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Friday, March 1
 

8:00am

Great Lakes. Great Activity, Great Fun
Thus hands on activity offers a fun, interactive and multidisciplinary approach to teaching about the Great Lakes watershed. Michigan landmarks, history, cultural resources, wildlife and water are all part of this engaging exercise. Try a new method to get your students (4th-12th) inspired by the largest freshwater ecosystem on earth.

Presenters
avatar for Kevin Frailey

Kevin Frailey

Michigan DNR


Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Emerald A

8:00am

BIOMES AND INVASIVE SPECIES
How do the characteristics of a biome determine the plant and animal life found there? How do non-native species survive to become invasive species? In this activity from SEPUP/LAB-AIDS Science and Global Issues Biology Curriculum, students match a set of organism cards to proper climate/biome cards, then use literacy strategies to consider the impact of invasive species. Teachers receive a full set of kit and print materials for later use.

Presenters
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Bill Cline

Science Curriculum Specialist, LAB-AIDS
I am your Science Curriculum Specialist for the state of Michigan. Please stop by our booth to see our 3rd Edition NGSS Version of Middle School Curriculum and our High School Curriculum consisting of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Environmental Science.
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Shannon Mareski

Grand Blanc HS


Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Heritage Room

8:00am

Guiding Ecological Investigations: Students Learn Science Practices and the Nature of Science
Help students develop their science practices and gain an understanding of the nature of science. In this comprehensive treatment of guiding student ecological investigations I present fundamental considerations, as well as sample investigations. Handouts provided.

Presenters

Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Grandview A

8:00am

Swimming in Great Lakes Fisheries Science Education Opportunity
Great Lakes fisheries – people, fish, and fishing – offer a wealth of ecological, social, economic AND educational values. This session explores our Great Lakes fisheries, ecosystems and issues – and ways in which they can inspire ‘feet wet’ science learning opportunities. Learn about the Sea Grant Center for Great Lakes Literacy, Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, and Great Lakes NOAA B-WET, among other fisheries science partners and programs, training and resources available to educators to help make learning connections through fisheries science experiences.

Presenters
avatar for Tracy D'Augustino

Tracy D'Augustino

Science Educator, Michigan State University Extension
I’m a science geek and want everyone to experience the fun and excitement of doing science exploration. I am honored to have been recognized as the 2017-2018 MSTA Informal Science Educator of the Year. I get very passionate about how important it is to do science right with youth... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Schroeder

Brandon Schroeder

Sea Grant Extension Educator, Michigan Sea Grant / Michigan State University Extension
I serve northern Lake Huron coastal communities as a Northeast Michigan District Extension Educator with the Michigan Sea Grant College Program and Michigan State University Extension, where I work with communities to apply science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes issues locally... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Grandview B/C

8:00am

Building a classroom culture through Routines
Routines support students developing a culture of science learning. Asking questions, engaging in discussions, arguing from evidence, modeling and the other science and engineering practices are supported by having routines that everyone in the room knows to expect and follow. Setting up these routines and keeping them consistent can support student-centered learning.

Presenters
avatar for Mary Starr

Mary Starr

Michigan Math and Science Centers Network


Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Thornapple Room

8:00am

Cut It, Stab It, Slice It, Dice It: Using the Potato in the Science Classroom
Participants will use potatoes in hands-on activities ready for immediate classroom implementation across a wide variety of grades and contexts.   For example, teachers will solve Pangaea puzzles, study stratigraphy, and draw conclusions about mass, volume and density from data provided.  Additional classroom-ready activities will be demonstrated and handouts for all will be provided.

Presenters
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Dave Mastie

Ann Arbor Public Schools (retired)


Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Governor's Room

8:00am

From Cookbook --> NGSS!
Participants will take some of their “oldies but goodies” and convert them to three-dimensional NGSS activities and labs. Participants should bring examples of several labs they currently do, and will leave with aligned lessons ready to teach the following week!

Presenters
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Jim Clark

Co-Founder Next Gen Science Innovations
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Samantha Johnson

Next Gen Science Innovations


Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Imperial Ballroom

8:00am

Getting Students to Argue - Encouraging Discussion for All Students
NGSX focuses on argumentation and explanation in science. After learning about these ideas, implementing them can sometimes be challenging. In this session we will talk with each other about how we have encouraged argumentation and explanation in our science classrooms and learn new tools and strategies for advancing argumentation and explanation. Bring your ideas and learn from others!

Presenters
avatar for Richard Bacolor

Richard Bacolor

curriuclum consultant, Michigan Science Education Leadership Association / Wayne RESA
Middle School science teacher for 20 years in South Redford, Mi. Currently Science Education Consultant serving 33 school districts in Wayne County. 3D Science Advocate for all students.



Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Pearl Room

8:00am

Science Modeling: The Growing Pains and Gains of My First Year

Have you been intrigued by the idea of science modeling in your classroom? Would you like to transition into the new NGSS-based Michigan Science Standards? After 16 years in the classroom, I completed the three week summer workshop and began my transition this year with my middle school students.  I'd like to share with you about my transition and experiences.

If you attended this session and had questions that I did not get a chance to address, PLEASE email me. I want to be a resource for you.  Lbuchanan@rockfordschools.org

Monday I will post directions for how to make whiteboard holders, please let me know if there are other things I can post for you.


Presenters
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Lynnelle Buchanan

7th Grade Science Teacher, East Rockford Middle School



Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Plaza Boardroom A

8:00am

The Matrix, Fully Loaded: Sharing Best Practice in the Science Classroom
Wouldn’t it be great if you could celebrate and share your best lessons with your colleagues? And wouldn’t it be even better if those lessons engaged every learner? But how do you do it when planning time is short? This hands-on session will introduce you to The Matrix, a powerful tool for recording and sharing best practices and for planning across the curriculum.

Presenters
avatar for Lucinda Martinelli

Lucinda Martinelli

Education Director, Whole Planet Consulting
I've been teaching Enviornmental and Experiential Education for about 30 years. I help teachers by bringing my outdoor teaching and facilitating knowledge into the classroom.


Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Winchester Room

8:00am

Using instructional videos to enhance student success in an elementary science classroom
Looking to make science more engaging? Perhaps you should incorporating instructional educational videos. Learn how to post and utilize instructional videos to engage and enhance student learning.

Presenters
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Catherine Hamilton

Science Teacher, Adlai Stevenson Elementary School


Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Ruby Room

8:00am

Argument-Driven Inquiry in the High School Classroom
Learn about Argument-Driven Inquiry and how it can help high school students learn how to use core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and scientific practices to explain natural phenomena. The session includes a demonstration lab investigation.

Presenters
avatar for Victor Sampson

Victor Sampson

Director of the Center for STEM Education, University of Texas at Austin
victor.sampson@utexas.edu


Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Pantlind Ballroom

8:00am

Using Design and Build projects to Teach NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
Participants will learn how to use project based learning and modeling instruction philosophies to teach NGSS Science and Engineering Concepts. The presentation will focus on three design and build projects I have created and implemented for 8th grade science classes. The projects we will discuss include the design and building of an oven, a structure that can withstand a simulated earthquake and a lander that can withstand a crash landing on Mars.

Presenters

Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Vandenberg B

8:00am

Go Play Outside...but Why? Nature Disconnect and our Kids
As screen time has increased, free play in nature has decreased. Come learn what the data says about how this phenomena is affecting our children, and how we, as educators, can help reconnect our kids to nature.

Presenters
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Becky Durling

Young Fives Teacher, Williamston Community Schools
I currently teach Young Fives at Discovery Elementary in Williamston, MI, with over 15 years of experience in a variety of early childhood settings. I recently completed the requirements for my Environmental Education Certification through the Michigan Alliance for Environmental... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Emerald B

8:00am

Science in Service
Engaging students by applying physics and science in service to develop a carnival for autistic children. This is one of many ways to utilize science in real world applications and obtain grant money to implement.  Several science principles are discussed and hands-on activities of this event will assist you in obtaining funding, as well as developing simple projects for your science class.

Presenters
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Daniel Geoghegan

Loyola High School, Detroit


Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Vandenberg A

8:00am

Engineering - Literally!
Looking for ways to infuse engineering into your day? Look no further! This session will engage you with children's literature that you may not think has any science and engineering in the story. Be prepared to work through the engineering practices as you come up with inventive ways to solve some problems using engineering.

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Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Ottawa Room

8:00am

Taking the Fear Out of Using Statistics in the Biology Classroom Using HHMI Biointeractive Resources
Participants will work with resources from HHMI Biointeractive to explore strategies and methods for integrating statistical analysis throughout their biology classes. Participants will gain confidence in working with statistics through hands-on activities that are based on active research currently taking place in biology. Through these activities, participants will explore the math behind each statistical test and learn the power offered by spreadsheets in assisting students with their statistical analysis. All resources are 100% FREE!

Presenters
avatar for Mark Eberhard

Mark Eberhard

AP Biology & Biology Teachers, St. Clair High School
32 years in the classroom Ambassador for HHMI Biointeracitve Facilitator for BSCS/NABT Regional Biology Teacher Academy Writing team for College Board's Pre-AP Biology Course


Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 9:45am
Kendall Room

8:00am

Powerful Tools for ALL classrooms: Question Boards, Scientific Models, and Productive Talk!
Join us for an immersion learning experience where the question board ignites class dialogue! Learn to use scientific models as a vehicle to support students as they reason with opposing ideas about problems or phenomena. Walk away with a foundation for why you shouldn’t skip the question board, and what it means to develop or revise a model. Discover that the Phenomenal Science units embed these powerful tools in every unit!

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Ashley

Jessica Ashley

Science Education Consultant, Oakland Schools
avatar for Amy Bohm

Amy Bohm

STEM Instructional Coach, Lake Orion Community Schools
avatar for Andrea Brook

Andrea Brook

STEM Instructional Coach, Lake Orion Community Schools
Modeling Instruction, K-5 Science Instruction, Life Science
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Pamela Moreman

STEM Coach, Lake Orion Schools



Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 9:45am
Nelson Room

8:00am

Using Phenomena to Drive Student Learning
The goal of real science is to be able to explain the phenomena we see in the everyday world around us. In this session we will explore what characteristics make for a great anchoring phenomena. Come engage in and experience how students guide the learning through figuring out and sensemaking in a way that is coherent from the students perspective through several investigative phenomena.

Presenters
avatar for Holly Hereau

Holly Hereau

Teacher and Dept Chair, Lee M. Thurston High School
Science teacher at Lee M. Thurston High School and Macomb Community College. Next Generation Science Storyline author and consultant, NGSX facilitator, and a member of Achieve, Inc.’s, Science Peer Review Panel. Passionate about 5-D learning and providing experiential and place-based... Read More →
avatar for Wayne Wright

Wayne Wright

Science Teacher, Thurston High School
Wayne Wright is an NGSS enthusiast! As a 10 year science teacher Wayne recognizes that this shift in the NGSS mindset has revolutionized his own classroom and how students experience science. Since diving into NGSS Wayne has given a talk at MIStemTalk17, has presented at the Science... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 9:45am
Ford Ballroom

8:00am

Science and Art - Corpus Callosum - The power of collaborating with art teachers
Come create scientific art at this hands-on presentation! As many science teachers recognize, connection between the hemispheres of the brain surrounding a concept results in greater retention of and connection to material, and it’s FUN! This is why looking at your science curriculum content through the eyes of an artist may be more engaging and long-lasting for your students. Why not work together with art teachers for the greater good of your students' learning?

Presenters
avatar for Chelsea Nester

Chelsea Nester

Director, Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative
Chelsea loves being immersed in her community and making long-term connections for the greatest good for people and place.  These loves make coordinating the GTSI a great job for her.  She connects teachers with community resources and the tools to implement student-led place-based... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 9:45am
Atrium Room

8:00am

Helping students use systems thinking in the classroom and everyday life
Participate in fun, three-dimensional activities that introduce systems and system models as tools scientists and engineers use to understand complicated phenomena and solve problems. System modeling is more than simply drawing pictures; experience how systems thinking empowers learners to make sense of complicated problems. Empower your students to use systems thinking both in the classroom and in their everyday lives. Classroom-tested lesson provided.

Presenters
avatar for Jaime Ratliff

Jaime Ratliff

STEM Program Coordinator, Lapeer Community Schools STEM Program Coordinator
avatar for Lindsey Watch

Lindsey Watch

Curriculum Developer, Mi-STAR / RET @ Michigan Technological University


Friday March 1, 2019 8:00am - 9:45am
Haldane Room

9:00am

Human Population: Past, Present and Future
Nobody can predict the future of humanity, but the current demographic facts of human population help us understand where we might be headed. Suggestions
will be made on how your students can explore the issue of the past, present and future of mankind.

Presenters
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Larry Feldpausch

board of director, River Raisin Institute


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Plaza Boardroom A

9:00am

Real Biology Teachers Take Kids Outside
It is not enough to teach kids about the environment if we want them to love and protect it. We need to immerse them in it. Come learn why it is imperative that we take kids outside no matter what the obstacles, and learn how to do so safely, including identification of poison ivy and ticks.

Presenters
avatar for William Hodges

William Hodges

Holt High School
Biology/Zoology teacher26 years experienceMAEOE (Michigan Alliance of Environmental and Outdoor Educators) member and at-large director.



Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Emerald B

9:00am

Developing Science Process Skills through Citizen Science & Schoolyard Investigations
Participating in citizen science provides a unique and accessible way to facilitate student science investigations. Students engaged in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's citizen-science projects have been asking and answering their own questions about birds for more than a decade, conducting original experiments and observational studies.
By engaging in citizen science and investigations, students become scientists and stewards of their local environment. They make observations, generate their own question, collect data, and get access to online datasets they can query. Students can even publish their own research conducting investigations inspired by citizen science. These are great ways to meet Next Generation Science Standards.

Presenters
avatar for Kathleen Dougherty

Kathleen Dougherty

Young Birders' Club Coodinator, Oakland Audubon
Retired Education Specialist from Oakland County Parks. Board member of Oakland Audubon and serving as the volunteer coordinator for the young birders' club. Birdsleuth Education Ambassador.


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Fine Arts Room

9:00am

Utilizing Virtual Experiences to Teach Geography in the Elementary Classroom
Join the Virtual Tour Guys to see how you can bring lessons about the physical features of the Earth to life through interactive virtual experiences. Combining 360 panoramic photos and information presented through a variety of multimedia resources, we will help you engage your elementary students like never before as they learn about landforms and waters bodies.


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Grandview B/C

9:00am

THE ROCK CYCLE
Students use a model to connect the cycling of earth materials to the geological processes that result in the formation of different kinds of rock. Students also consider how the flow of energy drives various geological processes that form rock. Finally, students develop a model that describes the cause and effect relationships between geological processes and the cycling of Earth's materials. This activity provides a formal assessment opportunity for Performance Expectation MS-ESS2-1

Presenters
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Bill Cline

Science Curriculum Specialist, LAB-AIDS
I am your Science Curriculum Specialist for the state of Michigan. Please stop by our booth to see our 3rd Edition NGSS Version of Middle School Curriculum and our High School Curriculum consisting of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Environmental Science.
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Lisa Kelp

Lab Aids/SEPUP


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Heritage Room

9:00am

"Talking" Science
Do you struggle to get your students to ask their own questions? Or respectfully "talk" about claims and evidence? At this session, you'll learn about a new technique to get students asking questions and a way to get them engaged in conversations with their peers. Handouts provided.

Presenters
avatar for Ashley Chiado

Ashley Chiado

4th Grade Teacher, Fisher Elementary
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Lyndsay Mahar

Fisher Elementary
avatar for Katie Stevenson

Katie Stevenson

4th Grade Teacher, Fisher Elementary School


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Pearl Room

9:00am

Keynote - Transformative Teaching: Teachers as Agents of Change
We believe that of all the reform efforts in education, the one that will result in the greatest most sustainable change is the change led by high quality, innovative teachers of passion, committed to empowering all learners in their classrooms. The challenges teachers face today are formidable, yet educators have faced formidable challenges in the past and have always, with enthusiasm, courage and great devotion been able to rise to those challenges by daring to make a difference in the lives of the children they teach. It is time for all teachers to view themselves as agents of change and become the educational leaders we need now.

Presenters
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Jim Clark

Co-Founder Next Gen Science Innovations
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Samantha Johnson

Next Gen Science Innovations


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Pantlind Ballroom

9:00am

Learning Target in NGSS
What do NGSS learning targets look like? How should they be communicated to students? We will take a look at learning targets for NGSS learning that are purposefully planned and compare them to the criteria listed for the different teacher evaluation systems.

Presenters
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Heather Robotham

Wyoming Public Schools


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Ottawa Room

9:00am

Take Your Students Outside to Engineer!
How do you utilize your outside spaces for engineering challenges? The students want to move outside--and we must ensure that they will make connections with their outdoor environment. Check out these NGSS-aligned activities that will grab your students' attention as they problem-solve for some real-world outside challenges.

Presenters
avatar for Christine Kelly

Christine Kelly

MS Science Teacher, Allendale Middle School
Ask me how exciting it is to teach my students with real-world issues in outdoor and environmental science! Let's talk about the different opportunities in sustainability, science and education! After receiving my education from some of the best at MTU, CMU, WMU, and joining with... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Vandenberg B

9:00am

Wildlife CSI to Teach Claim, Evidence, Reasoning
Learn how to teach CER using crime scene investigation (CSI). Scientific explanation using Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning is an NGSS Science/Engineering Practice and also one of the Core Literacy Standards. Participants will get a chance to investigate some wildlife-related "crimes" and learn how to use them for CER instruction. Tips on how to incorporate CSI in your own classroom will be discussed. Handouts provided.

Presenters
avatar for Jon Gray

Jon Gray

8th Grade Science Teacher, Lake Orion Community Schools


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Emerald A

9:00am

PHYSICS is for EVERYONE
Meeting the needs of everyone-- strategies for teaching high school physics in a co-taught setting. How do you teach high school physics to students who can't do basic algebra? How do you get students who say that are bad at science or bad at math to find success in physics? How do you meet the needs of all of the IEP, 504, and just basic needs from a huge spectrum of learning abilities. Come hear how using student lab notebooks, whiteboards, a rocketbook, and flexibility and creativity gives student no excuses-- they are in charge of their learning. Tips on managing IEPs, 504s, academically at-risk, AP students, and other general education students all in the same class. Hands on practical science- taught practically.

Presenters
avatar for Sandra Brough-Gresh

Sandra Brough-Gresh

Teacher, Walled Lake Central High School
I have been teaching High School science for 27 years, while the subjects have changed my passion for teaching and redesigning lessons has continued to grow each year.


LOL quiz docx

Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Vandenberg A

9:00am

Using Anchoring Phenomena and Driving Question Boards to Spark Student Questioning

As one of the scientific practices embedded in the NGSS, asking questions and defining problems provides students
with an authentic and meaningful entry point into science and engineering. Taken from “Investigating and Questioning
our World through Science and Technology” (IQWST), participants will experience a puzzling chemistry phenomenon and
learn how to elicit, organize, and revisit students' questions so that students feel ownership over their own learning.

Presenters
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Chris Gleason

Consultant and Professional Development Facilitator for Activate Learning, Activate Learning
I was one of the original pilot teachers during the development of IQWST. I retired after teaching science in the MS and HS for 44 years, and I am excited for the opportunity to share my passion for IQWST and the difference that being totally engaged in all aspects of science has... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Thornapple Room

9:00am

Greener, Safer, Better....Chemistry Replacement Labs
Are you interested in teaching core chemistry concepts with safer materials? Join us to learn what green chemistry is and how innovative technologies can be used as tools to capture the imagination of the next generation of problem solvers. Participants will run through replacement labs with reduced risks for the middle/high school lab. Walk away with relevant open access resources and ideas for modeling phenomena that increase student engagement while increasing classroom safety.  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1gTZvlo0rl5CIrD8JlEgiF7IWWKKIwQu9TRt1fAAXpZ0/edit#slide=id.g35f391192_00

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Baek

Jonathan Baek

Middle School Science Teacher, Honey Creek Community School
avatar for Erika Fatura

Erika Fatura

Pentwater Public Schools
avatar for Jennifer Sherburn

Jennifer Sherburn

High School Science Teacher, Hesperia High School
I have taught for 15 years at a small public school in West Michigan. I coach youth basketball and Science Olympiad. I love crafting, cooking, and working in the garden. I am also a fairly new beekeeper.



Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Riverview Room

9:00am

Expanding STEM: Developing Partnerships
For the past 10 years, the Grand Valley State University Regional Math and Science Center has held sHaPe (Summer Health Activities and Professions Exploration) day camp for area middle school students. This camp is offered free of charge due to partnerships with area businesses and Mercy Health. Come hear about how the camp was developed and how we have worked with the community and schools to develop lasting public/private partnerships.

Presenters
avatar for Kathy Agee

Kathy Agee

Science Program Coordinator, Regional Math and Science Center
I have taught science mainly at the middle school level, but also at the preschool, elementary, high school, and college level, along with teacher professional development. I have a B.S. and M.A. in biology/science education from Western Michigan University and I am a certified Master... Read More →
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Carol Shaffer

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mercy Health Saint Mary's



Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Pullman Room

9:00am

Making It Real... Cheap!
This session will include a variety of quick and engaging phenomena that can be done for little or no cost. We will include real world science investigations and hands on activities with cross-curricular components.

Presenters
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Darrick Gregory

Instructor, STARBASE- Battle Creek
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Julie Hahn

Parchment Middle School
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Jodi Heaney

Parchment Middle School


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Ruby Room

9:00am

Modeling Science Practices and Standards Using Forensic Science
Forensic Science allows students to practice real world science. Students have to work in teams, problem solve, think critically and follow protocol. This session will highlight how to teach forensic science techniques to students and how topics fit into the NGSS wheelhouse.

