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Check out our schedule below for the

2019 MEET ME IN THE MIDDLE Day

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 OF EVENTS FOR NMLSTA MEET ME IN THE MIDDLE DAY

Schedule:

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

10:15-10:45 AM Workshop Sessions Group #1—Info below (3 sessions) AND Roundtable Conversations: Session A— Majestic D/E

11:00-11:30 AM Workshop Session Group #2 (4 sessions) AND Roundtable Conversations:  Session B—Majestic D/E

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

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

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

3:00-3:20 PM Welcome and Presentation of the NMLSTA Paul deHart Hurd Award and other awards; followed directly by… — Majestic D/E

3:20-4:30 PM Share-a-Thon and door prize distribution


Meet Me in the Middle Workshop Session: Combating Science Mis- and Disinformation

Friday, April 12th 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic A/B

Engage in a robust discussion of science misinformation and disinformation. We will exchange ideas around successfully combating scientific untruths and helping students curate information.

Presenter(s): Renee Belisle (Denver Public Schools: Denver, CO)

FORMAT: Hands-On Workshop
GRADE LEVEL: 4 - 12
SUBJECT: General Science Education


Meet Me in the Middle Workshop Session: The Route to Successful STEM Activities!

Friday, April 12th 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Marriot St. Louis Grand, Majestic F/G

Discussion centers on the critical safety piece in the "doing" of hands-on activities in STEM labs for a safer teaching/learning experience.

Presenter(s): Dr. Kenneth Roy (Glastonbury Public Schools: Glastonbury, CT)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 5 - 8
SUBJECT: General Science Education

Meet Me in the Middle Workshop Session: Energy House

Friday, April 12th 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic C

This STEM project from www.need.org will challenge students to use various materials to insulate a cardboard house, test its energy-efficiency, and evaluate economic returns.

Presenter(s): Cori Nelson (Winfield School District #34: Winfield, IL)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 6 - 8
SUBJECT: Physical Science


Meet Me in the Middle Workshop Session: Roundtable Conversations, Session A

Friday, April 12th 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic D/E

Join middle level educators for small group conversations featuring scientific literacy, STEM/STEAM, NGSS, and much, much more. Choose a topic to discuss or learn more when you arrive.

Presenter(s): Mary Lou Lipscomb (National Middle Level Science Teachers Association: Naperville, IL), Melissa Sleeper (Gifford Middle School: Vero Beach, FL)

FORMAT: Presentation

GRADE LEVEL: 4 - 9

SUBJECT: General Science Education

Meet Me in the Middle Workshop Session: Gardening and Composting in the Classroom 

Friday, April 12th 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic C

Come hear how I used worm composting and vegetable gardening to enhance my middle school class.

Presenter(s): Maureen Smith (Broome-Tioga BOCES: Binghamton, NY)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 6 - 8

SUBJECT: Life Science

Meet Me in the Middle Workshop Session: Literacy and Science Notebooking in the Elementary Classroom Using STEAM!

Friday, April 12th 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic F/G

Learn how to incorporate the "A" in STEAM into your science notebook lessons! The arts can bring excitement to any K-12 classroom!

Presenter(s): Shana Webb (Thompson Middle School: Alabaster, AL),  Jacqueline Edwards (McAdory High School: McCalla, AL)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: K, 1 - 12
SUBJECT: General Science Education

Meet Me in the Middle Workshop Session: Rediscovering the Joy

Friday, April 12th 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic H

Explore ideas about how to start and maintain a vibrant after-school science club. We currently run a program for 50+ students, grades 5-8, and will share activities and lessons learned.

Presenter(s): Shauneen Giudice (Delmar Middle School: Delmar, DE)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 5 - 7
SUBJECT: General Science Education, Informal Science Education

Meet Me in the Middle Workshop Session: A Roller Coaster of a Phenomenon!

Friday, April 12th 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic A/B

Roller coasters are a fun experience for students, but what about using them as an anchoring phenomenon to teach forces and motion? Come see how this was used in a middle school science classroom.

Presenter(s): Betsy Lawrence (Eudora Middle School: Overland Park, KS)

FORMAT: Hands-On Workshop

GRADE LEVEL: 6 - 8
SUBJECT: Physical Science


Meet Me in the Middle Workshop Session: Roundtable Conversations, Session B

Friday, April 12th 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic D/E

Join middle level educators for small group conversations featuring scientific literacy, STEM/STEAM, NGSS, and much, much more. Choose a topic to discuss or learn more when you arrive.

Presenter(s): Mary Lou Lipscomb (National Middle Level Science Teachers Association: Naperville, IL), Melissa Sleeper (Gifford Middle School: Vero Beach, FL)

FORMAT: Presentation

GRADE LEVEL: 4 - 9

SUBJECT: General Science Education

Meet Me in the Middle Workshop Session: Using Phenomenon to Make Your Lessons Phabulous

Friday, April 12th 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic F/G

Do your students ask "Why do I have to learn this?" Learn about phenomenon-based learning and concrete ways to connect to standards and improve learning.

