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2019 MEET ME IN THE MIDDLE Day

Friday, April 12, 2019

in St. Louis, Missouri!

NSTA National Conference in St. Louis: April 11-14, 2019

Champions for Science Education

America's Center Convention Complex • 701 Convention Plaza • St. Louis, MO 63101


SCHEDULE for MEET ME IN THE MIDDLE DAY

Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel, Majestic Ballroom

9:45 AM Registration open—Outside Majestic D/E

10:15-10:45 AM Workshop Sessions Group #1—(3 sessions-details below)

10:15-10:45 AM Roundtable Conversations: Session A— Majestic D/E (details below)

11:00-11:30 AM Workshop Session Group #2 (4 sessions-details below)

11:00-11:30 AM Roundtable Conversations:  Session B—Majestic D/E (details below)

12:00-12:30 PM Board / Membership Meeting--Majestic C

1:15-1:45 PM Workshop Sessions Group #3 (4 sessions-details below)

2:00-2:30 PM Workshop Sessions Group #4 (4 sessions-details below)

3:00-4:30 PM Welcome and Presentation of the NMLSTA Paul deHart Hurd Award and other awards; followed directly by…                    The Middle Level Share-a-Thon and DOOR PRIZE distribution— Majestic D/E


Workshops 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

  • Combating Science Mis- and Disinformation; Majestic A/B; Renee Belisle (Denver Public Schools: Denver, CO)
  • The Route to Successful STEM Activities!; Majestic F/G; Dr. Kenneth Roy (Glastonbury Public Schools: Glastonbury, CT)
  • Energy House; Majestic C; Cori Nelson (Winfield School District #34: Winfield, IL)

Roundtable Conversations--Session A 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM--Majestic D/E

  • Physics through Virtual Learning: Instructional Materials Available! Table 1; Amanda Early and Stacy Gates (Fermilab Educational Outreach, Batavia, IL)
  • Engaging Students with Aviation Related Concepts; Table 2; Steve Kirsche (Freedom Crossing Academy; St. Johns, FL)       
  • Earth Day's 50th Anniversary is in April 2020, get involved! Table 3; Tracey Ritchie (Earth Day Network, Washington DC)        
  • Free Harnessed Atom Curriculum for Middle School; Table 4; Marie Westfall and Michala O’Dell (Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak Ridge, TN)
  • Planting roots with the next generation: A podcast to engage students in STEM careers; Table 5; Meghan Wiesbrock and Jessica Turner-Skoff (The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL)       
  • Modeling Antibiotic Resistance | from SEPUP for the NGSS; Table 6; Darin Christianson (Lab-Aids—Meet Me in the Middle Sponsor)       
  • Three-Dimensional Academic Conversations; Table 7; Rebecca Newburn (Hall Middle School, Larkspur, CA)    
  • What can polio research teach about how science works? Table 8; Charlotte Moser (Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA)    
  • Tips for Submitting a Successful Manuscript; Table 9; Patty McGinnis (Arcola Intermediate School, Eagleville, PA)
  • Teaching Middle School Science through Engaging Phenomena; Table 10; Ella Bowling (Northern Kentucky University, Highland Height, KY)
  • School Gardens; Table 11; Sergio deAlba (R. M. Miano Elementary, Los Banos, CA)   

Workshops 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Gardening and Composting in the Classroom; Majestic C; Maureen Smith (Broome-Tioga BOCES: Binghamton, NY)
  • Literacy and Science Note-booking in the Elementary Classroom Using STEAM Through 3-D Pop-Ups! Majestic F/G; Shana Webb (Thompson Middle School: Alabaster, AL),  Jacqueline Edwards (McAdory High School: McCalla, AL)
  • Rediscovering the Joy; Majestic H; Shauneen Giudice (Delmar Middle School: Delmar, DE)
  • A Roller Coaster of a Phenomenon! Majestic A/B; Betsy Lawrence (Eudora Middle School: Overland Park, KS)

