2023 Atlanta National Conference

March 22-25, 2023

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Literacy and Science in Action (GSTA)

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B308


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Are you looking for connections between science and literacy? Join this session to discuss the design of a science and literacy task to leverage reading and writing in context. Then take an in-depth look into examples that can be put into action in the classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn about designing lessons or tasks that assist students in utilizing reading and writing skills while engaging in 3-dimesional science. This session will, also, provide some sample lessons that can be used in K-5 classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Laura Canepa-Redondo (Science/ESOL Program Specialist), Renee Shirley-Stevens (Science Program Specialist)

Community Focused Science Events that Lead to Sensemaking

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B304



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CMU Community Science Night Presentation.pptx
Powerpoint slides from our presentation.

STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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What will be describe in this session is are community science events that can be organized with themes that use natural phenomena or NGSS standards, practices, and outcomes that a school would like to promote.

TAKEAWAYS:
How to update these events to go beyond the traditional Family Science Events that are superficial. One main takeaway are example indepth activities and resources that can be used for use with families and students

SPEAKERS:
Annabelle Fortine (Central Michigan University: Eagle, MI), Lavender Bertsch (Central Michigan University: Mount Pleasant, MI), Hannah Smock (Central Michigan University: Mount Pleasant, MI), Morgan Glann (Central Michigan University: Mount Pleasant, MI), Nicole Merner (Central Michigan University: Mount Pleasant, MI), Makayla Spencer (Central Michigan University: Mount Pleasant, MI), Emma Harma (Central Michigan University: Mount Pleasant, MI), Jim McDonald (Central Michigan University: Mount Pleasant, MI)

Attending to Student Interests and Community Priorities in Phenomena

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B409


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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This capacity building session will explore how to make meaningful phenomena for students; review a set of phenomena descriptions generated by others and say which ones might be compelling to students and why; and explore a framework with examples for different classes of phenomena.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators will learn, through an existing OER professional learning module, how to identify meaningful and relevant phenomena that attend to students interest and community priorities.

SPEAKERS:
William Penuel (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO)

The Three Most Important Science Talks for Elementary Lessons

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B305



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NSTA_2023_ThreeTalks_Forsythe.pdf
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STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Come learn three discussion routines that can transform your science lessons: “I Notice, I Wonder, I Predict”, “Data Discussions”, and “Let’s Make Sense of It All”. Together we’ll explore key features of each talk, participate in enactments, and brainstorm ways to have more talk time in our lessons

TAKEAWAYS:
For young students, talking is learning as students learn as they talk through their own ideas and listen to the ideas of others. This session highlights three whole class science discussion routines that can transform elementary science lessons.

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

Making Real and Accessible the Wonder of Science for All Students: It’s Why We Teach!

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C213



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Making Real and Accessible the Wonder of Science for All Students
SIPS Assessments Project_2023 NSTA Presentation.pdf
SIPS Assessments Project_2023 NSTA Presentation.pdf

STRAND: Research to Practice

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The Stackable, Instructionally-embedded, Portable Science (SIPS) Assessments project is applying current research, theory, and best practice to establish replicable and scalable processes and resources to drive shifts to science instructional practice and assessment as envisioned by the Framework.

TAKEAWAYS:
Educators’ ability to design and implement high quality 3-dimensional science instruction, evaluate student learning, and make appropriate instructional decisions will be modeled. Beneficial tools and resources will be shared to ensure a coherent system of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

SPEAKERS:
Charlene Turner (Senior Associate: Laramie, WY), Mary Nyaema (University of Illinois Chicago: Chicago, IL), Rhonda True (Nebraska Department of Education: Lincoln, NE), Bill Herrera (edCount, LLC: No City, No State)

Scaffolding that Provides Access and Promotes Success

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

Georgia World Congress Center - C213



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Elementary Scaffolding 22-23 NSTA.pdf
Slide deck from session

STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Washington County Public Schools, MD had adopted the definition of Acceleration as intentionally providing access to grade/course-level learning so students who have unfinished learning succeed in today’s learning experience. Underpinning this definition we have leaned on the work of John Hattie to identify 4 high-impact areas(relationships, scaffolds, clarity, feedback) of teaching and learning to frame our focus away from traditional remediation. This session will look at the practice of scaffolding instruction in the science classroom. Attendees will participate in collaborative discussions and experience the use of authentic classroom examples. These experiences will promote their own thinking of how our practical strategies can be transferred into their classrooms. Due to the organizational leadership role of the presenters, audience members will be able to have questions ranging from classroom implementation to curriculum integration discussed.

