Quick quiz: What’s more fun than Disneyland, more inspiring than an Oprah speech, and more scientific than E=mc2? This year’s National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference (#NSTA2015)!
Last year, we an amazing time engaging with teachers and attending an impressive lineup of events at the conference. Not only were all of our workshops sold out, but the feedback and personal experiences teachers shared about their experiences trying to teach science in the most engaging and collaborative way was truly inspiring. Through-out the 3-day conference, 1,847 NSTA attendees posted over 4,000 tweets and shared 1,160 links and photos for a combined potential impact of 6,489,939 — proving, once again, that science teachers rock! Check out our NSTA 2014 recap, NSTA 2014: Mayim Bialik Delivers, Yvonne Spicer Dances and the Dow Robot Shows No Shame.
This year’s event, held on March 12-15 in Chicago, will attract over 13,000 science educators looking to make new connections, build their PLNs, and discover the ideas that will revolutionize their classrooms. But, with more than 1,500 education sessions, it can feel a little overwhelming trying to decide the best way to spend every minute of your scientific education paradise.
Fortunately, IAT (@ItsAboutTimeEDU) has created the perfect 2-day outline to ensure you get a piece of some NSTA awesomeness and walk away with valuable information and tools you can use in your classroom.
This year, we have collaborated with some of science education’s shining rock stars to develop a winning lineup of education workshops that will have you moving, evaluating, and inspiring your students like never before. Our list of Mentorship Superstars includes the legendary Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft, architect of the NGSS (who recently joined IAT’s Board of Directors); Dr. Cary Sneider, whose Education Insider guest blog post, Science vs. Engineering: An Expert Untangles a Curriculum Conundrum, almost broke the internet at last year’s NSTA; Mary Starr (co-author of Project-Based Inquiry Science™, @starrscience), and Missy Holzer (who literally launched into the stratosphere with NASA for science and for her students, To the Moon Alice: A Science Teacher Catapults to the Stratosphere for Her Students).
From practical insights on how to implement NGSS, to inspirational ideas for motivating students with real-world projects, our #NSTA2015 workshop lineup has got you covered. But, you better sign up quick because, if last year’s NSTA was any indication, these sessions are going to be standing room only.
So, what is the secret sauce that will make our workshop sessions as irresistible as last year’s? Power-packed, interactive curriculum that will “Make STEM Stick,” in addition to motivational mentoring that will give you actionable tools and techniques to inspire your students and and take your teaching to a whole new level. But don’t take our word for it, take a look at what math teacher Teri Owens (@OwensTeri) recently posted about how IMP has helped her to “become become a better teacher” and to do more with students than ever before : Reflections after 4 months of IMP Meaningful Math .
NSTA 2015 Workshop Lineup
The EQuIP Rubric: Evaluating Middle School Resources for NGSS (Grades 6-8) – Learn how to easily assess your project-based learning lessons and units without turning them into cookie-cutter science. CREATE for STEM Institute Director Dr. Joseph Krajcik and NGSS Writing Team member Emily Miller present the EQuIP system, which gives you quantifiable assessment data that is integrated into students’ learning.
Merging the Three Dimensions of the NGSS in Project-Based Inquiry Science™ for Middle School – NGSS Head Writer, Dr. Cary Sneider, explains how PBIS successfully connects core science concepts, scientific practice, and cross-cutting concepts to create a dynamic learner-focused environment.
Active Physics: The Leading Project-Based High School Physics Program Capturing the Essence of the NGSS and STEM –Learn About New Support Resources – How has the leading high school physics program keep students coming back for more? Listen as acclaimed author and former NSTA President Dr. Arthur Eisencraft explain how physicists, teachers, and researchers developed this award-winning program with your students in mind.
Next Generation PET: Preparing Elementary Teachers for the NGSS – Just because students are in college doesn’t mean that they should have less engaging instruction. Learn how the IAT college programs – Physics and Everyday Thinking (PET), Physical Science and Everyday Thinking (PSET), and Learning Physical Science (LPS) – align with NGSS and provide challenging science to college students and pre-service educators. We’ll also show you how our newest college-level course, Life Science and Everyday Thinking (LSET), can revolutionize your campus curriculum.
Learn About an Innovative Middle School NGSS-focused/Project-Based Program in an Interactive Setting – If you’re considering adopting a project-based or inquiry-based model in your school, this is the hands-on education experience of a lifetime. Move from table to table and Q & A some of the educators, curriculum developers, and researchers who developed the innovative PBIS education model.
Project-Based Inquiry Science™ (PBIS): Creating “Coherence and Science Storylines” for Middle School Science (Grades 6-8) – Join Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network Director Dr. Mary Starr as she outlines the best ways to incorporate the Big Question in your project-based learning classroom. Using storylines as a base, she illuminates how to successfully scaffold investigations, support inquiry, and assess both formatively and summatively.
Active Chemistry™: The Leading Project-Based High School Chemistry Program Capturing the Essence of the NGSS andSTEM – Learn About a 24/7 OnlineTeacher Support Site – The IAT Active Chemistry program is one of the fastest-growing curriculums in the nation. Now, we introduce a way to make this fantastic learning program even easier to use: a 24-hour online support team. Dr. Eisenkraft also explains how the Active Chemistry curriculum utilizes research, engineering principles, and project-based learning to engage even high-risk student groups.
Engineering in the NGSS Grades 9-12 – One of the key differences in the NGSS is its inclusion of captivating science and engineering standards that can create the opportunity for in-depth inquiry. Dr. Cary Sneider explains how the IAT curriculum, Engineering the Future: Science, Technology, and the Design Process, can capture students’ imaginations by leading them through intense explorations about energy and matter.
Sustaining an NGSS-focused/Project-Based Program for Middle School and High School Science – Project-based and inquiry-based science can be a big change for teachers used to a traditional science track. Find out how the new IAT 24/7 support website can provide professional development and support through online courses, teaching videos starring master teachers, and additional pedagogical and content resources.
EarthComm: A Project-Based High School Earth Science Curriculum, Developed by the American Geosciences Institute, that Uses an Authentic NGSS Approach – Make the transition from static earth science to dynamic earth science discovery! In this session, find out how the EarthComm curriculum engages crosscutting concepts from physics, geology, and other scientific fields to create a deeper scientific discovery process. Presenter Amanda Wilson (@AKWStardust) also shares how this program exceeds NGSS standards and has led to improved student outcomes nationwide.
Project-Based Astronomy Program Written Speciﬁcally for High School Students – Finally, an astronomy curriculum that reflects both the Framework and NGSS! Science superstar Missy Holzer, Past President of the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA), explains how Investigating Astronomy (developed by the education experts at TERC) allows students to work with real data to develop their own understanding of the universe using scientific tools and methodology.
DOWNLOAD the full workshop program HERE. Register for the conference and IAT’s workshops HERE. Visit us on the exhibit floor. Follow our Twitter updates at @ItsAboutTimeEDU and #makeSTEMstick. And, to stay in the know on the latest and greatest updates about sessions, organizations, and speakers for the event, follow the official NSTA Twitter account at @NSTA and the official conference hashtag #NSTA2015.
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