Join NSTA Press Authors at the 2017 National Conference in Los Angeles

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We rely on their expertise and have their books lined up on our resource shelves for handy reference, but the opportunity to hear so many NSTA Press authors speak in person is too good to pass up. The array of authors who are scheduled to present at the NSTA National Conference in Los Angeles, March 30–April 2, 2017, is impressive.

The wide range of topic areas ensures that there is something for everyone. Listen to Page Keeley discuss formative assessment probes; Emily Morgan and Karen Ansberry share how to use children’s picture books to teach STEM, inquiry, and more; or Steve Rich present many ways to bring outdoor science in to your students. Some of NSTA Press’ new authors will be there too, discussing big data, STEM, NGSS, and many other topics.

The Advance deadline for registration is fast approaching (February 24), so don’t delay. Register today and secure your opportunity to advance your own professional development by spending time with the experts. NSTA authors have developed classroom-tested solutions to the challenges you face every day.

Here is the complete list of NSTA Press authors and topics:

Uncovering Elementary Students’ Ideas About Science Through Literacy Capacities
Thursday, March 30
12:30–1:30 p.m.
Presenters: Page Keeley and Joyce Tugel

  • Experience examples of formative assessment probes and techniques that uncover what students are really thinking about NGSS
  • Explore students’ core ideas in science through use of the literacy capacities of speaking, listening, and language.

Uncovering K–12 Students’ (and Teachers’) Ideas About Matter and Energy in the NGSS
Thursday, March 30
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Presenters: Page Keeley, Joyce Tugel, and Joel Truesdell

  • Examine examples of diagnostic probes from the Uncovering Student Ideas series, including several new ones.
  • Learn what students really think about matter and energy and the connection to “3-D formative assessment.”

Teaching for Conceptual Understanding in Science: Building a Bridge Between Student Ideas and Scientific Knowledge
Friday, March 31
8:00–9:00 a.m.
Presenters: Richard Konicek-Moran and Page Keeley

  • Explore what conceptual understanding is.
  • Learn how you can teach science for conceptual understanding in your classroom.

Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques for Uncovering ALL Students’ (and Teachers’) Ideas
Friday, March 31
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Presenters: Page Keeley, Joyce Tugel, and Ray Barber

  • Experience a strategy harvest of written, verbal, and digital techniques that elicit all students’ ideas.
  • Create a safe classroom environment where everyone’s ideas are valued.

Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons: Using Children’s Books to Teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Friday, March 31
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Presenters: Emily Morgan and Karen Ansberry

  • Acquire lessons from Picture-Perfect Science Lesson authors.
  • Learn to integrate STEM and literacy in grades K–5.

Next Time You See…
Friday, March 31
12:30–1:30 p.m.

Presenter: Emily Morgan

  • Come away with ways to inspire a sense of wonder about the natural world.
  • Learn about books and activities to share with your students.

Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Picture Books to Guide Inquiry, K–5
Saturday, April 1
12:30–1:30 p.m.

Presenters: Emily Morgan and Karen Ansberry

  • Acquire lessons that use picture books to connect NGSS and CCSS.
  • Watch as authors model the lessons.

Flowers to Fruit: Putting Botany Back into Your Curriculum
Friday, March 31
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Presenters: Richard Konicek-Moran and Kathleen Konicek-Moran

  • Learn how to restore botany to your curriculum?
  • Use Flowers to Fruit for examples to use in your classroom

Outdoor Science with Birds, Books, and Butterflies
Friday, March 31
3:30–4:30 p.m.
Presenter: Steve Rich

  • Discover engaging lesson ideas with natural materials, children’s books, and citizen science.
  • Join in for outdoor classroom basics, funding ideas, crosscutting concepts, and free seeds.

Outdoor Science: A Practical Guide
Saturday, April 1
11:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Steve Rich

  • Come away with engaging lesson ideas with natural materials, children’s books, and citizen science.
  • Unearth outdoor classroom basics, funding ideas, crosscutting concepts, and free seeds.