TAKEAWAYS:
The practical use of instructional scaffolds and the supporting strategies to increase access to student learning in science.

SPEAKERS:
Tara Ellis (Washington County Public Schools: Hagerstown, MD)

It Starts with Planning: Addressing Learner Variability in Science (GSTA)

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B308


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Addressing the needs of all the different learners in science can be challenging. Join us as we take a deep dive into research-based strategies and practices so that all students can succeed in science class no matter their learning need.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will take away a better understanding of addressing learner variability as it applies to science and Identify at least two strategies to promote student engagement, representation, or communication for planning future science lessons or adapting current lessons.

SPEAKERS:
Renee Shirley-Stevens (Science Program Specialist), Judie Beccaro (Georgia Department of Education: Atlanta, GA)

STEM Meets Reading: Supporting Teachers through Engagement and Materials for Reading Integration

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A305


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Creating primary and intermediate STEM-focused classrooms can be challenging. This session will highlight strategies and examples to incorporate STEM and science activities into their classrooms. Resources that use trade books to teach Science/STEM concepts will be modeled and discussed.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will engage in example activities that make connections between quality children’s literature that support STEM topics, STEM investigations, and reading strategies.

SPEAKERS:
Christine Anne Royce (Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA)

Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About: Collaborative Conversations in Science

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B305


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Participants will engage in several activities that explore how a teacher explicitly prepares for collaborative conversations within a lesson. Participants will delve into strategies such as targeted questioning, talk moves, and instructional routines that promote science discourse within the class

TAKEAWAYS:
Develop understanding of the role a teacher takes in preparing for collaborative conversations that produce effective science discourse.

SPEAKERS:
Armetta Wright (Great Minds: No City, No State), Vicki Saxton (Implementation Support Specialist: CHICAGO, IL)

Doing It All - Meaningful Integration of Science with Social Studies, Math and ELA

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A402



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3rd Grade Unit
Bitly link: http://bit.ly/3rdSciSS
Kindergarten Unit Google Folder
Bitly link: http://bit.ly/Kcommunity
Slide deck
The slide deck contains all links needed to access both the Kindergarten and 3rd grade units.

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

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Presenters will share two units in which science is integrated with ELA, math, and social studies. This session will share the process of unit creation and how incorporation with other content areas strengthens science instruction. Two units will be shared-one for kindergarten and one for 3rd grade.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to integrate multiple content standards to strength science instruction as well as leave with two examples of fully integrated elementary units. In addition to the sharing of the units, presenters will share the creation process so participants can engage in this work.

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

Using the NSTA Sensemaking Tool to Evaluate Lessons for Sensemaking

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B402



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Using the NSTA Sensemaking Tool to Evaluate Lessons Atlanta23 Collection

STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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The NSTA Sensemaking Tool (adapted from the research-based NGSS Lesson Screener) is designed to help educators be critical consumers of curricular materials as well as create and/or revise science lessons to reflect the instructional shifts required by new standards (sensemaking). Join us to gain experience using the tool and facilitating criteria-based consensus conversations with colleagues.

TAKEAWAYS:
Recognize the critical aspects of sensemaking in a science lesson.

SPEAKERS:
Emily Mathews (NSTA: Arlington, VA), Kate Soriano (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Keeping Phenomena in Focus (GSTA)

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B308


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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What is the big deal with a phenomenon—and how is it structured for science learning? A phenomenon drives three-dimensional science instruction. Join this session to discuss the importance of phenomena as well as what it is and what it isn’t. Resources will be shared!

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn about the importance phenomena plays in 3D Science instruction , instructional strategies to use when sensemaking. and how to assess student learning using phenomenon-based assessment tasks.

SPEAKERS:
Judie Beccaro (Georgia Department of Education: Atlanta, GA)

Finding and Using Interesting and Relevant Phenomenon and Design Problems in Elementary Science Learning

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B406a/b


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

Show Details

COESEE - Join us to explore the selection and implementation of phenomenon for elementary students as you review materials or build phenomenon into your own materials.

TAKEAWAYS:
Phenomenon can be used in multiple ways to support interesting and just learning experiences.

