NSTA Area Conference - Portland, OR


  • Oregon Convention Center 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd Portland, OR 97232 USA

Visit us at Booth #901 to browse our curriculum materials (including our new IQWST Spanish editions), learn more about the recent updates to IQWST Interactive Digital Edition (IDE), grab a Free CER poster for your classroom and meet some of our team.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

Conference Sessions:

Science Storylines: Developing 3-Dimensional Lessons that Build on Student Curiosity

November 10, 2016, 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Oregon Convention Center, A107

With NGSS being taken up by educators across the country it can be easy to lose sight of student interest and identity in the search for NGSS-aligned curricula. Join us for an engaging workshop on storyline coherence as a means to not only align pedagogy with the standards, but also build on students' ideas and questions about the natural world. 

Presenter(s): Heather Milo (Activate Learning)
FORMAT: Exhibitor Workshop
GRADE LEVEL: 6-8, Science Ed Leaders
CCC, DCI, SEP
SEPs: Modeling, asking questions, explaining, arguing from evidence
CCC: Matter & Energy, Cause & Effect
DCI: Physical Science (MS-PS1-4)


Integrating Literacy and Science—The Wow Factor

November 10, 2016, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Oregon Convention Center, A107

Come engage in a hands-on investigation where your students explore, read, write, talk, and think critically about science. Address reading, writing, and math through science investigations. Create data tables and argue from evidence, as you give your students a reason to write beyond just “fill in the blank.”

Presenter(s): Ellen Mintz (Charleston County School District)
FORMAT: Exhibitor Workshop
SCIENCE FOCUS: GEN, SEP7
GRADE LEVEL: Preschool-5


Discourse Tools for Equitable and Rigorous Talk

November 11, 2016, 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Oregon Convention Center, A107

The Framework promotes learning as a fundamentally social endeavor supported by collaborative and communicative norms. Yet, sustaining these norms requires all members to articulate, make sense of, and evaluate each other’s ideas, making discourse tools vitally important. Walk away with ready-to-use tools that foster productive talk around big science ideas!

Presenter(s): Heather Milo (Activate Learning)
FORMAT: Exhibitor Workshop
SCIENCE FOCUS: GEN, SEP8
GRADE LEVEL: 5-8


NGSS-Aligned Interactive Digital Assessment for Middle School

November 11, 2016, 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Oregon Convention Center, A107

Come experience the most recent developments in standards-based assessment research from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Participate in 3-dimensional science instruction that uses both formative assessment prompts to elicit (and build on) students' preconceptions and summative assessment items to collect data on students' progress towards NGSS standards. All participants will qualify to pilot this new digital product in their classroom!

Presenter(s): Heather Milo (Activate Learning) & Patty A Kreikemeier (University of Wisconsin)
FORMAT: Exhibitor Workshop
GRADE LEVEL: 6-8