Inside or Out: The Perfect Place for Connecting Outdoor Science and Children’s Trade Books
Saturday, April 1
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Christine Ann Royce and Steve Rich

  • Engage in lessons that connect investigations in outdoor science topics with paired children’s literature.
  • Enhance the topic of outdoor science by integrating it into other discipline areas.

Argumentation in the Earth and Space Science Classroom
Thursday, March 30
8:00–9:00 a.m.
Presenter: Sharon Schleigh

  • Learn how to engage in scientific argumentation to support teaching in your classrooms.
  • Come away with sample activities from the leading NSTA Press books.

It’s Debatable: Using Socioscientific Issues to Develop Scientific Literacy, K–12
Thursday, March 30
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Sami Kahn

  • Observe how to engage your students in controversial societal issues related to science.
  • Develop your students’ scientific literacy during this interactive workshop.

Diving into the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: How and Why They Are Important for Teaching and Learning
Thursday, March 30
3:30–4:30 p.m.
Presenters: Ann Rivet, Ravit Golan Duncan, and Joseph Krajcik

  • Examine the disciplinary core ideas across physical, life, Earth and space sciences, and engineering.
  • Learn more through rich descriptions of phenomena, learning progressions, and teaching resources.

Teaching Energy Across the Sciences
Thursday, March 30
5:00–5:30 p.m.
Presenter: Jeff Nordine

  • Learn about the “Five Big Ideas” related to energy.
  • Explore how to make energy a crosscutting concept across the sciences and everyday life.

Learn Strategies to Help You Implement the NGSS Practices!
Friday, March 31
8:00–9:00 a.m.
Presenters: Susan Koba and Anne Tweed

  • Use instructional tools that help provide students with multiple opportunities to learn, promote linguistic and nonlinguistic approaches to teaching, and support NGSS
  • Come away with practical handouts.

Doing Good Science in Middle School
Friday, March 31
8:00–9:00 a.m.
Presenters: Vicki Massey and Olaf Jorgenson

  • Explore the best practices in science education with the authors of Doing Good Science in Middle School
  • Learn the resources available to help you teach the NGSS in your classroom. The 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) model of instruction will be highlighted.

Integrating Engineering Practices into Whole-Class Inquiry Challenges
Friday, March 31
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Presenters: Michael Nocella, Dennis Smithenry, and Joan Gallagher

  • Learn how a chemistry teacher designs and modifies whole-class inquiry challenges to incorporate engineering practices into content curricula.
  • Understand how integrating engineering practices into content curricula enhance science-process skills.

How Scientific Learning Communities Promote Equity and Access Through Whole-Class Inquiry
Friday, March 31
3:30–4:30 p.m.
Presenters: Michael Nocella, Joan Gallagher, Jason Foster, and Poonam Patel

  • Learn how community building via Whole-Class Inquiry supports students in a safe space.
  • Address access to curriculum and microaggressions to promote classroom equity.

The Power of Investigating: Guiding Authentic Assessments
Friday, March 31
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Presenters: Julie McGough and Lisa Nyberg

  • Bring science to life as by transforming two-dimensional lessons into three-dimensional learning experiences!
  • Learn hands-on strategies to launch investigations and fuel student thinking and learning.

Learning to Read the Earth and Sky, Explorations Supporting the NGSS
Friday, March 31
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Presenters: Russell Colson and Mary Colson

  • Observe Earth scientists reading stories written in the Earth.
  • Join the authors in some investigative classroom lessons through which you and your students can apply the practices of science to reading the Earth.

Big Data, Small Devices
Friday, March 31
3:30–4:30 p.m.
Presenters: Donna Governor, G. Michael Bowen, and Eric Brunsell

  • Find out how to use smartphone apps and real-time data to have students engage in scientific investigations.
  • Explore concepts in Earth and environmental science.

