Culturally Relevant Inquiry Based Teaching Practices

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A412


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Engaging all students in STEM activities using culturally relevant inquiry-based teaching practices.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will be able to define inquiry-based learning as culturally responsive/relevant teaching and identify characteristics of cultural competency in science teachers.

SPEAKERS:
Rochelle Darville (West St. John High School: Edgard, LA)

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)

Featured Presentation: Beyond the Surface of Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Friday, March 24 • 9:20 AM - 10:20 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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This uniquely inspiring and collaborative session invites participants to engage in the deep individual and collective work needed to transform educational systems and build a culture of responsiveness. This session offers an integrated approach between trauma-informed care, cultural competency, and restorative-resiliency practices. Strategies will be offered to ensure a fully restorative and healing-centered culture that is apparent in policy and action.

TAKEAWAYS:
Understand the impact of trauma on learning and advancing equitable policies for reducing adverse childhood experiences Embrace the power of social emotional learning to grow

SPEAKERS:
Marisol Quevedo Rerucha (National Parents Union: San Diego, CA)

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

Show Details

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)

Pick Up Your Feelings: Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Pedagogies in Middle Level Science Classroom

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A410



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
CRSP in Middle Level Science Classrooms.pptx.pdf

STRAND: Equity and Justice

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This session will provide a definition and overview of Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Pedagogy (CRSP), discuss why CRSP is vital for educational and personal liberation, and explore middle level science CRSP lesson plans.

TAKEAWAYS:
This session will provide a definition and overview of Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Pedagogy (CRSP), discuss why CRSP is vital for educational and personal liberation, and explore middle level science CRSP lesson plans.

SPEAKERS:
Kiana Eaddy (6th Grade Science Teacher: Columbia, SC)

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)

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



(Only registered attendees may view session materials. Please login with your NSTA account to view.)
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)

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)

Why is Cancer Weird? Disseminating an Authentic Laboratory Experience throughout an Underserved District

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

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Our outreach program leveraged the 5E instructional model to deliver an authentic laboratory experience throughout underserved areas of our school district. Pilot results demonstrate significant gains in student learning and high interest in repeat opportunities.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will be able to identify successes and struggles experienced in the implementation of a district wide STEM outreach program. Participants will take away a model of STEM outreach and an example lesson that can be easily implemented through a small team, even across a large school district.

SPEAKERS:
Emily Heath (Student: Warrenville, SC), Kamani Barnes (Student: Warrenville, SC), Javaris Lightsey (Student: Warrenville, SC), I'Layna Highsmith (Student: Warrenville, SC), Ny'Aja Clemons (Student: Warrenville, SC), Alexandria Martin (Student: , SC), Christie Palladino (Teacher: Warrenville, SC)

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)

Climate Change and Urban Heat Islands: Where is the Equity? Should everyone share the responsibility?

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C211


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Attendees will participate in a lesson designed to engage students in the issues created by climate climate change and inequity in different communities. Students will use technology, visual literacy skills by evaluating graphs and maps to find meaning; constructing explanations and share ideas.

TAKEAWAYS:
Students will be able to use a Social-Scientific Issue related to climate change to foster interest in the science of climate change. We will use the Philadelphia temperature data to interpret and identifying the impacts of climate change differ by income level, as well as how nature plays a role.

SPEAKERS:
Michelle Beech (William Penn School District: Lansdowne, PA), James Whetzel (The School District of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, PA), Eric Gold (School District of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, PA), Susan Chan-Peter (William Penn Charter School: Philadelphia, PA)

Development of the 5th C-(Citizenship) of 21st Century Skills and CRE into an Inclusive STEAM Classroom

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C211


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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Creating an inclusive learning environment requires dedication and creativity for incorporating the success skills (21st Century Skills) such as citizenship with culturally relevant education for crafting STEAM and science curriculum.

TAKEAWAYS:
Main goal of the workshops is using the CRE into STEAM or science lesson or unit plan on any topic or subject matter.

SPEAKERS:
Jenniffer Stetler (Chamblee Middle School: Chamblee, GA)

Climate Change and Urban Heat Islands: Where is the Equity? Should everyone share the responsibility?

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A404


STRAND: Equity and Justice

Show Details

Attendees will participate in a lesson designed to engage students in the issues created by climate climate change and inequity in different communities. Students will use technology, visual literacy skills by evaluating graphs and maps to find meaning; constructing explanations and share ideas.

TAKEAWAYS:
Students will be able to use a Social-Scientific Issue related to climate change to foster interest in the science of climate change. We will use the Philadelphia temperature data to interpret and identifying the impacts of climate change differ by income level, as well as how nature plays a role.

SPEAKERS:
Eric Gold (School District of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, PA), Michelle Beech (William Penn School District: Lansdowne, PA), James Whetzel (The School District of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, PA), Susan Chan-Peter (William Penn Charter School: Philadelphia, PA)

STEM Equity Frameworks

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C211


STRAND: Equity and Justice

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In this session educators will be presented with the following equity frameworks: (1) Equity and NGSS, (2) Inclusive Ed Tech, (3) Culturally Responsive and Sustaining STEM, (4) Anti-Racist STEM. Educators will work in small groups to learn more about their equity framework of choice and summarize their learning for a larger group. Next, groups will unpack equity moves to identify how they support or hinder equity work through the lens of the framework they selected and identify next steps. By the end of the session each group will share out actions they can take in their classroom to create a more equitable STEM classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will leave with knowledge of equity frameworks and unique next steps that can be implemented into their classroom for a more equitable, inclusive, culturally responsive and anti racist classroom community.

SPEAKERS:
Kelly Houston (STEM Ed Innovators: Saratoga, CA), Daniel Babauta (Sunset Park High School: Brooklyn, NY)

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