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Friday, March 1
 

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

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
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Lindsey Watch

Curriculum Development Associate, Mi-STAR / Michigan Tech


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

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, Cornell K12 BirdSleuth Ambassador/Volunteer and Flying WILD Facilitator
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

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

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

Kalamazoo Valley Community College
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

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
avatar for Matt Moorman

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

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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Chris Geerer

Science Department Chair/Teacher, Parcells Middle School, Grosse Pointe Woods
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

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
avatar for Andrew J. Frisch

Andrew J. Frisch

Science and Mathematics Teacher, Farwell Area Schools
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

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
avatar for Matt Moorman

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
Lab-Aids proudly publishes the Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP) which began developing science intructional materials with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1987.
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Lisa Kelp

Lab Aids/SEPUP


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

Presenters
avatar for Julie Thomas

Julie Thomas

Regional Manager, PASCO scientific
PASCO has been an innovator in science education for over 55 years. Beginning as a science fair project and later developed into a high quality lab equipment, curriculum and technology provider in the US and around the globe.Contact email: jthomas@pasco.com


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
avatar for Emily Pohlonski

Emily Pohlonski

K-12 Science Coordinator / Science Teacher, Novi Community School District
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Christie Morrison Thomas

Michigan State University


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

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
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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 Tubman

Michigan Technological University
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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

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

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
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Steve Barry

Director of Professional Learning, Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center
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Nancy Karre

Science Educational Consultant, Cereal City Science


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

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

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
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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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Dawn Kahler

8th Grade Science Teacher, Kalamazoo Public Schools
Teacher for 27 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 Technological University
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

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
avatar for Laura Sloma

Laura Sloma

Physics Teacher, East Kentwood High School
Laura is has been a science educator for 29 years, teaching in Michigan and Ohio, at the high school and college level. She is a modeling instruction expert, workshop facilitator, and STEP UP physics ambassador.


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

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

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

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
 
Saturday, March 2
 

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

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

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 School
Education & Science
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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/Wayne-Westland Community Schools


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

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

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

Teacher, 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

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

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

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

Curriculum Developer, Lawrence Hall of Science-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 OBrien

Chelsea OBrien

Founder and Executive Dircetor, Clarkston Family 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

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.

Presenters
avatar for Andrew Bruen

Andrew Bruen

Berkley High School



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

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
avatar for Tamica Stubbs

Tamica Stubbs

Bio-Rad Explorers
Bio-Rad Explorer produces biology commercial kits & teacher resources for educators teaching introductory biotechnology and biology courses. By providing a broad spectrum of hands-on activities based on real-world laboratory research experiences, we aim to promote increased critical... Read More →


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

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
avatar for Don Pata

Don Pata

Teacher, 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.
avatar for Laura Ritter

Laura Ritter

Physics Teacher, Troy High School
I have been a science and math teacher for 15 years. My primary subject is physics and I specialize in discourse and student-centered instruction. I have co-led several summer Modeling Instruction workshops, but have pulled back in order to spend more time with my two young daughters... Read More →


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

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 20 years. I currently teach 7th and 8th grade Science 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... 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 →
avatar for George Nelson

George Nelson

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

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

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 →
avatar for Conni Crittenden

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


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

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.

Presenters
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

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
avatar for Andrew J. Frisch

Andrew J. Frisch

Science and Mathematics Teacher, Farwell Area Schools
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

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.

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Edward Johns

Teacher, Cedar Springs High School
This is my tenth year teaching at the high school level. For the past six 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 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
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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

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
I have been a science and math teacher for 15 years. My primary subject is physics and I specialize in discourse and student-centered instruction. I have co-led several summer Modeling Instruction workshops, but have pulled back in order to spend more time with my two young daughters... Read More →


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

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

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

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 29 years, teaching in Michigan and Ohio, at the high school and college level. She is a modeling instruction expert, workshop facilitator, and STEP UP physics ambassador.


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


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

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 Explorers
Bio-Rad Explorer produces biology commercial kits & teacher resources for educators teaching introductory biotechnology and biology courses. By providing a broad spectrum of hands-on activities based on real-world laboratory research experiences, we aim to promote increased critical... Read More →


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 →
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Barb Light

Lake Superior State University



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