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Sunday, June 23
 

3:00pm

Registration Opens
Sunday June 23, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Merritt Foyer

5:00pm

Evening Reception
Sunday June 23, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Upper Deck
 
Monday, June 24
 

7:00am

Registration
Monday June 24, 2019 7:00am - 5:00pm
Merritt Foyer

7:30am

Breakfast
Monday June 24, 2019 7:30am - 8:15am
Atrium B

8:30am

8:45am

Building a Coherent System of Science Education to Support Shifts Toward Equitable Science Teaching and Learning Aligned to the Framework for K- 12 Science Education
Douglas A. Watkins and William R. Penuel will share work they have done through a Research-Practice Partnership (RPP) between CU Boulder (CU) and Denver Public Schools (DPS) to provide equitable access to high-school science instruction designed for the Framework K-12 Science Education. The work they share will demonstrate a systems-based approach to changing the classroom experiences for students in a large, urban school district.

Their curricular approach includes a full-year, co-designed, storylined biology curriculum with embedded interest surveys, a system of assessments, and culminating design challenges that connect to students' communities. They have designed a multi-year professional-development system for curriculum and assessment focusing curriculum implementation, adaptations and enhancements and assessment analysis, evaluation, and design.

Watkins and Penuel will share the successes and challenges of their work within an RPP, including teacher and student engagement, outcomes, curriculum adoption, variability in implementation , school-leadership understanding and support, sustainability of design challenges, and infrastructuring.

Speakers
avatar for Douglas Watkins

Douglas Watkins

Science Curriculum Specialist, Denver Public Schools
Douglas A. Watkins is a science curriculum specialist in a large, urban school district, Denver Public Schools (DPS). His work in that capacity includes partnering with CU Boulder researchers through a Research-Practice Partnership (iHub). He is a co-author of the iHub Biology curriculum... Read More →
avatar for Bill Penuel

Bill Penuel

Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
National Center for Research in Policy and Practice, which is focused on how school and district leaders use research. He is one of the developers of an approach to improvement research called Design-Based Implementation Research. He is a member-elect of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the International Society of the Learning Sciences.">William R. Penuel is a professor of learning sciences and human development in the Institute of Cognitive Science in the School of Education at the University... Read More →


Monday June 24, 2019 8:45am - 10:15am
Merritt Ballroom

10:15am

Break & Networking
Monday June 24, 2019 10:15am - 10:30am

10:30am

Breakout Session A: Communicating Chaos: Tackling Difficult Science Topics
Everyone makes an impact on this world influencing the environment for generations to come; it is a responsibility no one can avoid. Scientific and environmental literacy are essential in protecting health of humans and wildlife now, and in the future. Citizen science educates, forms communities, and empowers the public while supporting scientific data collection. In this presentation, Dr. Tracy Fanara will describe what makes a citizen science program successful and what lessons she learned along the way while using citizen science to protect the public from blooms of the harmful species of algae commonly called Florida red tide, wreaking havoc on wildlife, tourism, economics, and public health.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Tracy Fanara

Dr. Tracy Fanara

Staff Scientist and Program Manager, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Tracy joined the Environmental Health program in March of 2015. Tracy has extensive experience in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling through her doctoral research as well as almost 10 years of engineering consulting experience. She is also well trained in water quality analyses, as... Read More →


Monday June 24, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Longboat Ballroom 1

10:30am

Breakout Session B: Building a Coherent System of Science Education to Support Shifts Toward Equitable Science Teaching and Learning Aligned to the Framework for K- 12 Science Education
Speakers
avatar for Douglas Watkins

Douglas Watkins

Science Curriculum Specialist, Denver Public Schools
Douglas A. Watkins is a science curriculum specialist in a large, urban school district, Denver Public Schools (DPS). His work in that capacity includes partnering with CU Boulder researchers through a Research-Practice Partnership (iHub). He is a co-author of the iHub Biology curriculum... Read More →
avatar for Bill Penuel

Bill Penuel

Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
National Center for Research in Policy and Practice, which is focused on how school and district leaders use research. He is one of the developers of an approach to improvement research called Design-Based Implementation Research. He is a member-elect of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the International Society of the Learning Sciences.">William R. Penuel is a professor of learning sciences and human development in the Institute of Cognitive Science in the School of Education at the University... Read More →


Monday June 24, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Merritt Ballroom

10:30am

Breakout Session C: Partner Presentation - TI: Using Technology to Build the Next Generation of Problem Solvers
Speakers
avatar for Jessica Kohout

