2023 Kansas City National Conference

October 25-28, 2023

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The Benefits of Immersive, Place-Based Professional Learning for Teachers

Friday, October 27 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 3501 E

STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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The NGSS provides a powerful set of performance expectations to guide improvements in science education. Translating these performance expectations into practices requires support and professional learning opportunities for teachers. Even after a decade, the conceptual shifts and three-dimensional learning laid forth in A Framework, and defined in the NGSS, continues to be a challenge. As we shift students’ learning experiences from "learning about" to "figuring out" so too should we offer professional learning experiences to educators that allow them to experience the three-dimensional elements of science authentically. Immersive or place-based professional learning for teachers builds understanding, empathy, and connection to the three dimensions of NGSS. Learn how to connect educators and enhance their understanding of disciplinary core ideas through immersive experiences.

Participants will learn about the benefits of immersive and place-based learning and how it can bring the sensemaking process to life. We will provide phenomena and examples which fully engage the three dimensions of the NGSS approach, and are in use in daily practice by researchers and scientists.

Rick Henningfeld (Vivayic, Inc.: No City, No State), Brian Beierle (Vivayic, Inc.: No City, No State)

Teaching Biology in a Time of Conflict -- Challenge, Opportunity, and Optimism

Friday, October 27 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2105

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STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Every crisis brings opportunity, and behind the challenges we face as science educators is a looming opportunity to engage our students in some of the most important questions that affect their lives. Even our youngest students are acutely aware of the ways in which crises such as the Covid pandemic, extreme weather, and climate change have impacted their lives, and this awareness provides a genuine opportunity to engage students with the scientific process. Contrary to what the daily grind of the news cycle seems to tell us, we are actually living in a golden age of scientific innovation and discovery. Almost without exception, the crises we face today have scientific solutions, and each of them provides a way to make science meaningful, interesting, and exciting to our students. That is the challenge we face, but it is also why today is actually the “Best of Times” to be a science educator, and we should make the most of it.

Participants will be presented with some of the principal challenges facing science educators around the nation, and will examine specific ways educators can respond effectively to these challenges.

Kenneth Miller (Brown University: Providence, RI)

Understanding Meaningful Inclusion and Belonging in Biology Content and Scientific Field

Saturday, October 28 • 1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2502 A

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An Interdisciplinary Investigation of African Rock Art Images to Learn about Sci
The clarity we need for belonging
Visibility In STEM
YouTube Channel: Visibility In STEM

STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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The need for identification and belonging in the scientific community begins in the biology curriculum. This requires an understanding about belonging and meaningful inclusion that supports equitable classroom practices and equitable science content and pedagogy. The emergent themes from ethnographic interviews, archival data, and science explorations were used to provide exemplary biology lessons using lived experiences. These lessons are supported by the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards. In this presentation the NGSS Nature of Science understandings such as “Science is a Way of Knowing,” “Science is a Human Endeavor,” and “Science Addresses Questions About the Natural and Material World,” will be emphasized. This presentation will also focus on the rationale and benefit to teachers and students for developing equity-mindedness, and an understanding of belonging, for meaningful inclusion using implementation examples provided.

Attendees will learn about the connection between identification and belonging, and equitable classroom practices and science content. The research literature and biographies of scientists are used to describe how the emergent themes brings equity into the biology lesson.

Catherine Quinlan (Howard University)

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