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Monday, June 15
 

11:00am PDT

Welcome and Introductions
Monday June 15, 2020 11:00am - 11:25am PDT
TBA

11:25am PDT

Hidden in Plain Sight: Important Issues for Science Education Leaders to Consider When Working with Teachers
Science Education Leaders are on the forefront of supporting teacher learning. Yet this work may be constrained by the working context of the teachers. My goal in this talk is to point to a few important areas that Science Education Leaders should consider when planning to and working with all teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Julie A. Luft, PhD

Julie A. Luft, PhD

Athletic Association Professor, Science Education, Department of Mathematics and Science Education College of Education University of Georgia
Julie graduated from the University of Iowa in 1994, after teaching middle and high school science for 5 years. She previously held appointments at The University of Arizona, The University of Texas at Austin, and Arizona State University.Julie's current work focuses on beginning... Read More →


Monday June 15, 2020 11:25am - 12:25pm PDT
TBA

12:25pm PDT

Break
Monday June 15, 2020 12:25pm - 12:35pm PDT

12:35pm PDT

Breakout 1: Meeting the Needs of Out-of-Field Science Teachers: Is this Possible? Discussion of OOF in Secondary
Speakers
avatar for Julie A. Luft, PhD

Julie A. Luft, PhD

Athletic Association Professor, Science Education, Department of Mathematics and Science Education College of Education University of Georgia
Julie graduated from the University of Iowa in 1994, after teaching middle and high school science for 5 years. She previously held appointments at The University of Arizona, The University of Texas at Austin, and Arizona State University.Julie's current work focuses on beginning... Read More →


Monday June 15, 2020 12:35pm - 1:25pm PDT
TBA

12:35pm PDT

Breakout 2: Meeting the Needs of Out-of-Field Science Teachers: Is this Possible? Discussion of OOF in Elementary
Speakers
avatar for Deborah Hanuscin, PhD

Deborah Hanuscin, PhD

Professor, Western Washington University
Deborah Hanuscin, PhD, Science, Math, & Technology Education at Western Washington University. Debi graduated from Indiana University in 2004, after teaching elementary school and working in informal science. She was a Professor in Physics and Science Education at the University of... Read More →


Monday June 15, 2020 12:35pm - 1:25pm PDT
TBA

1:25pm PDT

Closing Remarks
Speakers
LP

Larry Plank

President, NSELA


Monday June 15, 2020 1:25pm - 1:30pm PDT
TBA
 
Tuesday, June 16
 

11:00am PDT

Welcome and Introductions
Speakers
LP

Larry Plank

President, NSELA


Tuesday June 16, 2020 11:00am - 11:25am PDT
TBA

11:25am PDT

What do 94% of Kids Have in Common? Learn How to Break Barriers, Expand Equity and Engage Struggling Students Using Game-Based Learning
Over 90% of kids in America play video games, but while educators use games frequently, they often struggle to integrate meaningful activities that deepen student understanding.  This session will guide participants through the process of modifying games, exploring effective game-based learning resources, and creating an equitable learning environment where students can thrive at their own pace.

Speakers
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Joselyn Whetzel

Legends of Learning
This past school year, Joselyn Whetzel joined the Legends team as a Director of District Partnerships. Over the past five years, Joselyn has partnered with east coast school districts to help ensure their students and teachers have access to innovative, engaging math and science resources... Read More →
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Aryah Fradkin

Director of District Partnerships, Legends of Learning
Aryah Fradkin is a co-founder and Director of School Partnerships for Legends of Learning. Prior to joining Legends, he taught middle school in Baltimore City, was honored as a model teacher, and served in an advisory capacity with the CEO.
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Sean Rediy

Director of District Partnerships, Legends of Learning
Sean Reidy is a co-founder and Director of District Partnerships for Legends of Learning. Prior to Legends of Learning, Sean served as a principal in Washington, DC. Sean started his education career in NYC and was honored with the Gold Standard Teaching Award, awarded to the top... Read More →


Tuesday June 16, 2020 11:25am - 12:25pm PDT
TBA

12:25pm PDT

Break
Tuesday June 16, 2020 12:25pm - 12:35pm PDT

12:35pm PDT

Breakout 1: Ways to Advocate for Equity in Science Classrooms
Explore ways to advocate for equity in science classrooms and support a safe and respectful environment that allows adults to surface and address systemic biases.

Speakers
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Barbara Taylor and Tracey Ramirez

Professional Learning Facilitators, Science, K-12 Services, Charles A Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin
Barbara Taylor and Tracey Ramirez are both Professional Learning Facilitators, Science, K-12 Services, at the Charles A Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin.Barbara works within local and state educational systems to foster equity and access for all students in science... Read More →


Tuesday June 16, 2020 12:35pm - 1:25pm PDT
TBA

12:35pm PDT

Breakout 2: STEM Education with Minecraft
Learn how the 3D worlds of Minecraft engage students in immersive learning and give them hands-on practice with coding, math and science concepts. See how to use Minecraft for cross-curriculum learning with little teacher-prep, watch demos of biology, chemistry and math.  Learn more about trainings, resources, and tools to help you get started.