Presenters
avatar for Kathy Mirakovits

Kathy Mirakovits

Science! It is what motivates us to be the best teachers/instructors we can be. I have recently retired from high school science teaching, but in actuality have just shifted to teaching at the higher ed level. I am a part-time instructor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Imperial Ballroom

9:00am

What’s So Phenomenal about Phenomena?
You’ve probably heard about phenomenon-based instruction. Figure out what this actually means and how it’s embodied in an NGSS-designed curriculum. Leaders from UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science will deliver this interactive presentation to unpack the meaning of phenomenon-based instruction through sharing the Hall’s research-based pedagogy and curriculum Grades: K-8


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 10:45am
Berkey Room

9:00am

Assessing 3-D Learning Using Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning Resources
Explore Project-Based Learning materials for grades 3–5. Experience the power of three-dimensional learning and innovations in assessment with freely available open education resources. Our resources highlight a system of assessment including strong support for formative assessment processes, as well as summative (end-of-unit and end-of-year) assessments.

Presenters
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Joseph Krajcik

CREATE for STEM/Michigan State University
avatar for Susan Codere

Susan Codere

MSU CREATE for STEM, MSU CREATE for STEM
The Multiple Literacies team is excited to share our work with our science education colleagues. Ask us for more information about the ML-PBL Grades 3 - 5 integrated science units being developed by a team of researchers at MSU and U Mich. We'll share Field Test findings and plans... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 10:45am
Grandview A

9:00am

Integrating Computation in Science Across Michigan
Learn how teachers statewide are integrating computation into their physics classrooms. Attendees of the Summer 2018 ICSAM workshop will present on their achievements – self-designed physics-centered coding activities for their students and finding ways to make their teaching practice more equitable. The presentation will include a teacher panel and a teacher-facilitated activity inspired by the workshop itself. Facilitators can help you get involved in the Summer 2019 workshop, for which participating teachers will be compensated.

Presenters
avatar for Danny Caballero

Danny Caballero

Associate Professor, Michigan State University
avatar for Dan Weller

Dan Weller

Research Associate, Michigan State University


Friday March 1, 2019 9:00am - 11:45am
Governor's Room

10:00am

How to Teach the NGSS Ecology Standards by Getting Kids Outside and using Invasive Species
There are six ecology performance expectations for high school biology, and these can be taught by getting kids outside and examining the effect of an invasive species. An entire ecology unit, "Where did my bluebirds go?" will be presented, focusing on what invasive species do to a food web. This unit can easily be adapted to any invasive that is in your school yard or neighborhood.

Presenters
avatar for William Hodges

William Hodges

Holt High School
Biology/Zoology teacher26 years experienceMAEOE (Michigan Alliance of Environmental and Outdoor Educators) member and at-large director.



Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Emerald B

10:00am

Ecological Impacts - using place-based stewardship to engage students as citizens of their environment
An in-depth look at the impacts of our Ecology class, both for our community and our alternative students. Starting with "where do I start?" and ending with "what now?"; I'll discuss curriculum I chose to use, students' perception, administrative support, community engagement, struggles, successes, and where we'll go from here!

Presenters
avatar for Samantha Lichtenwald

Samantha Lichtenwald

Biology and Environmental Science Teacher, Bay-Arenac Community High School
I lead alternative students in exploring various science-based opportunities, bringing awareness to how their actions directly/indirectly impact our environment and themselves. The majority of my curriculum is centered around Michigan and the Great Lakes. I am currently working... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Vandenberg B

10:00am

PHOTOSYNTHESIS AND RESPIRATION SHUFFLE
Students have major misconceptions about photosynthesis and cellular respiration, but this content is essential for understanding how matter and energy flows, both at the micro (cellular) and macro (ecosystem) levels. Using a computer simulation, a hands-on activity, and notebooking and discussion startegies, expose student thinking- all from SEPUP's Science and Global Issues: Biology program from LAB-AIDS.

Presenters
BC

Bill Cline

Science Curriculum Specialist, LAB-AIDS
I am your Science Curriculum Specialist for the state of Michigan. Please stop by our booth to see our 3rd Edition NGSS Version of Middle School Curriculum and our High School Curriculum consisting of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Environmental Science.
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Shannon Mareski

Grand Blanc HS


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Heritage Room

10:00am

Airbag Models: Applying gas laws in the middle school chemistry classroom
Bringing "real world" applications to the middle school chemistry classroom is sometimes difficult. This brief airbag model project allows students to understand how chemists might apply gas laws in the development of automotive airbags. Students will collaboratively create and test model airbags. Emphasis is placed on design thinking and the application of concepts learned in class.

Presenters
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Heather Barbash

Science Teacher, Detroit Country Day School



Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Riverview Room

10:00am

The Environmental Education (EE) Project
Join the Dept. of Natural Resources’s education specialists as they model middle school and high school level STEM and inquiry activities from sources including Projects WET, WILD, Aquatic WILD, Learning Tree and the Conservation Education Toolkit.

Presenters
avatar for Natalie Elkins

Natalie Elkins

Education Specialist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
I am a Certified Environmental Educator that provides professional development opportunities to formal and non-formal educators. My goal is to share hands-on, STEM, inquiry-based and field investigation ideas that are tied to Michigan Science Standards.
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Tracy Page

Aquatic Education Coordinator, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Marine biologist/Oceanographer turned educator. I strive to bring aquatic education to teachers and their classrooms around the state. I also administer the Salmon in the Classroom program for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.



Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Emerald A

10:00am

Consensus Meetings in Science: Making Student Thinking Visible & Incorporating Student Voice
The session will focus on the what, why and how of implementing interactive conversation into science classrooms. Providing a fresh way of incorporating student voice heightens engagement and promotes the idea that learning is socially mediated. Consensus meetings expose students to multiple ideas and expands their learning. A video example and consensus meeting reenactment will leave teachers prepared to launch this strategy in their own classrooms.

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Tiffany Henfling

Teacher, Mason Middle School
I am a 7th grade science teacher. This is my 9th year teaching middle school science.


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Ford Ballroom

10:00am

Storytelling with a twist
Storytelling in science? Yes! In this fun interactive session , learn a strategy you can use in your classroom tomorrow to promote interest and attention in any STEM classroom. Come away with a new tool in your teacher toolbox and lots of ideas from your fellow teachers.

Presenters
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Lucinda Martinelli

Education Director, Whole Planet Consulting
I've been teaching Enviornmental and Experiential Education for about 30 years. I help teachers by bringing my outdoor teaching and facilitating knowledge into the classroom.


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Kendall Room

10:00am

The Question Formulation Technique: Teaching Students to Formulate Their Own Questions
How can we motivate students to take ownership of their own learning? By teaching them to ask their own questions! Learn the step-by-step process for teaching students how to formulate their own questions and how to do it as a part of your regular teaching practice. Topics include how to design a Question Focus, rules for producing questions, as well as how to categorize and prioritize student questions.

Presenters
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Minna Turrell

Secondary Science Consultant, St Clair RESA


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Ottawa Room

10:00am

Thinking Three-dimensionally about Science Trade books
In the elementary classroom it is critical to consider how DCIs, SEPs and CCCs can be developed through excellent science reading in both fiction and non-fiction genres. In this session, a rubric for determining the usefulness of science trade books for elementary students will be described and many standards-aligned books will be shared.

Presenters
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Katherine Pfeiffer

Media Specialist, Plymouth Canton Community Schools
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Mary Starr

Michigan Math and Science Centers Network


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Pearl Room

10:00am

Engineering Design in the NGSS
Participants will be immersed in a Bring Science Alive! investigation designed to reach all learners and make engineering design fun and engaging. Participants will experience this lesson from the student perspective as they take on the roles of engineers defining problems, developing solutions, and conducting iterative testing to improve their solutions.

Presenters
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Matt Moorman

National Account Manager, TCI
Former Middle School Teacher and National Account Manager with Teachers' Curriculum Institute (TCI) . TCI recognizes that every student is unique and that all students benefit from learning in different ways. TCI uses a variety of proven instructional practices that allow students... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Atrium Room

10:00am

Engineering the Future
Get an inside peek at the latest edition (2018) of Engineering the Future. This curricula is composed of 4 different projects that each take 8-9 weeks for completion. This can be a stand-alone introductory engineering course, a Physical Science Foundation course, a Summer or After-School program or even a Capstone course to finish off a high school career. We will be doing an activity from one of the projects and looking closely at how the Engineering Design Cycle provides the context for all the projects. Students will further their understanding of the complementary relationships among Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics!!!!.... and do it in a fun way!!!!!!!

Presenters
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Gary Curts

Activate Learning
For the past 18 years Gary Curts has worked with It's About Time's Professional Development Department as one of their Implementation Consultant/STEM Specialists and has been instrumental in helping support many teachers across the USA who have implemented that curricula or are focusing... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Thornapple Room

10:00am

Exploring Kinetic Energy Transfers in Collisions
Explore how potential energy is related to kinetic energy by planning and carrying out a collision investigation. Engage as students to make sense of data to develop an understanding of energy transfers in the FOSS Next Generation Gravity and Kinetic Energy Course for middle school.

Presenters
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Chris Blackstock

Consultant, Delta Education
After 23 years as a public school teacher, I am now working with Delta Education and FOSS as a consultant and trainer. I am also a trainer for the Center for Teacher Effectiveness specializing in strategies to increase student engagement and motivation.
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Kathleen Schutter

School Specialty


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Vandenberg A

10:00am

The MiSTEM Network: Supporting Michigan's STEM Future
The MiSTEM Network's 16 Regions work across the state to support K-12 STEM education and workforce. Come learn about the MiSTEM Network, how to connect, and how to utilize the network to propel your STEM education and workforce programs forward.

Presenters
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Kristofer Pachla

Director, Regional Math and Science Center, Grand Valley State University


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Pullman Room

10:00am

"Why Make?" A maker space experience for your classroom.
Central Michigan University's STEM Education Scholars invite you to learn how you can easily integrate STEM education activities into your classroom. The Scholars will share ideas that may include design thinking, coding and robotics. In addition to sharing how to implement these activities, the Scholars will also discuss why these integrated ideas are beneficial for student learning.

Presenters
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Amanda Cornwell

STEM Education Program Facilitator, CMU
Throughout my teaching career I incorporated technology and multimodal projects whenever possible. My experience working with students from 3rd through 8th grade serves me well in my new role at the Center for Excellence in STEM Education. I'm able to interact with students, families... Read More →
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Julie Cunningham

Director of the Center for Excellence in STEM Education, CMU
Ms. Julie Cunningham holds a masters degree in curriculum and instruction specializing in teaching and learning science. Julie currently holds the position of Director for the Center for Excellence in STEM Education. This position allows her to work with faculty, teacher education... Read More →
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Ashley O'Neil

Program Coordinator, CMU


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Winchester Room

10:00am

Biology Modeling
Modeling is a student-centered approach to instruction where students create, modify, and deploy scientific models. In our session, participants will utilize multiple science and engineering practices as they engage in a Biology-based modeling activity. Learn techniques used by experienced Biology modeling instructors that you can start implementing in your classroom immediately.

Presenters
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Andrea Brook

STEM Instructional Coach, Lake Orion Community Schools
Modeling Instruction, K-5 Science Instruction, Life Science
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Alison Maes

Science Teacher, Ferndale High School
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Fawn Phillips

Clarkston Community Schools



Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Plaza Boardroom A

10:00am

You Can Do It... Science in the K-2 Classroom
This session is intended for K-2 teachers interested in learning how to implement the NGSS standards in their classroom. Participants will experience ways to engage young learners in the science practices to make sense of phenomena.Teachers will receive a complete unit which includes a teacher's guide and student activity pages from the NGSS Storyline project.

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Paul Drummond

Macomb ISD
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Sharon Moats

Science Education Specialist
Although most of my experience has been teaching middle school students in Chippewa Valley Schools, I have taught all grades 3rd-12th. Most recently I was Science Curricular Leader for the district and was involved in facilitating NGSX (Next Gen Science Exemplar PD) training for all... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Nelson Room

10:00am

Growing in 3D through the PLC
The adoption of the NGSS poses multiple shifts for educators, many of these shifts are so complex, systems and protocols must be used to make sense of it all. In this session we will dive into some of these shifts, learn ways to address them collaboratively and how to set personal goals.

Presenters
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Nathan Spencer

Science Consultant, Wayne RESA


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Pantlind Ballroom

10:00am

Student Assessment: Standards Based Grading in a Three-Dimensional Classroom
In this workshop we will explore why standards-based grading is the perfect fit for the depth of understanding required by NGSS performance expectations. During NGSS implementation, teachers will have to use their students' progress toward the performance expectations as a way to modify classroom instruction. Teachers will learn how to use multiple and varied assessments as indicators of student progress towards classroom, district and NGSS performance expectations.

Presenters
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Jim Clark

Co-Founder Next Gen Science Innovations
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Samantha Johnson

Next Gen Science Innovations


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Imperial Ballroom

10:00am

Picture Perfect Science K-2
This workshop will combine the appeal of children's picture books with standards-based science content in Grades K-2. The presentation contains STEM ready lessons, complete with student pages and assessments, that use picture books to guide science instruction in an engaging, kid-friendly way. Handouts and door prizes.

Presenters
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Katelyn Jelinek

Central Michigan University
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Jim McDonald

Professor, Central Michigan University
Director of the Central Michigan GEMS Education Center at Central Michigan University and Professor of Science Education.


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Grandview B/C

10:00am

It can be done! Easy tools to empower students to steer their own learning
How can you implement student-driven learning and still stay in the driver’s seat? With your skillful facilitation and the Unit Bubble Map, you can help students make connections between their questions and the investigations they’re conducting, as well as supporting them to generate new questions as they work to solve a Unit Challenge. Walk away with a toolkit from the Mi-STAR curriculum to make student-driven instruction a reality for you and your students.

Presenters
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Luke Bowman

Curriculum Developer, Mi-STAR
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Christine Geerer

Science Department Chair/Teacher, Grosse Pointe Schools
Mi-STAR (Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform) curriculum writer and pilot teacher. NGSS enthusiast. Equity and civility through science education!
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Monica Wyrwicz

Teacher, Curriculum Consultant, Rochester Public Schools
As a long time employee with Rochester Community Schools, 28 years at Hart Middle School, I have seen such growth in the district. I have had the privilege to do many things; curriculum committees, a presenter at the Michigan Science Teachers Association numerous times, teacher... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Haldane Room

10:00am

May the Force Be With You
You will be moved by engaging force and motion demonstrations of classroom-ready activities including the Stunt Car Lab, the famous Monkey-Hunter "problem," and the vertical-versus-horizontal acceleration demonstration, a simple way to prove "g" is always the same.

Presenters
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Don Pata

Grosse Pointe North High School
I have been teaching high school science for over 20 year. I like to talk about NGSS, advanced pedagogy, modeling instruction and healthy grading. I have 4 young children. In the summer I run modeling workshops across Michigan.


Friday March 1, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Ruby Room

11:00am

Free Teacher Resources to Support the Use of Physical and Life Science Online 3-dimensional Assessment Tasks
Learn about ready-to-use free online teacher resources for middle school science classrooms. Teachers will explore the online portal containing resources to support teachers in effectively implementing a set of online NGSS-aligned 3-dimensional (Practices, DCI, and Crosscutting Concepts) physical and life science assessments and accompanying rubrics. Resources include Task Guidance, Task Rubric, Examples of Student Responses, and Suggested Student Feedback. We will also discuss classroom strategies for using the assessments and accompanying teacher supports.


Presenters
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Consuelo Morales

Research Associate, CREATE for STEM Institute at MSU
Consuelo Morales is a Research Associate with the CREATE for STEM Institute working on modeling and assessment projects. With a background in biological sciences. she has 9+ years’ experience working in secondary science education at the middle school, high school, and university... Read More →
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Phyllis Haugabook Pennock

CREATE for STEM/Michigan State University


Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Grandview A

11:00am

Biology At the Zoo
Learn how we take over 300 kids to the zoo and use the animals at the zoo to learn about animal behavior, adaptations, and niche partitioning to engineer exhibits and enrichments for the animals. We will share the lessons we have created and modified over the years.

Presenters
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Kristy Butler

Teacher, Forest Hills Central High
Education & Science
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Patti Richardson

Teacher, Forest Hills Central High School
Biology education, student centered learning



Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Kendall Room

11:00am

Requirements for becoming a certified environmental educator
Educators can earn credentials that let administrators and potential employers know they exhibit a certain level of knowledge and special skillset directly related to environmental education. Discover the requirements for earning an environmental educator certification (EEC) through the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). The EEC closely follows state standards and national guidelines (www.maeoe.com).

Presenters
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Cindy Fitzwilliams-Heck

Ferris State University & Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education


Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Emerald B

11:00am

The Unbearable Dilema
How did the bear cross the road? Using science, technology, engineering and math! Come learn a fun, engaging method of getting your students involved in a hands-on STEM activity that comes from a real life wildlife management scenario.

Presenters
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Kevin Frailey

Michigan DNR


Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Emerald A

11:00am

Turning Chem Labs into STEM Labs
Traditional chemistry labs can be turned into “STEM” labs. When students design their own set-up, statistically analyze their data and retry revised procedures, chem labs become STEM labs.

Presenters
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Robert Ause

Science Teacher, Greenhills School
Bob Ause has been working with teenagers since graduating from college in 1985. He is currently teaching at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, where he also serves as the Science Department Chair. Bob has taught science to students in grades 7-12, mostly in the physical sciences.


Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Riverview Room

11:00am

Full STEAM Ahead
Learn how one elementary went from a STEM program to a true STEAM integrated school where NGSS standards carry over into non-academic areas. Participants will get to experience a sample hands on 3rd grade lesson of NGSS standards being extended into a non-core subject area.

Presenters
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Michele Bielby

STEM Coordinator, Swartz Creek Schools
I am the STEAM Coordinator for Swartz Creek Community Schools. As a result of developing a strong STEAM program at Dieck Elementary I now work with schools across our district to do the same. I also have developed a popular after school STEAM program and summer camp to replace the... Read More →
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Kelly Swales

Elementary Teacher, Dieck Elementary Swartz Creek Community Schools
I was a 4th-grade teacher for 16 years. I have a Bachelor's Degree from University of Michigan, and Masters Plus 30 from Marygrove College and Fresno Pacific University. I have been teaching the NGSS standards for the past 6 years, and have spent many hours developing my own STEM... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Winchester Room

11:00am

A Focus on Modeling in the Phenomenon-Based Classroom
As one of the scientific practices embedded in the NGSS, developing and using models allow our students to imagine the unseen, make predictions, ask questions and develop further investigations. Taken from “Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology” (IQWST), participants will observe an optical illusion phenomenon, then develop a model to explain how light interacts with things. Models are then shared, critiqued, and participants are guided to develop a consensus model.

Presenters
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Chris Gleason

Consultant and Professional Development Facilitator for Activate Learning, Activate Learning
I was one of the original pilot teachers during the development of IQWST. I retired after teaching science in the MS and HS for 44 years, and I am excited for the opportunity to share my passion for IQWST and the difference that being totally engaged in all aspects of science has... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Thornapple Room

11:00am

Escape Rooms - Gen Z's answer to Learning and Career Discovery
Escape rooms have become a popular attraction across the world. They are real-life team-based games that consist of puzzles, riddles and activities in order to meet a goal before the clock runs out. Escape rooms provide the perfect atmosphere for students to use team building, time management and career-readiness skills all while having fun doing it. Now we have industry themes and it’s mobile. Come learn tips about how to make your own

Presenters
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Beth Williams

Associate Director of Experiential Learning and Career Development Education, MTU


Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Ford Ballroom

11:00am

Talking Science - sharing ideas with your media specialist
A great resource for identifying text resources for your students is the media specialist. It is important to share your needs specifically so that the media specialist can support finding three-dimensional books and other resources. In this session, we will discuss how to talk with your media specialist about materials you need for your science classroom.

Presenters
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Katherine Pfeiffer

Media Specialist, Plymouth Canton Community Schools
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Mary Starr

Michigan Math and Science Centers Network


Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Pearl Room

11:00am

Troy School District K-5 Science Materials Adoption Process in NGSS
Learn about Troy School District elementary science adoption process.  Learn about our protocols, structures, and experience for teachers duirng the adoption process.Artifacts from our 3-year process will be shared. Student videos, artifacts, and teacher learning experiences will be shared.

Link to presentation file:
https://tinyurl.com/y2a48m4f

 

Presenters
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Julia Alder

Curriculum Specialist, Troy School District



Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Ottawa Room

11:00am

Michigan's Electricity
How does electricity get to your kitchen? Where does it come from and how it is "made"? These are great questions that can be a leading question for a unit on energy and Law of Conservation of Energy. In home electricity and usage is the phenomenon that lead to all kinds of usable ideas within your classroom.

Presenters
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Andrew Frisch

Science and Mathematics Teacher, Farwell High School
STEM: Bringing it to the classroom. I am excited to get it into the students' hands. It may be hard to get it into your pedagogy, but it is a truly organic, natural way to teach and learn. I am confident we already do it, we just need to increase it and emphasis it,


Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Vandenberg A

11:00am

Connecting Agriculture to NGSS
Teachers will explore FREE agriculture lessons through our lesson matrix to enhance their daily curriculum. Lessons are NGSS aligned and reinforces grade-level standards with hands-on science opportunities while increasing students’ knowledge of how agriculture impacts their daily lives.