Roundtable Conversations--Session B  11:00 AM - 11:30 AM--Majestic D/E
  • Teaching with Virtual Specimens - the AR/VR science class; Table 1; Nicole Green (Amimalearn, Jenkintown, PA) and Bailee Henderson (Animalearn, Jenkintown, PA)                 
  • Using Trees to Talk about Environmental Justice; Table 2; Jaclyn Stallard (Project Learning Tree, Washington, DC) and Rachel Lang (Project Learning Tree, Washington, DC)
  • Informal education insights for the middle school classroom; Table 3; Pati Sievert (Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL)         
  • Teaching Engineering Design Process Through Urban Gardening; Table 4; Elizabeth Weissman (The Ramaz School, New York, NY)  
  • 1 Martian, 2 Teachers, 120 Students...183 Sols of STEM fun! Table 5; Craig Richard (North Andover Public Schools, North Andover, MA)
  • Rescue a stranded sloth with Design Thinking; Table 6; Lorraine Cook (Mosa Mack Science—Meet me in the Middle Sponsor)   
  • Discussion and Information About NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program; Table 7; Jennifer Hammond (NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program, Silver Springs, MD) and Emily Susko (NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program, Silver Springs, MD)
  • Engineering for Good to Address Human Impact; Table 8; Rebecca Newburn (Hall Middle School, Larkspur, CA)
  • Design and implementation of strategic plan for implementation of NGSS; Table 9; Adaliz Gonzalez (New York City Department of Education, New York, NY)   
  • Developing Data Literacy in the Middle School Years; Table 10; Michael Bowen (Mount Saint Vincent University, Hailfax Nova Scotia) and Tony Bartley (Lakehead University,Thunder Bay, Ontario)
  • DIY Middle School Storylines; Table 11; Rebecca Schumacher (Hickory Creek Middle School, Frankfort, IL) and Erin Nemeth (Hickory Creek Middle School, Frankfort, IL)          
  • Escape Rooms as a Formative Assessment; Table 12; Covey Denton (Greenfield School, Wilson, NC)

Workshops 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

  • Using Phenomenon to Make Your Lessons Phabulous; Majestic F/G; Kathy Biernat (St. Mary's Visitation School: Elm Grove, WI), Diane Ripollone (Cardinal Gibbons High School: Raleigh, NC)
  • Engaging Students in Three-Dimensional Learning;Majestic A/B; Susan German (Hallsville Middle School: Hallsville, MO)
  • Empower, Engage, and Explore Through Personalized Learning; Majestic C;Gaganjot Singh (Independence High School: Roswell, GA)
  • Engineering in Middle School Chemistry; Majestic H; James Kessler (American Chemical Society: Washington, DC)

Workshops 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Using Agriculture to Implement Cross-Curricular Connections Enhancing STEM Education;Majestic H; Monique Mitchell-Eames (Millennium Middle School: Tamarac, FL)
  • NGSS Shift in Classroom Pedagogy; Majestic C; Brian Klaft (Granger Middle School: Aurora, IL)
  • Understanding Weather & Climate: Use a FREE Web-based Graphing Tool; Majestic A/B; Jay Holmes (American Museum of Natural History: New York, NY), Jon Franks (OWNCS Middle School: Astoria, NY), & Lauren DeFino (Eagle Academy for Young Men: Bronx, NY)
  • Everyday Engineering; Majestic F/G;Dr. Richard Moyer (Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn: Dearborn, MI)

 Share-a-Thon 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM--Majestic D/E

Welcome, the Paul DeHart Hurd Award presented, NMLSTA Classroom Teacher Awards announced, then join us to engage in hands-on activities, collect information/resources from national/international organizations, network with NSTA Middle Level and NMLSTA leaders, review recommended middle level science materials and resources, and more. Attend this session and discover invaluable resources that will engage your middle level students in exciting and inspiring science learning!

And of course DOOR PRIZES will be given out!


Share-A-Thon Presenter Materials

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