2023 Kansas City National Conference

October 25-28, 2023

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FILTERS APPLIED:6 - 8, STEM Share-a-Thon, STEM Haven | STEM, Leadership

 

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Author: Exploring the Three Dimensions with the NSTA Atlas and Quick-Reference Guide

Saturday, October 28 • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - Exhibit Hall, Share-a-thon Area


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This session will involve a synthesis of my two accepted conference sessions, each of which deals with a different NSTA Press Book.

SPEAKERS:
Ted Willard (Discovery Education: Silver Spring, MD)

STEM Share-a-Thon

Saturday, October 28 • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - Exhibit Hall, Share-a-thon Area


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Teacher leaders are super heros. This STEM Share-a-Thon presentation will focus on being a teacher leader for STEM education. Participants will walk away with valuable information on how they can impove STEM education by following the Teacher Leader Model Standards.

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Participants will walk away with valuable information on how to improve their teacher leadership skills in the area of STEM education.

SPEAKERS:
Jessica Wagenmaker (Holton Middle School: Holton, MI)

How to Identify and Provide Actionable Feedback for STEM Instructional Practices

Saturday, October 28 • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - Exhibit Hall, Share-a-thon Area



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A quality STEM program is key to developing within students the skills needed to be happy, healthy, and productive citizens. This requires quality STEM instructional practices to be employed in our classrooms. The majority of school districts in Indiana have a single evaluation instrument to evaluate all certified teachers, with no specific focus on STEM instructional practices. Providing teachers actionable feedback, specific to STEM instructional practices, is a critical component of this work. The tool created for this work can be adapted to any local teacher evaluation instrument.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will come away with a tool, that they can adapt to their own district, to support identifying and providing actionable feedback for STEM instructional practices.

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

I Don't Want To Quit, But....

Saturday, October 28 • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - Exhibit Hall, Share-a-thon Area


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Teacher retention is a big topic across the nation today. While many teachers have retired early, quit in the first few years, or even in mid-career, there are many strategies to up one's classroom management game -- NGSS-style. Beyond that, we want to ensure that we are also taking care of ourselves and planning for our future. This presentation will go over a list of things we can do to stay sane now, and plan for the time when we do transition out of education. It will also give teachers, administrators, and others ways to address the root causes of the exodus. For instance, one school district worked with parents, the community, teachers, and students to implement an almost-total restriction of phone use during the school day (through the use of Faraday bags), with the result of all their schools returning to animated happy kids, eager to learn and participate in class. Other "future focused" strategies will be featured in this guided discussion of options for teachers and schools.

TAKEAWAYS:
Teachers will take away strategies for successfully staying in teaching, reducing stress, and engaging in one major strategy for staying in-- planning for the future! De-stressify, and get ready for the next chapter in your life, while staying sane where you are!

SPEAKERS:
Julie A. Smith (Lennox Middle School: Lennox, CA)

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