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January 17, 2023 0 Categories curriculum strategies, events, OpenSciEd

Ready to Embrace the Future? Join Us at These Science Teacher Conferences Q1 2023!

Supporting Science Teachers in a Time of Transformation

2023 is shaping up to be an exciting year for science educators as powerful emerging technologies like ChatGPT3 continue to disrupt science education at an unprecedented pace. As a result, it is more important than ever for teachers to engage in professional learning at teaching conferences to learn new strategies they can take back to the classroom. At Activate Learning, we understand the importance of supporting teachers during this exceptional time of transformation in education. That's why we're excited to announce the science teacher conferences that we'll be exhibiting at throughout the first quarter of 2023.

Our focus at these events will be on showcasing our innovative NGSS-aligned science curriculums, including IQWST (middle school), OpenSciEd (middle school), and PRIME (K-5). These curriculums empower teachers to embrace the future of STEM learning and our professional learning provides the support they need and deserve to work through challenges in curriculum implementation. Our curriculum team will be on hand at each event to answer questions and present live workshop sessions for teachers to experience the curriculum firsthand.

Overall, the theme we are focusing on at this year at events is embracing the future of STEM learning together. We believe that by working together, teachers, administrators, and curriculum developers can create an education system that is responsive to the needs of the next generation of learners and enables them to thrive in an increasingly technological world. We invite science teachers across the country to connect with our curriculum team at the following events we'll be attending and learn how Activate Learning can help transform science learning for all students!

Mark your calendars! 📅😀

 

January 12
West Lafayette, Indiana

Indiana STEM Education Conference

Experience the future of STEM learning at the Indiana STEM Education Conference taking place at Purdue University! With over 50 presentations on STEM curriculum, instruction, careers, and research on the agenda, you'll have plenty to explore and do at the conference.  Learn from keynote speaker, Indiana Teacher of the Year Sharita Ware, who will share her real-world, problem-based design scenarios that engage students in STEM. Network with STEM education vendors and earn Professional Growth Points.

Meet our team of curriculum experts including Brian Klaft, a rock star, middle school science teacher who will share how he uses our NGSS-aligned curriculum to engage his students and improve their learning outcomes.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the best and discover new strategies to advance STEM learning with your students at the premier professional learning event for STEM educators in Indiana!

 

January 29 - 31
Lewis Center, Ohio

SECO Science Symposium 2023

SECO (the Ohio chapter of the National Science Teaching Association) returns for another great event connecting educators and sharing compelling, need-to-know information and strategies. The theme of this year's conference is, "Not all heroes wear capes!" We're looking forward to meeting teacher-heroes at the event. Stop by our booth and attend our workshops to learn how our curriculum gives powerful educators even greater science-teaching superpowers!

Activate Learning Sessions:

Grades K-5: Using Modeling to Strengthen Literacy Strategies in the Elementary Classroom

Curriculums: PRIME & OpenSciEd

Get ready to discover fun and engaging ways to bring science to life in your classroom! In this session, you'll participate in a hands-on lesson that shows you how to use fun and interactive tools, like an interactive word wall, to help your students have meaningful conversations about science. You'll engage in a lesson that demonstrates how modeling scaffolds the student discussion to support literacy strategies in the context of science for all of your students, regardless of their level. Whether you're a new or experienced teacher, you'll leave with new ideas and strategies to make science a blast for your K-5 students!

Grades 6-8: The OpenSciEd Instructional Model: Routines for Advancing Students Through a Storyline

Curriculum: OpenSciEd

Unlock the power of inquiry-based learning in your classroom with the OpenSciEd model! Join us for a step-by-step exploration of the storyline approach, where students' questions about phenomena drive the sequence of lessons. We'll guide you through five powerful routines that are designed to help students achieve specific learning objectives while keeping them engaged and motivated. Whether you're new to the OpenSciEd model or looking to refresh your approach, this session is packed with practical strategies and activities that will breathe new life into your science instruction and make it more engaging for your 6-8 students.

 

March 3 - 4
Lansing, Michigan

Michigan Science Teachers Association 70th Annual Conference (MSTA)

MSTA has put together a great lineup of sessions at this year's conference. With topics like Everyone Needs a Coach: The Power of Instructional Coaching in Science, What is Community Resilience Education and Why Should We Do It?, and Designing District Systems and Professional Learning Communities to Support K-12 Science, you're sure to walk away equipped with new ideas, tips, and tools. Our curriculum experts will be there to meet and greet you, give you hands-on demos of curriculums, and give you powerful strategies on strengthening literacy through science and using the power of a phenomena-driven storyline to engage students at our workshop sessions!

