Breakout #1 | Friday, February 25 -- 6:55-7:55pm EST

Making a Difference in Science Teaching and Learning: Science Teachers Learning from Lesson Analysis (STeLLA)

Jody Bintz, BSCS

Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships and Professional Learning

STeLLA is an intensive analysis of practice professional learning program that focuses on effective science teaching and learning through the analysis of classroom artifacts such as classroom video, units of instruction, and student work. Join us to learn more about BSCS's STeLLA professional learning program and how it can make a difference in your classroom, school, or district! Hear from KY teachers and leaders involved in this work!

Planning Phenomenon-based Three-dimensional Teaching with the ASET 3D Map

Lin Xiang, University of Kentucky

Assistant Professor of Science Education

This interactive workshop will introduce the ASET 3D Mapping tool, an instructional tool that helps science teachers plan phenomenon-based three-dimensional teaching. This 1-hour session will be broken into three main sections. The presenter will first introduce the 3D mapping tool by walking through the components of the map and their internal connections. Then the presenter will lead the participants in analyzing existing 6-8 science lessons with respect to the related standards, phenomena, learning objectives, science practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. The session is concluded by sharing the lessons learned from researchers and practitioners who have used the 3D mapping tool in planning and revising NGSS-aligned science learning experiences. After working in small groups and engaging in whole group discussions, participants will walk away with the tool and tangible unit and lesson plan ideas linked with NGSS.

Boosting Academic Discourse in your Classroom

Erica Baker, Washington County Schools

6-7th Grade Science Teacher

Get your students talking in ways that increase student understanding in science! Come learn about why academic dialogue is so important. Explore current and effective strategies to encourage and improve academic dialogue in the science classroom.

Bear Shadow Activity: Introduction to Seasons

Jessica Lair and Jing Wang, Eastern Kentucky University

Associate Professors

We will share an activity for elementary students (specifically K-2) to investigate shadows using an easy to assemble kit. This leads to an introduction to seasons and the Sun's motion through the sky. We will also discuss how we can present these topics in the EKU Hummel Planetarium.

More sessions will be added soon!

Breakout #2 | Saturday, February 26 -- 9:30-10:30am EST

Learning like a scientist: The importance of the notebook in living and learning science

Lori Norton-Meier, PhD, University of Northern Iowa

Director, Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy

Writing is critical in learning like a scientist and the science notebook is an essential tool in not only documenting learning but also as a tool for thinking. In this session, we will explore the ways 20 elementary teachers used the notebook in elementary classrooms. Bring a notebook with you and we will explore some options for expanding writing opportunities for our students.

Supporting your implementation of the OpenSciEd middle school science materials with the Science Teachers Learning from Lesson Analysis(STeLLA) professional development program.

Jody Bintz, BSCS

Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships and Professional Learning

OpenSciEd initiative was launched to address the critical need for high quality science instructional materials that are standards-aligned and practical for broad implementation. These open-source and locally adaptable units are designed to align with the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education and based on research on student learning and teacher practice. The STeLLA featuring OpenSciEd program is an intensive analysis of practice professional learning program that focuses on effective science teaching and learning through the analysis of classroom artifacts such as classroom video, and student work using the OpenSciEd Middle School units of instruction. Join us to learn more about BSCS's STeLLA featuring OpenSciEd professional learning program and how it can make a difference in your classroom, school, or district!

Is It a Good Anchoring Phenomenon?

Lin Xiang, University of Kentucky

Assistant Professor of Science Education

This 1-hour interactive workshop introduces a phenomenon tool that helps science teachers identify an appropriate anchoring phenomenon for an NGSS-aligned curriculum. The tool invites teachers to consider three questions. What is a phenomenon? What is an anchoring phenomenon? And, is the phenomenon present well to students? Participants will have opportunities to share their challenges to identify anchoring phenomena, use the phenomenon tool to evaluate a range of phenomena and non-phenomena, and discuss some common issues on identifying and using anchoring phenomena. Participants will walk away with the phenomenon tool and multiple anchoring phenomenon resources.

Developing 3D Assessments

Diane Johnson, Master Teacher

Morehead State University

During this session, you will get examples, resources, and tips for developing three-dimensional science assessments.

How do we teach elementary students to analyze data effectively?

Patti Works, PIMSER Regional Teacher Partner

Amplify Science Professional Learning Specialist, BSCS STeLLA Coach

Wondering how to help your students learn to make sense of data? We'll look carefully and what is meant for each grade band with this focal Science and Engineering Practice, and evaluate lesson vignettes to see what will help students get there. Tools will be shared with instructional strategies that you can use in your classroom right away!

More sessions will be added soon!

Breakout #3 | Saturday, February 26 -- 11:45am-12:45pm EST

GeoCode: Assessing Volcanic Hazards and Risk with Code

Christopher Lore, Research Assistant, The Concord Consortium
Stephanie Seevers, Teacher, Evergreen High School

Incorporate the NGSS 3-D learning model into your Earth science lessons with the GeoCode Volcanic Hazards module. Aimed at the NGSS Earth and Human Activity performance standards, and incorporating Science and Engineering Practices and Cross Cutting Concepts, the GeoCode project infuses geoscience curriculum with computational thinking practices. In the volcanic hazards and risk module, students use block code in the GeoCoder model to create visualizations of tephra (ash) distributions from volcanic eruptions, plot thousands of real-world wind speed and direction measurements to understand local wind patterns, and experiment with several environmental factors that influence tephra distribution. At the end of the module, students synthesize these different sources of data and observations to assess the likelihood of impacts from an eruption to towns surrounding a Nicaraguan volcano. This presentation will give an overview of the GeoCode project and its goals, demo the GeoCoder and some of its features, and share pilot testing results from a recent implementation of the module.

Transforming Your Science Classroom

Tiffany Tindle, Teacher

South Hancock Elementary

Do you struggle to "fit science in"? Do you feel science instruction isn't your strength? I felt the same for many years until an opportunity to be a part of the ASSESS program led to the transformation of my science instruction. Join me for a discussion of my journey to providing students with a science rich experiences, what my science instruction looks like now, and tips for fitting it all in.

Supporting Student Sensemaking

Diane Johnson, Master Teacher

Morehead State University

During this session, you will gain resources, tools, and applications for leveraging the four attributes of sensemaking in your lessons.

More sessions will be added soon!

Keynote | Saturday, February 26 -- 12:50-1:30pm EST

Chad Dorsey, Concord Consortium
President and CEO

Keynote description coming soon!

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