Presenters
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Michelle Blodgett

Michigan Ag in the Classroom Manager, Michigan Farm Bureau
Michelle is a former educator with 20 years of classroom experience in Michigan and Nevada. At Michigan Farm Bureau, she manages the Michigan Ag in the Classroom program that focuses on connecting agriculture education with NGSS standards. Part of this program is the FARM (Food... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Pullman Room

11:00am

The 7E Model in the Gifted Science Classroom
How can cotton candy, red cabbage, or a Science Olympiad event be used to engage students? Discover why the 7E model is a powerful tool to instruct students in the science classroom. Participants in this session will experience active learning by rotating through stations, each showcasing a different phase of the 7E model. Handouts and modification suggestions for activities will be available. The activities are aligned with NGSS standards MS-PS-1 and MS-PS-5.


https://sites.google.com/a/emerson-school.org/7e-gifted/

Presenters
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Emily Kwon

8th Grade Science Teacher, Emerson School


Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Fine Arts Room

11:00am

Phenomena-Driven Lessons for the K-8 Classroom
In this hands-on session, we’ll conduct a Bring Science Alive! investigation that gets students engaged in explaining phenomena like real-world scientists. Join TCI and leave with everything you need to implement anchoring unit phenomena and investigative lesson phenomena in your classroom.

Presenters
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Matt Moorman

National Account Manager, TCI
Former Middle School Teacher and National Account Manager with Teachers' Curriculum Institute (TCI) . TCI recognizes that every student is unique and that all students benefit from learning in different ways. TCI uses a variety of proven instructional practices that allow students... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Atrium Room

11:00am

NGSS Chemical Reactions:Designing Better Chemical Batteries
Students investigate how chemical energy can be transformed via a chemical process into electrical energy. After building a prototype wet cell, students brainstorm improvements and build, test, and evaluate new prototypes to meet a set of predetermined criteria within specified contraints. Highly engaging activity from SEPUP/Lab-Aids 3rd Edition Energy Unit.

Presenters
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Bill Cline

Science Curriculum Specialist, LAB-AIDS
I am your Science Curriculum Specialist for the state of Michigan. Please stop by our booth to see our 3rd Edition NGSS Version of Middle School Curriculum and our High School Curriculum consisting of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Environmental Science.
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Lisa Kelp

Lab Aids/SEPUP


Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Heritage Room

11:00am

Centering out-of-school knowledge in STEM-based makerspaces
Three middle school girls and I conducted a youth action research project focused on investigating how, where, and why their out-of-school knowledge has informed their participation in a community and equity-oriented STEM-makerspace. I will share how their out-of-school knowledge supported their STEM-maker learning and engagement, the pedagogical and design approaches which best leverage upon these powerful forms of knowledge, and the recommendations these insights provide for other makerspaces, both in and out of school.

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Sarah Keenan-Lechel

Graduate Assistant, Michigan State University
I am a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology + Educational Technology at Michigan State University. My research focuses on equitable science teaching practices, expansive understandings of what science is / can be, and makerspaces / informal learning spaces. Before coming to... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Vandenberg B

1:00pm

Getting through the modeling cycle: Supporting students in sense-making of phenomena in a PBL life science curriculum
Engaging students in developing and using models is a complex endeavor. Scaffolds (assistance to enable a learner to engage in a practice otherwise out of reach) are important to the learning process. This session bridges the gap between research and practice of teaching modeling in class. Participants will experience the challenges that students face when modeling on paper/online, and we will demonstrate the research-based scaffolds needed to support them at each step of process.

Presenters
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Idit Adler

CREATE for STEM/MSU
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Renee Bayer

Associate Director for Engagement, CREATE for STEM Institute at MSU
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Consuelo Morales

Research Associate, CREATE for STEM Institute at MSU
Consuelo Morales is a Research Associate with the CREATE for STEM Institute working on modeling and assessment projects. With a background in biological sciences. she has 9+ years’ experience working in secondary science education at the middle school, high school, and university... Read More →
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Annette M Sparks

Flint Community Schools



Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Grandview A

1:00pm

Structure and Function in Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches
Explore the phenomenon of structure and function with live Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Discover how students engage in three-dimensional learning as they explore and compare systems in multicellular organisms in the FOSS Next Generation Diversity of Life Course for middle school.

Presenters
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Chris Blackstock

Consultant, Delta Education
After 23 years as a public school teacher, I am now working with Delta Education and FOSS as a consultant and trainer. I am also a trainer for the Center for Teacher Effectiveness specializing in strategies to increase student engagement and motivation.
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Kathleen Schutter

School Specialty


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Riverview Room

1:00pm

Catching Up With Carp: Updates and Ideas on Incorporating Invasive Carp into Your classroom
Some invasive carp seem to fly through the air, while others weigh more than your students. A Great Lakes threat is on the horizon, but how do you turn a news headline into a lesson? Learn all about invasive carp and their potential invasion of the Great Lakes. What are scientists doing to prevent them from reaching Michigan, and how can we teach our students about this biological threat.

Presenters
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Tracy Page

Aquatic Education Coordinator, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Marine biologist/Oceanographer turned educator. I strive to bring aquatic education to teachers and their classrooms around the state. I also administer the Salmon in the Classroom program for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.



Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Emerald A

1:00pm

PASCO Solutions: The Most Comprehensive Laboratory Experience for the Student and Educator of Today
Learn about the new tiered levels of PASCO solutions complete with classroom management and technology rolled into one. See how you can easily implement PASCO curriculum solutions, kits, or equipment in your classroom, and conveniently store your equipment in accessible carts and trays.
You’ve spoken, and we’ve listened: see PASCO’s new SPARKvue 4.0 software. The solution that connects ALL sensors on ALL devices so that your students have the most pedagogically congruent, enriched classroom experience.

Presenters
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Julie Thomas - PASCO

Regional Manager, PASCO scientific
Providing educators worldwide with innovative technology and solutions for teaching science and our full support of those solutions in schools.


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Plaza Boardroom A

1:00pm

Tools for Thinking (not Worksheets)
See how (free) Carbon TIME life and earth science units scaffold
students’ 3-dimensional performances including constructing explanations & engaging in arguments from evidence. Hear how Process Tools in these 6 phenomena-centered units have been extended into other content and courses, including NGSS-aligned genetics & evolution units.

Presenters
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Emily Pohlonski

Science Content Area Leader, Novi Community Schools
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Christie Morrison Thomas

Michigan State University


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Pantlind Ballroom

1:00pm

CELL DIFFERENTIATION AND GENE EXPRESSION
Students often have trouble conceptualizing how selective gene expression works. In this workshop, participants will use manipulatives to teach this concept and explain how it is connected to genetic engineering. Innovative activities are selected from our Science and Global Issues: Biology program from SEPUP AND LAB-AIDS . Activities focus on ways to integrate selective gene expression as a relevant and engaging sustainability issue.

Presenters
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Bill Cline

Science Curriculum Specialist, LAB-AIDS
I am your Science Curriculum Specialist for the state of Michigan. Please stop by our booth to see our 3rd Edition NGSS Version of Middle School Curriculum and our High School Curriculum consisting of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Environmental Science.
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Shannon Mareski

Grand Blanc HS


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Heritage Room

1:00pm

You Can Teach Computer Science, Yes… You!!
Come learn how to get involved with the Code.org team from Michigan and get the training you need to teach an AP Computer Science Principals (high school) or Computer Science Discoveries (middle school) course in your school.  You don't even need any computer science background.

Presenters
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Kathy Surd

Director, West Central STEM Region
Are you interested in Computer Science? We have opportunities to help students learn computer science from Kindergarten - 12th Grade. This can be done at essentially no cost. Students all over Michigan are already using Code.org to help students learn about computer science. Let... Read More →
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Larry Wyn

curriculum, Mecosta-Osceola ISD


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Fine Arts Room

1:00pm

Science/Math Integration for a Sustainable Planet
Discover hands-on activities on real-world human ecology concepts (population growth, natural resource use and biodiversity) while building foundational math skills. In this session, participate in innovative activities including creating representational models with manipulatives, cooperative group problem-solving challenges, graphing and analysis, and role-playing simulations. Receive activity instructions, data charts and background reading in an electronic format, all matched to state standards.

Presenters
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Amanda Syers

Program specialist, GVSU Center for Educational Partnerships
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Janet Vail

Research Scientist, GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Vandenberg B

1:00pm

Engaging Students in Asking Meaningful Questions
Let's discuss strategies to help us engage students in asking meaningful questions. Good questions based on phenomena can drive a successful storyline and help improve student engagement. Asking questions is 1 of the 8 SEPs of the NGSS. Follow up to NGSX and DQBs!

Presenters
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Julie Hilker

Chippewa Valley Schools
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Sharon Moats

Science Education Specialist
Although most of my experience has been teaching middle school students in Chippewa Valley Schools, I have taught all grades 3rd-12th. Most recently I was Science Curricular Leader for the district and was involved in facilitating NGSX (Next Gen Science Exemplar PD) training for all... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Atrium Room

1:00pm

How To Get K-5 Students To Use SEP and CCC
Teachers and students both need a better understand of the SEP and CCC in order to teach and learn in 3-D. In this session you will be given a set of each SEP and CCC cards. They were developed for teachers to have a better understanding on how to put the Framework into action. Both sets of cards come with: how to use them in the classroom, helpful information on unpacking the Framework, and key instructional strategies to use in your classrooms.

Presenters
LC

Laura Chambless

K-5 Math/Science Consultant, St. Clair County RESA
I’m a mom of 2 adult children and a puppy, a wife, a friend, a co-worker, a coach. My husband says my love to help teachers is my hobby!


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Winchester Room

1:00pm

Think Like an Engineer with Phenomenal Science Instruction!
Teachers will learn how student driven engineering internships can incorporate all aspects of the new Science & Engineering Practices from the Michigan Science Standards.  This session will engage educators with hands-on activities, digital tools, active reading and dynamic discussion with the purpose to integrate phenomena-based science instruction around real-world problem solving.

Objectives:
  • Support Michigan science teachers with a deeper understanding of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs)
  • Provide teachers with the knowledge and practice to meet the expectations of the new standards.
  • Engage teachers with phenomena-based instruction with example model units, lessons and activities.
  • Provide teachers from all grade levels (K-8) with resources they can take back and use in their classrooms.

Amplify Connection:
Engineering Internship - Force and Motion.
Participants will engage in a hands-on egg drop as well as use the unit digital tool.
Teachers will leave with print resources as well as digital demo accounts.

Background:
The new Michigan K-12 Science Standards, based upon the Next Generation Science Standards, replace the standards adopted in 2006, commonly known as the Grade Level Content Expectations and High School Content Expectations for Science.The new standards are really a set of student performance expectations.  These performance expectations incorporate three main elements:
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas (science specific concepts in the life, earth, and physical sciences),
  • Science and Engineering Practices (the practices of engaging in scientific investigation to answer questions, and engineering design to solve problems),
  • Cross-Cutting Concepts (conceptual ideas common to all areas of science).
These expectations are also interwoven across disciplines, including connections to language arts and mathematics.
The adoption of new standards provides a tremendous opportunity in our state not only to improve science learning, but also to improve literacy and thinking skills of all children.




Presenters
avatar for Tom Gantt

Tom Gantt

Curriculum Specialist, Amplify
As a National Board Certified Teacher, Tom Gantt brings the joy of science and teaching together with his unique past experiences. As a former lab scientist and science center educator, Tom combines his research background with 15 years of award-winning teaching of middle school and... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Berkey Room

1:00pm

Targeting Scientific Literacy
Scientific Literacy is clearly in the bull’s eye of science education. The Michigan Science Standards, based on the NGSS use 3 dimensional learning to improve student knowing and understanding of science. The new Science M-Step is being developed to assess scientific literacy of our students. This session explains what scientific literacy is and gives practical strategies for teachers to use that promote and assess scientific literacy in their classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Karen Kudla

Karen Kudla

Retired Teacher, Oxford Community Schools
I retired after teaching secondary science for thirty years. Currently I am working on developing 3 Dimensional lessons and strategies to support student learning and understanding of science. In addition I work on assessment projects through Oakland Schools and have written M-Step... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Vandenberg A

1:00pm

Mi-STAR Information Session
Interested in getting the Mi-STAR curriculum and professional learning implemented in your school or district? Attend this session to discover what the Mi-STAR grades 6-8 science and engineering program offers, talk with a veteran teacher and program staff, and learn the simple steps to get your school or district up and running with Mi-STAR.

Presenters
YB

Yonee Bryant-Kuiphoff

Science teacher, Linden Grove Middle School
I have taught middle school science for 25 years. I am also the Middle School Director for MSTA. I am a writer, Professional Learning Facilitator, and have piloted units for MISTAR. I served on the review Board for the NGSS /MSS Science Standards. Our school district is in the... Read More →
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Stephanie Tubman

Michigan Tech / Mi-STAR
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Monica Wyrwicz

Teacher, Curriculum Consultant, Rochester Public Schools
As a long time employee with Rochester Community Schools, 28 years at Hart Middle School, I have seen such growth in the district. I have had the privilege to do many things; curriculum committees, a presenter at the Michigan Science Teachers Association numerous times, teacher... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Haldane Room

1:00pm

STEM Teaching Tools 101
Are you someone responsible for facilitating science conversation back in your district? All over the country, STEM Teaching Tools have been used to support professional development sessions. The STEM Teaching Tools site has tools that can help you teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Come find out about these OER resources that PD facilitators can access for FREE—including slides, speaker notes, facilitator guide, and embedded resources.

Presenters
MC

Megan Coonan

curriculum, Saginaw ISD
avatar for Connie Kennedy

Connie Kennedy

K-12 Math/Science Instructional Support Specialist, Bay City Public Schools



Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Ottawa Room

1:00pm

Teaching With Trees - Using Schoolyard Trees to Teach Disciplinary Core Ideas
Looking for ways to integrate place-based education and outdoor instruction into your curriculum? Go to the trees! Learn how to use the natural phenomena trees provide to teach disciplinary core ideas covering biology, chemistry, ecology, climate and energy. Resources, games and data collection strategies will be shared to help you design a year-long tree study for your students that will introduce them to phenology, encourage connection and foster observation skills. Take science class outside!

Presenters
avatar for Bridget Booth

Bridget Booth

Middle School Science Teacher, St. Thomas Aquinas School / MAEOE
I am a happily married mother of two boys who lives and plays in East Lansing. I've been teaching middle school science for the last 13 years but got my start in education at Woldumar Nature Center in Lansing, where I worked as the program director. The work I did there fostered... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Emerald B

1:00pm

The Science of Maple Sugaring
Collecting maple sap is a green, environmentally sustainable process. You can utilize your schoolyard or nearby healthy, mature maple trees to integrate science practice skills. We will demonstrate integrated NGSS -based activities along with citizen science opportunities you can conduct with students in your schoolyard. Discover ways you can use trees and nature as a lens for developing self-motivated science learners.

Presenters
avatar for Janet Staal

Janet Staal

Director of Nature-based/ Outdoor Education, West Side Christian School
Powerful, lasting learning moments occur through outdoor experiences. Through my position I work to create experiences for students to experience nature-based education in a number of subject areas through collaboration with teachers, schools, research, and professional expertise... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Ruby Room

1:00pm

My Favorite HHMI Biointeractive Resources for Teaching Introductory Biology
I often hear from teachers how much they love HHMI Biointeractive resources, but navigating the website to choose which resources to use can be overwhelming. Frequently, I have been asked by participants, how do I know which resources I should use? Based on my 30+ years in the classroom, I will engage participants in hands-on experiences with the HHMI resources that I have personally found to be highly effective with my introductory biology course.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Eberhard

Mark Eberhard

AP Biology & Biology Teachers, St. Clair High School
32 years in the classroom Ambassador for HHMI Biointeracitve Facilitator for BSCS/NABT Regional Biology Teacher Academy Writing team for College Board's Pre-AP Biology Course


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Kendall Room

1:00pm

Cholera Case Study Reunion
Using a case study approach to teaching Biology started with a partnership between some teachers at Holt and MSU. This case study, using a cholera epidemic from the 1800s has been widely shared and modified over the past 30 years. This session provides a venue for people to share how they have changed the case study over the years. We will share some modifications from our school including an updated connection to the cholera outbreak in Haiti following a hurricane in 2010. Teachers who are not familiar with the case study will have time to ask questions and are encouraged to attend.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Weise

Lisa Weise

Science Teacher, Holt Public Schools
I teach science because it's fun! Also, it' pretty much the way we save the world! I recently started teaching engineering as well as a part of Project Lead the Way (engineers also have a shot at the saving the world thing). I like to have kids asking questions and designing experiments... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Ford Ballroom

1:00pm

Active Programs

A look inside the Active Curricula – How do Active Physics, Active Chemistry and EarthComm support NGSS and Engineering? Get a close up, active look at this curricula. Experience a couple of activities and see for yourself how getting your students actively engaged in doing science promotes life-long learning. These three curricula are used around the world and have a great track record for ensuring student success and involvement in learning and applying science.

Presenters
avatar for Gary Curts

Gary Curts

Activate Learning
For the past 18 years Gary Curts has worked with It's About Time's Professional Development Department as one of their Implementation Consultant/STEM Specialists and has been instrumental in helping support many teachers across the USA who have implemented that curricula or are focusing... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Thornapple Room

1:00pm

Gettin' Googly in the Science Classroom
Are you new to Google in The Classroom? This is the session for you. We cover the basics and how to use Google Docs in your NGSS lessons and projects. You’ll learn some nifty new features and tricks you can start using right away to increase engagement in your science activities. Bring along your laptop or tablet so you can follow along with this fast paced, information packed session.

Presenters

Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Pullman Room

1:00pm

Mystery of Liquids
Ever wonder how to set up an investigation with everyday materials and tools? Join me/us to explore a mystery set of clear liquids, using questions and investigations to discover which liquid is which!

Presenters
avatar for Akilah Franklin

Akilah Franklin

Detroit Zoological Society
avatar for Claire Lannoye-Hall

Claire Lannoye-Hall

Curator of Education, Detroit Zoological Society


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Governor's Room

1:00pm

Grand Slam 3-D Assessment—Researchers, Developers, and Practitioners to Build Capacity, Develop Items, and Implement Strategically
Find out how to use statewide assessment examples to identify and evaluate the use of three-dimensional components for grades 5, 8, and 11 assessments.

Presenters
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TJ Smolek

Michigan Department of Education
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Mary Starr

Michigan Math and Science Centers Network


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Pearl Room

1:00pm

Phenomenon, Modeling, and Storyboards!
Experience a phenomenon-based lesson that takes learners from wondering, to exploring, to making thinking visible, to developing a story that tracks their progression of learning. Take away tools and ideas that help your students think and act like scientists and engineers. Participants recognize how Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts are integral in the lesson. The experience can be applied to any lesson when there is engaging phenomena that makes one wonder.

Presenters
SB

Steve Barry

Cereal City Science by Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center
avatar for Nancy Karre

Nancy Karre

Science Educational Consultant, Cereal City Science by Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Nelson Room

1:00pm

Picture Perfect Science 3-5
This workshop will combine the appeal of children's picture books with standards-based science content in Grades 3-5. The presentation contains STEM ready lessons, complete with student pages and assessments, that use picture books to guide science instruction in an engaging, kid-friendly way. Handouts and door prizes.

Presenters
avatar for Katelyn Jelinek

Katelyn Jelinek

Central Michigan University
avatar for Jim McDonald

Jim McDonald

Professor, Central Michigan University
Director of the Central Michigan GEMS Education Center at Central Michigan University and Professor of Science Education.


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Grandview B/C

1:00pm

Asking Questions and Planning and Conducting Experiments: Using the Question Formulation Technique
In this workshop, participants will engage in an activity called the question formulation technique. QFT is designed to shift the focus from teachers asking questions to students asking questions. Participants will learn how to structure the process of students planning and carrying out an investigation or conducting research using their own question. This session addresses several of the science and engineering practices, and participants will leave with lesson plans they can teach on Monday!

Presenters
JC

Jim Clark

Co-Founder Next Gen Science Innovations
SJ

Samantha Johnson

Next Gen Science Innovations


Friday March 1, 2019 1:00pm - 4:45pm
Imperial Ballroom

2:00pm

Building atomic model of matter and conservation of matter concept
As one of the crosscutting concepts in NGSS, matter and energy is a foundational idea built on in all disciplines. Are students really developing an understanding of this concept that they can apply throughout their science classes? I will share several activities I use to build the concept of atomic nature of matter and conservation of matter and view sample student work to see how these activities help students develop these foundational concepts.

Presenters
avatar for Kristin Mayer

Kristin Mayer

East Kentwood High School
I currently teach high school physics and chemistry at East Kentwood High School. I previously taught in New York City and Seattle, Wa. I completed my PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education at Michigan State University where I worked on a curriculum project with Joe... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Grandview A

2:00pm

Making Good Chemistry with Industry Partnerships
Many teachers and students are unaware that Michigan has some of the leading chemistry companies in the world, many of whom have active outreach programs and are eager to work with you. These industry resources and partnerships can help bring to life the principles of chemistry through real-world applications, drive home the many chemistry career opportunities, and facilitate classroom presenters or even tours of local chemistry labs and plants.

Presenters
avatar for John Dulmes

John Dulmes

Executive Director, Michigan Chemistry Council



Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Riverview Room

2:00pm

The Science and Engineering of Managing Waste
Powerpoint presentation of relevant information that will encourage a discussion of how STEM is critical in this important industry for educating students about the industry, career opportunities - all critical to our sustainability as a society.

Presenters

Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Plaza Boardroom A

2:00pm

Earthquakes: Rock Your Student's World with NGSS!
Focusing on NGSS standard 4-ESS3-2, participants build and test earthquake resistant structures in a make-and-take session. We will also share information about the MIQuakes educational seismograph network and jAmaSeis, free software available to live stream remote seismographs on your classroom computer.

