2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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2023 NSELA Leadership Summit

Wednesday, March 22 • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - International Ballroom A/B


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The 2023 NSELA Leadership Summit will center around the multidimensional system drivers at the heart of the theme  "Science Education Leadership- A Systems Approach.”

*Private function by invitation only

SPEAKERS:
Renata Casiel (Meetings Manager: Arlington, VA)

NSTA- Coordination and Supervision Roundtable

Thursday, March 23 • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Pine (South Tower)


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Calling all Science Supervisors, Coordinators, Department Heads, Principals, Assistant Principals and Curriculum Specialists. Please join the NSTA Committee on Coordination and Supervision for a roundtable discussion on topics that are significant to the area of science supervision in education. This meeting will be participant driven with topics such as hiring new teachers, supporting new supervisors, supporting new teachers, best practices in professional development, science safety etc.

SPEAKERS:
Renata Casiel (Meetings Manager: Arlington, VA)

Engage Students in Rich Discourse

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A313


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Sponsoring Company: PEER Physics

Are you passionate about engaging students in rich discourse and looking for strategies, norms, and protocols that can support this work? Join us for an interactive workshop to explore effective small-group and whole-class discourse techniques. Participants receive consensus building protocols.

SPEAKERS:
Valerie Otero (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO)

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)

Science Ninjas – supporting elementary teacher professional learning.

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C212


STRAND: Research to Practice

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Jason will explain what Science Ninjas is, why King’s College, London undertook this research and what it’s taught them about supporting teachers to plan effective active learning lessons and developing professional learning programs that lead to sustained improvement.

TAKEAWAYS:
The kinds of support that elementary teachers needed in order to make inquiry and hands-on learning effective in their classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Jason Harding (Teacher Educator)

The Japanese principle of “Ikigai” and re-remembering why we went into teaching

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B216


STRAND: Avoiding Teacher Burnout

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Sponsoring Company: Savvas Learning Company

Professor Michael Wysession will use a modern revision of an ancient concept (the Japanese “Ikigai”) to help teachers take a deep look at their teaching careers and (potentially) rediscover the balance of rewards (personal, societal, financial) of the teaching profession.

SPEAKERS:
Michael Wysession (Washington University in St. Louis: Saint Louis, MO)

NSTA District I Reception

Thursday, March 23 • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Walnut


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Coffee/Tea and Southern pastry break for residents of NSTA District 1 (CT, MA, RI) to connect and refresh and learn about inter-state initiatives

SPEAKERS:
Renata Casiel (Meetings Manager: Arlington, VA)

NSELA Sponsored Session: Supporting Science Instruction By Growing a Science Educator Leadership Community

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B409


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Does your district have limited support for science in Elementary schools? Join us to explore recruiting classroom teachers to develop a science teacher leader community that supports quality science instruction in PreK-5 in all schools.

TAKEAWAYS:
Strategies for developing these science teacher leaders that can increase student performance/interest in science, fostering a science community among educators, enhancing their capacity in science education best practice, and developing their leadership skills.

SPEAKERS:
Amy Reese (Howard County Public School System: Ellicott City, MD), Jenn Brown-Whale (Howard County Public School System: Ellicott City, MD), Linda Wilson (Manor Woods Elementary School: Ellicott City, MD)

* Dipping into DEI with M/E & AMSE

Thursday, March 23 • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Birch


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The NSTA Multicultural and Equity Committee invites you to attend our recruitment & informational social.  Refreshments will be served.

***Open to all interested

SPEAKERS:
Renata Casiel (Meetings Manager: Arlington, VA)

NMLSTA Board of Directors Meeting

Thursday, March 23 • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Maple A, South Tower


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Interested NMLSTA members and invited guests may attend.