Activate Learning Sessions:

Grades K-5: Using Modeling to Strengthen Literacy Strategies in the Elementary Classroom

Curriculums: PRIME & OpenSciEd

Get ready to discover fun and engaging ways to bring science to life in your classroom! In this session, you'll participate in a hands-on lesson that shows you how to use fun and interactive tools, like an interactive word wall, to help your students have meaningful conversations about science. You'll engage in a lesson that demonstrates how modeling scaffolds the student discussion to support literacy strategies in the context of science for all of your students, regardless of their level. Whether you're a new or experienced teacher, you'll leave with new ideas and strategies to make science a blast for your K-5 students!

Grades 6-8: The OpenSciEd Instructional Model: Routines for Advancing Students Through a Storyline

Curriculum: OpenSciEd

Unlock the power of inquiry-based learning in your classroom with the OpenSciEd model! Join us for a step-by-step exploration of the storyline approach, where students' questions about phenomena drive the sequence of lessons. We'll guide you through five powerful routines that are designed to help students achieve specific learning objectives while keeping them engaged and motivated. Whether you're new to the OpenSciEd model or looking to refresh your approach, this session is packed with practical strategies and activities that will breathe new life into your science instruction and make it more engaging for your 6-8 students.

 

March 9 - 10
Madison, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers 2023 Conference (WSST)

Attention Wisconsin Science Teachers! Are you ready to revolutionize the way your students learn science? Join us at WSST 2023, the premier event for science education in the state. As the largest membership organization dedicated to advancing science education in Wisconsin, WSST's mission is to promote, support and improve science education in the state of Wisconsin. This year, educators from across the state will gather to learn about the latest and greatest innovations in science education, and you won't want to miss it! One of the highlights of the conference will be Activate Learning's special session, where you'll discover the power of the OpenSciEd instructional model in engaging students in science like never before. Don't miss this opportunity to take your teaching to the next level!

Activate Learning Session:

Grades 6-8: The OpenSciEd Instructional Model: Routines for Advancing Students Through a Storyline

Curriculum: OpenSciEd

Unlock the power of inquiry-based learning in your classroom with the OpenSciEd model! Join us for a step-by-step exploration of the storyline approach, where students' questions about phenomena drive the sequence of lessons. We'll guide you through five powerful routines that are designed to help students achieve specific learning objectives while keeping them engaged and motivated. Whether you're new to the OpenSciEd model or looking to refresh your approach, this session is packed with practical strategies and activities that will breathe new life into your science instruction and make it more engaging for your 6-8 students.

 

March 22 - 25
Atlanta, Georgia

National Science Teaching Association 2023 Atlanta (NSTA)

NSTA is back! Join us in Georgia this Spring at NSTA Atlanta23 for an immersive professional learning experience that will inspire you. Connect with educators from diverse backgrounds and levels of experience as you delve into pedagogy, discover new ideas and best practices, and share your passion for teaching.

NSTA Atlanta23 is tailored to meet the needs of all science educators, whether you're a pre-service or veteran teacher, professor, informal educator, administrator, or curriculum specialist. You'll have the opportunity to explore innovative instructional strategies and techniques, next-level engagement approaches, and best practices that will inspire your students in science and STEM. Experience the future of science education and leave NSTA Atlanta23 with the support and confidence to bring new ideas to your classroom.

Activate Learning sessions will be announced soon so stay tuned for our announcement!

Activate Learning Workshops:

Using Anchoring Phenomena and Driving Question Boards to Spark Student Questioning

Asking questions and defining problems provides students with an authentic and meaningful entry point into science and engineering. Experience a puzzling chemistry phenomenon and learn how to elicit, organize, and revisit students’ questions so that students feel ownership over their own learning.

Reach New Heights with the Activate Learning Interactive Digital Edition of OpenSciEd

Curriculum: OpenSciEd

Explore the teacher’s side and experience the student side of our Interactive Digital Edition. While engaged in an OpenSciEd lesson, we'll explore the Teacher Edition’s and its structure while also experiencing the different features that students have available to use in their interactive student edition.

Using Modeling to Strengthen Literacy Strategies in the Elementary Classroom

Curriculum: PRIME K-5

Engage in a PRIME lesson to see modeling scaffolds that support student discussions and literacy strategies in the context of science. Experience incorporating academic language in written responses and oral discourse in conjunction with investigations using an interactive word wall.

The OpenSciEd Instructional Model: Routines for Advancing Students Through a Storyline

Curriculum: OpenSciEd

Using the storyline approach, a logical sequence of lessons motivated by students’ questions arising from their interactions with phenomena, we’ll navigate through the OpenSciEd model using the five routines to help students achieve the objectives and actively work through the sense-making process.

Systems Thinking Applied to Planet Earth’s Greatest Challenges

Curriculum: EarthComm

Experience a novel approach to Earth science. This pedagogy uses a “systems” approach for plate tectonics, astronomy, natural resources, geology, and paleoclimatology. There will be several take-home activities and ideas to implement or augment your existing Earth science curricula.

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