Presenters
avatar for Cris DeWolf

Cris DeWolf

Teacher, Chippewa Hills High School/MESTA
All told, I have over 30 years in the classroom, teaching all the sciences at some point or another. The bulk of my career has been at Chippewa Hills High School, where I currently teach AP Biology, Biology, Astronomy, Earth & Space Science, and Oceanography. I have been on the executive... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Winchester Room

2:00pm

Deliberating Climate Choices

Deliberating Climate Choices: We will learn how to moderate a forum with students that fosters productive discussion on Climate issues.  We will use Environmental Issues Forum (EIF) Climate Choices guide and where to access free materials and moderator guides for educators to integrate into their learning environments.


Presenters
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Sean R. Griffin

W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, MSU
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Misty Klotz

Community Outreach Assistant, Kellogg Biological Station
I have been working in environmental education from 2002 to present and currently work with 1-5 grad students and with the KBS K-12 teacher professional development program via The KBS K-12 Partnership that provides teachers in-depth exposure to research topics in environmental... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Emerald B

2:00pm

Invasive Engineering
Participants will be introduced to a lesson on invasive species that uses the Engineering Design Process to solve a problem. This hands on presentation allows participants to experience the lesson from start to finish.

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Vander Ark

Jessica Vander Ark

Grand Valley State University


Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Vandenberg B

2:00pm

Supporting District Implementation of 3-Dimensional Science
WRESA science consultants combined the NGSS District Implementation Indicators from Achieve and a theory of change model to monitor and support the vision of 3-Dimensional science. Rich, Lisa Ogiemwonyi, and Nathan Spencer will share the development and use of this tool for setting long and short term goals with various stakeholders. 

Presenters
avatar for Richard Bacolor

Richard Bacolor

curriuclum consultant, Michigan Science Education Leadership Association / Wayne RESA
Middle School science teacher for 20 years in South Redford, Mi. Currently Science Education Consultant serving 33 school districts in Wayne County. 3D Science Advocate for all students.



Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Ottawa Room

2:00pm

Unpack 3-Dimensional Standards with Phenomenal Science Instruction
Teachers will learn how phenomena-based science instruction designed around real-world problem solving can incorporate all aspects of the Michigan Science Standards. Teachers will unravel the Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts in how they relate to science curriculum design. This session will engage educators with hands-on activities, digital tools, active reading and dynamic discussion with the purpose to design instruction with 3-Dimensional Statements.

Objectives:

  • Support Michigan science teachers with a deeper understanding of 3-Dimensional instruction.

  • Provide teachers with the knowledge and practice to meet the expectations of the new standards.

  • Engage teachers with phenomena-based instruction with example model units, lessons and activities.

  • Provide teachers from all grade levels (K-8) with resources they can take back and use in their classrooms.

Amplify Connection:

Unit focus from Balancing Forces

Teachers will engage with hands-on use of magnets, use investigation notebook pages and digital tools.

Teachers will leave with print resources as well as digital demo accounts.

Background:

The new Michigan K-12 Science Standards, based upon the Next Generation Science Standards, replace the standards adopted in 2006, commonly known as the Grade Level Content Expectations and High School Content Expectations for Science.The new standards are really a set of student performance expectations.  These performance expectations incorporate three main elements:

  • Disciplinary Core Ideas (science specific concepts in the life, earth, and physical sciences),

  • Science and Engineering Practices (the practices of engaging in scientific investigation to answer questions, and engineering design to solve problems),

  • Cross-Cutting Concepts (conceptual ideas common to all areas of science).

These expectations are also interwoven across disciplines, including connections to language arts and mathematics.

The adoption of new standards provides a tremendous opportunity in our state not only to improve science learning, but also to improve literacy and thinking skills of all children.



Presenters
avatar for Tom Gantt

Tom Gantt

Curriculum Specialist, Amplify
As a National Board Certified Teacher, Tom Gantt brings the joy of science and teaching together with his unique past experiences. As a former lab scientist and science center educator, Tom combines his research background with 15 years of award-winning teaching of middle school and... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Berkey Room

2:00pm

Use the NGSS Engineering Practices to Make Curriculum Decisions
Engineering isn't just for building stuff! Engineering practices provide a fair and logical way to evaluate a wide variety of solutions - like which curriculum to adopt. Come learn how we used criteria, constraints, and a Mi-STAR decision matrix to move forward in our district curriculum review process - and embedded some PD at the same time.

Presenters
avatar for Christine Geerer

Christine Geerer

Science Department Chair/Teacher, Grosse Pointe Schools
Mi-STAR (Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform) curriculum writer and pilot teacher. NGSS enthusiast. Equity and civility through science education!



Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Atrium Room

2:00pm

Find the Fund$ for STEM: Grant Writing 101
Do you have Cartier dreams for your classroom but a dollar store budget? Get tips and tricks for grant writing that can help you craft proposals to fund robust science learning—for your students and for YOU!

Presenters
avatar for June Teisan

June Teisan

NNSTOY Project Lead, National Network of State Teachers of the Year


Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Fine Arts Room

2:00pm

Engineerize Your Classroom: Integrate the NGSS engineering practices and spice up your lessons
What is Engineerizing? How can making simple changes to a lesson make it an engineering adventure? How does it promote new NGSS standards and practices? Embark on a hands-on experience constructing understanding of how the NGSS engineering practices are not only applicable, but vital to a 21st century classroom.

Presenters
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Kate Hojnacki

Physics Teacher, Fraser High School


Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Vandenberg A

2:00pm

Engaging with Socio-Scientific Issues Through the Media
The ability to read and evaluate texts on socio-scientific issues is a key component of scientific literacy, particularly in the era of fake news. This ability is also part of the Next Generation Science Standards' science practice of obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. This session for secondary science teachers will provide teachers with resources and a lesson structure to support students in reading and responding to texts written for a public audience on socio-scientific issues.

Presenters
avatar for Kirsten Edwards

Kirsten Edwards

Research Assistant, Michigan State University
I am a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University. Prior to coming to MSU, I was a middle school science and math teacher and did curriculum review and development work for elementary and middle school. My research interests are at the intersection of science and literacy. Specifically... Read More →
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Carly Seeterlin

Undergraduate Researcher, Michigan State University
Senior Undergraduate Research Assistant at Michigan State University studying Integrated Science Education interests include curriculum development and disciplinary literacy.


Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Ruby Room

2:00pm

Science in Nature Activities for Early Learners: lessons you can use tomorrow!
Do you need a lesson for your elementary class to use tomorrow? Are you searching for a way to get your students outside exploring nature! Then have we got ideas to share with you!

Presenters
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Becky Durling

Young Fives Teacher, Williamston Community Schools
I currently teach Young Fives at Discovery Elementary in Williamston, MI, with over 15 years of experience in a variety of early childhood settings. I recently completed the requirements for my Environmental Education Certification through the Michigan Alliance for Environmental... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Elkins

Natalie Elkins

Education Specialist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
I am a Certified Environmental Educator that provides professional development opportunities to formal and non-formal educators. My goal is to share hands-on, STEM, inquiry-based and field investigation ideas that are tied to Michigan Science Standards.



Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Emerald A

2:00pm

Biomedical Engineering: GET A GRIP!
Students use the approach of biomimicry to design, test, evaluate, and redesign a mechanical gripping device to meet criteria. They use the engineering design process to optimize the device in one of two ways. In doing so, they investigate the relationship between structure and function of the device and how the technology they developed can be applied. This provides an opportunity to assess students on MS-ETS 1-4.

Presenters
BC

Bill Cline

Science Curriculum Specialist, LAB-AIDS
I am your Science Curriculum Specialist for the state of Michigan. Please stop by our booth to see our 3rd Edition NGSS Version of Middle School Curriculum and our High School Curriculum consisting of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Environmental Science.
LK

Lisa Kelp

Lab Aids/SEPUP


Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Heritage Room

2:00pm

Mi-STAR From a Teacher Perspective: Q&A with Veteran Mi-STAR Teachers
Explore the Mi-STAR curriculum from the perspective of teachers who have experience writing, piloting, and facilitating for the program. Teachers and project staff will be there to listen, answer your questions, and increase your comfort level. Are you an experienced teacher? Please come and share your perspective, too!

Presenters
YB

Yonee Bryant-Kuiphoff

Science teacher, Linden Grove Middle School
I have taught middle school science for 25 years. I am also the Middle School Director for MSTA. I am a writer, Professional Learning Facilitator, and have piloted units for MISTAR. I served on the review Board for the NGSS /MSS Science Standards. Our school district is in the... Read More →
avatar for Dawn Kahler

Dawn Kahler

8th Grade Science Teacher, Kalamazoo Public Schools
Teacher for 26 years in Kalamazoo Public Schools. I have a BS from Western Michigan University in Elementary Education and a Masters from Michigan Technological University. I have helped to write, pilot, implement and train Mi-STAR for the past three years.
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Stephanie Tubman

Michigan Tech / Mi-STAR
avatar for Monica Wyrwicz

Monica Wyrwicz

Teacher, Curriculum Consultant, Rochester Public Schools
As a long time employee with Rochester Community Schools, 28 years at Hart Middle School, I have seen such growth in the district. I have had the privilege to do many things; curriculum committees, a presenter at the Michigan Science Teachers Association numerous times, teacher... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Haldane Room

2:00pm

Seeing is Believing: Physics Demonstrations to Energize Your Classroom
What are the best demos for your classroom? In this new workshop, we have selected the most effective combination of demonstrations to help you illustrate a wide variety of physics concepts, including Newton's laws of force and motion, light, sound, waves, and color science. Enhance your science lessons by bringing real-life examples immediately into the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Don Pata

Don Pata

Grosse Pointe North High School
I have been teaching high school science for over 20 year. I like to talk about NGSS, advanced pedagogy, modeling instruction and healthy grading. I have 4 young children. In the summer I run modeling workshops across Michigan.


Friday March 1, 2019 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Pantlind Ballroom

3:00pm

Find Out More About MBER - Model Based Biology
A survey of the year long educational resource developed by Cindy Passmore and her team from UC-Davis. What does modeling look like in biology?  Stop by and find out!  We will be looking at the resources online, so if you have a laptop or tablet bring it along.

Presenters
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Bryant Sebastian

Utica Community Schools
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Diane Buchi

Teacher, Utica Community Schools



Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Pullman Room

3:00pm

Teaching Climate Change Standards in Biology
Wondering where and how to address the NGSS climate change standards? Our student learning research indicates these are culminating performance goals, best tackled after students trace matter and energy through living systems. Our free Carbon TIME units are designed specifically to support you and your Biology students in mastering these complex climate change standards. Engage with our Human Energy Systems unit, including formative assessment probes and online simulations.

Presenters
avatar for Craig Kohn

Craig Kohn

Research Fellow & Doctoral Student, Michigan State University
Craig is a doctoral student in Teacher Education at Michigan State University and a Research Fellow with the National Science Foundation. Craig's research primarily focuses on sustainability instruction with an emphasis on science and agriscience instruction at the secondary level... Read More →
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Christie Morrison Thomas

Michigan State University


Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Kendall Room

3:00pm

CALLING ALL CARBONS
The element of carbon is critical to life on Earth. All living organisms contain different and essential carbon-based molecules. Several Earth processes work together to cycle carbon from one carbon reservoir to another and to keep the amount in each reservoir stable. This is an activity from EDC Earth Science. Participants will model and learn about and model different carbon transfer processes.

Presenters
BC

Bill Cline

Science Curriculum Specialist, LAB-AIDS
I am your Science Curriculum Specialist for the state of Michigan. Please stop by our booth to see our 3rd Edition NGSS Version of Middle School Curriculum and our High School Curriculum consisting of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Environmental Science.


Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Heritage Room

3:00pm

Community Engagement in the Classroom
Community Engagement in the Classroom:  We will look at ways to discuss community needs and engage in community-focused projects with your students. This hands-on session will familiarize participants with the North America Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Community Engagement Guidelines.

Presenters
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Sean R. Griffin

W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, MSU
avatar for Misty Klotz

Misty Klotz

Community Outreach Assistant, Kellogg Biological Station
I have been working in environmental education from 2002 to present and currently work with 1-5 grad students and with the KBS K-12 teacher professional development program via The KBS K-12 Partnership that provides teachers in-depth exposure to research topics in environmental... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Emerald B

3:00pm

Engaging with Administrators - Starting conversations about supporting science
In this session, a district administrator will provide a short overview of how her district has tackled the science standards shifts, piloting materials, and identifying student learning outcomes. A critical part of this session is the opportunity to bring your questions about how to successfully engaging administrators (specifically principals) to increase the focus on science teaching, provide additional professional learning time, and expand resources.

Presenters
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Sandra Brock

Director of Instructional Programs & Services, Northville Public Schools
I have been with Northville Schools for almost five years as Director of Instructional Programs and Services. Prior to Northville, I was a high school AP, middle school principal and teacher. I earned a Ph.D. from MSU in 2013, but my undergrad is from U of M, Go Blue!


Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Pearl Room

3:00pm

Michigan's Teacher Recognition Programs
Sharing information on teacher recognition programs coordinated through the Michigan Department of Education, including Michigan Teacher of the Year and the MI Teacher Leadership Advisory Council (MTLAC), Presidential Awards for Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST), The Innovative Educator Corps, and more!

Presenters
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Josh Roesner

Educator Recognition Programs Coordinator, Michigan Department of Education
Since December 2016, I have served as coordinator for Michigan's state educator recognition programs. These programs include Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY), the MI Teacher Leadership Advisory Council (MTLAC), the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Ruby Room

3:00pm

Modeling Mysteries & What To Do With Them
What is a model and what does it look like when teaching NGSS? Come see student examples of modeling phenomenon in elementary and middle school classrooms. We will show you how we use these to drive instruction and assess what our students' are thinking. Handouts provided.

Presenters
avatar for Katie Stevenson

Katie Stevenson

4th Grade Teacher, Fisher Elementary School
avatar for Jill Workman

Jill Workman

MS Science Teacher, Pierce Middle School
I currently teach 6th grade science using the IQWST program.


Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Grandview B/C

3:00pm

NSTA Enhanced eBooks+ Kids Collection
Come learn and play with the new NSTA Enhanced eBooks+ Kids Collection. This session is presented by the the authors Laura Chambless and Jennifer Evans. Laura is a Math/Science consultant and Jennifer is an ELA consultant, both from St. Clair County RESA. You will get to see their first book What Makes Them Special?, based on the performance expectation 1-LS1-1: Structure and Function of Plants and Animals. They will share their experience of becoming authors with NSTA, and you will get to see other books available.
http://www.nsta.org/publications/press/ebooks-kids.aspx

Presenters
LC

Laura Chambless

K-5 Math/Science Consultant, St. Clair County RESA
I’m a mom of 2 adult children and a puppy, a wife, a friend, a co-worker, a coach. My husband says my love to help teachers is my hobby!
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Jennifer Evans

Assistant Director ELA, St. Clair County RESA
I come from a family of educators and lovers of literacy. I’m married with two adult children. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family on a beach with a good book!


Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Nelson Room

3:00pm

How do you know what they know? Putting the students in charge of their learning.
How do you know what your students know? How can you access whether or not to move forward or reteach or reexplain? What do you do if some get it and others don't? Come see how to use simple techniques and strategies and recycled "goodies" to make their thinking visible for on the go formative assessment. Ideas on making better use of your time AND actually saving time by putting the students in charge of assessing their own learning and aiding in the learning of their peers.

Presenters
avatar for Sandra Brough-Gresh

Sandra Brough-Gresh

Teacher, Walled Lake Central High School
I have been teaching High School science for 27 years, while the subjects have changed my passion for teaching and redesigning lessons has continued to grow each year.



Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Emerald A

3:00pm

Argument-Driven Inquiry in the Elementary School Classroom
Learn about Argument-Driven Inquiry and how it can help students in grades 3-5 learn how to use core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and scientific practices to explain natural phenomena. The session includes a demonstration lab investigation.

Presenters
avatar for Victor Sampson

Victor Sampson

Director of the Center for STEM Education, University of Texas at Austin
victor.sampson@utexas.edu


Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Fine Arts Room

3:00pm

From Students to Stewards – Leading students to plan and enact Stewardship Action Projects
The Dan Wolz Clean Water Education grant provided the support to allow students to plan a pollinator/rain garden that will also act as an outdoor learning lab and a place where all students can visit for field experiences. We used the Earth Force framework to ensure student agency and engagement as well as the elements of Storyline development to keep students employed as the sense-makers. I will identify and provide information about other citizen science and stewardship opportunities used to compliment student learning as well as other organizations that provided professional development and/or financial support. Participants will walk away with a complete “how-to” guide for implementing a similar project or place-based learning experience.

Presenters
avatar for Holly Hereau

Holly Hereau

Teacher and Dept Chair, Lee M. Thurston High School
Science teacher at Lee M. Thurston High School and Macomb Community College. Next Generation Science Storyline author and consultant, NGSX facilitator, and a member of Achieve, Inc.’s, Science Peer Review Panel. Passionate about 5-D learning and providing experiential and place-based... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Atrium Room

3:00pm

Using Computational Thinking Practices to Create Better Problem Solvers!
Join us to explore how four computational thinking practices promote systems thinking and perseverance ALL subjects areas! Learn how to use these practices with students so that they become better problem solvers by noticing patterns, breaking down big problems, focusing on only important information, and ‘debugging’. We’ll share what we’ve learned so far in our research by being intentional about the use of computational thinking to deepen understanding of science concepts. Resources will be shared from the CT4EDU, NSF grant.

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Ashley

Jessica Ashley

Science Education Consultant, Oakland Schools
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Michele Harris

Ferndale Upper Elementary
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Katlyn LeMere

5th Grade, Roosevelt Elementary



Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Vandenberg B

3:00pm

Exploring Cosmic Gamma Rays in a High School Classroom
Gamma rays are typically not extensively studied in the classroom due to their high energies and the difficulty involved in detecting/observing them. How can we change that? By allowing students to work with current research data from the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory project in order to become citizen scientists and explore cosmic gamma rays. This presentation will provide hands-on opportunities to "put on the student hat" and work with some of the lesson activities You'll even walk away with an engaging 5E lesson and all associated materials to bring immediately back into the classroom!

Presenters
avatar for Katelyn McCarthy

Katelyn McCarthy

Physics/Astronomy Teacher, Lakeview High School
I am passionate about physics and providing my students with opportunities to question, struggle with, experience, and master physical concepts that describe the world around us. I love to put learning in the hands of my students, and discovering new ways to bring hands-on experiences... Read More →



Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Riverview Room

3:00pm

Tweaking Assessments for NGSS
Have assessments? Need assessments? NGSS-aligned, summative assessments are not easy to write. Walk away from this session with a method to tweak current assessments or create new science summative assessments in the future. Bring current assessments and a devices to access the Framework for K-12 Science Education if you have them (they are not needed).

Presenters
avatar for Wendi Vogel

Wendi Vogel

Science Consultant, Kent Intermediate School District
I am a former middle school teacher turned Science Consultant for Kent County in the Grand Rapids area. I run the @NGSS_tweeps twitter account and have a passion for science education. I am also the Michigan-SELA President.


Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Ottawa Room

3:00pm

A Focus on Constructing Written Explanations in the Phenomenon-Based Classroom
As one of the scientific practices embedded in the NGSS, constructing explanations and designing solutions is the ultimate goal of science and engineering, respectively. Engaging students in writing formal scientific explanations often requires scaffolding, however. Taken from Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology (IQWST®), participants will learn how to implement the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) framework to help their students know how to write scientifically.

Presenters
CG

Chris Gleason

Consultant and Professional Development Facilitator for Activate Learning, Activate Learning
I was one of the original pilot teachers during the development of IQWST. I retired after teaching science in the MS and HS for 44 years, and I am excited for the opportunity to share my passion for IQWST and the difference that being totally engaged in all aspects of science has... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Thornapple Room

3:00pm

NextGenPBL: Supporting Transition to MSS
For administrators, curriculum coordinators, teacher leaders, and teachers. This session will explore what MSS classrooms look like and common pitfalls teachers have in early implementation. Emphasis will be supporting teachers and administrators in understanding the shift, and how schools and districts can work together to realize the vision of MSS. This session includes multiple iterations of collaborate discussion, so come ready to share ideas!

Presenters
avatar for Angela Kolonich

Angela Kolonich

Director of Professional Learning, CREATE for STEM Institute
I am a former teacher from J.W. Sexton High School in Lansing, MI where I taught science, engineering, and coached the robotics team. I received my PhD from MSU in 2017 and now work at the CREATE for STEM institute developing learning experiences for teachers focused on inclusive... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Grandview A

3:00pm

The use of Collaborative Inquiry in the Secondary Science Materials Adoption Process
Join us as we share our experiences using a Collaborative Inquiry framework in our secondary science materials review and adoption process. We will share how we established a common vision, set our focus on gathering student artifacts and evidence of NGSS in action and built consensus with teachers. We will share student artifacts, rubrics, process outlines and teacher feedback and learning experiences.

Presenters
avatar for David Michael Egan

David Michael Egan

Troy Public Schools
avatar for Kathleen Rainey

Kathleen Rainey

Math and Science Curriculum and Instructional Specialist, Troy School District


HS SEPs docx
MS SEPs docx

Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Plaza Boardroom A

3:00pm

Building a Model of Force as an interaction
Building a Model of Force as an Interaction

How do we help students develop and use models? Join us as we explore how to facilitate model development through building a robust force model. This session will help teachers build and develop their own force model while we explore how facilitate students in their model development. This is geared toward ANY teacher who teaches the Forces and Interactions topic bundle K-12!