Planning Three-Dimensional Formative Assessments with the Feedback Loop
Saturday, April 1
8:00–9:00 a.m.
Presenter: Erin Furtak

  • Collaborate with other science teachers as you learn to use the Feedback Loop Planning Process.
  • Plan and reflect on 3-D formative assessments.

Solar Science = NGSS-Focused Solar Astronomy Experiences + Preparation for the All American Total Solar Eclipse
Saturday, April 1
9:30–10:30 a.m.
Presenters: Dennis Schatz and Andrew Fraknoi

  • Come explore some of the effective learning experiences to prepare yourself for the 2017 solar eclipse.
  • Familiarize yourself with NSTA’s recently published Solar Science, a solar astronomy curriculum resource that is NGSS-focused.

Be a Winner! A Science Teacher’s Guide to Writing Successful Grant Proposals
Saturday, April 1
12:30–1:30 p.m.
Presenters: Patty McGinnis and Kitchka Petrova

  • Come away with useful insights from the NSTA Press book Be a Winner! A Science Teacher’s Guide to Writing Successful Grant Proposals.
  • Learn tips for writing your own grant proposal, how to identify and refine proposal ideas, the ins and outs of submitting a proposal, and more.

Bringing the S-T-E-M Together in Early Childhood Using Science and Engineering Practices
Saturday, April 1
12:30–1:30 p.m.
Presenter: Peggy Ashbrook

  • Increase your understanding of science and engineering practices while seeing how young children use them in STEM explorations.
  • Discuss examples and NSTA’s early childhood position statement.

Everyday Engineering
Saturday, April 1
3:30–4:30 p.m.
Presenter: Richard Moyer

  • Engage in STEM activities related to everyday engineering (such as ballpoint pens, life jackets, and sweet spots).
  • Learn how to create your own lessons accordingly.

Problem-Based Learning in the Classroom, K–12
Sunday, April 2
8:00–9:00 a.m.
Presenter: Tom McConnell

  • Experience the power of Problem-Based Learning with the authors of this new book series.
  • Explore the book’s resources.

Helping Your Students (and You!) Achieve Basic Data Literacy
Sunday, April 2
9:30–10:30 a.m.
Presenters: G. Michael Bowen and Tony Bartley

  • Discover data collecting/analysis techniques to help students young and old.
  • Learn the relationships between types of data and analysis of it.

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Add Professional Learning Institutes to Your Conference Experience

Professional Learning Institutes (PLIs) are focused, content-based programs that explore key topics in science/STEM education in depth. One-Day PLIs are a preconference full-day session only. Full PLIs begin with a full-day preconference session, followed by pathway sessions that offer further exploration of the topics covered. PLIs are presented by experts in science/STEM education, professional learning, standards implementation, assessment, curriculum, and resources/materials development. Institutes are offered in conjunction with the NSTA National Conference on Science Education and require conference registration.

At the Los Angeles Conference, full PLIs will begin with the preconference one-day session on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, by preregistration only. The pathway sessions will be scheduled on Thursday, March 30, 2017, and/or Friday, March 31, 2017. The PLI One Day Work Sessions will be held only on Wednesday, March 29, as preconference sessions only.

Los Angeles, California: March 29, 2017

To register online for the Los Angeles conference and to purchase PLI tickets, click here. You may also download a registration form (PDF).

Professional Learning Institute (PLI) Ticket Scholarship Opportunity

The Northrop Grumman Foundation is providing free PLI attendance (a $150 value) to Los Angeles area teachers attending the NSTA National Conference in Los Angeles, March 29–April 2, 2017.

To qualify for a PLI Ticket Scholarship you need to be:

  • A full-time teacher of science, technology, or engineering working within a 100 mile radius of Los Angeles.
  • Registered for the NSTA National Conference in Los Angeles March 29–April 2, 2017 and able to attend the PLI, which is a preconference all-day session on March 29.

Please complete a short eligibility survey via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PLI17

You will receive an email confirming your scholarship once you are accepted based on the criteria listed.

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Binder at wbinder@nsta.org.


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