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    #NSTA17 Baltimore, October 5–7

    Keynote speaker Freeman A. HrabowskiKeynote Speaker Freeman A. Hrabowski 

    Freeman A. Hrabowski, president of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was named by President Obama to chair the newly created President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies' committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads

    Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine (2012) and one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF's Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation's Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the "Human Condition." UMBC has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News & World Report, which for the past eight years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching.


    Conference PD Focuses on the Following Strands


    Anchoring Our Natural Treasures Through Environmental Literacy

    Today's students are tomorrow's leaders. It is imperative that they be equipped to rise to challenges, including preservation of natural resources, mitigation of air and water pollution, and adaptation to climate change. They must think critically and understand how their actions impact the environment. Engaging students in local action, research, or citizen science projects today fosters the environmentally literate leaders of tomorrow, who are connected to the world around them, and informed enough about the environment to be decision makers. In this strand, teachers will learn to elevate student experiences by partnering with informal educational providers, getting students outdoors, and participating in authentic research.

    Tying the Knot: Coherence in 3-D Science Learning

    The Next Generation Science Standards emphasize three-dimensional learning to explain phenomena. Storylines and learning progressions are used within curriculum development and implementation to provide coherence within and across grade levels. Storylines help students connect activities, goals, and big ideas to make sense of the world. The three-dimensional learning view requires new assessment strategies and tools that provide feedback to support students' sense-making. Assessment, both formative and summative, is instrumental in supporting responsive instruction. In this strand, participants will learn to use storylines, find ways to adapt instruction using responsive strategies, and focus on learning progressions.

    Charting the Course for Innovation

    To develop innovative scientific leaders for tomorrow, we must foster creativity, academic risk-taking, and perseverance within ALL students today. The next generation science learning environment must engage students in authentic problem solving that respects diverse thinking. A classroom culture that celebrates diverse ideas and solutions is essential for an effective STEM workforce. Presentations in this strand will focus on problem solving in STEM that involve all students. Participants will investigate effective classroom examples supporting preK–16 student learning that involves engineering design projects, use of technology, and computer science.

    Featured Speakers

    Their stories will energize and motivate you!

    Jay McTighe
    Educational Consultant

    Andrew Coy 
    John Hopkins University

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    #NSTA17 Milwaukee, November 9–11

    Keynote Speaker Sean B. Carroll @SeanBiolCarroll 

    Hailed for his pioneering work in evolutionary developmental biology, Sean Carroll is an award-winning scientist, writer, educator, and executive producer. Join Dr. Carroll as he discusses the discovery of the “The Serengeti Rules,” the ecological rules that regulate the numbers and kinds of animals and plants in any given place, and how they are being applied to restore some of the greatest wildernesses on the planet. In addition to his role at Howard Hughes Medical Intitute, Sean is also the Allan Wilson Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin.


    Conference PD Focuses on the Following Strands

    Preparing All Students for the Voyage

    In a science- and technology-driven society, equity means that all students should have access to the three dimensions of the NGSS to be prepared to participate as productive citizens. Successful achievement of disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts demands strategies that address a diverse set of learners, including but not limited to students with special needs, English language learners, gifted and talented students, urban and rural students, and those in other underserved groups. This strand will demonstrate how teachers can provide equitable science and engineering learning opportunities that engage ALL students in constructing meaning about the world around them.

    Navigating STEM Through the NGSS

    STEM has become a buzzword attached to everything from a two-hour project on Friday to a fully integrated learning program. A common definition of STEM education emphasizes its interdisciplinary approach coupled with real-world lessons. The focus of this strand is on creating authentic preK–12 cross-curricular connections and engaging students in real-world applications using NGSS. The NGSS integrates science with other STEM disciplines, as well as literacy. This strand will increase participants' understanding of the way the NGSS can be applied when implementing STEM lessons that are field tested and research based..