Presenters
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Laura Sloma

Physics Teacher, East Kentwood High School
Laura is has been a science educator for 28 years, teaching in Michigan and Ohio, at the high school and college level. She is a modeling instruction expert and workshop facilitator.


Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Vandenberg A

3:00pm

Materials driven inquiry
Your students need to move and explore, they need to connect with nature. You want them to slow down, make observations, ask meaningful questions and plan investigations. Join us/me in this hands-on workshop to use everyday classrooms to accomplish all this, and more.

Presenters
avatar for Claire Lannoye-Hall

Claire Lannoye-Hall

Curator of Education, Detroit Zoological Society
avatar for Sandy Ling

Sandy Ling

Education Specialist, Detroit Zoological Society


Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Winchester Room

3:00pm

Maker-space Design Thinking Challenge
Participate in a Design Thinking Challenge that will help you integrate STEM in your classroom with the CMU Center for Excellence in STEM Education. Walk away with the ability to implement a Design Thinking Challenge in your classroom and learn more about the programs the Center offers to educators.

Presenters
avatar for Amanda Cornwell

Amanda Cornwell

STEM Education Program Facilitator, CMU
Throughout my teaching career I incorporated technology and multimodal projects whenever possible. My experience working with students from 3rd through 8th grade serves me well in my new role at the Center for Excellence in STEM Education. I'm able to interact with students, families... Read More →
avatar for Julie Cunningham

Julie Cunningham

Director of the Center for Excellence in STEM Education, CMU
Ms. Julie Cunningham holds a masters degree in curriculum and instruction specializing in teaching and learning science. Julie currently holds the position of Director for the Center for Excellence in STEM Education. This position allows her to work with faculty, teacher education... Read More →
avatar for Ashley O'Neil

Ashley O'Neil

Program Coordinator, CMU


Friday March 1, 2019 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Governor's Room

4:00pm

Using (free) NGSS-Aligned Carbon TIME units in MS/HS
Carbon TIME (Transformations in Matter and Energy) offers six phenomena-based units tracing matter & energy through carbon-transforming processes including photosynthesis & cellular respiration. Research-based scaffolds support students’ 3-dimensional performances and educative features support teachers’ engagement with classroom discourse and 3-D assessment. Join us to learn about and use these fully developed units in your classroom and/or district.

Presenters
avatar for Christie Morrison Thomas

Christie Morrison Thomas

Michigan State University


Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Kendall Room

4:00pm

Using Debate to Assess Model Based Learning
Model Based Biology (MBER) and AMTA biology introduce the characteristics of life at the beginning of the school year. Our biology team used a structured debate, centered around whether viruses are living or non-living, to assess our students at the end of this unit. This was done after students developed a model of what it means for something to be a living thing. The outcomes of the debate FAR exceeded our expectations! We will share snapshots of this experience with our students, and a lengthy pile of positive outcomes that went quite beyond our vision for this activity.

Presenters
avatar for Edward Johns

Edward Johns

Teacher, Cedar Springs High School
This is my eighth year teaching at the high school level. For the past four years I have taught Biology and Chemistry at Cedar Springs High School. Before working at Cedar Springs I was an Academic Interventionist and teacher at Houghton Lake High School for four years.
avatar for Heidi Schuitema

Heidi Schuitema

Biology Teacher, Cedar Springs High School
In my 18th year of teaching, I am very excited that SCIENCE gets it's turn in the spotlight, with our NGSS; based in a wealth of learning research. Next Generation Science Standards inspire and motivate me and I have confidence our students will thrive in a new science setting that... Read More →
avatar for Steve Vree

Steve Vree

Teacher, Cedar Springs High School
I have been a science teacher for 17 years.



Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Vandenberg B

4:00pm

Transformed Microscopy
Transform microscopy lessons from "look and draw" to truely quantifyable inquiry. Use of supper cheap digital cameras or even cell phone cameras will be demonstrated. This will be a hands-on experience, bring your own USB enabled device.

Presenters
avatar for Bob Myers

Bob Myers

Anatomy/Physiology Teacher, West Ottawa High School
I have taught Anatomy Physiology in both Grand Rapids Public Schools and West Ottawa Public Schools for the last 25+ years. GRPS from 1990-1999 and at WOPS ever since. I am also the Science Olympiad coach for WOPS.One of my favorite aspects of anatomy is histology so I have embedded... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Ruby Room

4:00pm

Silver Nanoparticles Make and Take
Participants will prepare silver nanoparticles using green tea, and then investigate their properties using lasers and uv/vis spectrophotometry. The pros and cons of using Ag NPs in consumer products will be surveyed. With regard to NGSS, these learning dimensions are addressed: DCIs: structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions; SEP: Design solutions to everyday problems; CCCs: biology, medicine, chemistry, physics.

Presenters
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Mariah Ford

Eastern Michigan University
LK

Larry Kolopajlo

Eastern Michigan University
Chemical Education at Eastern Michigan University.Active in K-12 science outreach, summer camps. Recently taught Upward Bound. Recently taught a four day science winter camp for 6th graders in a local school system.Working with science education students.



Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Fine Arts Room

4:00pm

Climate Education Through Data Analysis
This session will present a lesson where students consider a phenomenon and analyzing data to construct a conclusion. The phenomena here will be global temperature increase. Alternative hypotheses evaluated include variation of solar output, changing Earth orbit and tilt, and increased greenhouse effect. Some data will include ocean sediment fossils and sunspots. A variety of climate education resources will also be shared.

Presenters
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Dave Chapman

teacher, Okemos High School
Long time science teacher at Okemos High School; past winner Science Teacher of the Year from both MSTA and MESTA; very active with the Michigan Allaince for Environmental & Outdoor Education, Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association, and the education programs of the American... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Atrium Room

4:00pm

Developing a plan for Michigan Science Standard Implementation - K-6!
Join us as we explore a case of one school’s implementation of the science standards in a K-6 environment. Discussion will follow a description of the implementation strategies, successes and challenges of high-quality science learning!

Presenters
avatar for Cassandra Martin

Cassandra Martin

Curriculum Coach


Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Pearl Room

4:00pm

Nature-Based Education: Tackling the Great Outdoors with All Learners Throughout the Early Childhood School Year
Take a walk through the four seasons and learn how to excite and include the youngest learners. Walk with us to see what has been working, how we do it and brainstorm ways you can too. Come find out why nature education is for all learners!

Presenters
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Nicole Force

Neway Nature Preschool
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Amanda Gort

Teacher, Neway Nature Preschool
I have over 15 years of early childhood experience and have been a GSRP teacher for over 10 of those years. I am currently teaching at our Neway Nature Preschool that we converted over to being nature based after looking at our many acres of land and having a dream to make it something... Read More →
avatar for Amy Hall

Amy Hall

Teacher, Neway Nature Preschool


Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Emerald B

4:00pm

Productive Talk Implementation: Year Two
Tips and tricks for using Productive Talk in the K-12 classroom. Recommended for teachers in the second year of implementation.

Presenters
KM

Kelly MacDonell

3rd grade teacher, Vicksburg Community Schools



Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Haldane Room

4:00pm

Strategies to Promote Student Engagement in Young Adults
One the of challenges of teaching young adults is to garner student participation. Strategies will be provided to encourage classroom involvement by all students.

Presenters
LC

Leslie Cieplechowicz

instructor, St. Clair County Community College, Life Support Training Institute


Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Riverview Room

4:00pm

Make Time for Science with Project-Based Learning
If we treat content areas as silos, we’ll never find time for Science! Discover how to create authentic experiences that increase student engagement, develop critical and creative thinking skills, and connect across content areas. Be the teacher that transforms everyday lesson plans into memorable learning experiences. Come with a willingness to try something new; leave with project ideas that engage students not only in learning, but in making their world a better place!

Presenters
avatar for Ben Talsma

Ben Talsma

Van Andel Education Institute
Ben spent fifteen years in the classroom, teaching students from kindergarten through sixth grade. He started a STEAM program at his school to inspire his students to become the builders, makers, and creators of tomorrow. Now, he works at the Van Andel Education Institute, providing... Read More →
avatar for Jamie MacPherson

Jamie MacPherson

Van Andel Education Institute
avatar for Dawn McCotter

Dawn McCotter

Teacher Programs Manager, Van Andel Education Institute
Dawn devoted over 12 years to teaching science at Grand Haven High School with multiple classes including Earth Science, Physics, Astronomy, and Project Science. During her tenure, Dawn had the opportunity to work with diverse learners, from various academic and personal backgrounds... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Grandview B/C

4:00pm

Remote Control Air Cannon and Internet of Things (IoT)- The Engineering Design Process- What we learned at RET (Research Experience for Teachers) at Central Michigan University and How you can do the same?
Engineering is a growing field with many job opportunities. Learn to teach your students to think like engineers by incorporating the Engineering Design Process into your lessons. Presenters will share their experiences working with engineering faculty and students at CMU and how they’ve taken this into the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Pete Peterson

Pete Peterson

shelby high school


Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Pullman Room

4:00pm

The Mars Mini-Rover Project
When upper elementary students tackle this Project-based STEM challenge, they’ll be using Newton’s laws of motion, their understanding of properties of matter and density of molecules, surface area and angles, the transformation of electrical energy into motion, and their knowledge of circuits. This project is the perfect opportunity for students to use science and engineering practices while building, testing, and improving a working mini-rover prototype into prototype Martian crater. Get ready kids! NASA is calling and they need your help! A full detailed unit plan with digital student and teacher resources will be provided.

Presenters
avatar for Crystal Brown

Crystal Brown

STEMTech Teacher, K-5, Gibraltar School District


Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Nelson Room

4:00pm

Transforming Students to Stewards: Fostering Great Lakes-Literacy in Schools
This discussion will demonstrate strategies and best practices to incorporate Great Lakes and Water Literacy principles into classrooms, teacher training, and STEM/STEAM education and discuss a developing RFP to support learning in the context of freshwater education. Place-based education and existing curricula will be discussed to support laying a foundation for solving critical water issues, with a goal of informing a pilot project.

Presenters
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Rashell Bowerman

Consultant, MDE
avatar for Rachel Coale

Rachel Coale

Outreach Coordinator, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes
I'd love to talk about Michigan's Great Lakes and freshwater resources, why they're so important, and how stewardship is key to keeping them healthy for today and for the next generation.
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Emily Finnell

Office of the Great Lakes, DNR
avatar for Emily Gochis

Emily Gochis

Mi-STAR Coordinator of Professional Learning & Curriculum Associate, MiSTEM Director
avatar for Megan Schrauben - MiSTEM

Megan Schrauben - MiSTEM

Executive Director, MiSTEM Network, State of Michigan
The MiSTEM Network is a government support service created to engage schools and communities in authentic learning experiences that encourage interest and build awareness of STEM jobs. The Network provides a convening space to support schools in increasing achievement in STEM learning... Read More →
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Kevin St. Onge

Eastern UP STEM Region Director, MiSTEM Network



Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Emerald A

4:00pm

Amplify Science: Wine and Cheese Reception
Learn about Amplify Science at your own pace and time. This come-and-go session will give you a more detailed view into Amplify’s science program developed for the NGSS by the Lawrence Hall of Science. You will gain access to a demo account and have the opportunity to ask questions about the program and its implementation and see first-hand how Amplify Science can help your students think like scientists!


Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Berkey Room

4:00pm

NGSX Reception - “There’s more than air puppies in these glasses”
The Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network, in collaboration with ECA Science Kit Services, invites all NGSX study group participants, facilitators and future participants to enjoy a casual cocktail hour. Reconnect with fellow participants and mingle with other program alums!  Please RSVP at https://www.eca.bz/ngsx-msta19

Presenters
avatar for Mary Starr

Mary Starr

Michigan Math and Science Centers Network
avatar for Heidi Harlan

Heidi Harlan

ECA
Teaching science with hands-on projects is the best way for students to learn, but, it is expensive for schools and hard for teachers to manage. ECA Science Kit Services provides material replenishment solutions for school districts with this recurring need. We service all material-based... Read More →


Friday March 1, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Rendevous Amway Grand Plaza Concourse

5:15pm

Night at the Movies
Come see an engaging movie presentation featuring BioInteractive videos (available to use free in science classrooms) .  Enjoy refreshments and the movies provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Eberhard

Mark Eberhard

AP Biology & Biology Teachers, St. Clair High School
32 years in the classroom Ambassador for HHMI Biointeracitve Facilitator for BSCS/NABT Regional Biology Teacher Academy Writing team for College Board's Pre-AP Biology Course


Friday March 1, 2019 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Imperial Ballroom
 
Saturday, March 2
 

8:00am

Engaging Evolution Resources to Deepen Learning
Come explore interactive evolution resources to get your middle school students making sense of evolution concepts through use of hands-on manipulatives.

Presenters
avatar for Cheryl Hach

Cheryl Hach

Instructor, Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Plaza Boardroom A

8:00am

Putting the Pieces Together-Biology Sequencing and Units
This session will provide a possible sequence to create a Biology curriculum based on NGSS.We'll share the break down of our units in the sequence and inquiry-based lessons embedded in each unit.

Presenters
avatar for Lara Gusty

Lara Gusty

Science Teacher, Wayne Memorial High School
avatar for Stephanie Niedermeyer

Stephanie Niedermeyer

Science Teacher, Wayne Memorial High School



Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Imperial Ballroom

8:00am

Are you Science Woke? How to teach Science and integrate culturally relevant education
"Why are we learning this?" "How am I going to use this in real life?" "What's the purpose of this?" Every teacher has heard these notoriously infamous phrases and its about time we put an end to it by awakening the sleeping giant. So get woke...Science woke! Learn simple tips and tricks to embed Culturally Relevant Education and Phenomenon Science in your unit plans and experience wide spread 'Eureka Moments'!

Presenters


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Pullman Room

8:00am

Michigan's Frogs and Toads
Get the scoop on the when, where and how citizen scientists across Michigan have been surveying our thirteen frog and toad species for twenty three years. You too can participate in the effort.

Presenters
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Larry Feldpausch

board of director, River Raisin Institute


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Emerald A

8:00am

PBL, Multi-Discipline Integration, and NGSS...Oh my! Can it be done? We share how!
We share our journey through restructuring a life science course to include interdisciplinary content, skills, and experiences while simultaneously immersing learners in phenomenon-based coursework and multi-dimensional projects. This tale is far from perfect and involves a great deal of collaboration, teamwork, and innovation (not to mention trial-and-error); but, the adventure is entirely worth it! Join us for ideas and inspiration!

Presenters
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Paula Gentile

Tecumseh High School


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Grandview A

8:00am

Chemistry Teacher Meeting
Come meet other Chemistry Teachers from around Michigan. This is a great way to make connections for those who teach in schools with a small science department. Chemistry teachers across the state are our greatest professional resource! Most of us have been working hard to implement the Michigan Science Standards, bring a great idea to share or a question to ask.

Presenters
avatar for Mary Jordan McMaster

Mary Jordan McMaster

Chemistry Teacher, Allen Park High School
Currently teaching Advanced Placement Chemistry and Modeling Chemistry.



Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Fine Arts Room

8:00am

The power of the NGSX experience in my classroom
Over 6000 Michigan teachers have experienced the NGSX study group professional learning experience. If you been part of this experience, come learn more about what others are doing and share your ideas. If you have thought about attending a study group in your region, come learn more about how it might change your practice! This session will specifically highlight applications of NGSX in the high school classroom!

Presenters
avatar for Wayne Wright

Wayne Wright

Science Teacher, Thurston High School
Wayne Wright is an NGSS enthusiast! As a 10 year science teacher Wayne recognizes that this shift in the NGSS mindset has revolutionized his own classroom and how students experience science. Since diving into NGSS Wayne has given a talk at MIStemTalk17, has presented at the Science... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Pearl Room

8:00am

Using Models and Images to Teach Shapes and Kinds of Land and Bodies of Water
Focusing on 2-ESS2-2, participants will explore google maps, 3D models, and national, regional, state and county maps to identify land and bodies of water in an area.

Presenters
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Stephen Mattox

Grand Valley State University



Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Berkey Room

8:00am

PROSPECTING FOR MINERAL ORE
How do geologists look for mineral ore? In this activity from EDC Earth Science, participants search for a layer of rock that contains a valuable mineral called molybdenum by testing sediments collected in strategic spots along river systems gathering data to decide where the deposit is located. This is no 'cookie mining' activity!

Presenters
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Bill Cline

Science Curriculum Specialist, LAB-AIDS
I am your Science Curriculum Specialist for the state of Michigan. Please stop by our booth to see our 3rd Edition NGSS Version of Middle School Curriculum and our High School Curriculum consisting of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Environmental Science.


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Heritage Room

8:00am

Power Your Classroom or School with Solar Energy - Student Driven Solar
Students at West Bloomfield High School were able to power their entire science department with solar energy! Students themselves did the energy audits, solar resource studies, determination of cost savings and pollution prevention, fundraising, grant writing, presenting to the school board and more, culminating in the student-assisted construction of a 20 kilowatt solar array, which now powers the entire WBHS Science Department! We want to show you how we did it, so you can too!

Presenters
avatar for Joshua Barclay

Joshua Barclay

Physics Teacher, West Bloomfield High School
Talk to Joshua Barclay about powering your school with solar energy! Joshua Barclay, M.S., has taught both high school and university science for over 27 years, has served as an environmental advocate and youth leader for over 30 years, and was selected as the MSTA Michigan High School... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Ottawa Room

8:00am

Reducing stress and enhancing learning with mindfulness
Students and teachers are more stressed than ever, yet we are expected to help all students achieve rigorous performance expectations. Practicing mindfulness reduces stress and enhances learning by helping both teachers and students to notice the thoughts, emotions, and patterns of behavior we bring to the classroom. I will share practical tools and strategies I am using in my high school biology class to integrate mindfulness into daily routines, learning activities, and classroom management.

Presenters
avatar for Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson

Kentwood Public Schools
I currently teach biology at the East Kentwood Freshman Campus. I earned a PhD in science education from Michigan State University. My dissertation was titled "Supporting Three-Dimensional Science Learning: The Role of Curiosity-Driven Classroom Discourse." Twitter @wendyjohns... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Grandview B/C

8:00am

Strategies to Scaffold Science Discussion in MS classroom
We know our middle school students are experts at talking but how do we get them to talk science? This presentation will involve a variety of techniques and scaffolds to help your middle school scientists talk science in the classroom! You will walk away with some tools you can try in your classroom next week!

Presenters
avatar for Mary Buckwalter

Mary Buckwalter

Teacher, Forsythe MS
avatar for Margaret Raupp

Margaret Raupp

Forsythe MS
avatar for Amie J Snapke

Amie J Snapke

MS Science teacher and department lead, Ann Arbor Public Schools



Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Atrium Room

8:00am

Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening in the Context of Science: Integrating Literacy and 3D Science Instruction
Literacy is an integral part of science. From pre-school to professional astrophysics, a person’s ability to read, write, speak, and listen in the context of science heavily influences their path to scientific literacy. K-12 instruction should include strategies for the authentic integration of literacy skills in the science classroom. Participants in this session will be introduced to Argument-Driven Inquiry, an instructional model that integrates 3D science instruction and literacy skills.

Presenters
avatar for Victor Sampson

Victor Sampson

Director of the Center for STEM Education, University of Texas at Austin
victor.sampson@utexas.edu


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Pantlind Ballroom

8:00am

Water Quality: Developing Citizen Scientists
Students become citizen scientists each year when we conduct water quality testing in our local river. Results are communicated to our area, and we upload our data to an international database.

Presenters
avatar for Jackie Murray

Jackie Murray

Middle School Science Teacher, Clinton Community Schools
I am the sixth grade science teacher at Clinton Middle School. I love teaching students about science and getting them involved in hands-on projects. I am delighted to also teach a section of Project Lead the Way: Energy and the Environment. These courses really let me students learn... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Riverview Room

8:00am

High School Students Can Do Astrophysics Too!
Through the use of a DIY $5 particle detector, students can observe subatomic particles in the classroom. With extension activities diving into biology, chemistry, earth and space science, students are given opportunties to explore the radiative world around us (and teachers can easily differentiate activities for their students). This presentation will provide hands-on opportunities to "put on the student hat" and work with these simple particle detectors and use their "teacher hat" to see how these nifty devices can be used in the classroom. You'll even walk away with an engaging 5E lesson and all associated materials to bring immediately back into the classroom!

Presenters
avatar for Katelyn McCarthy

Katelyn McCarthy

Physics/Astronomy Teacher, Lakeview High School
I am passionate about physics and providing my students with opportunities to question, struggle with, experience, and master physical concepts that describe the world around us. I love to put learning in the hands of my students, and discovering new ways to bring hands-on experiences... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Haldane Room

8:00am

Radical Research
Join us as we share how students are acting as scientists by conducting individual independent research projects in class. Students will research something that they are interested in, plan their investigation and write a “journal worthy” paper and present their findings. Students demonstrate their content knowledge and SEP skills. Learn about this authentic project based learning experience. Resources provided!

Presenters
avatar for Kristy Butler

Kristy Butler

Teacher, Forest Hills Central High
Education & Science
avatar for Patti Richardson

Patti Richardson

Teacher, Forest Hills Central High School
Biology education, student centered learning



Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Kendall Room

8:00am

Grab their attention with Gizmos!
Gizmos are a sure-fire student engagement strategy. Students perform virtual experiments, collect and analyze data, and take ownership of their own learning. We want to share our success after 4 years of working with this amazing program.

