This November, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will feature a special strand “Merging Literacy into Science Instruction” at our Conference on Science Education in Charlotte, NC, November 7-9. NSTA recognizes that the growing demands on the school day mean that educators sometimes cannot afford to teach science as a separate subject. This strand focuses on authentic ways to integrate the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects with science instruction. Through sessions given at this conference, attendees will learn to help their students become adept at using such Common Core skills as gathering information, evaluating sources, citing materials accurately, and reporting findings from their research and analysis of sources in a clear and cogent manner.
Sessions organized around this strand include a featured presentation on Friday, November 8, 9:30–10:30 a.m. (“Speaking, Listening, and Learning in Science—Supporting Conceptual Change Through Science Talk”) by Page Keeley, Educator, Writer, and Public Speaker, and 2008–2009 NSTA President. More sessions on merging literacy into science instruction include the following:
- Solar Energy—Let the SUNSHINE In!
- Disciplinary Literacy in Middle School Science: Reading, Writing, and Talking as Active Learning Processes
- Introducing the ChemMatters Compilation Project
- Rev It Up! Energize Science and Literacy Connections
- Science and Literacy: A Natural Fit
- Literacy and iPads—Where Technology Meets the Science Textbook
- Science Vocab Out of the Box: Unique Ways to Help Students Master Vocab
- Nanotechnology in Elementary and Middle School, Oh My
Want more? Check out more than 400 sessions and other events with the Charlotte Session Browser/Personal Scheduler at http://www.nsta.org/conferences/2013cha/.