Visit us at booth #1439
Thursday, April 11, 11:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Friday, April 12, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Saturday, April 13, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Get a FREE laminated Systems Thinking or Claim, Evidence, Reasoning poster for your classroom while supplies last.

Walk away with a FREE What's Your Evidence T-Shirt for participating in one of our 10 minute in-booth curriculum presentations, going on every day, all day.

Presentation Schedule for April 12

Activate Learning Workshop Room 206

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Active Physics: Project Based Learning for Content & Creativity

Presenter: Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft, author of Active Physics

Develop a sport for the moon; create a light and sound show to entertain your friends; design and build an improved safety device for a car. Project Based Learning is all the rage now. It motivates students and challenges them to apply their physics knowledge. The PBL lessons can simultaneously reflect the three dimensions of NGSS. Active Physics has been incredibly successful in schools across the country and is now being adapted overseas. Join the fun and find out how to make your curriculum even better.

Arthur Eisenkraft is the Distinguished Professor of Science Education, Professor of Physics and Director of the Center of Science and Math in Context (COSMIC) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His current research projects include investigating the efficacy of a second generation model of distance learning for professional development; a study of professional development choices that teachers make when facing a large scale curriculum change and assessing the technological literacy of K-12 students.

9:30 -10:30 a.m.

EarthComm: A Project-Based Earth Science Curriculum that Uses an Authentic NGSS Approach

Presenter: Gary Curts

Discover how our project-based learning approach, that has the engineering design cycle embedded, will help you fully implement NGSS into your classroom. Experience a “systems approach" that incorporates the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas into its instructional model. You will takeaway home activities that you can easily use at school; working with proxies on Paleoclimatology by coring model lake sediments and looking at present, past and future continental plate positions and analyzing and examining evidence showing their purported movement.

Gary is a 36 year veteran of teaching physics, chemistry, earth science, and life science. He was a teacher in Dublin, Ohio at Dublin Jerome HS. He retired from teaching at the end of 2015. While teaching, he was concurrently on a special assignment with Dublin Schools Curriculum Department, his specialty being student-centered classrooms and metacognition.

11:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Reading, Writing, Talking, & DOING Science: Literacy Strategies in the Elementary Classroom

Presenter: Ellen Mintz

Experience how an investigation-centered K-5 program can engage children in crucial literacy skills while exploring and explaining the natural world around them. Walk away with literacy tools and strategies that can be implemented in any science classroom!

Ellen has been providing professional development in K-12 science education for over 20 years. Her focus has been on authentic integration of reading and math into science instruction and assessment strategies. She currently serves as an instructional coach in her local schools to ensure effective implementation of science curriculum.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Active Chemistry: Project Based Learning for Content & Creativity

Presenter: Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft, author of Active Physics

Develop special effects for a movie; design an art object for museum display; create a game to teach the Periodic Table. Project Based Learning is all the rage now. It motivates students and challenges them to apply their chemistry knowledge. The PBL lessons can simultaneously reflect the three dimensions of NGSS. Active Chemistry has been incredibly successful in schools across the country and is now being adapted overseas. Join the fun and find out how to make your curriculum even better.

Arthur Eisenkraft is the Distinguished Professor of Science Education, Professor of Physics and Director of the Center of Science and Math in Context (COSMIC) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His current research projects include investigating the efficacy of a second generation model of distance learning for professional development; a study of professional development choices that teachers make when facing a large scale curriculum change and assessing the technological literacy of K-12 students.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Building a Rigorous & Equitable Discourse Culture

Presenter: Heather Milo

At its core, NGSS embodies an ambitious shift away from a science education culture that values reciting correct answers and instead promotes a culture that values publicizing, working with, and working on student thinking. This requires us to guide and assess student participation in the sociocultural aspects of our classrooms just as much as we guide and assess the content, but how do we begin to make that shift with students? Join us for an interactive session using the phenomenon-based middle school curriculum Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology (IQWST®) to gain strategies that can be implemented in any science classroom!

Heather Milo brings over 10 years of experience in both formal and informal science education spaces that vary from teaching middle school science to working in rural and urban communities as a health educator. Heather earned her Master of Science in Science Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, during which she mentored preservice teachers and researched practicing teachers in IQWST classrooms. Her research on teacher learning, and authentic and meaningful science pedagogy continues to drive her work at Activate Learning as the Curriculum and Instruction Specialist.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Project-Based Inquiry Science (PBIScience): Creating “Coherence & Science Storylines” for Middle School

Presenter: Dr. Mary Starr

STEM learning requires integration! Powerful questions and coherent storylines help solve the integration challenge. PBIScience is built around interesting and meaningful Big Questions and Big Challenges, supporting the integration of science and engineering, engaging ALL students in high-quality STEM learning, and embracing the vision of the Framework and NGSS.

Mary Starr is the executive director of the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network (MMSCN) and the president of Starr and Associates. As a science educator she has been actively teaching and learning with inservice and preservice teachers throughout the United States.