NSTA National Conference: Nashville, TN Mar 30-Apr 3, 2016
March 30, Wednesday 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM. Omni Nashville Hotel, Legends A: Professional Learning Institute: Supporting Conceptual Understanding in Science by Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning. Presenters: Page Keeley, Joyce Tugel, Dick Konicek-Moran. This is a special full day pre-conference workshop for K-12 Teachers, School Teams, Leaders, and Science Specialists- Advance registration required. Click here for more information about the session and registration. Summary: Participants will develop an understanding of conceptual learning in science and the cognitive barriers that get in the way that must be addressed for both student and teacher learning. Combining research on learning and the experiences and wisdom of practitioners, participants will examine what it means to teach for conceptual change and identify ways to make profound changes in their own practice. They will also gain experience with strategies through modeling and discussion for eliciting students' and teachers' ideas. This will enable the participant to make informed instructional decisions based on where students and teachers are in their thinking at any point during an instructional sequence. Participants will be guided through the use of a formative assessment framework that links assessment, instruction, and learning targets. Throughout the workshop, core disciplinary ideas, cross-cutting concepts, and scientific practices will be used. A copy of the NSTA Press® book Teaching for Conceptual Understanding in Science (Konicek-Moran and Keeley 2015), several formative assessment probes, and a collection of instructional and formative assessment classroom techniques (FACTs) for supporting conceptual understanding will be given to each attendee.
March 31,Thursday 8:00-9:00 AM. Music City Center 101D: NSTA Press Session: Teaching Science for Conceptual Understanding. Exploring the "Big Ideas" of Conceptual Teaching and Learning in Science. Dick Konicek-Moran and Page Keeley. NSTA Press Session. Summary: What does it really mean to teach science for conceptual understanding? Interactively explore a resource that can transform K–16 teachers' beliefs and practices about teaching science, including a framework for linking instruction, assessment, and learning.
March 31, Thursday 2:00-3:00 PM. Music City Center 101D: NSTA Press Session: Uncovering Preservice and K-12 Teachers' Ideas About Science. Page Keeley and Christine Royce. Summary: Learn about and see how examples of the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series and formative assessment strategies are used to support practicing and future teachers' learning about science content and conceptual change pedagogy.
April 1, Friday 8:00-9:00 AM. Omni Nashville Hotel, Cumberland 1. NSELA Session: Building School and District Capacity for Understanding Student Thinking Through Formative Assessment. Page Keeley and Joyce Tugel. Summary: Learn about tools and strategies leaders can use to build school and district-wide capacity to gather and use evidence of students' thinking about core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and scientific practices.
April 1, Friday 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM. Music City Center 101C. NSTA Press Session: Linking the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series and the Everyday Science Mysteries to K-5 Language Literacy. Page Keeley and Dick Konicek-Moran. Summary: Learn about and experience ways K–5 teachers are using the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series and the Everyday Mystery Stories to support science learning and the literacy capacities of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
April 1, Friday 3:30-4:30 PM. Music City Center 101D. Uncovering Student and Teacher Ideas in Science Using Probes. Douglas Hunnings, Susan Disch, and Page Keeley. Summary: Hear how teachers and professional developers have used the Uncovering Student Ideas series to help improve instruction, in and out of the classroom.
April 2, Saturday 3:30-4:30 PM. Music City Center 101C. NSTA Press Session: Uncovering Student STEM-Connected Ideas in Science. Page Keeley and Joyce Tugel. Summary: Experience a variety of formative assessment probes and techniques designed to uncover students' thinking about the T, E, and M connections to science concepts and practices.
April 3, Sunday 9:30-10:30 AM. Music City Center 101C. NSTA Press Session: What Are They Thinking? Investigating the Moon Through Formative Assessment Probes and Strategies that Link Concepts and Practices. Brian Kruse and Page Keeley. Summary: Discover how to link formative assessment to a modeling activity on eclipses to create conceptual change in preparation for the Great American Eclipse in 2017