Presenters
avatar for Diana Markley

Diana Markley

Teachers, Stevenson Middle School
Julie Parks and I have been 7th grade teaching partners since 2014. We have both taught for Wayne-Westland Schools for 25+ years. Collaborating and designing lessons together makes us both stronger teachers, and our students have reaped the rewards. Gizmos give our students the opportunity... Read More →
avatar for Julie Parks

Julie Parks

Stevenson Middle School


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Vandenberg B

8:00am

Incorporating the Engineering Practices into a Physics Class
Hear how I have incorporated the engineering practices into my physics classroom this year. My journey began this summer when I was able to participate in the Research Experience for Teachers. Through collaboration with other educators, we developed engineering activities and lessons to implement in our classrooms. I will share the successes and challenges encountered during this journey to deeper levels of understanding for my students.

Presenters
avatar for Kevin Stedman

Kevin Stedman

HS Math and Physics teacher, St. Louis Public Schools
flipped classroom; creating a thinking math classroom; engineering practices in the science classroom



Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Emerald B

8:00am

Project-based STEM Challenges for Elementary Students
STEM projects in elementary school provide students with the perfect opportunity to see a real world application of science, technology, engineering and math. Come learn about 3 Project-based STEM projects designed to challenge your elementary students and provide a rich experience with the engineering design process! The Cantilever Challenge will have your students talking about balanced forces and mass, fulcrum, levers, center of gravity and equations. The Mars Aqueduct project is guaranteed to challenge students as they try to design and improve the best way to move water down to the ‘fields on Mars.’ Your lower elementary students will be challenged to think more deeply of material properties and observe their tests as they engineer an animal shelter. Links and resources for teachers and students will be provided. Leave with 3 lessons for Monday!

Presenters
avatar for Crystal Brown

Crystal Brown

STEMTech Teacher, K-5, Gibraltar School District


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Winchester Room

8:00am

Raising the rigor in your science classroom
This workshop will be an interactive lesson on increasing the rigor through talk moves and writing assessments with more depth. Individuals who are interested should bring a current copy of any assessment that they would want to develop to more closely relate to the questioning found on the SAT and MSTEP.

Presenters
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Cassey Tien

ELA Teacher, Carson City - Crystal
As an English teacher, I have realized the importance of partnering with other content areas to prepare our students to read, analyze, and synthesize informational text. Using tests like the SAT as an example, we see that students need to be taught how to analyze graphs and expository... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:45am
Ford Ballroom

8:00am

Investigating Cell Structure and Function Beyond Paper Exercises!
In this workshop, participants will exploit specialized structures and functions of animal, plant and bacterial cells to develop customized DNA extraction protocols from. Using CER, and animal/student DNA extracts as controls, participants will capitalize on DNA’s popularity to develop exploratory wet labs that increase interest and appreciation of cell diversity.

Presenters
avatar for Tamica Stubbs

Tamica Stubbs

Bio-Rad Laboratories


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:45am
Governor's Room

8:00am

Active Programs
A look inside the Active Curricula – How do Active Physics, Active Chemistry and EarthComm support NGSS and Engineering? Get a close up, active look at this curricula. Experience a couple of activities and see for yourself how getting your students actively engaged in doing science promotes life-long learning. These three curricula are used around the world and have a great track record for ensuring student success and involvement in learning and applying science.

Presenters
avatar for Gary Curts

Gary Curts

Activate Learning
For the past 18 years Gary Curts has worked with It's About Time's Professional Development Department as one of their Implementation Consultant/STEM Specialists and has been instrumental in helping support many teachers across the USA who have implemented that curricula or are focusing... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:45am
Thornapple Room

8:00am

Integrating STEM with Science
The TI-Innovator Hub gives many opportunities to integrate NGSS, STEM, and coding in a science class. This session will investigate how students can create an alarm that can be used to protect a pet left in a car, how to make a mood ring, and how to pick a good seat at a concert while learning about thermodynamics, light and color, and the properties of sound. Beginners welcome.

Presenters
avatar for Marian Prince

Marian Prince

Math Department, Andrews University
I have been a math and science educator in Michigan for more than 30 years at the middle school, high school, and university levels. I am passionate about STEM and enthusiastic about using the new TI-Innovator Rover and Hub in teaching math, science and coding.


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:45am
Ruby Room

8:00am

Who is Birdbrain Amos and What Does He Have to Do with the Hippo and Oxpecker?
Come listen to a story about a hippopotamus and his tick bird while you explore matter and energy flow in an ecosystem. Cereal City Science (CCS) by BCAMSC has developed science units with phenomena, modeling, storyline, and CCSS integrations. Are you just squeezing science into lesson plans? Experience how ELA/Science integration can be fun, engaging, and increase skills and understanding. Dive into CCS new units and experience the benefit of well thought out science/ELA integration.

Presenters
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Steve Barry

Cereal City Science by Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center
avatar for Nancy Karre

Nancy Karre

Science Educational Consultant, Cereal City Science by Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 9:45am
Nelson Room

8:00am

Energy Across the Content
What is Energy? In all of our science classes; Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, etc. we all teach about energy. However, if we're honest with ourselves we don't really have a good, working definition of energy. More importantly we don't have a shared concept of energy. How are we supposed to help the students develop a coherent energy concept if we don't even have one among science teachers? Join us for a session where we will explore the ways in which energy is treated in the different disciplines and see if we can't get a start on a group understanding of energy.

Presenters
avatar for Don Pata

Don Pata

Grosse Pointe North High School
I have been teaching high school science for over 20 year. I like to talk about NGSS, advanced pedagogy, modeling instruction and healthy grading. I have 4 young children. In the summer I run modeling workshops across Michigan.


Saturday March 2, 2019 8:00am - 10:45am
Vandenberg A

9:00am

Hands-on and creative teacher-developed invasive species lessons to achieve Michigan science standards
Hands-on and creative lessons about invasive species are used both to engage student learning and to protect the environment. More than 15 teachers submitted lesson plans for online posting. We will demonstrate activities from several lessons, including students creating video public service announcements, producing informative Power Points, and engineering electric barriers to aquatic invaders. Lesson plans are posted on the web and linked to standards for science, social studies, and English language arts.

Presenters
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Maria Siciliano

Roberto Clemente Learning Academy, Detroit Public Schools Community District
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Sara Forbing

4th grade teacher, Caro Community Schools
avatar for Jeffrey Ram

Jeffrey Ram

Professor/PI on education grants, Wayne State Univ/Belle Isle Aquarium
Education at informal education institutions (public aquariums, zoos, nature centers).Invasive speciesStudents making videos as a pedagogical method



Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Emerald B

9:00am

The power of the NGSX experience in my classroom
Over 6000 Michigan teachers have experienced the NGSX study group professional learning experience. If you been part of this experience, come learn more about what others are doing and share your ideas. If you have thought about attending a study group in your region, come learn more about how it might change your practice! This session will specifically highlight applications of NGSX in the high school classroom!

Presenters
avatar for Holly Hereau

Holly Hereau

Teacher and Dept Chair, Lee M. Thurston High School
Science teacher at Lee M. Thurston High School and Macomb Community College. Next Generation Science Storyline author and consultant, NGSX facilitator, and a member of Achieve, Inc.’s, Science Peer Review Panel. Passionate about 5-D learning and providing experiential and place-based... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Pearl Room

9:00am

Charts & Diagrams & Graphs, Oh My!
Science Practices 1 and 5 in the revised AP Chemistry Curriculum focus on various representations for interpreting data and communicating knowledge of relevant chemical concepts. This session will review representations students are expected to interpret when they take the exam, including sample assessment items. Student handouts and other review strategies for the exam will be provided.

Presenters
avatar for Jamie Benigna

Jamie Benigna

Chemistry Teacher, Roeper School
AP

Alice Putti

Science Teacher, Jenison High School


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Atrium Room

9:00am

CHEMICAL FORMULA & AMINO ACIDS
What is the difference between subscripts and coefficients? What does "balancing" a chemical equation mean? Many students have trouble with these fundamental concepts in chemistry. If a student does not fully understand the chemical formula, then moles, reactions, and stoichiometry are hopelessly confusing. Join us for some engaging, intuitive, and well-differentiated lessons that allow students of all levels to master the chemical formula and thereby move confidently into a deeper understanding of chemistry.

Presenters
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Bill Cline

Science Curriculum Specialist, LAB-AIDS
I am your Science Curriculum Specialist for the state of Michigan. Please stop by our booth to see our 3rd Edition NGSS Version of Middle School Curriculum and our High School Curriculum consisting of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Environmental Science.


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Heritage Room

9:00am

Empowered to Take Action: Engaging Environmental STEM Design Challenges with EarthEcho
EarthEcho International was founded by Philippe Cousteau Jr. on the belief that youth have the power to change our planet. As an expedition fellow, I saw firsthand this organization's commitment to equipping teachers with lessons and online tools that marry the best of the engineering design process with the tenets of environmental place-based learning. Come explore with me as we take a deep dive into their Water By Design and just-released PlasticSeas curriculum.

Presenters
avatar for Susan Tate

Susan Tate

Whitehall Middle School
My passions are environmental topics such as protecting our freshwater resources, ocean health, the polar regions, and climate change. I have been involved with the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative for 10 years, so I'd love to chat with you about how to engage students through place-based... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Vandenberg B

9:00am

Argumentation and Explanation in FOSS
Investigate phenomena and experience how elementary students create models, construct explanations, and engage in argumentation from evidence in FOSS lessons. Explore how these NGSS science and engineering practices complement and reinforce each other to enhance student learning. Leave with instructional strategies to support student sensemaking.

Presenters
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Chris Blackstock

Consultant, Delta Education
After 23 years as a public school teacher, I am now working with Delta Education and FOSS as a consultant and trainer. I am also a trainer for the Center for Teacher Effectiveness specializing in strategies to increase student engagement and motivation.
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Kathleen Schutter

School Specialty


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Ottawa Room

9:00am

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning: Scientific Explanations about Phenomena
CER is a way for students to explain observed phenomenon in a scientific way and how observations and data from an investigation are connected to science knowledge. This acclaimed and highly successful instructional strategy is changing how lab instructions are conducted and making science investigations meaningful for students. ELD strategies will be shared and modeled for an equitable learning environment.

Presenters
avatar for Pam O'Brien

Pam O'Brien

Regional STEM Coach, STEMscopes


CER HO pdf
CER BW pdf

Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Haldane Room

9:00am

Muffins for Members
Want to know more about the MSTA and the MSTA Board of Directors? Come join us for an informal meet and greet with MSTA leadership.

Presenters
avatar for Betty Crowder

Betty Crowder

Visiting Instructor, Oakland University
MSTA, Science Teacher Education, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Presidential Awards, Bees, Family, Friends.
avatar for Brian Peterson

Brian Peterson

President, MSTA


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Fine Arts Room

9:00am

That's Phenomenal! Science Teaching with a Twist
Getting students to think beyond "what I need to know for the test" is important in the Michigan Science Standards. In this session we will take Performance Expectations and look at how anchoring your science units in real-world phenomena and then using investigative phenomena to develop lessons can help your classroom become more 3-Dimensional in practice, get your students to think more like scientists and use claim, evidence and reasoning to develop concepts and skills.

Presenters
avatar for Rob Keys

Rob Keys

Professor, Cornerstone University
Creating models related to ecology NGSS performance expectations Grassland bird conservation and monitoring Dam removal and stream restoration



Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Winchester Room

9:00am

Demonstrations that really grab attention!
20 awesome phenomena anyone can create on a tight budget. Get ideas to spunk up your delivery and engage your students. Science is never boring when you have the right hook. You will be able to create inexpensive demonstrations for the physical sciences. Most are 7-12 ideas.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Sheler

Mark Sheler

Sandusky Jr/Sr High School
High School Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Chemistry and Earth Science, Baker College of Education



Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Riverview Room

9:00am

Sink your Teeth into Science! Using Bite Mark Evidence to Teach Lab Skills and Logic
Come play with teeth and playdough in a tactile activity that engages students in observation, deductive reasoning and communication! My forensic science students say they learned the importance of accurate measurements and being precise with explanations. Students also refined their teamwork and presentation skills. Note: While teeth casts will be used in this high school activity, the lesson structure can be adapted for use with other objects or with other subjects and age groups.

Presenters
avatar for Anne LaSovage

Anne LaSovage

Science Teacher, Southfield Public Schools
I am a veteran teacher with 20+ years of experience, primarily in a mostly minority district. MSTA Member for much of that time - and received MSTA High School Science Teacher of the Year Award in 2018! Talk to me about: (inter)active lessons, developing discourse in science... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Plaza Boardroom A

9:00am

Literacy Fun in the Science Classroom: Add Some Pizzazz!
Take away ready-to-use literacy strategies frequently used by the presenters to improve reading comprehension, preview, review and formatively assess. Tap into your students' creative sides! Strategies are versatile for various content areas . Each is easy to prepare for use.  

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Buck-Underwood

Melissa Buck-Underwood

8th Grade Science/American History, Duncan Lake Middle School
Throughout my experience as a middle school teacher of science, social studies, and sometimes math, language arts, and art, I have been a proponent of incorporating literacy strategies into all courses.I've experience in presenting strategies to colleagues, modelling strategies within... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Krentz

Michelle Krentz

Kraft Meadows MS, Caledonia Community Schools
I am in my 15th year teaching 8th grade science. I also teach the middle school FFA class as well as the middle school Dave Ramsey program. When I am not teaching or working on lessons I am spending time with my family enjoying the outdoors.


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Grandview A

9:00am

Ten Tips for Motivating Students with Phenomena
Make science fun using phenomena in the high school science classroom. Designing lessons that build real-world relationships with inexpensive activities help to engage students. We will provide you with ten tips to incorporate NGSS-designed and three-dimensional learning in your classroom that will make connections that will help students appreciate the social relevance of science.

Presenters
avatar for Denise Bills

Denise Bills

Teacher, Garden City Schools
Denise is passionate about the innovation of teaching and learning, especially through inquiry-based science modalities.
avatar for Jane Culp

Jane Culp

Chemistry Teacher, Garden City Schools
Jane Davies-Culp Science Teacher / Environmental Chemist MSEd, BSNR Jane Davies-Culp is a high school teacher who works to help people develop their own passion for science. Jane believes that everyone should explore and ask questions about the world around them. We are already... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Grandview B/C

9:00am

Innovation Learning with The Henry Ford
This presentation will outline The Henry Ford's innovation learning initiatives for teachers. Join us to learn how you can integrate THF's interdisciplinary learning framework, Model I in your classroom. You'll also learn about the 2019 Michigan Invention Convention on April 27 and how you and your students in grades 3-12 can get involved!

Presenters
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Olivia Marsh

Innovation Learning & Invention Convention Coordinator, The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford contains hundreds of stories of American innovation. The Learning & Engagement team interprets, promotes, and talks about these stories through the lens of innovation learning. My role is to coordinate the Michigan Invention Convention, an interactive opportunity for... Read More →
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Rob Oleary

The Henry Ford



Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Pullman Room

9:00am

Strengthen STEM with Community Partnerships That Integrate Arts and Social Studies
Learn how to design community partnerships that integrate the arts, social studies, and STEM to activate a wider range of student interests and connect the real world with the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for John (Trey) Smith

John (Trey) Smith

Student, Northwestern University
As an educator and researcher, I am interested in K-12 science learning that pushes beyond traditional science education boundaries to include social, cultural, historical, political, and community contexts and questions. I taught science, social studies, and engineering in Philadelphia... Read More →
avatar for June Teisan

June Teisan

NNSTOY Project Lead, National Network of State Teachers of the Year


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Berkey Room

9:00am

Science is a Verb, Not a Noun!
Science is a verb, not a noun. Science is something that students DO. It is not a subject where students passively obtain new information. The goal of this presentation is to help you understand and apply the inquiry approach of the new science standards, which will invigorate science in your classroom. The conceptual shifts, dimensions, and the domains of the NGSS, as well as lesson planning and design will be discussed during this session.

Presenters
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Craig Gaska

Issues Presenter - NGSS, Pearson Publishing
Dr. Gaska has been in the field of education for over 35 years. During his career he has been an elementary classroom teacher, elementary assistant principal, and elementary principal. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Masters and Education Specialist’s degrees... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Kendall Room

9:00am

Meaningful Moments - Project Based Learning and NGSS K-5
Get ready to see examples of PBL (Project Based Learning) in action! Topics discussed will include how PBL supports NGSS, anchoring phenomena, collaborative & creative thinking, science & engineering standards and real world connections.  Projects shown will be from k-5 West Bloomfield school district classrooms.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Quinn

Amy Quinn

Elementary Science Coach, West Bloomfield School District
I am an instructional coach with a focus on science in the elementary classroom. I am also the teacher lab (Job Embedded Professional Learning) coordinator for West Bloomfield schools. I am a mentor for FIRST robotics for FLL and FLL Jr. I have written 5 books on innovation and... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Imperial Ballroom

9:00am

Bioengineering challenges and middle school life science
Using readily available materials, this workshop will utilize hands-on activities and discussion to illustrate how to integrate engineering practices into middle school life science. By participating in challenges, such as designing an artificial heart valve, participants will experience aspects of the engineering design cycle. The workshop will emphasize the interconnectedness of the components of the science and engineering practices and the integration of the three dimensions of the NGSS.

Presenters
avatar for John Howarth

John Howarth

Co-Director (retired), SEPUP, UC Berkeley
Recently retired after 43 years in public education. Most recent position was as Co-Director of SEPUP at UC Berkeley. Previously executive director of curriculum and instruction at Grand Rapids Public Schools, science coordinator at GRPS, science teacher at Thornapple Kellogg HS... Read More →
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Timothy Hurt

UC Berkeley


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 10:45am
Pantlind Ballroom

9:00am

Art and Science in Nature
Participants will enjoy learning new strategies for approaching topics such as genetics, geology, chemistry and ecology with students through unique art and science explorations. This presentation is a hands-on workshop with many take away samples to share with your students including eco-printing, agricultural art and the science of salves.

Presenters
avatar for Chelsea O'Brien

Chelsea O'Brien

Founder and Executive Dircetor, Clarkston Family Farm (non-profit educational farm)
Graduating Magna Cum Laude with a science degree from WMU's Lee Honors College, my early professional life was in health care and sales with Stryker Medical. My work in nutrition and exercise physiology with cardiac patients inspired me to educate youth about healthy food and the... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Berg

Nancy Berg

Curriculum Advisor, Clarkston Family Farm
Bringing nature experiences into the classroom. Developing a plan for more hands-on nature explorations


Saturday March 2, 2019 9:00am - 10:45am
Emerald A

10:00am

Do you want to build a greenhouse?
Hear the story about the construction of our DIY greenhouse. We will share our initial dream and design, the construction with staff and students, and the operation of a solar-heated hoop house that was built by and is managed by high school students.  Come to listen if you are only interested in a simple school garden because resources will be shared for integrating gardening into any K-12 science classroom.  Presentation slides: https://bit.ly/2MLvNTj

Presenters
avatar for Chad Scholten

Chad Scholten

Teacher, Forest Hills Central High School



Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Plaza Boardroom A

10:00am

Missed Connections: Reuniting alternative students with their environment through a cross-curricular day in the field
An in-depth report of how we used stream monitoring to implement a whole school unit; integrating subjects of environmental science, biology, chemistry, geometry, algebra, English, civics, history, and technology. Get the whole picture including the planning process, success stories, frustrations, partnerships, student work, final outcomes, student feedback, and future directions.

Presenters
avatar for Samantha Lichtenwald

Samantha Lichtenwald

Biology and Environmental Science Teacher, Bay-Arenac Community High School
I lead alternative students in exploring various science-based opportunities, bringing awareness to how their actions directly/indirectly impact our environment and themselves. The majority of my curriculum is centered around Michigan and the Great Lakes. I am currently working... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Berkey Room

10:00am

Particulate Drawings and Manipulatives
Drawing and interpreting particulate drawings is an important skill for students to demonstrate on the AP Chemistry Exam (Science Practice 1). Teachers often underestimate student difficulty in this area. This session will present activities and lessons that improve students’ ability to use particulate representations.

Presenters
avatar for Jamie Benigna

Jamie Benigna

Chemistry Teacher, Roeper School
AP

Alice Putti

Science Teacher, Jenison High School


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Atrium Room

10:00am

Maps as Models in Earth and Environmental Science Classroom
The use of online mapping applications in the Earth and Environmental Science class room is a multi-disciplinary, 3D way to analyze, create and communicate spatial relationships between many science concepts. This presentation will focus on several examples which can easily be incorporated into middle and high school science curriculum for both multidisciplinary classes and content specific classes.

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Andrew Bruen

Berkley High School and CASA



Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Vandenberg B

10:00am

Designing Destructive Earthquakes
Using "shake tables" as simple as a board with handle and accelerometer attached, learners can investigate why horizontal accelerations, velocities, energy and resonant frequencies of earthquake vibrations are more important than magnitude in determining damage to buildings, dams, bridges and other structures. Also learn to quantify the “maximum considered earthquake” which engineers use for any onshore location (including your home or school) even in relatively low-risk Michigan. Both natural and human-induced earthquakes will be considered.

Presenters
avatar for Fred Thomas

Fred Thomas

CEO, Math Machines
I am a retired physics and astronomy professor, with decades of experience working to make science fit better with other areas of STEM, especially mathematics. Currently, I manage a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, providing unique equipment, software, curriculum materials and... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Riverview Room

10:00am

Making Your NGSx Workshop Pop!
This session is an invitation to NGSX facilitators to come together to share discovered approaches, and to troubleshoot problems of implementation. Were the big ideas missed my some who were annoyed by Air Puppies? Did participants struggle to imagine how this works in their setting? Or, did you figure out a great way to establish culture, or maximize participation. What innovations can you share on how you structured NGSX in your region? Come to share and take away great new insights.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Gallagher

Michael Gallagher

Oakland Schools and MiSTEM Network


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Pearl Room

10:00am

National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Process
In this workshop participants will become familiar with the National Geographic Geo-Inquiry process. This process is a five step method to teach students to think about the connections between the complex human systems and the natural world. Participants will be shown how to use this process to build on student questions that reflect their interests in the local community.