SPEAKERS:
Shelly LeDoux (The University of Texas at Austin: Austin, TX), Molly Ewing (The Charles A. Dana Center: No City, No State), Carla Zembal-Saul (Penn State: University Park, PA), Mary Starr (Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network)

Student-Centered Approaches to Integrating Science and Art

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A305


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Can science and art be held to the same rigor in a classroom? Of course! In this session we’ll share student-centered approaches to teaching science and the arts through integration as part of larger PBLs. Examples of classroom practices are targeted to K-8 educators.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will gain ideas and strategies to put into practice in their classes. These strategies will allow them to help students construct and demonstrate their learning using art as well as use science knowledge to help solve problems through the creation of art.

SPEAKERS:
Daria Collins (Visual Arts teacher), Kaleena Jedinak (Tybee Island Maritime Academy: Tybee Island, GA)

Homes for the Hurricane Homeless: The Integration of STEM, Place-Based Learning, and Designing Thinking in the Elementary Classroom

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A302


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Participants will explore an engineering design challenge that engages upper elementary students in the creation of tiny homes as a solution to homelessness after a local natural disaster. Explore Design Thinking principles and how empathy plays a role in authentic and inclusive STEM inquiry.

TAKEAWAYS:
Engage in NGSS-based engineering design challenge where you design a solution for homelessness caused by natural disasters and learn the role of empathy in STEM inquiries by using Design Thinking principles and place-based strategies that engage all learners in STEM.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Williams (Isidore Newman School: New Orleans, LA)

Supporting Students with Disabilities with High Quality Science Curriculum Resources

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A404



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Garbage Unit Icons
Icons to accompany the garbage unit as visual supports
Session Slides

STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Many states are adopting policy that promotes the use of high-quality standards-aligned curriculum for all grade levels. However, educators may question the accessibility of these units for all students. In the Science Curriculum Adaptation Project for Special Educators (SCAPE) program, science specialists from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education worked with special educators to adapt the NYU SAIL “Garbage” unit for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Science specialists provided learning activities around the structures and routines in the unit and guided teachers through key lessons. Teachers then identified barriers and used Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to adapt the unit for their students to access ideas and SEPs in the unit. Each teacher participant left with an adapted unit to pilot with students. In this presentation we will outline the program and share examples of adaptations made for students with disabilities.

TAKEAWAYS:
Session attendees will learn about a MA program designed to support special education teachers in using the high quality “Garbage” unit with their students. Attendees will also see examples of UDL-based adaptations that can be used with science students with moderate to severe disabilities.

SPEAKERS:
Angela Palo (Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Boston, MA), Casandra Gonzalez (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Malden, MA)

Equity: Expanding what counts as science and science as social justice

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B406a/b


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How do students' learning experiences change when we expand what constitutes science and engineering and begin to see science as part of social justice teaching? The Brilliance and Strength report pushes us to include these two ideas in the form of science activities, teacher planning and implementation, and materials development. Join us as we explore these ideas as they are applied to elementary science. We will provide some examples of what we think these goals mean for teaching and learning, discuss them, and then co-design others as a way to dive more deeply into justice-centered learning. Brilliance and Strengths Report: Equity foci 3 and 4 and Recommendations 6 and 8

TAKEAWAYS:
Science learning is part of social justice teaching and learning.

SPEAKERS:
Carla Zembal-Saul (Penn State: University Park, PA), Heidi Carlone (Vanderbilt University Peabody College: Nashville, TN)

Innovation Nation - lessons learned from a twist on NGSS implementation in elementary classrooms. Gather, Reasoning, and Communicating as a framework for NGSS lesson planning.

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A316


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Come hear how my teaching and student learning changed by using a Gather, Reasoning, and Communicate approach to my lesson planning. Insights on time management and student outcomes will be shared - the good and the not-so-good. I’ll also share why I think this approach leads to deeper 3D learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
You will take away explicit strategies of how to implement G,R,C lessons with your class including how to scaffold the approach with different grade levels, 2-4th grade, and how to roll out the approach in your first year.

SPEAKERS:
Katheryn Kennedy, PhD (The Peck School: No City, No State)

Make Time for Science with Project-Based Learning

Friday, March 24 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center - A303


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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If we treat content areas as silos, we’ll never find time for Science. In this session, discover how to create authentic learning experiences that increase engagement, develop thinking skills, and connect across content areas. Come willing to try something new; leave with practical project ideas!

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will formulate an understanding of the characteristics of authentic learning experiences. They’ll discover a PBL framework that can help them meet rigorous content standards while engaging students in making the world a better place.