Speakers
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Susie Tinker

Customer Engagement Manager, Microsoft
Susie Tinker has been a member on the Minecraft: Education Edition team for 2 years, focusing on customer experience and adoption of Minecraft: Education Edition in the classroom. She leads professional development and onboarding, ensuring that educators understand how to use Minecraft... Read More →
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Maria Olekheyko

Content Program Manager, Microsoft
Maria Olekheyko is Content Program Manager for Minecraft Education at Microsoft. She currently leads Computer Science curriculum development, teachers’ professional development for CS & research efforts on Minecraft Education team. She works closely with educators across the globe... Read More →


Tuesday June 16, 2020 12:35pm - 1:25pm PDT
TBA

1:25pm PDT

Closing Remarks
Speakers
LP

Larry Plank

President, NSELA


Tuesday June 16, 2020 1:25pm - 1:30pm PDT
TBA
 
Wednesday, June 17
 

11:00am PDT

Welcome and Introductions
Speakers
LP

Larry Plank

President, NSELA


Wednesday June 17, 2020 11:00am - 11:25am PDT
TBA

11:25am PDT

You Can Never Talk Too Much
Productive talk is the keystone of phenomena-driven instruction where students are engaged in the sensemaking practices of developing and using models, analyzing and interpreting data, and constructing explanations. We’ll explore how to create a classroom culture where discussion is respectful, equitable, and focused on reasoning. Leverage productive talk and empower your students

Speakers
avatar for Scott Goldthorp

Scott Goldthorp

Scott Goldthorp has helped many students and teachers gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of science and mathematics as a teacher and K-12 District Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He has been recognized by the National Museum of Mathematics... Read More →
avatar for Jen Gutierrez

Jen Gutierrez

K-12 STEM Education Specialist, integratedSTEMk12, LLC
“As a teacher and professional learning provider I continue to find that all roads in science and STEM education lead back to the classroom teacher.” Jen is enjoying a 30+ year career in education which has included K-4 teacher, district science specialist, and K-12 STEM education... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2020 11:25am - 12:25pm PDT
TBA

12:25pm PDT

Break
Wednesday June 17, 2020 12:25pm - 12:35pm PDT

12:35pm PDT

Breakout 1: Students as Science Storytellers: Using the Tools of Journalism and Storytelling to Make Science Relevant and Relatable
This session will provide a brief overview of Science Storytellers, a public engagement program that gives elementary-aged children the opportunity to interview scientists in the manner of science journalists, and to then write about and share their stories. Using this as a springboard, the session will introduce how to apply the tools and skills of journalism — asking questions, conducting research, constructing a compelling narrative, and more — in teaching and learning. We also will consider how approaching science as a journalist stands to improve students’ media literacy, the ability to assess a story’s credibility and authenticity. This essential skill will help equip today’s students to combat science denialism and misinformation, and teach them how to become critical, savvy consumers of the media that is an increasing part of their daily lives.

During this session, participants will learn strategies for incorporating the process and tools of journalism into their science teaching, and will consider the role of narrative in formal and informal learning. They also will explore intersections between the practices of journalism and the practices of science as outlined in the NGSS.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Cutraro

Jenny Cutraro

Founder and Director, Science Storytellers
Jennifer Cutraro is a science communications professional whose career spans science education, engagement, and journalism. She’s the founder and director of the science engagement program “Science Storytellers” and a contributing editor at Science News for Students. As an Editorial... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2020 12:35pm - 1:25pm PDT
TBA

12:35pm PDT

Breakout 2: Science for All: Build Local Connection & Global Perspective through Citizen Science
Citizen science empowers students to participate in real science, inspiring local connection and action. These “crowd-sourced” science projects encourage careful observations, promote the discovery of patterns, support exploration of phenomenon, and serve as a catalyst for curiosity and generating authentic science questions.
I will highlight citizen-science projects that welcome student participants and share educational resources (apps, lesson plans, websites, and multimedia resources) that support teachers no matter their grade level or setting. Participants will access free curricula that support three-dimensional learning through scientific investigations that are authentically inspired by citizen science. Finally, I’ll share current research on participant learning outcomes and give time to consider and discuss implementation, with special emphasis on successfully developing girls’ and underserved students’ STEM interest and engagement.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to…
  1. Define citizen science and describe how it can help students develop data literacy, deepen understanding of biodiversity, and uncover real-world patterns and trends.
  2. Name and access at least five freely available resources (such as projects, apps, online interactives, videos, lesson plans, data visualizations) that are suitable for use in their school/district programs.
  3. Describe how citizen science and authentic science investigations are related and how to use these activities to support three-dimensional learning in K-12 settings.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Fee

