Join EDC at NSTA

Date: 
04/06/2014
Boston, MA

On April 2 to April 6, join EDC at the 2014 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference in Boston. Staff will present sessions on supporting students in using "real-life big data," drawing on models in Earth Science, providing challenging engineering/design activities in out-of-school time programs, using stories about the history of science to engage students in science learning, applying effective formative assessment approaches to enhance learning, engaging young children in exploring STEM, the role of art in science/engineering learning, and many other topics. Highlights include:

  • Wednesday, April 2: Join EDC from 5:30-7:30 in the Otis Room of the Westin Waterfront as we kick-off the NSTA conference and launch the new STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR) website! Come learn how STELAR is supporting practitioners and researchers committed to preparing a diverse, skilled, and innovative STEM workforce. Click here to register before 3/28
  • Friday, April 4: Two Exhibitor Workshops featuring Ruth Krumhansl will spotlight EDC Earth Science, our new high school Earth Science course published by LAB-AIDS.
  • Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5: An Exhibitor workshop and a session with Jackie Miller will feature our online high school curriculum, Biology: Concepts & PracticesTM and Chemistry: Concepts & PracticesTM, to be published by Carolina Biological.

Check out our full schedule of events below. If you plan to attend, we look forward to seeing you at one or more of our sessions!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2
Weds., 5:30–7:30

Sarita Pillai, Carrie Parker

STEM Learning and Research Center Convening (Register by 3/28!)

THURSDAY, APRIL 3
Thurs., 12:30–1:30

Kim Kastens, with Ann E. Rivet, Mei Yip-Chen, Karl Mattsen, Cheryl Lyons, Mariana Schmalstig, Alison Miller

NARST Session: "Exploring Student Reasoning Using Models in Earth Science"

Thurs., 5:00–6:00 Marian Pasquale, Abigail Jurist Levy

"Science Specialists or Classroom Teachers—What Model of Science Teaching Serves Students Best?"

FRIDAY, APRIL 4
Fri., 8:00–9:00 Kim Kastens, Margie Turrin "NSTA Press Session": This session focuses on a book co-authored by Kim Kastens and Margie Turrin, "Earth Science Puzzles—Making Meaning From Data"
Fri., 8:00–9:00 Kim Kastens, Irene Baker, Ruth Krumhansl

"Helping Students Across the Transition from Small, Student-collected Datasets to 'Big Data'"

Fri., 8:00–9:00 Catherine McCulloch

"Science and Engineering Practices—What's Art Got to Do with It!"

Fri., 8:00–9:00 Joyce Malyn-Smith, Irene Lee

"Preparing Today's Youth to Become Tomorrow's Computational Thinking–enabled Scientists and Engineers"

Fri., 8:30–9:30 Jackie Miller, Irene Baker, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo "Inquiry + Non-Fiction Readings = Engaged Biology and Chemistry Students": Exhibitor Workshop spotlighting the approach of EDC's Biology: Concepts & Practices and Chemistry: Concepts & Practices online high school curriculum forthcoming from Carolina Biological
Fri., 9:30–10:30 Cindy Hoisington, Karen Worth, Jeff Winokur

"Supporting Science Talk in PreK Classrooms"

Fri., 10:00–11:30 Ruth Krumhansl
"Using Climate Proxies to Learn About Earth's Climate History": Exhibitor Workshop featuring an activity from EDC Earth Science, our new NSF-supported high school course published by LAB-AIDS.  
Fri., 11:00–12:00 Amy Busey, Jessica Sickler, Mary Ann Wojton, Rachel Connolly "Web-based Classroom Resources: How Evaluations Can Aid Program Development"
Fri., 12:30–2:00 Marian Pasquale and colleagues "Meet Me in the Middle Session": Lunch and Learn Share-A-thon
Fri., 4:00–5:30 Ruth Krumhansl
"Comparing Earth to Other Worlds": Exhibitor Workshop featuring an activity from EDC Earth Science, our new NSF-supported high school course published by LAB-AIDS.  
SATURDAY, APRIL 5 
Sat., 8:00–12:00 Cindy Hoisington
"Building Structures with Young Children to Support STEM Learning"
Sat., 8:00–9:00 Marian Pasquale, Lucas Fox, Erin Nelson

"No Way? Yes Way! Develop Your Students' Scientific Argumentation Skills"

Sat., 9:30–10:30 Charlie Hutchison, Michael Koski "Design It, Explore It"
Sat., 9:30–10:30 Jackie Miller
"Scientists and Their Stories: Teaching the Nature of Science and Science Concepts Through the History of Science," session spotlighting the approach of EDC's Biology: Concepts & Practices and Chemistry: Concepts & Practices online high school curriculum forthcoming from Carolina Biological
Sat., 2:00–3:00 Ruth Krumhansl, Julianne Mueller-Northcott "Analyzing Ocean Tracks: Help Your Students Work with Real-Life Data Sets"
Sat., 5:00–6:00 Cindy Hoisington, Jeff Winokur "Foundations of Science Literacy: A Program That Impacts Teacher Practice and Children's Learning in Physical Science"
SUNDAY, APRIL 6
Sun., 11:00–12:00 Cindy Hoisington, Jeff Winokur "Using Formative Assessment to Support Science Teaching and Learning in PreK"