Jessica Kohout

High School Teacher, Howard County Public Schools
Jessica Kahout is an experienced Science Teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Educational Leadership, Classroom Management, Teaching, Lesson Planning, and Community Outreach. Strong education professional with a Master of... Read More →



Monday June 24, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Longboat Ballroom 2

12:00pm

Lunch
Monday June 24, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Atrium B

1:15pm

Saving Humanity Through Innovation and Citizen Science
Everyone makes an impact on this world influencing the environment for generations to come; it is a responsibility no one can avoid. Scientific and environmental literacy are essential in protecting health of humans and wildlife now, and in the future. Citizen science educates, forms communities, and empowers the public while supporting scientific data collection. In this presentation, Dr. Tracy Fanara will describe what makes a citizen science program successful and what lessons she learned along the way while using citizen science to protect the public from blooms of the harmful species of algae commonly called Florida red tide, wreaking havoc on wildlife, tourism, economics, and public health.
Learning Objectives for Presentation


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Tracy Fanara

Dr. Tracy Fanara

Staff Scientist and Program Manager, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Tracy joined the Environmental Health program in March of 2015. Tracy has extensive experience in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling through her doctoral research as well as almost 10 years of engineering consulting experience. She is also well trained in water quality analyses, as... Read More →


Monday June 24, 2019 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Merritt Ballroom

2:45pm

Break & Networking
Monday June 24, 2019 2:45pm - 3:00pm

3:00pm

Breakout Session A: Communicating Chaos: Tackling Difficult Science Topics
Everyone makes an impact on this world influencing the environment for generations to come; it is a responsibility no one can avoid. Scientific and environmental literacy are essential in protecting health of humans and wildlife now, and in the future. Citizen science educates, forms communities, and empowers the public while supporting scientific data collection. In this presentation, Dr. Tracy Fanara will describe what makes a citizen science program successful and what lessons she learned along the way while using citizen science to protect the public from blooms of the harmful species of algae commonly called Florida red tide, wreaking havoc on wildlife, tourism, economics, and public health.
Learning Objectives for Presentation


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Tracy Fanara

Dr. Tracy Fanara

Staff Scientist and Program Manager, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Tracy joined the Environmental Health program in March of 2015. Tracy has extensive experience in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling through her doctoral research as well as almost 10 years of engineering consulting experience. She is also well trained in water quality analyses, as... Read More →


Monday June 24, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Longboat Ballroom 1

3:00pm

Breakout Session B: Building a Coherent System of Science Education to Support Shifts Toward Equitable Science Teaching and Learning Aligned to the Framework for K- 12 Science Education
Speakers
avatar for Douglas Watkins

Douglas Watkins

Science Curriculum Specialist, Denver Public Schools
Douglas A. Watkins is a science curriculum specialist in a large, urban school district, Denver Public Schools (DPS). His work in that capacity includes partnering with CU Boulder researchers through a Research-Practice Partnership (iHub). He is a co-author of the iHub Biology curriculum... Read More →
avatar for Bill Penuel

Bill Penuel

Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
National Center for Research in Policy and Practice, which is focused on how school and district leaders use research. He is one of the developers of an approach to improvement research called Design-Based Implementation Research. He is a member-elect of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the International Society of the Learning Sciences.">William R. Penuel is a professor of learning sciences and human development in the Institute of Cognitive Science in the School of Education at the University... Read More →


Monday June 24, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Merritt Ballroom

3:00pm

Breakout Session C: Partner Presentation - Legends of Learning: Get Your Game On: Bringing Science to Life with Game-Based Learning!
Come see firsthand how game-based learning shows kids that science is all around us. Research shows that games in the classroom can have considerable positive impacts on test scores and lesson comprehension.  In addition to increasing student engagement, game-based learning puts science into real world contexts, stimulates collaboration, and promotes educational equity.    

Monday June 24, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Longboat Ballroom 2

4:45pm

6:30pm

Group Dinner: NSELA Night on the Town
Sign up for dinner with an NSELA board member!

Monday June 24, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Nearby Restaurants
 
Tuesday, June 25
 

7:00am

Registration
Tuesday June 25, 2019 7:00am - 5:00pm
Merritt Foyer

7:30am

Breakfast
Tuesday June 25, 2019 7:30am - 8:15am
Atrium B

8:30am

8:45am

Making Science Learning Lifelong, Lifewide and Lifedeep: What We Know About the Importance of Out-of-School (Informal) STEM Learning
This presentation examines the research regarding when and where STEM learning occurs, when it is most important for developing future interest in STEM, and the role of out-of-school STEM learning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will know the research that demonstrates the importance of out-of-school STEM learning on developing youth interest in STEM topics.
  • Participants will be able identify possible connected STEM learning experiences that could work in their STEM learning efforts.