SPEAKERS:
Terra Tarango (Van Andel Education Institute: Grand Rapids, MI)

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)

Author NSTA Press Session: Students' Ideas Matter! Linking Formative Assessment to Instructional Sequence

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B309


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Learn how to use the Uncovering Student Ideas probes in an explore-before-explain instructional sequence to support a classroom where all students' ideas matter!

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn about a resource for formative assessment and explore-before-explain teaching.

SPEAKERS:
Page Keeley (NSTA Past President: No City, No State), Patrick Brown (Fort Zumwalt School District R-II: O'Fallon, MO)

Bringing Science & Literacy to Life in Kindergarten

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A408



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K Science Literacy - MacNeil With QR Code for Resources

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Interested in authentically weaving culturally relevant hands-on Science and rigorous literacy into your kindergarten classroom? Come learn how to use close reading to support NGSS-aligned science explorations and create rich, deep learning experiences for your students. Free resources provided.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to integrate deep authentic science explorations with standards-based literacy instruction for kindergarten students. They will explore how the use of close reading (to collaboratively inquire about and make meaning of texts) can mirror how students make meaning in science.

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

Student Created Visual Representations - Elevating the Traditional Word Wall

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A301


STRAND: Student Learning and Inclusion

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Looking for an innovative way to bring to life the science vocabulary your students need to know? This session will cover a strategy to enhance the ol' word wall of the past into an engaging learning experience that is low prep for the teacher with maximum benefit for the student.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will leave with the ability to create an engaging visual representation wall, knowledge of current brain science behind building vocabulary memory, and factors to consider when prioritizing key vocabulary words.

SPEAKERS:
CHRISTINA SPEARS (Director of Teaching Academy: Comfort, TX)

The Elementary School Garden: Engaging K-6 Learners through Arts Integration

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A403


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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STEAM focused lesson plans integrating garden-based learning and the arts. In this hands-on workshop, learn how printmaking, nature journaling, bookmaking techniques, and Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) can reinforce sensemaking of science cross-cutting concepts.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will engage in teacher-tested STEAM lessons connected to garden-based learning that can be implemented into the K-6 classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Aurora Hughes Villa (Utah State University: No City, No State), Lisa Saunderson (Edith Bowen Lab School / Utah State University)

It’s in the Bag: Developing Elementary Students’ Appreciation of the Natural World

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A303


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Elementary teachers—This session has it bagged up. Let's read some awesome books and pair those books with opportunities to connect with students’ families and share an appreciation of our natural world. The session shares a collection of environmentally-themed children’s books and activities and in

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn the value of using the Outstanding Science Trade Books to review, explore and create engaging, standards-based, hands-on activities to develop an appreciation of the natural world.

SPEAKERS:
Melissa Parks (Stetson University: Deland, FL)

Jamming with Data: Using the A in STEAM to make data fun!

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A403


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Participants will explore data literacy through guided activities create, analyze and interpret data and explore creative and innovative ways to represent data.

TAKEAWAYS:
Data literacy in more in important than ever in our world. Showing teahcers how to help students understand data in a creative way allows all students access to knowledge gained from intepreting data.

SPEAKERS:
Anna Suggs (Teacher: Las Cruces, NM)

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)

Read Aloud as Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Integration

Friday, March 24 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B406a/b


Show Details

COESEE - High-quality read alouds are amazing learning opportunities. Join us as we share our work and thinking around the use of fiction and non-fiction books in elementary science!

TAKEAWAYS:
Read alouds can provide high-quality, standards-aligned learning experiences within the context of a science unit.

SPEAKERS:
Miranda Fitzgerald (University of North Carolina Charlotte: No City, No State), Katherine Pfeiffer (Discovery Middle School: Orlando, FL), Amy Quinn (Gretchko: West Bloomfield, MI), Mary Starr (Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network)

Assessment of Sensemaking Through the Crosscutting Concepts

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B401


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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This is session #4 in the PL Committee CCCs Pathway and is designed to support K-12. The crosscutting concepts provide a consistent language for student communication. When teachers’ assessment prompts are designed with the crosscutting concepts, the focus of student thinking can be directed to different aspects of the phenomenon or, the system being investigated. Patterns may be used as evidence to support explanations or arguments for the causes of a phenomenon. Participants will explore the progression of Crosscutting Concepts throughout a student’s K-12 career. They will consider phenomenon and discuss several appropriate prompts that bring different CCCs to the forefront (patterns, scale, systems). Participants will engage with the process of developing assessment prompts which use the Crosscutting Concepts to initiate student sensemaking responses.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participant will leave with resources that guide their development and use of Crosscutting Concepts to focus student sensemaking on assessments. These can be integrated with assessments prompts which are aligned to Science and Engineering Practices and Disciplinary Core Ideas.