Presenters

Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Grandview B/C

10:00am

Supporting Students’ Scientific Explanations with CER
Learn about action research on CER done by three middle school teachers from Kalamazoo Public Schools. Facilitators will offer strategies that worked to help students gain confidence in their ability to write evidence and reasoning.

Presenters
avatar for Dawn Kahler

Dawn Kahler

8th Grade Science Teacher, Kalamazoo Public Schools
Teacher for 26 years in Kalamazoo Public Schools. I have a BS from Western Michigan University in Elementary Education and a Masters from Michigan Technological University. I have helped to write, pilot, implement and train Mi-STAR for the past three years.


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Haldane Room

10:00am

Using Phenomena to drive student learning: examples from a 5th grade classroom using Next Generation Science Storylines
Participants will see examples from a 5th-grade classroom using an anchoring phenomenon to get students to ask questions and come up with ideas for investigations in service of figuring out how to explain a phenomenon. As students use the Science and Engineering Practices to figure out key science ideas, they come up with even more questions and investigations that dig deeper in order to reach the depth of understanding required for a full explanation.

Presenters
avatar for Holly Hereau

Holly Hereau

Teacher and Dept Chair, Lee M. Thurston High School
Science teacher at Lee M. Thurston High School and Macomb Community College. Next Generation Science Storyline author and consultant, NGSX facilitator, and a member of Achieve, Inc.’s, Science Peer Review Panel. Passionate about 5-D learning and providing experiential and place-based... Read More →
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Lynda O'Donnell

Teacher, South Redford schools



Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Imperial Ballroom

10:00am

Using Children's Literature in Inspire STEM Learning
Take my recess but please don’t take my science time! Never before has it been so easy to interest students in reading and science. Success stories will be shared from schools that are successfully integrating ELA and science standards by using children’s picture books to engage students and teach STEM concepts with resources such as Picture-Perfect Science Lessons and Eureka Science Activities and Stories. Leave with ideas you can implement in your classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Stilwell

Kim Stilwell

NSTA - National Science Teachers Association
Kim Stilwell joins us from the National Science Teachers Association, where she facilitates professional development and conducts workshops across the nation sharing strategies to integrate science and literacy standards in the classroom. The past eighteen years she has spent planning... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Nelson Room

10:00am

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing!
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing!
Review the history of the Apollo program. Learn ways to build and safely launch different rockets with different ages of students. Plan a rocket launch to celebrate the first launch to the Moon. Find out how to organize and document your event. Match the many connections to standards for science, technology, engineering, math, reading, and social studies.

Presenters
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Nicole Jakubowski

5th Grade Science Teacher, Detroit Country Day School
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Meghan Kurleto,

3rd and 4th Grade Science and STEAM, Detroit Country Day School
3rd and 4th Grade Science and STEAM Teacher at Detroit Country Day School.
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Marlenn Maicki

Retired, Detroit Country Day School



Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Kendall Room

10:00am

Showcasing High School STEM Research
The Junior Science & Humanities Symposium is an opportunity to celebrate high school students' STEM research. Find out how to participate and learn more about how to increase student engagement in STEM, showcasing a partnership with Upward Bound Students and JSHS (a program sponsored by AEOP, and administrated by NSTA).

Presenters
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Sandra Yarema

Assistant Professor, Clinical, Science Teacher Education, Wayne State University



Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Ottawa Room

10:00am

The Genetics and Bioethics of Opioid Addiction and Treatment!
Recently, the opioid epidemic has exploded in the U.S. In this session, participants will learn how to genotype and statistically analyze fictional patient samples based on their rs1800497 DRD2/ANKK1 SNPs. Using evidence, they will predict addiction risks for opioid abuse and treatment as reflected in research. Participants will also learn to permeate opioid addiction science into concepts like population statistics, allelic frequencies, pedigrees, DNA function, cell communication, gene expression, biotechnology and bioethics in their lessons.

Presenters
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Tamica Stubbs

Bio-Rad Laboratories


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Ford Ballroom

10:00am

Science with a Story-line
Creating a real-life scenario for science learning allows students to see themselves in the role of a scientist, providing context for science processes that can seem abstract. Join us to participate in an example based on the plight of the Panamanian Golden Frog, a species on the brink of extinction. Participants will model field conservation methods, generate and explore theories on threats to the species, and work together to take action to help all amphibians.

Presenters
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Akilah Franklin

Detroit Zoological Society
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Claire Lannoye-Hall

Curator of Education, Detroit Zoological Society
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Sandy Ling

Education Specialist, Detroit Zoological Society


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Emerald B

10:00am

FOCUS: Inspiring Exploration and Discovery while Reading, Writing, Thinking, and Doing
A strong link between literacy and Science provides students an opportunity to dig deeper into high-interest topics while mastering NGSS and ELA standards. In this session, explore how Science A-Z motivates students.
FOCUS Questions set a purpose for reading while Read-Think-Write assess reading comprehension.
FOCUS Books support the desire to learn and discover more while developing Scientific and Engineering Practices.
Attendees will explore the multi-leveled instructional Science A-Z units and corresponding FOCUS Books.

Presenters
avatar for Sheryl Tavares

Sheryl Tavares

National Curriculum Consultant, Learning A-Z
I am a lifelong educator with 15 years in the classroom and 16 years as an Educational Consultant. I’ve worked with: data reviews during PLC’s, progress monitoring, instructional next steps, and Student Growth Percentiles.


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Winchester Room

10:00am

Demystifying 3D NGSS and STEM Literacy Using the Phenomenon of Light
Join us as we learn the power of using hands-on explorations to engage students in reading, writing, and making meaning as we model literacy strategies in a lesson on the Properties of Visible Light. Lead all students to mastery and higher achievement. This session will convince you that your students CAN read science, use complex vocabulary, enter into argumentation and discourse, and build the capacity for scientific literacy success in your STEM classroom.

Presenters
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Pam O'Brien

Regional STEM Coach, STEMscopes


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Pullman Room

10:00am

Structuring Discussion to Be Equitable and Rigorous
The Framework promotes learning as a fundamentally social endeavor supported by collaborative and communicative norms. Yet, sustaining these norms requires teachers to examine and support K–12 students’ ways of talking so they all are able to articulate, make sense of, and evaluate each other’s ideas. Walk away with ready-to-use tools that foster and assess productive talk.

Presenters
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Chris Gleason

Consultant and Professional Development Facilitator for Activate Learning, Activate Learning
I was one of the original pilot teachers during the development of IQWST. I retired after teaching science in the MS and HS for 44 years, and I am excited for the opportunity to share my passion for IQWST and the difference that being totally engaged in all aspects of science has... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Thornapple Room

10:00am

What if the Graduation Requirements do not make Sense for our Students?
As Michigan strives to ensure that all students are "Career and College Ready (CCR)", the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) graduation requirements may need to be modified to meet the needs of every learner. This session provides an overview of the modifications that are allowable through a personal curriculum as well as guidance around how to make those tough decisions. Participants will gain an understanding of the options for students with and without IEP's to customize their education according to their post-school goals.

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Rashell Bowerman

Consultant, MDE


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Governor's Room

10:00am

Incorporating Modeling Instruction with Mi-STAR
Incorporating Modeling (Whiteboarding) practices into Mi-STAR lessons for students engagement and learning. Come and gain ideas and strategies from teachers trained in Modeling Instruction, and as MiSTAR PLFs.

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Yonee Bryant-Kuiphoff

Science teacher, Linden Grove Middle School
I have taught middle school science for 25 years. I am also the Middle School Director for MSTA. I am a writer, Professional Learning Facilitator, and have piloted units for MISTAR. I served on the review Board for the NGSS /MSS Science Standards. Our school district is in the... Read More →
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Stephanie Wagner

Teacher, Portage North Middle School


Saturday March 2, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am
Fine Arts Room

11:00am

Diffusion, the Cell Membrane, and Ourselves: Biology Comes Alive through the Aesthetic Realism Method
We’ll show through demos on diffusion that this vital process has a logical, beautiful structure of opposites—high and low, freedom and order, inclusion and exclusion—opposites we and our students hope to make sense of in our daily lives. As students see this exciting relation, they like the world more; they feel science is friendly, and they eagerly learn.

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Rosemary Plumstead

Consultant/Teacher Educator, Aesthetic Realism Foundation
I ama Consultant on the faculty of the not-for-profit Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City, where for many years I have trained teachers in how to use the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method. I taught high school students for 33 years in New York City where I taught health... Read More →
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Sarah Ross

Retired biology teacher
I'm very proud to have taught high school biology in the New York City public school system for 29 years using the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method. This great method enables students to see how science is related to their immediate lives and to the world itself. As a result, they... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Plaza Boardroom A

11:00am

Understanding Fields & Energy
The new standards refer often to fields. But what really is a gravitational, electric or magnetic field? In this session, you will have the opportunity deepen your own understanding of the concept of fields and how they relate to energy. We will use strategies and representational models that can easily be used in a secondary science classroom to reach all students.

Presenters
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Don Pata

Grosse Pointe North High School
I have been teaching high school science for over 20 year. I like to talk about NGSS, advanced pedagogy, modeling instruction and healthy grading. I have 4 young children. In the summer I run modeling workshops across Michigan.
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Laura Ritter

Physics Teacher, Troy High School


Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Vandenberg A

11:00am

Enhancing Curriculum and Engaging Students Through Virtual Experiences
The Virtual Tour Guys will demonstrate resources elementary teachers can utilize to engage students in the learning process like never before. Using interactive virtual experiences we will show teachers how to immerse students in the curriculum and take them to places they never thought possible.


Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Grandview B/C

11:00am

Students Leading Change to Protect Our Waterways
Place-based education (PBE) involves moving beyond classroom walls and teaching students through their own communities. Through PBE, students engage in real-world problem solving by identifying a need in their community and developing a solution to help address that need. This presentation will share how K-12 students can serve as leaders in the community to protect local waterways from pollution.

Presenters
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Joanna Allerhand

Grand Valley State University
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Jessica Vander Ark

Grand Valley State University
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Amanda Syers

Program specialist, GVSU Center for Educational Partnerships


Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Vandenberg B

11:00am

Improving Canned Labs to Increase Ownership & Understanding of Experiments
Take ownership of the scientific method by purposefully editing canned labs to better reflect your style, the needs of your students and the curriculum, as well as fit into the class-time available. This session is designed for teachers who primarily use pre-made lab experiments (without modifications) such as: textbook-provided manuals, labs on the internet, reports provided by a science materials supplier, and/or otherwise unaltered printed labs. Please bring a computer and canned labs.

Presenters
avatar for Nina Jacks

Nina Jacks

Science Teacher, De La Salle Collegiate High School



Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Grandview A

11:00am

VR in Your Classroom
The presentation will describe how I supplemented a successful and exciting Google Cardboard's VR(Virtual Reality) program in my classroom. I will also save time for the teachers by listing and experiencing various apps and sites that were successful in the world of education. Technology has brought a whole new dimension to the science classroom.

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Walter Charuba

Grosse Pointe Public Schools


Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Ruby Room

11:00am

Observations of How NGSX is Transforming Classrooms for Both Teachers and Students
Kim will engage participants in an interactive presentation and lively discussion about the diverse impacts on both teachers and students of transforming classrooms using 3-dimensional learning called for in the Framework and NGSS.

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avatar for Kim Smith

Kim Smith

STEM Education Consultant, Seaborg Center - NMU
Research interests in plant biology education and transitioning classrooms to NGSXPersonal hobbies include yoga, outdoor recreation, global travel and art


Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Riverview Room

11:00am

How to Facilitate Student Equitable Discourse in the Classroom
This presentation will give participants a variety of tools and strategies how to facilitate equitable classroom discussions. Classroom management, discussion techniques, and classroom culture building will be the major focus. NGSS's Science and Engineering Practices Engaging in Argumentation from Evidence and Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information will be covered in depth. Following the presentation, there will be a Q & A lead by teachers who are currently teaching middle science. Teachers prepare for students to be leaders of learning.

Presenters
avatar for Nell Bielecki

Nell Bielecki

Anderson Middle School
Hi! I am teacher at Anderson Middle School in Berkley and have been teaching for 19 years. I currently teach 7th and 8th grade using MISTAR and Modeling Instruction; both of which serve to align my curriculum with NGSS. Over the last few summers, I've served as an Aspiring Modeling... Read More →
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Rachel Kent

Science Teacher, Fruitport Middle School & AMTA Facilitator
I have been a middle school science teacher for grades 6-8th for 15 years at Fruitport Middle School. Before becoming a middle school science teacher I taught 1st-grade. Four years ago I dove into Modeling Instruction taking the Middle School training and the next year attending the... Read More →
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George Nelson

7th/8th Science, Wilmette, IL Elemetary School District
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Scott Stokes

Teacher, Bemis Jr. High
I’ve been teaching for 27 yrs. 5yrs. Using Modeling Instruction and Healthy Grading Practices.
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Andrea Williams

Orchard Lake Middle School


Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Kendall Room

11:00am

Head Full of STEAM
You have it all: your materials, your game plan, and your students' excitement. It's full STEAM ahead! Or is it? Are you prepared to stand back and lead your students effectively as they collaborate, question, solve, and even accept failure? With guidelines, tips, and suggested questions, you can make sure your head full of STEAM powers the momentum you want for a true STEAM experience!

Presenters
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Steven Tezak

Director, STARBASE Alpena
Steven Tezak is a Director and Instructor at DoD STARBASE in Alpena, MI where he has been teaching STEM principles to students for the past five years. WIth eight years of teaching and 12 years of skilled trades background, he has a dedication to teach STEM topics as well as safe... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Atrium Room

11:00am

Proven Instructional Practices in STEM: Setting ALL Students up for Success
Investigate phenomena and experience how students create models, construct explanation, and engage in argumentation from evidence in FOSS lessons. Explore how these NGSS science and engineering practices are integrated and reinforce each other to enhance student learning. Leave with instructional strategies to support sense-making.

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Chris Blackstock

Consultant, Delta Education
After 23 years as a public school teacher, I am now working with Delta Education and FOSS as a consultant and trainer. I am also a trainer for the Center for Teacher Effectiveness specializing in strategies to increase student engagement and motivation.
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Kathleen Schutter

School Specialty


Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Nelson Room

11:00am

Gamification in the Biology Classroom
This presentation will review the development and execution of a board game in a science classroom. This presentation will focus on the game Protein Pursuit that I developed along with another teacher at my school. We will also discuss how to develop other games in the classroom to further student engagement and achievements.

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Mary Burdgick

Teacher
I teach freshmen Biology and AP Biology at Arbor Prep in Ypsilanti. I am currently working towards a Master's in Teaching & Learning in Science Education at Wayne State University.


Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:45pm
Pantlind Ballroom

11:00am

Going Nuclear!!!
Come "go nuclear" with us as we present different ways to help students connect with the topic of nuclear energy. Licorice half life, a waste containment lab, and a socratic debate on whether nuclear energy is worth the risk will be the focus of this session.

Presenters
avatar for Doug Ragan

Doug Ragan

HS Chemistry Teacher, Hudsonville High School
flip learning, video story problems, safety, HS chemistry, Purdue, chemical education, collaboration, twitter
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Christine Webster

High School Science Teacher, Hudsonville Public Schools


Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:45pm
Pearl Room

11:00am

Flipping MEECS: Using Existing Materials in a Next Gen Classroom
The MEECS units are quality materials that have been used to teach Environmental Education topics across Michigan for years. In this workshop we will take a look at how to flip these units and create student led, science inquiry in your classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Gabrielle Likavec

Gabrielle Likavec

Co-Cooridinator, Michigan Geographic Alliance
I am a newly converted environmental educator who is passionate about creating science and socially conscious students!



Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:45pm
Emerald A

11:00am

Don't Reinvent the Wheel- Creating Inquiry Experiences for Students
Take the labs you've found online, used for years or always wanted to do and give them an inquiry makeover for your classroom! I will take teachers through the process of taking labs and experiments you've always done and create amazing inquiry based experiences for your students without spending too much time creating new things.

Presenters
avatar for Vanessa Logan Wentzloff

Vanessa Logan Wentzloff

Physics Teacher, Avondale High School
I am constantly working in to improve myself as an educator and promote a student-centered classroom with a focus on mindfulness, flipped learning, standards-based grading and NGSS practices. I also work with flexible seating in the high school level and focus on positive collaboration... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:45pm
Berkey Room

11:00am

Managing Group Talk & Teamwork
Productive talk is an essential part of NGSS and the Mi-STAR curriculum experience. Through discourse and teamwork students will learn to construct explanations and support their thinking with evidence. They will also learn to reflect, consider new evidence and reevaluate their thinking. But, how do you ensure that students are focused and actively participating during this time? This session will share some important strategies that will build a science community and promote equity and participation among students.

Presenters
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Dawn Kahler

8th Grade Science Teacher, Kalamazoo Public Schools
Teacher for 26 years in Kalamazoo Public Schools. I have a BS from Western Michigan University in Elementary Education and a Masters from Michigan Technological University. I have helped to write, pilot, implement and train Mi-STAR for the past three years.


Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:45pm
Haldane Room

11:00am

Writing in Science: Out of the Silo and Onto the Page
In an ongoing effort to engage in interdisciplinary learning, we designed a class project that would sharpen students' abilities to observe the natural world while strengthening technical and creative writing skills. We will be modeling what we have done in the classroom, and discussing how we utilized a community partner, The Leslie Science and Nature Center, to further these processes. We will use food and live animals during the workshop. Monica Lewis and David Clipner are also presenters.

Presenters
avatar for Brandon Groff

Brandon Groff

Teacher, Greenhills School
Natural History, Ecology, Phenology (seasonality), Place-based curriculum, Bicycles, Running


Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:45pm
Heritage Room

11:00am

Elementary and Middle School Extravaganza
Join us for the MSTA Elementary and Middle School Extravaganza! Teachers and pre-service teachers will be sharing lessons, activities, resources, and outstanding trade books in a poster session type format. Come for a few minutes, or stay for the whole time.  Either way you’ll walk away with a head full of ideas and a handful of materials.

Presenters
avatar for Susan Tate

Susan Tate

Whitehall Middle School
My passions are environmental topics such as protecting our freshwater resources, ocean health, the polar regions, and climate change. I have been involved with the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative for 10 years, so I'd love to chat with you about how to engage students through place-based... Read More →
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Conni Crittenden

Teacher, Explorer Elementary
I'm the Region 5 Regional Director for MSTA. Want to know more about MSTA and how to be involved? need help with sessions? presentations? getting involved at the national level? the Presidential Awards? getting funded for science? Come talk to me!
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Betty Crowder

Visiting Instructor, Oakland University
MSTA, Science Teacher Education, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Presidential Awards, Bees, Family, Friends.


Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:45pm
Imperial Ballroom

11:00am

Coding Science Supplies! BEGINNER FRIENDLY!
ZERO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Learn to use an Arduino to have your students create science equipment that they can use to collect data. In this session, we will build sensors that we can use to collect data in science experiments. Using an Arduino board and prewritten code you and your students can create the tools that are needed to complete almost any experiment. From ultrasonic distance sensors to thermometers, we can build it all!

Presenters
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Cameron Bancroft

7th Science, Marquette Area Public Schools


Saturday March 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:45pm
Ottawa Room

12:00pm

Get Out!: Taking Student Learning Outdoors
Getting your students outside of the classroom walls invites their curiosity, engages and deepens their understanding of science concepts, and connects their learning to the real world. Learn ways to get out of the classroom while integrating low-cost/high-impact experiences into your current curricula. We’ll discuss how teaching in the outdoors can benefit both student learning and teacher innovation, the opportunities and challenges of taking students outside, and provide resources for teachers ready to get out.

Presenters
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Erin Parker

Great Lakes Nature Center Manager, Detroit Zoological Society


Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Nelson Room

12:00pm

Increasing Student Engagement by Modifying Tasks
Modifying existing science tasks and activities to increase cognitive demand can also increase student engagement. Student teachers at Oakland University will share examples of their work to modify existing science activities and present cases demonstrating how to incorporate NGSS science and engineering practices in these efforts.

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avatar for Mark Olson

Mark Olson

Associate Professor of Science Education, Oakland University



Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Grandview B/C

12:00pm

Free modeling tools for the Michigan Science Standards
Looking to add modeling to your curriculum? Multiple teachers from around the state will be in this presentation to share how they have used free web-based modeling tools to create a variety of place based units to enhance their existing curriculum. Co-presenters : Rick Brown, Wayland Union Public Schools; Derek Kendall, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools; Kristen Murdock, West Branch-Rose City Areas Schools; Monica Thoune, Hannahville Indian School/Nah Tah Wahsh PSA

please click here for our presentation in google slides

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Rick Brown

Earth Science Teacher, Wayland Union Public Schools
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Russell K Columbus

High School Science Teacher, Monroe Public Schools
presenting at MSTA 2019 about modeling
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Darrell Hendrickson

CLK Public Schools
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Derek Kendall

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
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Kristen Murdock

West Branch-Rose City Areas Schools
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Monica Thoune

High School Science, Hannahville Indian School/Nah Tah Wahsh PSA
I will be presenting with a team of teachers at the MSTA 2019 conference on using modeling and computational tools in the high school science classroom.


Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Governor's Room

12:00pm

Defining Temperature
This session will attempt to challenge your conceptual understanding of what temperature is. We will look at some simple experiments involving temperature and analyze at the particulate level. We will also push for concepts such as heat, sensation and specific heat capacity where simple definitions of temperature can restrict learning.