Speakers
avatar for Dennis Schatz

Dennis Schatz

Senior Advisor, Pacific Science Center
Dennis Schatz is Senior Advisor at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington, and President of NSTA for 2019-2020. He was Founding Field Editor of the journal, Connected Science Learning, which highlights links between in-school and out-of-school STEM learning.He has served... Read More →



Tuesday June 25, 2019 8:45am - 10:15am
Merritt Ballroom

10:15am

Break & Networking
Tuesday June 25, 2019 10:15am - 10:30am

10:30am

Breakout Session A: Expanding the Connections of K-12 with Informal STEM Institutions and Higher Education
Participants will explore the learning ecosystems of both informal science education and higher education and make connections that will improve their K-12 STEM teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Niemi

Kevin Niemi

Director of Outreach, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kevin J. Niemi is in his 23rd year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently is director of outreach and community engagement at WISCIENCE (Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement). Kevin received his PhD in plant physiology from the University... Read More →



Tuesday June 25, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Longboat Ballroom 1

10:30am

Breakout Session B: The Role of Evaluation for Designing Out of School (Informal) STEM Learning Programs
While many K-12 educators may incorporate field trips to various out of school learning institutions, these trips may be seen as something “fun” or a “break” rather than a way to further enhance and solidify STEM concepts for students. This session will provide various examples of STEM learning programs at informal learning institutions (i.e. museums- zoos, botanic gardens, nature centers, etc.) and demonstrate how those programs are evaluated. The discussion will then focus on how the evaluation is used to further refine programs to better match various academic standards (e.g. NGSS or state standards) as well as Social and Emotional Learning goals. Finally, participants will be encouraged to brainstorm about local informal learning institutions that may serve as resources for them to enhance their STEM learning programs. The discussion will also focus on ways that these museum-educator-scientist partnerships can lead to the development of mutually beneficial programs, further creating a connected STEM learning ecosystem, rather than isolated STEM silos of formal vs. informal programs.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Emily Kalnicky

Dr. Emily Kalnicky

Evaluation & Research Specialist and (IonE) Fellow, Minnesota Zoo and University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment
Dr. Kalnicky’s lifelong career interest and passion for developing programming and research focused on connecting youth and adults to nature began more than 20 years ago as a volunteer at the Henry Vilas Zoo in her hometown of Madison, WI. She holds a doctorate in ecology from Utah... Read More →



Tuesday June 25, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Longboat Ballroom 2

10:30am

Breakout Session C: STEM Education Efforts Between Schools and Out-of-School Programs
This presentation highlights effective connected science experiences between schools and out-of-school programs, and assists participants at identifying similar experiences that they can use in their STEM education efforts.

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Schatz

Dennis Schatz

Senior Advisor, Pacific Science Center
Dennis Schatz is Senior Advisor at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington, and President of NSTA for 2019-2020. He was Founding Field Editor of the journal, Connected Science Learning, which highlights links between in-school and out-of-school STEM learning.He has served... Read More →



Tuesday June 25, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Merritt Ballroom

12:00pm

Lunch
Tuesday June 25, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Atrium B

1:15pm

Keynote: Science and The Big Picture
Dr. Pruitt will discuss how Science Education fits in the larger education picture and discuss strategies. An objective of this sessions is how to advocate and be informed about science education.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Pruitt

Stephen Pruitt

President, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
Stephen Pruitt took office as the sixth president of the Southern Regional Education Board in July 2018.He started his education career as a high school chemistry teacher in Fayette County, Georgia. During his career, Pruitt has amassed education policy, assessment and instructional... Read More →


Tuesday June 25, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Merritt Ballroom

2:45pm

Break & Networking
Tuesday June 25, 2019 2:45pm - 3:00pm

3:00pm

Breakout Session A: Expanding the Connections of K-12 with Informal STEM Institutions and Higher Education
Participants will explore the learning ecosystems of both informal science education and higher education and make connections that will improve their K-12 STEM teaching

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Niemi

Kevin Niemi

Director of Outreach, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kevin J. Niemi is in his 23rd year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently is director of outreach and community engagement at WISCIENCE (Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement). Kevin received his PhD in plant physiology from the University... Read More →



