September/October 2017 – Vol. 30 No. 1

Sessions for All Grade Bands and Disciplines at NSTA Conference on Science Education in Long Beach

Posted: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Here are some of the many exciting events you can expect at the NSTA Area Conference on Science Education in Long Beach this December 4–6:

Register today for the most savings! Our Earlybird Deadline ends October 24.  – Remember CSTA members: Select the “NSTA Affiliate Member Rate” when registering to save $90 on registration.

RegisterLong Beach Conference PreviewClick here to browse through all the scheduled sessions and make your schedule today! 
A PEEK AT OVER 400 SESSIONS JUST FOR YOU!
Check out some sessions below to help you get started on your daily schedule.

  • STEM in the Primary Classroom
  • Building a Community Classroom: Encouraging Students to Think Globally and Act Locally
  • From Food to Fuel: Recycling the Molecules of Life
  • Integrating the NGSS Practices Through Online Collaboration with Google
  • Using Case Studies to Promote Technical Literacy in an Anatomy and Physiology Class
  • The Apps That Launched STEAM Classrooms
  • Chemical Change and Stability: Kinetics and Equilibrium
  • Designing a Middle School Integrated NGSS Curriculum
  • Teach Engineering Principles on the Cheap with Concrete
  • NGSS, Close Reading, and Classroom Notebooking Practices

FEATURED SPEAKERS
Julie Scardina

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Julie Scardina @juliescardina
Naturalist, Author, SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Ambassador
San Diego, Calif.

The Balancing Act of Environmental Education: Removing the Fear But Keeping Reality

Having begun her career working with species ranging from sea lions and dolphins to killer whales, Julie currently serves many roles with SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and Discovery Cove—from zoological corporate curator of animal ambassador programs and training to Animal Ambassador. She has traveled to conservation and environmental projects on all seven continents where she learns about issues firsthand and documents on film people and projects that are making a difference for animals. She has also co-authored the book Wildlife Heroes, focusing on 40 people who have committed their lives to preserving species and solving some of the planets most pressing environmental issues. Join Julie for a special presentation along with some “Animal Ambassadors.”

FEATURED PRESENTATIONS:

SheldonUsing the Past to Take Science Education into the Future
Myrna Perez Sheldon @SRCatHarvard
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Rice University, Houston, Tex.

Why do we teach science in our public school classrooms? We do it because we believe that all students must understand the fundamentals of science in order to succeed in our modern world. But science is much more than a collection of facts about the natural world. If we want our students to have a deeper understanding of science and engineering, we must give them the tools to connect science to the subjects that engage the big questions—social studies, English, political science, and others. In this talk, Myrna Perez Sheldon tells us the power of connecting science education with the humanities, and shows us some of the newest and most innovative digital resources to do this!

PruittUsing the Tools of the NGSS to Support Quality Science Instruction
Stephen L. Pruitt @DrSPruitt
Senior Vice President, Achieve, Inc.

Stephen will provide updates on the various NGSS tools under development and how to use them with teachers to provide a deeper understanding of the NGSS.

The CSTA Annual Meeting and presentation of awards will precede Stephen Pruitt’s presentation.

TaylorSTEM the New Normal! Really When Did That Happen?
Nancy Taylor
Principal Investigator, Exploring STEM Careers
San Diego State University, San Diego, Calif.

Join Nancy for a frank conversation about how this acronym “STEM” has flooded all channels of education reform and for a status report from the field—K-12 classrooms and extended learning time. It’s a transformational time in U.S. education! Society has an insatiable demand for STEM integration and programming while the NGSS and CCSS are driving the redesign of learning progressions. How quickly is this transformation of the school day expected to spring into action and what are the implications? Integrated STEM experiences are building capacity and quality; let’s explore the practices, the partnerships, and possibilities for the new normal.

BeauchampThe Central Role of Dialogue in the Sense-making Classroom
Arthur Beauchamp
Interim Director of the Sacramento Area Science Project and Senior Director of Professional Learning Systems, School of Education, University of California–Davis

The NGSS and CCSS ask for a shift toward more sense making by students in STEM classrooms. Dialogue is one of our main methods of processing information, making sense of things, and advancing understanding. Dialogue is also an important support for student writing, and both neuroscience and psychology point to the importance of dialogue in learning. Join Arthur as he discusses how we might make better use of dialogue as a learning tool in our classrooms.

HayesFrom Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men
Tyrone Hayes
University of California: Berkeley, CA

Join Dr. Tyrone B. Hayes as he shares his amphibian research. Two main areas of interest are metamorphosis and sex differentiation as well as examining growth (larval and adult) and hormonal regulation of aggressive behavior. A few of the amphibians he has studied include local toads, the African clawed frog, the Japanese kajika frog, and the field tree frog.

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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