Presenter(s): Kathy Biernat (St. Mary's Visitation School: Elm Grove, WI), Diane Ripollone (Cardinal Gibbons High School: Raleigh, NC)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 4 - 9
SUBJECT: General Science Education

Meet Me in the Middle Workshop Session: Engaging Students in Three-Dimensional Learning

Friday, April 12th 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic A/B

Discussion centers on the four parts of engaging students in a unit of learning, then seeing how to use the four parts to guide the rest of the unit.

Presenter(s): Susan German (Hallsville Middle School: Hallsville, MO)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 6 - 8
SUBJECT: Life Science, Physical Science, Earth and Space Science

Meet Me in the Middle Workshop Session: Empower, Engage, and Explore Through Personalized Learning

Friday, April 12th 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic C

Leave with instructional strategies to differentiate the content, process, product, and environment. Personalized learning exemplars that will be shared help promote student engagement and empower students to be self-motivated learners.

Presenter(s): Gaganjot Singh (Independence High School: Roswell, GA)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 6 - 12
SUBJECT: General Science Education

Meet Me in the Middle Workshop Session: Engineering in Middle School Chemistry

Friday, April 12th 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic H

Try a new engineering design lesson based on chemical reactions featured in the free teaching resource www.middleschoolchemistry.com.

Presenter(s): James Kessler (American Chemical Society: Washington, DC)

FORMAT: Hands-On Workshop
GRADE LEVEL: 6 - 8
SUBJECT: Physical Science, Engineering-Technology-and the Application of Science

Meet Me in the Middle Workshop Session: Using Agriculture to Implement Cross-Curricular Connections in the Enhancement of STEM Education

Friday, April 12th 2:00 PM - 2:30PM

Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic H

School gardens provide an opportunity for teachers and students to explore meaningful connections with science education and the environment. Unearth the many ways to bring STEM alive using a school garden.

Presenter(s): Monique Mitchell-Eames (Millennium Middle School: Tamarac, FL)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 8
SUBJECT: Life Science

Meet Me in the Middle Workshop Session: NGSS Shift in Classroom Pedagogy

Friday, April 12th 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic C

Emphasis will be placed on methods for creating a shared learning space with students that promotes engagement and student participation.

Presenter(s): Brian Klaft (Granger Middle School: Aurora, IL)

FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 6 - 8
SUBJECT: General Science Education

Meet Me in the Middle Workshop Session: Understanding Weather & Climate: Use a FREE Web-based Graphing Tool

Friday, April 12th 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic A/B

Interpret climate data for patterns or change through an online graphing tool that simplifies data visualization. http://uanyc.science/pwc

Presenter(s): 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)

FORMAT: Hands-On Workshop

GRADE LEVEL: 6 - 8
SUBJECT: Earth and Space Science

Meet Me in the Middle Workshop Session: Everyday Engineering

Friday, April 12th 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic F/G

Engage in STEM activities related to everyday engineering (such as ballpoint pens or paper clips) and learn how to create your own lessons accordingly.

Presenter(s): Dr. Richard Moyer (Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn: Dearborn, MI)

FORMAT: Hands-On Workshop
GRADE LEVEL: 5 - 9
SUBJECT: Engineering-Technology-and the Application of Science

Meet Me in the Middle Session: Middle Level Share-a-Thon

Friday, April 12th 3:20 PM - 4:30 PM

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, all in a single location. Attend this session and discover invaluable resources that will engage your middle level students in exciting and inspiring science learning!

Presenter(s): Todd Hoover (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania: Bloomsburg, PA), Mary Lou Lipscomb (National Middle Level Science Teachers Association: Naperville, IL)

FORMAT: Hands-On Workshop
GRADE LEVEL: 4 - 9

SUBJECT: General Science Education


Share-A-Thon Presenter Registration

SUBMIT A PROPOSAL FOR THE 2019 NMLSTA Meet Me in the Middle - MIDDLE LEVEL SHARE-A-THON at the NSTA Annual Conference in St. Louis.
Click here to submit a proposal 
(note, acceptance notifications will not be sent until beginning of late fall/early winter)


If you are looking for an informal opportunity to share your great ideas with other middle level science educators, this is the perfect opportunity!  Our Share-A-Thon will be set up in a flea market style format where guests will circulate the room to meet with individual presenters who showcase their innovative and exciting ideas.  You do not have to make a formal presentation.  Simply prepare about a five minute presentation to present as guests make their way around the room.  Handouts describing your activity/lesson/idea are always appreciated so guests can take them back and easily implement the ideas into their own classrooms.  Unless needed for your activity, hard copies of handouts are not necessary.  We will provide you with access to a Cloud folder where you can upload handouts that we will make available on our website.




NMLSTA & the NSTA Middle 
Level Committee on Science Education are proud to partner in sponsoring this event at the NSTA National Conference

  • Networking Opportunities for Middle School Science Teachers
  • Roundtable Conversations with Middle School Facilitators
  • Focused Presentations Designed to Meet the Needs of the Middle School Science Teacher
  • A Share-a-Thon Featuring Many Ideas for You to Use in Your Classroom
  • Door Prizes, Fun, and More!

The 2017 MMITM day was a great success! Read a teacher's perspective of the day at #NSTA17 Meet Me In The Middle Day Re-Cap



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