Tuesday June 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Longboat Ballroom 1

3:00pm

Breakout Session B: The Role of Evaluation for Designing Out of School (Informal) STEM Learning Programs
While many K-12 educators may incorporate field trips to various out of school learning institutions, these trips may be seen as something “fun” or a “break” rather than a way to further enhance and solidify STEM concepts for students. This session will provide various examples of STEM learning programs at informal learning institutions (i.e. museums- zoos, botanic gardens, nature centers, etc.) and demonstrate how those programs are evaluated. The discussion will then focus on how the evaluation is used to further refine programs to better match various academic standards (e.g. NGSS or state standards) as well as Social and Emotional Learning goals. Finally, participants will be encouraged to brainstorm about local informal learning institutions that may serve as resources for them to enhance their STEM learning programs. The discussion will also focus on ways that these museum-educator-scientist partnerships can lead to the development of mutually beneficial programs, further creating a connected STEM learning ecosystem, rather than isolated STEM silos of formal vs. informal programs.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Emily Kalnicky

Dr. Emily Kalnicky

Evaluation & Research Specialist and (IonE) Fellow, Minnesota Zoo and University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment
Dr. Kalnicky’s lifelong career interest and passion for developing programming and research focused on connecting youth and adults to nature began more than 20 years ago as a volunteer at the Henry Vilas Zoo in her hometown of Madison, WI. She holds a doctorate in ecology from Utah... Read More →



Tuesday June 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Longboat Ballroom 2

3:00pm

Breakout Session C: STEM Education Efforts Between Schools and Out-of-School Programs
This presentation highlights effective connected science experiences between schools and out-of-school programs, and assists participants at identifying similar experiences that they can use in their STEM education efforts.

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Schatz

Dennis Schatz

Senior Advisor, Pacific Science Center
Dennis Schatz is Senior Advisor at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington, and President of NSTA for 2019-2020. He was Founding Field Editor of the journal, Connected Science Learning, which highlights links between in-school and out-of-school STEM learning.He has served... Read More →



Tuesday June 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Merritt Ballroom

4:45pm

 
Wednesday, June 26
 

7:45am

Breakfast
Wednesday June 26, 2019 7:45am - 8:30am
Atrium B

8:00am

Registration
Wednesday June 26, 2019 8:00am - 12:00pm
Merritt Foyer

8:30am

Welcome and Introductions
Wednesday June 26, 2019 8:30am - 8:45am
Merritt Ballroom

8:45am

Partner Presentation - Amplify: Lead With Phenomenon and the Three Dimensions Will Follow
Explore how instructional sequences designed around real-world problems can lead students to figure out phenomena using the three dimensions of NGSS. Leaders from UC Berkeley’s Learning Design Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science will deliver this interactive presentation to showcase an example from the Hall’s research-based pedagogy and curriculum. 


Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Abbott

Rebecca Abbott

Professional Learning Lead, The Learning Design Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science
Rebecca Abbott is the Professional Learning Lead for The Learning Design Group at UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science. For the last 7 years, she has been providing support for teachers and district leaders implementing Learning Design Group approaches and curriculum, and currently... Read More →



Wednesday June 26, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am
Merritt Ballroom

10:00am

Break & Networking
Wednesday June 26, 2019 10:00am - 10:15am
TBA

10:15am

Space Trek: Public and Private Partnerships to Identify Curriculum Solutions
Atlantis Educational Services (Space Trek) and Omaha Public Schools will discuss utilizing rocketry, robotics, and high-altitude ballooning as curriculum solutions to meet three-dimensional standards.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Schaben, Ph.D.

Chris Schaben, Ph.D.

K-12 Science Supervisor, Omaha Public Schools
Dr. Chris Schaben, is the science supervisor for Omaha Public Schools (OPS). Dr. Schaben is a passionate science/STEM education leader. His work as Principal Investigator of several grants has moved his district to a student- centered science program. His efforts have led to two... Read More →
avatar for Michael Hull

Michael Hull

Software Engineer/Lead Instructor, Atlantis Educational Services, Space Trek
Michael Hull is an Instructor & Software Engineer for SpaceTrek and holds a degree in Software Engineering from Iowa State University.



Wednesday June 26, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Merritt Ballroom

11:30am

Wrap-up and Daily Evaluation
NSELA upcoming events and continue professional learning. Report out what you learned and did in your small groups.

Wednesday June 26, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Merritt Ballroom