SPEAKERS:
Leah Litz (Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium: No City, No State), Christopher Soldat (Grant Wood Area Education Agency: Cedar Rapids, IA)

Antarctic Fossils as Evidence for past climates

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A401


Show Details

Participants will use Antarctic fossil images and descriptions to deduce how the the Antarctic environment changed over time. They will then look at Cretaceous-era fossils from Central Texas to infer how the geography differed from today. Fossil images and 5E Lesson plan will be provided.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will learn how to use fossils as evidence for climate change in a student-centered inquiry lesson.

SPEAKERS:
Gail Dickinson (Texas State University: San Marcos, TX)

Ignite Curiosity and Imagination Through Literacy: Help Students Delve into the Depths of Science-based Literature!

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A314


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Experience ways to incorporate fiction and nonfiction in science that support students at all levels. Explore books that engage and motivate students to enjoy literature while providing opportunities to make sense of science concepts.

TAKEAWAYS:
We will provide resources to show how we weave science fiction/nonfiction text into science lessons integrating literature and science in phenomena, SEP, NGSS, CCC alignment.

SPEAKERS:
Tiffany Jones (South Cobb High School: Austell, GA), Stephanie Westhafer (West Jackson Elementary School: Hoschton, GA), Amanda Buice (Executive Director: Kennesaw, GA), Marlee Tierce (Retired Educator: Vonore, TN)

Supporting Productive Adaptations in Instructional Materials through Professional Learning

Friday, March 24 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B406a/b


STRAND: Research to Practice

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Professional learning is critical for identifying and using high-quality instructional materials and can be provided in multiple ways. Join us as we examine criteria for choosing high-quality professional learning experiences in K-5 science. Participants will explore useful tools and just-in-time supports for personal professional learning that meet teachers where they are. We will collaborate to refine expectations for professional learning that supports K-5 learning. Participants will have a different lens for knowing the types of support that are critical when evaluating and implementing high-quality instructional materials Brilliance and Strengths Report: Recommendation 10, 12, 14

TAKEAWAYS:
Professional learning should be connected to curriculum materials and be flexible enough to meet teachers needs.

SPEAKERS:
Shelly LeDoux (The University of Texas at Austin: Austin, TX), Carla Zembal-Saul (Penn State: University Park, PA), Heidi Carlone (Vanderbilt University Peabody College: Nashville, TN), Mary Starr (Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network)

I Spy with My Science Eye

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A408


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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School campuses and school gardens provide inspiring learning opportunities for supporting elementary students’ scientific sensemaking. Students have explicit experiences with science phenomena that are relevant and developmentally appropriate. Scientific sensemaking in the students' local school environment includes (1) access to authentic scientific phenomena, (2) meaningful integration of 3D learning (disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts) and the 5E learning cycle, and (3) multimodal classroom discourse focusing on engaging all students. Students revise and refine their scientific understanding over time in the outdoor classrooms, while also enhancing reading, writing, and communication skills. We will share elementary science lessons and stories that integrate 3D learning and the 5E learning cycle and deepen students' investigation of their local learning environment.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to use outdoor learning environments to teach 3D/5E elementary science lessons. They will see how standards were used and integrated to develop both in person and virtual science lessons.

SPEAKERS:
Camryn Lochner (Teacher: No City, No State), Tess Mitchner Asinjo (Principal: Dayton, OH), Hannah Salaiz (Teacher), Michelle Fleming (Wright State University: Dayton, OH)

Providing K-12 Teachers with Skills and Strategies to Accomplish the Intended Vision of the SEP and CCC

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A314



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6-12 SEP and CCC Google Slides (PDF)
Google Slides - CCC and SEP Cards
K-5 SEP and CCC Card Google Slides

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

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Come and learn more about key instructional teaching strategies K-12 for implementation of the SEP and CCC. You will receive grade-band cards for K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

TAKEAWAYS:
The SEP and CCC cards were developed for K-12 teachers to have a deeper understanding of the Science and Engineering Practices and the Crosscutting Concepts as well as suggestions for implementing them in classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Laura Chambless (St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency: Marysville, MI)

Plant Investigations Using Sensemaking

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - A303


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Current trends highlighting plants using 3D Learning that support sensemaking in the K-6 classroom will be presented. Participants will be provided hands-on, real-world lessons that engage students with a deeper and more meaningful experience that center around the Next Generation Science Standards.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will develop a more meaningful understanding of sensemaking by using plant investigations to increase student engagement.