SPEAKERS:
Renata Casiel (Meetings Manager: Arlington, VA)

A 3D Science Journey: Creating a science learning culture that nurtures curiosity and growth

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A315



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https://studentsrockdalek12ga-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/drichardson_rockdale_k12_ga_us/ElW3JDzyeP1NipoentN9H5YBBWQMYXIYWcHGToulpxB4zA?e=rjYE32
RCPS Science Program Artifacts
Reflective Practice Protocol Science.docx
Tuning Procol Examining Adult Work .docx

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Shifting your instructional practices to align to 3-D Science doesn't happen overnight! Teaching 3-D Science lessons requires you to rethink many of your best lessons! RCPS elementary teachers have been on this journey for quite some time. Walk with RCPS Instructional Leaders, as we share our districts journey into 3D science. We will celebrate our successes and challenges. Hear how we are shifting from best practices to better practices in order to facilitate and implement support for our elementary science teachers as they grow their skills in 3D Science teaching. Hear the lessons learned firsthand from our elementary science coach who has personally taken this journey. We invite you to share our journey as we continue to create a culture that embraces the rethinking of science teaching, learning, and leading. We hope that you will be propelled by a new energy that will fuel you to support teachers/leaders with creating a science learning culture that nurtures curiosity and growth!

TAKEAWAYS:
As we embark on this journey together, we hope that you will be propelled by a new energy that will fuel you to support teachers and leaders with creating a science learning culture that nurtures curiosity and growth!

SPEAKERS:
Denise Richardson (Rockdale County Public Schools: Conyers, GA), Christy Hernandez (Rockdale County Public Schools: Conyers, GA)

Framework for STEM Curriculum Development, K-12

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A302



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

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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

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

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

Facilitate the "What is Sensemaking" Discussion for your team!

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - B402


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Do you or the educators you work with have questions about what science teaching and learning look like in classrooms implementing your state standards? Join us for a session where you will receive support to lead this module using classroom video of contemporary research-based teaching in action.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will build an understanding of sensemaking and receive a toolkit to lead this session with other educators.

SPEAKERS:
Elizabeth Allan (University of Central Oklahoma: Edmond, OK), Tricia Shelton (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Featured Presentation: Educator Burnout - Empowering All to Bring About Change

Friday, March 24 • 9:20 AM - 10:20 AM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Grand Ballroom D/E


STRAND: No Strand

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Tackling burnout requires intentional reflection and actionable solutions from teachers, administrators, districts, and state departments of education. How can we join together to bring about that change? How can the professionalism and humanity of educators be elevated and supported through such strenuous times? Join us as we walk through Teacher Burnout in Georgia and current initiatives launched across Georgia in response to it. Gather your own “tool kit” for developing a plan to address or avoid teacher burnout and confront the real challenge of teacher recruitment and retention.

SPEAKERS:
Cherie Goldman (Teacher: No City, No State), Matt Taylor (Assistant Principal (P - 8): Dublin, GA)

NSTA Preschool-Elementary Science Teaching Committee

Friday, March 24 • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Maple A, South Tower


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The business meeting of the NSTA Preschool-Elementary Science Teaching Committee.

SPEAKERS:
Renata Casiel (Meetings Manager: Arlington, VA)

SCST Business Meeting

Friday, March 24 • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - C205


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SCST Business Meeting

Trying to get elementary science going again? Building teacher leadership is key!

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A315



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Improving Practice Together
IPT website
IPT website

STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Many districts de-prioritized elementary science during the pandemic and now are struggling to reignite consistent science instruction. Building, tapping, and deploying teacher leaders is a key strategy for quickly reintroducing science into the culture of your district. Teacher leaders can model best practices, demonstrate how science fits into their schedule and instructional priorities, and can guide colleagues to do the same by facilitating institutes, workshops, video reflections, PLCs, and coaching sessions. Improving Practice Together, an NSF-funded partnership between Lawrence Hall of Science, Stanford University, and Santa Clara USD, developed a suite of tools for developing and studying development of science teacher leaders, including: professional learning tools for summer institutes to support teachers’ classroom practice; tools to support development of teacher leaders; lesson artifacts, classroom videos, & teacher interviews; and research & evaluation tools.

TAKEAWAYS:
The Improving Practice Together website contains resources to support: facilitating and evaluating classroom science argumentation; leading and evaluating professional learning on argumentation; and the development and deployment of teacher leaders to support science learning in a school or district

SPEAKERS:
Sarah Pedemonte (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA), Diana Velez (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA), Krista Woodward (Santa Clara Unified School District: Santa Clara, CA), Emily Weiss (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

Association for Multicultural Science Education (AMSE) General Membership Meeting

Friday, March 24 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Oak, South Tower/Main Lobby Level


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AMSE is organized to promote science teaching to students of culturally diverse backgrounds by improvement of curriculum, educational systems, and teaching methods.

