2023 Kansas City National Conference

October 25-28, 2023

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The Amazing Power of Nature!

Saturday, October 28 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Kansas City Convention Center - 3501 B

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The Amazing Power of Nature! Slides

STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Nature, we vacation near it, we immerse ourselves in it, we need it for survival. A student’s natural curiosity about nature and the world around them can drive science learning and outcomes. Investigating natural phenomena within your state and close to your school creates authentic and relevant opportunities for students to research their local ecosystems. Experiences with nature not only promotes learning, but can help close the achievement gap (Liberman, 1998. Closing the Achievement Gap.) Citing studies, we will discuss how spending time in nature is healthy for students, faculty, and staff. Nature can lower blood pressure, calm anxiety, and improve mood. Using Missouri Department of Conservation’s Discover Nature Schools Curriculum as an example, we will discuss how taking learning outside can meet NGSS Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics and the Earth and Human Activity Strands. We will discuss ways to find and/or create nature experience near you.

Nature is everywhere, accessible to everyone; from studying a crack in the sidewalk, where ants and other insects travel, to studying ponds, prairies, and forests. I can find and create nature study opportunities at my school, whether it is urban, suburban, or rural.

Kathi Moore (Conservation Educator: HANNIBAL, MO), Sherri Russell (State Wildlife Veterinarian: Jefferson City, MO)

Incorporating Health Education into Science Curriculum: An Imperative for Students’ Wellbeing.

Saturday, October 28 • 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - 2505 A

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Incorporating Health Education into Science Curricula An Imperative for Student
Strategies for adding Health Education (sexual health, mental health, physical health etc.) to one's routine science curriculum

STRAND: Leadership and Advocacy

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Education is one of five key elements of Social Determinants of Health that have a huge impact on quality of life. Ensuring good physical & mental health is essential to learning. While some schools have excellent health education programs, a large number have limited time and resources for providing health education. An efficiently effective method is to address health questions within the routine science curriculum. For example: In Biology: How does Gonorrhea become multidrug resistant? In Chemistry: How does the chemical structure of penicillin lead to its effectiveness? In Physics: How do seatbelts and airbags affect “Impulse” so crashes can be survivable? Answering these and many other questions provides health information to your students which can help them make more informed decisions. School leadership and science teachers are in an excellent position to promote curriculum incorporated, evidence-based health education using the practical solutions provided by Dr. Lucas

Dr. Lucas will address essential topics such as sex ed., substance use, physical self care and mental health. He will offer effective strategies for incorporating these topics into your existing science curriculum to advance overall student well being.

John Lucas (Lucas Health Consulting: Bethesda, MD)

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