Simple Ways to Make the Best Schedule for Your Grade Level at #NSTA18 Charlotte

NSTA’s 2018 Charlotte conference on science education is right around the corner (November 29–December 1).

If you’ve ever attended, you know that you get up to 13 hours of credit for sessions in vital areas like STEM, literacy, and 3D learning. You probably also know that exhibitors like Astrocamp Virginia; Carolina Biological Supply Co.; the Museum of Science, Boston; NASCAR Hall of Fame; the National Inventors Hall of Fame/Camp Invention; STEMscopes; and TeacherGeek, Inc. will be there to show off their latest programs and innovations (leave room in your suitcase for all the giveaways!). And best of all, you know you’ll make new professional contacts and friends.

But did you know you can take a deep dive into your grade level by planning your schedule around your grade level? Browse below to find ideas for your grade level, and see all conference details here.

High School

First, put this meeting of your peers on your schedule. NSTA’s High School Committee is hosting this get-together just for you:

Thursday, November 29
3:30–4:40 PM
High School Teachers: Birds of a Feather
Queens, The Westin Charlotte

Next, put the keywords “high school” into the session browser, and find the ones that are right for you. Here are just a few that you may want to target:

  • Using Modeling Activities in the High School Chemistry Class
  • The Radio Sky
  • Using the Triple Line of Sustainability to Support Student Writing in All Levels of the High School Classroom
  • NARST-Sponsored Session: Novel Method for Teaching the Difference and Relationship Between Theories and Laws
  • Using District Science Coaching Model to Improve Teacher Instruction and Retention
  • Integrating E-Books into the Secondary Classroom

Middle School

Big news for share-a-thon lovers! The Charlotte Conference Program Chair, Manley Midgett , shares this invite: “Join me as I’m joined by as many as 50 dedicated science educators from across the state, with each sharing his or her most successful activity. Share-a-thons will take place at the same time for elementary; middle school; and Earth, life, and physical sciences. A keynote speaker will follow. Have a crazy fun time!” Want in? Plan to attend the NCSTA Share-a-Palooza on Thursday, November 29, 2:00 PM–3:00 PM, in Grand Ballroom C/D, at the Westin Charlotte.

Looking for more? Put the keywords “middle school” into the session browser, and find the ones that are right for you. Here are sessions you may like:

  • Learning Life Science Content Through the Integration of Computer Science and Computational Thinking Practices
  • Newton’s Triple Play: An Online Interactive Lesson on the Application of Newton’s Three Laws of Motion to Baseball
  • ASEE Session: Meeting in the Middle—Integrated Engineering in Middle School
  • Group Work: Using Student Collaboration in the Middle School Science Classroom (AEOP)
  • NESTA Session: Profiling That is Not On-the-Level

Elementary School

Is teaching science your super power? If not, it will be if you attend this panel: Empowering Teachers, Nurturing STEM Equity: The UNCG STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative, on Friday, November 30, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM, in Room 215, at the Charlotte Convention Center. The organizers say “Professional learning and networking centering engineering design makes a difference for elementary teachers’ and students’ engagement. How? Curriculum and professional development resources will be shared.”

Find other sessions just for elementary teachers by browsing the scheduler. Here are some you may want to attend:

  • NSTA Press® Session: Uncovering Elementary Students’ Ideas About Science, Mathematics, and Literacy (with award-winning author, Page Keeley)
  • STEM Clubs for the Elementary Students
  • Energy Games, Chants, and Plays: Increasing Energy Literacy in Your Elementary Classroom
  • Using the NGSS to Design Interdisciplinary Lessons for Elementary Students
  • Inquiry in Action: Investigating Matter K–5

Pro Tips

Check out more sessions and other events with the Charlotte Session Browser/Personal Scheduler. Follow all our conference tweets using #NSTA18, and if you tweet, please feel free to tag us @NSTA so we see it!

Need help requesting funding or time off from your principal or supervisor? Download a letter of support and bring it with you! Charlotte support letter

And don’t forget, NSTA members save up to $95 off the price of registration. Not a member? Join here.

The mission of NSTA is to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.

Future NSTA Conferences

2018 Area Conferences

“Dive into Three-Dimensional Instruction” Workshop
National Harbor, November 16–17, 2018

2019 National Conference
St. Louis, April 11–14

2019 STEM Forum & Expo
San Francisco, July 24–26

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2 Comments

  1. Peggy Ashbrook
    Posted October 31, 2018 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    It won’t surprise early childhood educators (of children birth to grade 2) that there are sessions at every NSTA conference that address the needs of PreK-Grade 2 science learners. The NAEYC Early Childhood Science Interest Forum (ECSIF) is a volunteer group with many members with dual membership NSTA-NAEYC. The ECSIF puts together a list of sessions for NSTA and NAEYC conferences of all the PreK-grade 2/3 science and engineering sessions, including environmental science, based on the schedule the conference posts online. The list is always an incomplete listing because we might miss one and the schedule does change between posting and conference so we invite people to advertise their own session in comments and tell why early childhood educators should attend.
    View the ECSIF postings in the NAEYC social media community platform “Hello” at http://hello.naeyc.org/communities/community-home/digestviewer?communitykey=f51f9fd4-47c9-4bfd-aca7-23e9f31b601e&tab=digestviewer
    Become a member of NAEYC and sign in to contribute comments and add resources.

  2. Carole Hayward
    Posted October 31, 2018 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Peggy, for all of these great early childhood recommendations for the Charlotte conference.

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