Erica Baker, KDE Science Consultant
Kentucky Department of Education and Washington County Schools
Have you been searching for resources to support your growth in the implementation of the Kentucky Academic Standards for Science? The Kentucky Department of Education has several available resources specifically designed to support administration, teachers, and families in creating vibrant student experiences that spark curiosity, motivation and engagement in the science classroom. We will explore the Science Standards Implementation Guidance Document, Evidence Based Instructional Practices for Science, Family Guides and Resources, and more.
Recognizing, Reporting and Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
Sara Jenkins, Programs and Trainings Coordinator - Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky
Janna Estep Jordan, Director of Operations and Prevention Education - Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky
Through lecture, injury identification, and case discussion, attendees are prepared to recognize, report, and prevent child abuse and neglect within their professional role. This workshop reviews Kentucky mandated reporting laws, definitions of abuse and neglect, what to expect after a report has been made to the authorities and outlines specific action steps which prevent child maltreatment.
Jenna Mercury, Content Specialist
Everyday events make us wonder. Some events are easily explained, but others, not. When these events are examined and tested through virtual simulations, they give students an opportunity to think. Why do some objects float and others sink? What is the relationship between velocity, position, and acceleration and what happens when an object is placed in a vacuum? Learn how to use virtual simulations to help students dig deeper and get inspired by science and STEM phenomena!
Through this highly interactive session, educators will be able to understand the added value of including simulations to their current lab practices. Although hands-on activities are always important, simulations allow for a deeper understanding of content for all students. When coupled with hands-on learning, students can create more moments to explore, discover and apply new concepts. Simulations are repeatable (to allow for trial and error) so students can practice skills again and again to make STEM concepts stick!
Session Bonus: take a closer look at the newest addition: Interactive STEM Cases! Put your students into the role of a STEM professional tasked with solving real-world problems. Your students can learn foundational knowledge and use virtual labs to solve it and save the day!
Classroom Aquaponics: Fish, fun, and (f)otosynthesis
Kristin Hughes, Director of Education and Outreach
Hands-on learning that allows students to take charge is more crucial now than ever. To help create school cultures where on-campus agricultural practices are the norm and involve multiple classrooms and teachers, participants in this workshop will receive the knowledge to co-manage aquaponic systems with their students! FoodChain will lead participants through a 10 gallon aquaponics set up with innovative youth programming to educate about the food system and involvement with agri-tech innovation. Through discussion and sharing, participants will leave armed with lessons that connect to STEM, climate education, and healthy environments and communities. Participants will also receive information about FoodChain’s aquaponics farm tours, learn more about our Classroom aquaponics program, and be able to schedule installation of a classroom aquaponics system in their classrooms.
Brittany Wray, Education Director - Kentucky Association for Environmental Education
Katherine Bullock, Outreach Coordinator - Kentucky Association for Environmental Education
Dr. Melinda Wilder, EKU Professor Emeritus, KAEE Education Consultant
The eeCredentials program is designed to provide online, asynchronous, easy-to-access, and ongoing professional learning opportunities for educators across the Commonwealth. Think of an eeCredential as a micro-credential or a certificate that can be earned by completing a series of courses, designed to increase your knowledge and skills in a certain area. eeCourses are the building blocks for earning eeCredentials.
With more in the works, we currently offer 10 eeCourses that range from science content to effective pedagogy. eeCourses include a variety of tasks and assignments that are thoughtfully designed to engage participants in active learning experiences and be directly applicable to your teaching context. Participants who attend this session will get to preview the format and content of an eeCourse as well as participate in a representative learning experience. Through this session, presenters will seek the expertise of the participants to help inform the design of future eeCourses and professional learning experiences.
Using Mathematics to Deepen Understanding of Scientific Phenomena
Michael Sao Pedro, CTO/Co-Founder - Inq-ITS by Apprendis
Dr. Janice Gobert, CEO/Co-Founder/Professor of Learning Sciences & Educational Psychology - Inq-ITS by Apprendis
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) emphasize the importance of using mathematical representations to model, make predictions about, and deepen understanding of science phenomena. However, students often struggle at integrating mathematics and science in a myriad of ways. Join us to learn how graphical reasoning can help students bridge the STEM gap and achieve proficiency as envisioned by the NGSS. In this interactive session, you will learn how self-grading virtual labs paired with an Artificial Intelligence-based alerting dashboard can help your students become proficient at understanding graphs, making predictions, and using mathematics to deepen content understanding. Key takeaways include:
Building a Climate of Collaboration in Your Classroom
Missy Weatherly, National Board Certified Teacher - Boone County Schools, Stephens Elementary
Barbara Stegman, 4th grade classroom teacher - Boone County Schools, Stephens Elementary
Building a Climate of Collaboration in Your Classroom will give you ideas on how to strengthen student engagement, allow students to take ownership of their learning, and deepen student thinking and reasoning in a safe learning environment. By introducing your classes to “Communicating in Scientific Ways,” students will be encouraged to listen to each other, ask clarifying questions, formulate new thoughts, and use evidence to support their new or changing ideas. Using a “Driving Question Board” for your units will help them take ownership of their learning since they see their questions are influencing the way the lessons are taught. “Idea Trackers” allow students to reflect on what they learned in each lesson and find the key ideas in that lesson. It can also go back to the essential question that started that lesson. All of these elements used in a unit will help create a safe learning environment for your students to learn and thrive.