Jennifer Fee

Manager of K-12 Programs, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
I was hired by the Cornell Lab in 2004 to develop and field test the BirdSleuth curriculum. I previously managed the school programs for the Missouri Botanical Garden, and graduated from the Biology programs at Truman State University (BS) and Illinois State University (MS). I am the co-author of Citizen Science: 15 Lessons that Bring Biology to Life, published by NSTA Press, as well as numerous curr... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2020 12:35pm - 1:25pm PDT
TBA

1:25pm PDT

Closing Remarks
Speakers
LP

Larry Plank

President, NSELA


Wednesday June 17, 2020 1:25pm - 1:30pm PDT
TBA
 
Thursday, June 18
 

11:00am PDT

Welcome and Introductions
Speakers
LP

Larry Plank

President, NSELA


Thursday June 18, 2020 11:00am - 11:25am PDT
TBA

11:25am PDT

Supporting All Students to Make Sense of Phenomena by Building on All of Their Intellectual Resources
The Framework / NGSS vision calls for creating opportunities for ALL students to meaningful engage in sensemaking and learning in science. A culturally responsive approach to instruction highlights the range of intellectual resources that students bring to learning situations based on their cultural histories. These intellectual resources, which are incredible assets, include the languages they speak and write, their perspectives about the world, how they gesture as part of their thinking and communication, and their knowledge of specific practices or science-related topics. But it can be tricky to ‘learn to see’ and instructionally leverage all of these resources as students engage in investigations of and make sense of the natural phenomena they observe (Rosebery, Warren, Tucker & Raymond, 2016). Through a series of concrete accounts of learning situations, this session will create opportunities for participants to work with others to ‘learn to see’ students’ sense-making resources—and connect these pedagogical strategies to their classroom practice. We frame this approach through an equity and justice framework for culturally responsive instruction centered in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education, which posits that science learning should be rooted in students’ ways of being and ways of knowing.

Speakers
avatar for Philip Bell

Philip Bell

Professor of Education - Area Chair of Learning Science & Human Development, University of Washington
Philip Bell is a professor of the Learning Sciences & Human Development and holds the Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences. He is executive director of the UW Institute for Science & Math Education focused on equity-focused innovation in K-12 STEM education, and he is co-director... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2020 11:25am - 12:25pm PDT
TBA

12:25pm PDT

Break
Thursday June 18, 2020 12:25pm - 12:35pm PDT

12:35pm PDT

Breakout 1: Thinking with Philip Bell about Equity Projects in Science Education
Promoting equity and justice in science education is a long-term endeavor. Come think with Philip Bell (editor of the STEMtechingtools.org initiative) about how you have been engaging in this work and what can be learned from the equity and justice projects of others implementing the Framework / NGSS vision. He will share progress and the ongoing promise associated with specific equity and justice projects and efforts to build professional learning resources to support that work (Bell, Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2019).


Speakers
avatar for Philip Bell

Philip Bell

Professor of Education - Area Chair of Learning Science & Human Development, University of Washington
Philip Bell is a professor of the Learning Sciences & Human Development and holds the Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences. He is executive director of the UW Institute for Science & Math Education focused on equity-focused innovation in K-12 STEM education, and he is co-director... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2020 12:35pm - 1:25pm PDT
TBA

12:35pm PDT

Breakout 2: Argument-Driven Inquiry in Grades 3-5: Three-Dimensional Investigations that Integrate Science, Literacy, and Mathematics
Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) is a three-dimensional instructional model that can be integrated into any science curriculum in grades 3-5 (as well as 6-12). ADI increases rigor by providing students more opportunity to share, critique and revise ideas as they attempt to explain or understand a phenomenon. These types of sense-making opportunities can help students learn how to use the core ideas, crosscutting concepts and scientific practices to make sense of the world around them. During this session, supervisors will experience a hands-on an ADI, dive into some of the research that guided the development of this model, and see how it is aligned with science, English-language arts, and mathematics standards.

Learning Objectives:
Throughout this workshop, supervisors will learn how teachers can use ADI to establish productive classroom norms and routines that will help foster a classroom knowledge building community. They will also explore why ADI can help all students develop the knowledge and skills they need to be proficient in science.

Speakers
avatar for Victor Sampson, Ph.D.

Victor Sampson, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Partnerships & Innovation Director Associate Professor of STEM Education, University of Texas
Dr. Sampson's research examines how students participate in argumentation in the context of science, engineering, and mathematics and ways to make the interactions that take place between students, materials, and ideas more productive in terms of learning. His current work focuses... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2020 12:35pm - 1:25pm PDT
TBA

1:25pm PDT

Closing Remarks
Speakers
LP

Larry Plank

President, NSELA


Thursday June 18, 2020 1:25pm - 1:30pm PDT
TBA