SPEAKERS:
Renata Casiel (Meetings Manager: Arlington, VA)

Past Presidents' Meeting

Friday, March 24 • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A306


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Private Event: Past Presidents Meeting

SPEAKERS:
Renata Casiel (Meetings Manager: Arlington, VA)

NSTA District Professional Learning: Find out what NSTA can do for you to support science teaching and learning!

Friday, March 24 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle



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District PL opportunities

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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NSTA provides a wide array of professional learning services for teachers, science specialists, and administrators.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how to bring NSTA professional learning services to your school, district, or organization (face-to-face, virtual, and hybrid).

SPEAKERS:
Michelle Phillips (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

SEPA/APAST Luncheon

Friday, March 24 • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Pine (South Tower)


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Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees and Association of Presidential Awardees in Science annual luncheon. All  All Presidential Awardees invited, tickets available at the door if not pre-registered.

*Private function by invitation only

SPEAKERS:
Renata Casiel (Meetings Manager: Arlington, VA)

Empowering Teacher Leaders to Build Capacity for Elementary NGSS Implementation

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A315



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Participants Folder
This folder includes the PDF of presentation, resources, and toolkit

STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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During this session school leaders will explore a NGSS Implementation Toolkit that leverages classroom observations to support strategic alignment of resources for elementary science education. Participants will hear from teacher leaders that utilize this tool to advocate for structures and supports

TAKEAWAYS:
This toolkit allows educational leaders across the system to gain a deeper understanding of student sensemaking and discourse in an NGSS aligned elementary classroom. Teacher Leaders who open up their classrooms can leverage this process to advocate for structures and support for elementary science.

SPEAKERS:
Dawn O'Connor (CSU East Bay: Danville, CA), Nancy Wright (Hayward Unified School District: Hayward, CA)

Innovative school program and professional development models for integrating science & engineering practices, problem-based learning, and authentic STEM experiences

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A315


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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School leaders and university faculty will share and discuss two different grassroots approaches to the development of STEM programming in K-8 levels. The processes of continued collaboration, strategic planning, professional development, and STEM culture have led to initial successful outcomes.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn about STEM program development and STEM professional development models. STEM Education frameworks and a toolkit used as a foundation for strategic planning and sustainability will be shared and available for attendees.

SPEAKERS:
Brandy Hepler (Southeast Missouri State University: Cape Girardeau, MO), Andi Maddox (Director of Curriculum and Instruction: Kennett, MO), Trudy Giasi (Valle Catholic Schools: Ste. Genevieve, MO)

How to Identify and Provide Actionable Feedback for STEM Instructional Practices

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A401



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Presentation Slide Deck

STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Participants will come away with a roadmap of how to align their local instructional evaluation instrument with the characteristics of a great STEM lesson and how to provide actionable feedback to improve STEM instruction in their classrooms.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will be able to identify the key components of STEM instructional practices, have a process to align those practices to their local instructional evaluation instrument, and will be able to identify key components of actionable feedback.

SPEAKERS:
Christina Hilton (Central Indiana Educational Service Center: Indianapolis, IN)

Bringing Dialogue to Teacher Training: Using Cases to Enrich PL and Tackle Tough Situations in the Science Classroom

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A315


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Admins, Supervisors & TLs: Do you need a new way to engage your teachers about equity issues? Focusing on diversity, technology, assessment, and more, we will model case-based pedagogy as a tool for your learning community to have tough discussions. K-5 Resources Provided (focus), 6-12 Available.

TAKEAWAYS:
School leaders will be able to use cases (short stories around a central dilemma) to create a layered dialogue bringing together multiple stakeholders in a learning community. Multiple cases will be provided as take-home resources and training material for attendees.

SPEAKERS:
Chelsea Sexton (University of Georgia: Athens, GA)

Re-engaging Learners in a Post-Covid Classroom

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B216


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Sponsoring Company: Savvas Learning Company

This session will focus on the developmental (not academic) gaps that the past few years of learning are likely to have caused and provide multiple strategies to address those inequities. Like Maslow's model shows, we must address the deficiencies before we can expect growth.

SPEAKERS:
Ramy Mahmoud (Savvas Learning Co.: Paramus, NJ)

NSTA Middle Level Science Teaching Committee

Friday, March 24 • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Maple B, South Tower


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This is a meeting of members of the NSTA Middle-Level Science Teaching Committee who are in attendance at the conference.