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Scott Milam

Plymouth High School
I teach IB Chemistry HL and Chemistry using modeling pedagogy at Plymouth High School. My twitter is @IBchemMilam and I am just starting as a Modeling Learning Community leader for the southern part of SE Michigan (mostly Wayne county).


Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Fine Arts Room

12:00pm

"Lesson Planning: Science curriculum towards Engineering Design Process”
Creating science lessons with applications in mind, combine engineering design process and NGSS alignment.

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Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Atrium Room

12:00pm

Engaging and Motivating Young Scientists!
Are you a K-2 teacher that struggles with fitting science into the curriculum? Do you wonder if your students are REALLY engaged and motivated to learn about science topics? These are things we all struggle with. I started listening to what the students WERE talking about and took a project based learning approach! Some topics included Ants, Bee's and Dog's! Seem too SIMPLE? It was simple and I even became more excited to teach. Come and learn how easily and naturally this can be done in your class!

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Saunders

Jennifer Saunders

1st Grade Teacher, Carsonville Port Sanilac
K-2 Science


Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Winchester Room

12:00pm

Impacts and Benefits of Construction and Removal of Dams
Dams are critical to water supply but disrupt Earth systems. We will model dam design and construction using Legos and evaluate evidence for their impacts and benefits.

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Stephen Mattox

Grand Valley State University



Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Pullman Room

12:00pm

How do we make figuring out phenomena central in the classroom?
Our new standards require students to move beyond simply learning about science to figure out phenomena for themselves. This shift requires changes to nearly every aspect of instruction and assessment. I will share how I use a driving question board, a student learning tracking tool, learning targets, scaffolding tools, and formative assessments to support students in figuring out phenomena in my high school biology class.

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Wendy Johnson

Kentwood Public Schools
I currently teach biology at the East Kentwood Freshman Campus. I earned a PhD in science education from Michigan State University. My dissertation was titled "Supporting Three-Dimensional Science Learning: The Role of Curiosity-Driven Classroom Discourse." Twitter @wendyjohns... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Plaza Boardroom A

12:00pm

Five Phenomenon that Work in (almost) any Science Classroom.
From the first day of class to an entire unit design, phenomenon will drive the lesson plans. Five examples with explanation of how phenomenon work in a class setting. These have been used and work. Whether you are experienced or just getting started with NGSS and it's engineering practices and cross cutting concepts, there will be some original and USEABLE information provided on phenomenon.

Presenters
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Andrew Frisch

Science and Mathematics Teacher, Farwell High School
STEM: Bringing it to the classroom. I am excited to get it into the students' hands. It may be hard to get it into your pedagogy, but it is a truly organic, natural way to teach and learn. I am confident we already do it, we just need to increase it and emphasis it,


Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Emerald B

12:00pm

Lessons Learned: The Do's and Don'ts of STEM Service Learning Projects
This session highlights the significance of incorporating service learning projects in STEM within the curriculum of teacher preparation programs. Future science educators collaborate with students in one middle school that focuses on STEM programs to design and implement a STEM project. Steps for a successful project implementation as well as observations from student meetings are discussed. Reflections from students involved in service learning help examine what makes or breaks a STEM learning project.

Presenters
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Lina Jawad, Ed.D.

Lecturer, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Dr. Lina Jawad is a Lecturer at the College of Education, Health and Human Services at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Dr. Jawad teaches science education and health education courses to students enrolled in the teacher preparation program at the University.


Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Ruby Room

12:00pm

Sustainable Schools: How to Become a Michigan Green School
Learn about the Michigan Green Schools program and leave with ideas on how to help your school earn recognition as a Michigan Green School. See the path Cedar Springs High School has taken to complete green activities, and hear from Kent County’s Green School coordinator about ways to earn recognition for schools focused on sustainability. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, start to plan their own Green Schools application, and walk away with resources and freebies.

Presenters
avatar for Edward Johns

Edward Johns

Teacher, Cedar Springs High School
This is my eighth year teaching at the high school level. For the past four years I have taught Biology and Chemistry at Cedar Springs High School. Before working at Cedar Springs I was an Academic Interventionist and teacher at Houghton Lake High School for four years.
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Lauren Westerman

Resource Recovery Specialist, Kent County Green Schools Coordinator, Kent County Dept of Public Works
I lead education programs at the Recycling & Education Center and South Kent Landfill. I also coordinate the MI Green Schools program for Kent County.



Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Kendall Room

12:00pm

Getting Students Out of Their Seats
We will be doing and discussing several physical science activities that get students moving and sometimes even out of the classroom! Not just "hands on" but using their whole bodies sometimes. Designed to get students excited about science and hopefully learn something in the process.

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Lu Anne Clark Cuthbert

faculty, Lansing Community College
Taught college for 40 years. Also some high school students. Many different courses over those years. Mostly Biology but I am now teaching Physical science.


Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Vandenberg B

12:00pm

STEM Opportunities Beyond the Classroom
How do you engage your students with engineering in your classroom? Science Olympiad, MDOT Design & Build a Bridge Challenge and VEX robotics, provide STEM projects you can integrate into your classroom. Information will be provided on how to access the materials and how to use the resources for student competition both inside and outside your classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Deborah Hasselschwert

Deborah Hasselschwert

teacher, Laker High School
Currently, I teach Chemistry, Physics, Forensics, STEM, and Lab Science in a rural area. In addition, I coach Science Olympiad, VEX-EDR and participate in the MDOT Bridge Challenge. Feel free to ask me questions about any of classes or extra curricular activities. Go SCIENCE!
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Sarah Jordan

Caseville Public Schools



Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Riverview Room

12:00pm

Makerspace & STEM for Lower Elementary
Exploring makerspace & STEM topics for younger children. Tried and true- tips, techniques and projects for the K-2 set. Walk away with new ideas- ready to use in the classroom.
*we'll have giveaways and snacks ;-)

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Diana Matthews/Lisa Morgan

Elementary Science Teachers, Detroit Country Day School
We are passionate about makerspaces, elementary science, and design thinking!



Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Ford Ballroom

12:00pm

STEAM Challenges: Creating cross-curricular events to engage all learners
This presentation is a how-to guide on the process of designing and running rigorous STEAM-based events to teach students across disciplines. While the examples will focus primarily on engaging at-risk high school students, the fundamental techniques and principles can be applied to reach learners of all grades and backgrounds! The session will include a variety of tools including: 1) Ready-to-use lessons tied to relevant standards, 2) Templates for creating your own STEAM Challenges, 3) Links and resources to aid in the process of making your classroom more STEAM-based, and 4) Interactive experiences putting you in the learner's seat. Come with questions, resources, ideas, and an open mind!

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avatar for Robert Barrett

Robert Barrett

HS Life Science Teacher, STEAM Program Coordinator, West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science
I'm a researcher-turned-teacher with interests in STEAM education, authentic science inquiry, coaching others in conflict management techniques, and serving high-needs populations



Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Grandview A

12:00pm

Exploring Energy Across the Disciplines
Energy is a key crosscutting concept across all science disciplines, yet it still can be baffling. Come solo or bring a colleague from another discipline or grade level and let’s explore how we can send a more cohesive message to students about energy. We will work with representational models to explore energy as it relates to systems, storage and transfer across the disciplines. You will leave with strategies to use in your classroom.

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Kate Hojnacki

Physics Teacher, Fraser High School
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Laura Ritter

Physics Teacher, Troy High School


Saturday March 2, 2019 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Vandenberg A

1:00pm

Aquaculture Challenge: Engaging students with fish, plants, and so much more!
Aquaculture is quickly becoming a popular lens to teach a wide variety of science, engineering, computer and even business concepts. In this session we will demo simple aquaculture systems, and distribute a free curriculum guide with multiple standards based lesson plans. We will also introduce the aquaculture challenge, a free competition to engage students in, plus the Youth Education in Aquaculture resource which connects teachers, students and aquaculture facilities including teacher training workshops.

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Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Thornapple Room

1:00pm

PASCO Solutions: The Most Comprehensive Laboratory Experience for the Student and Educator of Today
Learn about the new tiered levels of PASCO solutions complete with classroom management and technology rolled into one. See how you can easily implement PASCO curriculum solutions, kits, or equipment in your classroom, and conveniently store your equipment in accessible carts and trays.
You’ve spoken, and we’ve listened: see PASCO’s new SPARKvue 4.0 software. The solution that connects ALL sensors on ALL devices so that your students have the most pedagogically congruent, enriched classroom experience.

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Julie Thomas - PASCO

Regional Manager, PASCO scientific
Providing educators worldwide with innovative technology and solutions for teaching science and our full support of those solutions in schools.


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Vandenberg B

1:00pm

How fast is your brain? Easily introduce Neuroscience to K-12 Science Classrooms
In this session, you will be introduced to several classroom experiments which students can perform to precisely measure the speed of their reactions and reflexes by recording electricity from their own nervous systems! We will perform these experiments and more with DIY Neuroscience research tools which are affordable, accessible, and powerful additions to your life sciences classroom. Middle school teachers can meet NGSS like MS LS1 8 with project-based learning, and High School teachers can enhance their Freshman/Advanced Bio, Psychology, and Anatomy and Physiology classes with quantitative labs and experiences. Hope to see you at my workshop!

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Will Wharton

Poet and Content Development, Backyard Brains


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Plaza Boardroom A

1:00pm

Modeling in the Middle School Classroom
Participants will be introduced to Modeling Instructon With emphasis on the middle school classroom. Creating a climate for student engagement and interaction will be a focus. Participants will walk away with tools they can use in the classroom to foster student conversation.

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Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Emerald A

1:00pm

Protecting Michigan Inland Lakes
Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations works to support the health of our lakes for generations to come. In this session we will give an overview of the work we support: the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP), the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership program, the Michigan Riparian magazine, Midwest Invasive Species Network (MISIN) and the Clean Boats Clean Waters program.

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Melissa DeSimone

Membership Coordinator, Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations
MLSA is a nonprofit organization committed to the health of Michigan’s waterways. We support riparians with education and networking for the control of aquatic invasive species, water quality, and understanding riparian rights and responsibilities.
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Mike Gallagher

President, Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations



Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Kendall Room

1:00pm

Supporting students in the development and revision of models
With NGSS, students are expected to develop and use models that help explain why phenomena happen the way they do. However, students often struggle with how to construct models so that they explain their thinking, then later struggle with revising their models. In this session, teachers will engage in the process of effective modeling, and work through how to better support students as their models develop over time and as students make sense of phenomena.


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Victor Chen

Teacher at Lee M. Thurston High School, Knowles Teacher Initiative Senior Fellow, and National Board Certified Teacher.
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Wayne Wright

Science Teacher, Thurston High School
Wayne Wright is an NGSS enthusiast! As a 10 year science teacher Wayne recognizes that this shift in the NGSS mindset has revolutionized his own classroom and how students experience science. Since diving into NGSS Wayne has given a talk at MIStemTalk17, has presented at the Science... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Grandview B/C

1:00pm

Using KLEWS and Investigation Notebooks in the classroom!
Learn how to use a KLEWS board in your classroom! This is a wonderful tool to help gather group understanding and make thinking public. KLEWS boards lend themselves to using the NGSS standards with any materials your district may use. It is student centered and promotes visible thinking. We will also explore using Investigation Notebooks as a tool for student data, thinking and learning. Students learn to write, draw and think like real scientists do in their work!

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Marie Woodman

K-12 Science Coordinator, Morse Elementary Troy Schools



Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Nelson Room

1:00pm

Grading with Purpose: My Journey to Standards Based Grading
How can we accurately and better assess student's knowledge and align with NGSS? In this session I will discuss my journey into Standards Based Grading in several different physics classes and how it better cultivates student ownership, student/teacher relationships and overall a better assessment strategies. You will learn how to break down a unit to create standards and learn how to assess students and have students assess themselves.

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Vanessa Logan Wentzloff

Physics Teacher, Avondale High School
I am constantly working in to improve myself as an educator and promote a student-centered classroom with a focus on mindfulness, flipped learning, standards-based grading and NGSS practices. I also work with flexible seating in the high school level and focus on positive collaboration... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Riverview Room

1:00pm

Cool demonstrations for young science students without breaking the bank.
Cool Demonstrations for young science classes. Several demos that are sure to inspire and engage young minds. No need to buy expensive equipment. These phenomena are tried and true, easy to do and won't cost much. Looking for phenomena but don't want to where to start? I'll bring easy to do, easy to extract meaningful demos for you to use.

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Mark Sheler

Sandusky Jr/Sr High School
High School Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Chemistry and Earth Science, Baker College of Education



Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Pearl Room

1:00pm

Using Arduino-based sensors on nanosatellites to engage middle and high school students with science and coding
Learn about an NSF-funded project conducted by the Lawrence Hall of Science. Over a 3-year period, middle and high school students have been engaged in activities that involve programming Arduino-based sensors to collect data in and around the classroom, and from nanosatellites in low-earth orbit. Study sites include a science classroom, an after-school program, and a summer camp. Researchers were interested in whether access to a nanosatellite increased interest in science and/or coding.

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Matthew Cannady

UC Berkeley,
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John Howarth

Co-Director (retired), SEPUP, UC Berkeley
Recently retired after 43 years in public education. Most recent position was as Co-Director of SEPUP at UC Berkeley. Previously executive director of curriculum and instruction at Grand Rapids Public Schools, science coordinator at GRPS, science teacher at Thornapple Kellogg HS... Read More →
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Timothy Hurt

UC Berkeley


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Ottawa Room

1:00pm

NGSS Assessments: How will we know they are learning?
What will they look like? How are they constructed? I heard they will be performance-based! These and other questions will be part of this engaging and interactive session on NGSS assessments and ways to provide for student success on each.

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Pam O'Brien

Regional STEM Coach, STEMscopes



Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Imperial Ballroom

1:00pm

The NGSS teaching shift: Mber (Model Based Biology) will ignite you!!
Tour an EXCELLENT mentor curriculum for biology teachers who want to hit the ground running with 3D teaching and learning to NGSS. Based on it's credentials, Model Based Biology (MBER) is a trustworthy adviser for teachers. It guides students through incremental building of explanatory ideas --- THEIR models. It provides structured lessons with built in focus on making student thinking visible, collaborative/collective progress, and reasoning oriented practices. It is packed with intellectual work for students. MBER provides the teacher with vivid rationale for their revised role in teaching and learning right down to teacher moves. Very accessible, immediately; affordable and top notch!! NGSX approved!! NGSS all the way!!! We will experience that "shift" with some curriculum activities.

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Heidi Schuitema

Biology Teacher, Cedar Springs High School
In my 18th year of teaching, I am very excited that SCIENCE gets it's turn in the spotlight, with our NGSS; based in a wealth of learning research. Next Generation Science Standards inspire and motivate me and I have confidence our students will thrive in a new science setting that... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Berkey Room

1:00pm

Stop Creating Lesson Plans: Start Creating Learning Experiences
Engage your students to think and act like scientists. Be the teacher that transforms everyday lesson plans into authentic, memorable learning experiences with inquiry-focused instruction. Come with a willingness to inspire learning; leave with strategies and tools to make it happen.

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Dawn McCotter

Teacher Programs Manager, Van Andel Education Institute
Dawn devoted over 12 years to teaching science at Grand Haven High School with multiple classes including Earth Science, Physics, Astronomy, and Project Science. During her tenure, Dawn had the opportunity to work with diverse learners, from various academic and personal backgrounds... Read More →


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Emerald B

1:00pm

Natural Communities of the Great Lakes: Applying NGSS to field based learning
Field based learning connects youth to natural sciences and to stewardship. We present a field trip, using our own Great Lakes garden,that connects the unique soils and plant communities of the Great Lakes with NGSS goals. We use interactive activities to explore soils, plant adaptations and ecosystems to engage students and explore how human impacts, including climate change, may affect these systems now and in the future. Learn how to use these activities in your classroom and/or local naturalized sites and take away resources to explore unique plant communities near you.

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Liz Glynn

Youth Education Coordinator, Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum
Hello!I'm Liz, Youth Education Coordinator at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. I facilitate K-12 field trips and develop programs that enrich classroom learning. Our nature education field trips are interactive and inquiry based, rooted... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Heritage Room

1:00pm

Easy Tech for the Next Generation Science Standards
Science teachers recently have encountered this dilemma-- how to incorporate NGSS standards with the tech knowledge your students will need to for the future? Bring your camera enabled device to try out some cool, classroom-tested, student approved tech tools you and your students can use right away as a blended learning approach to several NGSS best practices.

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Maria Gonzalez

5/6 Science/ Tech Support, Holy Family School


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Pantlind Ballroom

1:00pm

Formative Assessment Using Tech Tools
How do you check for student understanding and make sure students are engaged in their own learning? This session will focus on easy to use electronic formative assessment applications that will make assessment more fun and more engaging for your students. Come learn how to use these tools to help improve your instructional practice and ensure that your students are learning on the first day of school. By attending this session, you will have access to a Google Folder that will contain complete set-up instructions for each tool demonstrated (Quizizz, Google Forms, Plickers, Padlet).

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Mike Fine

Science/School Improvement Consultant, Ottawa ISD



Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Fine Arts Room

1:00pm

Never mind Strawberry Fields... Energy and Fields Forever
Conservation of energy is a foundational concept and one of the crosscutting concepts applied in all disciplines in three-dimensional learning. The terms used with energy and the way we think about energy have also changed with the Framework and NGSS. This workshop will share activities we use in our classes to build the concepts of energy, fields, and conservation of energy combining ideas from Modeling Instruction, Interactions Curriculum, and NGSS.

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Kristin Mayer

East Kentwood High School
I currently teach high school physics and chemistry at East Kentwood High School. I previously taught in New York City and Seattle, Wa. I completed my PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education at Michigan State University where I worked on a curriculum project with Joe... Read More →
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Laura Sloma

Physics Teacher, East Kentwood High School
Laura is has been a science educator for 28 years, teaching in Michigan and Ohio, at the high school and college level. She is a modeling instruction expert and workshop facilitator.


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Governor's Room

1:00pm

Deconstructing CERs to help students construct explanations
Scientists have been using CERs for centuries, but research shows that students still don’t understand the difference between evidence and reasoning. How do you help your students use this scientific tool like a scientist? Learn how to guide your students to distinguish between evidence and reasoning by digging into examples from the Mi-STAR curriculum. Handouts provided to support implementation of this practice in the classroom.

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John Kowalski

7th grade science teacher, White Pine Middle School
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Tony Matthys

Michigan Technological University


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Haldane Room

1:00pm

Modeling dynamic systems using InsightMaker.com
Learn how to create system dynamics models with Insightmaker; a free, browser based modeling tool. Example modeling applications include predator-prey relationships, population dynamics, energy and water balances. This workshop will include an introduction on how Insightmaker can be used in the classroom, tutorials on getting started with developing system dynamics models with your students, managing models with groups, and how to share your models on the web. Visit www.insightmaker.com for more information. (Bring a laptop, if possible)

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Chuck Palosaari

Science Teacher, Adams Township School District


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Pullman Room

1:00pm

Helping Students with D=RxT
Do your students have difficulty keeping straight the relationship between distance, velocity, and time? The TI-Rover, a calculator-controlled robot can be used to help students experience that relationship and apply it to a task while learning programming. Beginners welcome.

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Marian Prince

Math Department, Andrews University
I have been a math and science educator in Michigan for more than 30 years at the middle school, high school, and university levels. I am passionate about STEM and enthusiastic about using the new TI-Innovator Rover and Hub in teaching math, science and coding.


Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Ruby Room

1:00pm

Implementing the Shifts in the Next Generation Science Standards: Enacting The Sound Unit Through The Learning While Teaching Project Puts All The Pieces Together!
Enacting the sound and fog units through Northwestern University Learning While Teaching Project cemented three-dimensional understanding in our 3+ year journey to Next Generation Science Standards implementation. The sound unit has earned the NGSS Design Badge, an example of high quality instructional materials. The fog unit is currently being field tested by several teachers across the United States.  Come engage with science and engineering practices to figure out the anchoring and investigative phenomena and experience routines that bring these units to life.

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DeVette Brown

Science Teacher, Detroit Public Schools Community District
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Wanda Bryant

Science teacher, Detroit Public Schools Community District
I began teaching for Detroit Public Schools Community District in 2000. Since moving to middle school at Henderson Academy in 2012, I have had many opportunities to learn effective pedagogy through vertical teams and Science Saturdays professional development. Navigating NGSS implementation... Read More →



Saturday March 2, 2019 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Atrium Room

2:00pm

Global Health Got Protein
Incorporate NGSS science and engineering practices in your biology class by engaging students to define the problem of world hunger. Considering constraints, students will design a treatment plan (solution) for protein-energy malnutrition and test it via the Bradford Assay, in the form of an evidence-based argument.

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Tamica Stubbs

Bio-Rad Laboratories


Saturday March 2, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Plaza Boardroom A

2:00pm

FREe-Range Students: In the Field for Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information.
How do we get students excited about “Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information” when they feel disconnected from the research? This practice becomes meaningful when students participate in fieldwork as part of a network of other students and scientists collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data. Given the opportunity to experience data-collection first-hand, students see how their place in the Great Lakes Watershed connects and contributes to student and scientist research across the state and beyond.

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Elizabeth Christiansen

Great Lakes Education and Outreach Specialist, Center for Freshwater Research and Education, Lake Superior State University
I recently brought my experience as a 15-year veteran of secondary science education; K-5 curriculum development coach; NGSX facilitator; and developer and facilitator of NGSS professional learning, to a new freshwater research initiative: the Center for Freshwater Research and Education... Read More &rar