    Buoying Up Literacy with Science

    Effective science instruction boosts literacy. Scientifically literate students obtain, evaluate, and communicate information. Integrating science and language arts instruction allows educators to support students from multiple angles. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking can be woven into science in meaningful mediums. In this strand, participants will develop an understanding of how science can support literacy and literacy instruction.

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    Featured Speakers

    Their stories will energize and motivate you!


    Jo Handelsman
    Wisconsin Institutes
    for Discovery

    Will Allen
    Gorwing power

    Rita MacDonald
    Wisconsin Center
    for Education Research

    Give the letter linked below to your principal to support your request for conference attendance.

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    #NSTA17 New Orleans, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 

    Keynote Speaker Debbie SilverKeynote speaker Ainissa Ramirez

    Debbie Silver brings a wealth of expertise as an award-winning educator with 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor. Her numerous recognitions include being named the 1990 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year and the 2007 Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University. 

    Speaker, author, humorist—Debbie's style has been described as "where laughter and learning collide." She has written several books, including Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed and Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers: Finding the Rhythm for Differentiated Learning. She has coauthored the books Because You Teach: A Dynamic Musical Resource for Innovative Staff Development and Middle School Matters: Innovative Classroom Activities. In addition, she has cowritten several songs with recording artist Monte Selby. 


    Conference PD Focuses on the Following Strands

    Inspire Our Young Learners

    Exploring science is one of the many joys of childhood. However, many of our young students are given limited opportunities to learn science and therefore are missing the wonder and excitement of understanding the world around them. The goal of this strand is to engage our young learners in science by creating formal and informal education experiences that build upon natural inquisitiveness and use inquiry to help them understand their world. Young learners need quality learning experiences and activities that spark their curiosity, promote higher level thinking, and nurture a solid foundation in science. This strand will expose educators to instructional strategies that make connections between literacy and scientific concepts and build pedagogical knowledge of science teaching.

    Integrate Science Education for ALL

    All students need to be engaged in and have access to exemplary science classes, out-of-school science activities, real-world work experiences, mentors, and other springboards to STEM careers. In order for the United States to remain a world leader and to advance our society, science educators need to empower students to create a future filled with scientific and technological advances. An urgency exists in the United States to develop a stronger workforce in the STEM fields. However, research has shown that only a small number of students are interested in pursuing degrees or qualifying for jobs in the STEM fields. It is clear that to benefit our economy and society, our priority should be on educating and encouraging more students from all races, genders, abilities, nationalities, and socioeconomic statuses to study science. This strand will explore ways for educators to use the newest standards and research to reach ALL students, including English language learners, special education students, gifted and talented students, and underrepresented minorities.

    Innovate Science Education for Tomorrow

    Students are often taught science concepts and current issues, but are rarely challenged to create innovative and practical solutions to real-world problems. Students are engaged in the use of technology, but their understanding of the science and engineering behind the function of that technology is limited. PreK–16 science instruction should emphasize the application of science to all career fields, both in theory and in practice. This strand expands participants' understanding of how to foster students' critical-thinking skills and facilitate future problem solving by students.

    Featured Speakers

    Their stories will energize and motivate you!


    Okhee Lee
    New York Univeristy
    Milton Chen
    George Lucas
    Educational Foundation 
    Carla Zembal-Saul
    Penn State: University

    Marshall Shepherd
    University of Georgia

    Give the letter linked below to your principal to support your request for conference attendance.

    Click for more information on the New Orleans Area Conference such as planned sessions, exhibit hall hours, and Conference Committee Leaders

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    Twenty-seven (27) winners will be selected to win round-trip tickets from Southwest, for travel to and from cities serviced by Southwest in the United States, its territories and its possessions, including Puerto Rico. Three (3) round-trip tickets will be awarded weekly per conference, with drawings held Tuesday, September 5; Monday, September 11; and Monday, September 18. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and reside in the United States. Winners will be awarded two (2) Southwest flight e-passes, each valid for one-way travel on Southwest operated, published, and scheduled service. The following terms apply.


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