2019 NSTA National Conference Focus

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2019 NSTA National Conference

St. Louis, Missouri, April 11–14, 2019

Conference PD Focuses on the Following Strands

Three-Dimensional Grand Slam

Shifting science educators’ focus from simply teaching science ideas to helping students figure out solutions is exciting. In their learning, students must use all three dimensions of the NGSS or NRC Framework in an integrated fashion in order to make sense of phenomena or design solutions to problems. Classrooms incorporating three-dimensional learning have students build models, design investigations, develop explanations, and argue using evidence, all of which allow students to develop important 21st-century skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and self-management. This strand will focus on implementing three-dimensional learning to increase student understanding and will be targeted by level: novice, intermediate, or advanced attendees. (Note: Click here to learn more regarding three-dimensional instruction, Krajcik, J. 2015. Three-Dimensional Instruction, Using a New Type of Teaching in the Science Classroom. Science Scope.)

Phenomena: Gateway to Learning

Using phenomena in science experiences expands learning. Inclusion of multiple disciplines or subject areas in three-dimensional learning aids in deepening student thinking, learning, and reflecting. This strand will show how teachers can use structures such as the 5E instructional model, Claims-Evidence-Reasoning (CER), Problem-Based Learning, Place-Based Learning, or Project-Based Learning as viable approaches to facilitate student understanding. This strand will be targeted by level: novice, intermediate, or advanced attendees.

Jazzing Up Science with Cross-Curricular Connections

In the past, science and engineering were often taught in isolation. Using best practices has proven that integrating science and engineering with other content areas or other science disciplines promotes students’ mastery of disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts. Integration within the sciences or among other disciplines leads to deeper learning and understanding for all students. This strand will focus on ways that science and other subject areas can be integrated, including the best way to bundle disciplinary core ideas. This strand will be targeted by level: novice, intermediate, or advanced attendees.

Confluence of Equity and Education

“Arguably, the most pressing challenge facing U.S. education is to provide all students with a fair opportunity to learn” (Framework; NRC 2012, p. 282). This challenge is of great importance as we continue to embrace changing demographics in our classrooms, communities, and country. Our imperative is to maintain high expectations and broaden access and opportunities in STEM education to increase the likelihood of student success and to prepare them to compete globally. This strand will be targeted by level: novice, intermediate, or advanced attendees.

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