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Middle Level Presentations


NMLSTA Members and Friends*

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Concurrent Sessions

9:45 - 10:45 AM

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Stories from the Classroom: Supporting Sensemaking with Primary Sources--Hands-on Workshop

Georgia World Congress Center - A314

Kathy Biernat, Donna Governor, and Loris Chen

2:20 - 3:20 PM

Wind Energy STEM Unit—Hands-on Workshop

Georgia World Congress Center - A411/412b

Allison Clegg and Heidi Webster

3:40 - 4:40 PM

Trauma Informed Teaching in the Science Classroom—Presentation

Georgia World Congress Center - B403

Chelsea Robertson and Cheryl Robertson

5:00-6:00 PM

NMLSTA Board of Directors Meeting

Omni – Maple A

Invited guests and interested members may attend

Friday, March 24, 2023

Concurrent Sessions

8:00 - 9:00 AM

#ScienceSaves: Lessons on how science has benefited humankind—Presentation

Georgia World Congress Center - B301

Amanda Clapp and Alison Betz Seymour

10:40 - 11:40 AM

Science + Engineering + Math = Parachute STEM Activity—Hands-on Activity

Georgia World Congress Center - A411

Suzanne Cunningham

What is a CER and Why Do I Need One?

Georgia World Congress Center - B406a/b

Nancy Gifford

1:20 - 2:20 PM

Teaching Evolution: Free resources and Lessons—Presentation

Georgia World Congress Center - B308

Amanda Clapp and Alison Betz Seymour

2:40 - 3:40 PM

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Speed Sharing Sessions

10:40 – 11:40AM

Speed Sharing: Middle School Tools

Georgia World Congress Center - B313b

Kyla Corelli, Alison Betz Seymour, and Rebecca Garelli

Speed Sharing: Middle School STEM

Georgia World Congress Center - B407

Peter Kelly, Diane Ripollone, and Laycca Umer

Speed Sharing: Middle School 

Georgia World Congress Center - B313a

Kathy Biernat, Stephanie McDonald, and Aliyah Johnson

Poster Share-a-Thon

Noon - 1:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle

NMLSTA: An Organization for Middle Level Educators

Mary Lou Lipscomb

Creating strong teacher questions to engage students in science practices and science as a practice

Liz McMillan

Exploring STEM in Germany

Loris Chen

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Meet Me in the Middle: Meet and Greet

Sponsored by...

Join middle level educators and enthusiasts for a social hour.

Meet old friends and make new ones! NMLSTA officers and board members will be available.

Omni, South Tower—Oak Room

Saturday, March 25, 2023

8:00 - 10:00 AM

Meet Me in the Middle Share-a-Thon

Georgia World Congress Center - B206

Meet a variety of presenters and discover ideas and materials you will be able to use next week. Following are the titles of the presentations.

     Exploring Practices, Nature of Science, and Science in Society: Analyzing Historical Primary Sources from the Library of Congress--Michael Apfeldorf & Jacqueline Katz
       Radio Waves Aren't Sound...They're Light!--Laura Bohrer
        Incorporating International Perspectives into STEM--Loris Chen

        The National Marine Educators Association--David Christopher

        Evolution Resources for Middle School Teachers--Amanda Clapp

        Time Management Teacher Style--Allison Clegg

        Sweet Math: How Much Corn Have You Drank Today?--Suzanne Cunningham

        Introduction to eCYBERMISSION--Carey Dieleman
        LabXchange: YOUR Ally in Science Education--Jenny Frank & Kenneth Huff

          No Child Left Inside! Construct Your Own Viewers for the Upcoming U.S. Solar Eclipses--Charles Fulco

          Dissect This! The Innovative Non-Animal Dissection Lab--Nicole Green & Alisa Brooks

          Using VR Tours and Authentic Data in the Classroom--Jonathan Griffith & Daniela Pennycook

          Free Lesson Plans from Kessler

          Infiniscope: Digital Learning Experiences and Content Creation Tools--Sina Kirk

          Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching with the NGSS--Karin Klein & Melanie Snow

          It's Lit with Circuits!--Cory Nelson

          Teaching Systems Science with NASA Sun-Earth Content--Christina Milotte

          MySciLife--Jesse Nolan

          Shell Science Teaching Awards--Paul Nordhaus

          Trees and the Carbon Cycle--Angela Rizzi

          Getting the Most Out of the Upcoming Solar Eclipses--Anne Holland

          Updating the National Assessment of Educational Progress Framework for Science--Jennifer Self


            Clustered 30 Minute Sessions

            8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

            Using Scientific Phenomena to Strengthen Student and Teacher Questioning

            Georgia World Congress Center - B207

            Cheryl Robertson

            8:45 - 9:15 AM

            Building K-12 Literacy Skills for STEM Career Success

            Georgia World Congress Center - B210

            Liz Martinez, Elizabeth Allan, and Loris Chen

            8:45 - 9:15 AM

            Teaching Students to Evaluate Data Through Real World Connections

            Georgia World Congress Center - A403

            Diane Ripollone and Kathy Biernat

            9:30-10:00 AM

            Bringing the Outside In For All Students With Hands-On Activities and Digital Slides - Hands-on Workshop

            Georgia World Congress Center - B306

            Becky Tonkinson, Sharyon Holness, and Karin Jakubowski

            Concurrent Sessions

            10:20 - 11:20 AM

            Don’t Cross the Streams: Assessment Literacy in the Middle Grades NGSS Classroom--Presentation   

            Georgia World Congress Center - C209

            John White

            1:20 - 2:20 PM

            Choose-Your-Own Science Adventures: A Digital Experience - Presentation

            Georgia World Congress Center - C208

            Kathleen Brooks, Sharyon Holness, and Rebecca Tonkinson

            2:40 - 3:40 PM

            Making Sense of Surface Heating in Human and Natural Systems--Hands-on Workshop

            Georgia World Congress Center - B401

            Loris Chen

            Offshore Wind and Whales STEM—Hands-On Workshop

            Georgia World Congress Center - A316

            Cori Nelson

            Broadening Student Engagement in Science: Using a Global Science Classroom to Promote Sensemaking--Presentation

            Georgia World Congress Center - B306 
            Jenny Frank and Kenneth Huff

            SCoPE: Solving Community Problems with Engineering | Nutrient Pollution

            Georgia World Congress Center - B215

            Nancy Gifford and Shawn Stevens

            4:00 - 5:00 PM

            Digital Energy Escape Room for Middle School - Presentation

            Georgia World Congress Center Room B305

            Sharyon Holness and Rebecca Tonkinson

            Go Big or Go Home- with Large Scale Kinesthetic Modeling

            Georgia World Congress Center Room C213

            David Ebersole

            Poster Share-a-Thon

            Noon - 1:00 PM

            Georgia World Congress Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle

            Water Moves Our Earth; Plants Stabilize Our Earth

            Suzanne Cunningham

            Energize Your Climate Change Course for Middle School

            Karin Jakubowski and Kathleen Brooks

            Speed Sharing Sessions

            1:20 - 2:20 PM



            Bold Names = Members of NMLSTA

            *If you are scheduled to present on a topic related to Middle Level Science at the NSTA Conference in Atlanta and would like your presentation to appear on this website, please contact Mary Lou Lipscomb, NMLSTA Program Coordinator at the email below.


            Sponsors & Partners

            Current Sponsors for the Paul de Hart Hurd Award and Meet Me in the Middle activities

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            Interested in sponsoring NMLSTA? Email Mary Lou Lipscomb


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