*Private function by invitation only

SPEAKERS:
Renata Casiel (Meetings Manager: Arlington, VA)

GSTA Business Meeting/Meet & Greet

Friday, March 24 • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Grand Ballroom Foyer


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Come learn about the Georgia Science Teachers Association including the awards and grants program, science education advocacy work, and the resources offered to members and non-members.

SPEAKERS:
Renata Casiel (Meetings Manager: Arlington, VA)

NESTA's Friends of Earth Science Reception

Friday, March 24 • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center - Pine (South Tower)


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Join the National Earth’s Science Teachers Association and their partners to formally recognize excellence in Earth Science education, a celebration with new and old friends.

SPEAKERS:
Renata Casiel (Meetings Manager: Arlington, VA)

National Science Foundation - Teacher Leadership Opportunities within the Federal Government

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B217


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Sponsoring Company: National Science Foundation

Join the National Science Foundation as we share professional development opportunities for teachers within the federal government and hear from Presidential Awardees about their experiences and benefits received from the PAEMST program.

SPEAKERS:
Gianluca Grignoli (NSF Event Lead: Philadelphia, PA)

Lending Library: A district model for K-12 STEM teacher support and resources

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B310



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https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1nnXfD2sqG_yhTkOC3fwXkSkHOuOqH_bwsG4-NAPIYuI/edit?usp=sharing
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Join to hear how our district support team in Hawaii developed an innovative Lending Library system for STEM resource borrowing. We’ll share challenges and successes from our initial five items in 2017, to currently managing a massive system with over 130 items.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will walk away with ideas and considerations to kick-start or remodel a similar project in their current roles as educational leaders.

SPEAKERS:
Shelley Deakins (Science/STEM Resource Teacher: Kaneohe, HI), Ryan Kagami (Windward District Office: Kaneohe, HI)

Leading Science Through an Equity-Based MTSS Framework

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A315


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Systemic inequities inhibit access to high quality science instruction. Using an equity-based MTSS framework, we use the Leadership 4 Justice Framework to recognize, dismantle and rebuild initiatives to ensure they are truly serving ALL students. Participants create a Vision 4 Justice for science.

TAKEAWAYS:
Use MTSS to RECOGNIZE systems of inequity and racist policies, particularly in science. Discuss strategies to DISMANTLE these systems and achieve equitable outcomes, and Explore ways to REBUILD systems by creating a Leadership 4 Justice action plan outline to take back to your leadership teams.

SPEAKERS:
Marie Gorman (STEM 4 Real: San Francisco, CA), Leena Bakshi (STEM4Real: No City, No State)

Ensuring Inclusion with Elementary Investigation Jobs

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

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle



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Connect with Me!
Materials from this presentation will be uploaded via a Google folder within 24 hours of the presentation finishing.
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Here is the link to the folder with all my materials! Feel free to make copies for your own classroom use!
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STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Participants will learn how to utilize two different strategies for group collaboration within the elementary science classroom. The first strategy will show participants how they can use common pairs (ex. burger/fries, bacon/eggs) of items to quickly partner students up prior to the collaborative learning activity. This will allow students to get a variety of partners to work with while ensuring maximum time for engagement with the lesson. Secondly, after students are grouped for the investigation using the aforementioned strategy, they can then employ the simple and efficient investigation job cards in their groups so that each person will have a defined job to conduct throughout the entirety of the investigation. One example of a job would be the “Reporter” who would be responsible for sharing the group's data and conclusions with the entire class. These strategies aim to prepare educators with simple tools to ensure greater participation and engagement from all learners.

TAKEAWAYS:
In this session, you will learn two different strategies for engaging students within the science classroom during collaborative learning. You will walk away with a simple partner pairing strategy, as well as, specific scientific jobs for students to utilize during classroom investigations.

SPEAKERS:
Melissa Oberdorf (Big Spring School District: Newville, PA)

Explore NSTAs Online Professional Development Opportunities

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

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle



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NSTA Online Opportunities for PL

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Explore what NSTA is offering online to support your professional learning needs.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn about the variety of professional learning opportunities that NSTA has to offer.

SPEAKERS:
Michelle Phillips (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Begin with Me

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

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Applying design thinking, students, educators, and community members collaborate to solve issues facing our community.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Encourage your students to engage in community partnerships to promote student learning; 2. Provide strategies to increase scientific literacy through socio-scientific issues; and 3. Facilitate an inclusive culture through student agency.