SPEAKERS:
Mary Lynn Hess (Goldsboro Elementary Magnet School: Sanford, FL)

Podcasts as Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Integration

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B406a/b


STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

COESEE - The joy of learning science through high-quality podcasts is unmatched! We will learn about podcasting and how to leverage these media resources in your classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Freely available podcasts are rich additions to elementary science learning.

SPEAKERS:
Marshall Escamilla (Tumble Media Production: Greenfield, MA), Mike Ryan (The Learning Standard (retired Georgia Tech): Atlanta, GA), Mary Starr (Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network)

Q & A with NSTA Professional Learning Facilitators - Elementary (K-5)

Friday, March 24 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - B402


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Join NSTA Professional Learning Facilitators for informal conversations about science teaching and learning. Bring questions and ideas to explore and discuss — no topic is too big or too small! Let’s work together to make science learning engaging, important, and accessible to all students.

TAKEAWAYS:
We’ll draw on the expertise of NSTA professional learning facilitators and educators in the room to answer questions, provide research-based feedback, and share resources to help you continue to shift your practice toward three-dimensional teaching and learning.

Teaching Students to Draw Like a Scientist

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B310



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STRAND: Research to Practice

Show Details

Making observations about the world around us and being able to record that in written and drawn form is a skill critical for scientists. In the elementary classroom, students comprehension greatly increases when observation skills are expanded. Learn how to increase this within your own classroom.

TAKEAWAYS:
Learn how to engage your students as scientists in a new way, drawing! Understand the basics of drawing and how it connects to scientific observations. These simple and easy steps will transform the scientific drawings your students are creating during class to increase their overall comprehension.

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

Inclusive Strategies and Interventions for In-Person and Remote STEM Instruction

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B216


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

The need for all students to have STEAM-related strategies and practices that work is paramount for a equitable classroom. This presentation is to provide recommendations to support students with and without disabilities in remote and in-person classroom environments.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn how to implement evidence-based strategies for STEAM instruction that work for students with and without disabilities in a a variety of instructional settings.

SPEAKERS:
Jonté Taylor (Penn State: University Park, PA)

3D Lessons Start with 3D Learning Targets

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B211



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Learning in 3D: 3 Dimensional Learning Targets

STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Starting with a 3D learning target will ensure you build a lesson that includes a strong connection between Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Cross-Cutting Concepts.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will create 3D learning targets and outline lessons that guide students through sense making instruction as they explore scientific content.

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

Teaching Symbiosis Through Poetry

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A402



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Teaching symbiosis through poetry
Teach symbiosis and inspire young poets!

STRAND: Curriculum and Assessment

Show Details

This presentation demonstrates the lasting power and depth of learning through interdisciplinary projects. Come see how science and language arts can be combined for students to have the opportunity to share knowledge about symbiosis through side-by-side poetry.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will learn to use poetry to communicate how organisms survive. Participants will leave knowing how to introduce side-by-side poetry through a scientific lens, demonstrating a unique way of understanding symbiosis.

SPEAKERS:
Candice Autry (Sheridan School: Washington, DC)

Science Media for Young Learners

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

Georgia World Congress Center - A408



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Science Media for Young Learners Resource List

STRAND: Technology and Media

Show Details

Purposeful use of quality media and text is especially important for young learners, a group often overlooked in the development of science media. Media can connect science content to students’ lives and make the material more accessible to more students.

TAKEAWAYS:
You’ll leave the session with a list of resources and ideas for actively engaging your students with media during science instruction and tips for supporting your students in engaging in science practices.

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

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

Show Details

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)

Q & A with NSTA Professional Learning Facilitators - Secondary (6-12)

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

Georgia World Congress Center - B402


STRAND: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Practice

Show Details

Join NSTA Professional Learning Facilitators for informal conversations about science teaching and learning. Bring questions and ideas to explore and discuss — no topic is too big or too small! Let’s work together to make science learning engaging, important, and accessible to all students.

TAKEAWAYS:
We’ll draw on the expertise of NSTA professional learning facilitators and educators in the room to answer questions, provide research-based feedback, and share resources to help you continue to shift your practice toward three-dimensional teaching and learning.

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