SPEAKERS:
Pamela Joslyn (Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow: No City, No State)

Advancing Elementary Content Integration with science as the anchor: Statewide model for supporting the brilliance of children

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B401



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Session Slides - Advancing Elementary Content Integration with Science

STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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This interactive session will share a statewide model for systems-level change anchored in science where participants reflect on their own contexts to advance content integration anchored in science. Participants will engage in a discussion about how the focus of content integration could be a high-leverage strategy at a systems level for enacting change in elementary science teaching and learning and for supporting learning for all children. Participants will learn about the model created by Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction's in collaboration with The Lawrence Hall of Science to discuss the strengths, challenges and affordances of this ongoing approach. Participants will have opportunities to share the conditions of their own contexts, reflect on how the strategies employed in this model may apply in their own systems, and identify entry points for beginning and/or advancing implementation.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn about a statewide model for supporting education systems in enacting content integration anchored in science, and will be able to reflect on their own systems’ context in order to identify their next step towards content integration.

SPEAKERS:
Diana Velez (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA), Sarah Pedemonte (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA), Kimberley Astle (Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: Olympia, WA), Vanessa Lujan (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

Choose to Be a Teacher Leader to Effect Change

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A313


STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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We need skilled teachers to lead from the classroom rather than leave to become administrators. Your voice needs to be heard by your local community and your state education department. Your voice Carrie’s far more weight than you realize! Come discuss recent reports and strategies to effect change.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will explore how to make their voice heard in their school, district and state. Too often teachers are frustrated by the way things are and they lack an understanding of how systems work. This session is designed to pull back the curtain and divulge a path forward.

SPEAKERS:
Shari Templeton (Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance: Augusta, ME)

Increasing Access to Science in Elementary through Distributed Leadership and the Principles of Improvement Science

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A315



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STRAND: Research to Practice

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Participants will learn how school districts were able to increase elementary science access by establishing a District Science team grounded in distributed leadership and using the principles and tools of Improvement Science. Panelists' insights and a toolkit of resources will be shared.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how several districts developed a distributed leadership team focused on increasing access to elementary science education. They will hear from panelists and explore the tools and processes these teams used as part of their science leadership teams.

SPEAKERS:
Channon Jackson (Alameda County Office of Education: Hayward, CA), Dawn O'Connor (CSU East Bay: Danville, CA)

Increase STEM Instructional Capacity Across School and District Levels

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B214


STRAND: Research to Practice

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Sponsoring Company: STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning

Learn from innovative schools and districts on how they strengthen STEM instructional capacity through systematic approaches to professional learning. Hear from colleagues on how they integrated STEM certification programs into initiatives to positively impact STEM instruction and student success.

SPEAKERS:
Susan Arnette (STEMscopes by Accelerate Learning: Houston, TX), Angela Campana (Accelerate Learning, Inc.: Houston, TX)

Reading & Science: Mutualism, Not Competition (GSTA)

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B308



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https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1hwaRtsqvQNQ3e99T9jKGCpvQDl3FXaF9IWeU5_uRU1A/edit?usp=sharing

STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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What does the science of reading say about reading in science? Science knowledge directly supports reading comprehension, and students can’t afford to wait until upper grades to start learning science. Learn how to integrate science and literacy in your own classroom and how to advocate for changes

TAKEAWAYS:
Science and reading can compete for time, but students benefit when the two serve each other. Science gives purpose and meaning to reading and writing, which help students build and clarify their ideas. You can do this in your classroom and be a voice for change in your school, district, and state.

SPEAKERS:
Stephanie Westhafer (West Jackson Elementary School: Hoschton, GA), Jeremy Peacock (Jackson County School System: Jefferson, GA)

Train to Retain: Implementing New Teacher Academy

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A408



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Train to Retain

STRAND: Avoiding Teacher Burnout

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Each year new teachers join districts ready to work with students. Navigating district initiatives, curriculum, parents and student learning can be overwhelming. To support new teachers, Northwest ISD developed New Teacher Academy, a unique, on-going PD to help retain teachers.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn the components of New Teacher Academy and how to implement strategies focused on brand new and new to district teachers in order to support teachers and increase retention.

SPEAKERS:
Courtney Toht (Northwest ISD: Fort Worth, TX), Kelly Suarez (Northwest ISD: Fort Worth, TX)

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