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NSTA Area Conference in Milwaukee


Theme: Making Waves: Moving Science Forward!

Visit us at Booth #415.

A leader in research-based, K-12 STEM curricula, including IQWST® and PBIS® for MS science, and several leading HS math, science and engineering curricula. Our project-based, investigation-centered, and literacy-rich programs immerse students in rigorous learning environments, in which their original questions and everyday experiences are central to standards-based, 3D learning.

Get a FREE What's Your Evidence T-Shirt for participating in a 10 minute in-booth curriculum demonstration.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Workshops Offered:

Pictured from left to right, Gary Curts, Ellen Mintz, Dr. Mary Starr, and Heather Milo

Pictured from left to right, Gary Curts, Ellen Mintz, Dr. Mary Starr, and Heather Milo

Incorporating STEM into the Classroom (High School Science) (8:00-9:00 a.m.)
Bringing STEM into the classroom by involving students in engineering design to solve a real-world problem gives students the opportunity to apply crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas as well as demonstrate the NGSS science and engineering practices. Join us as we share how we have integrated STEM and the engineering design cycle into our core Earth science, chemistry, physics, and physical science courses.
Presenter: Gary Curts

Literacy in the Context of Science in the Middle School Classroom
(9:30-10:30 a.m.)

Experience a lesson that demonstrates the integration of literacy strategies in the context of science. This includes the incorporation of academic language in written responses in science notebooks and oral discourse in conjunction with investigations using an interactive word wall. 
Presenter: Ellen Mintz

Project-Based Inquiry Science™ (PBIS): Creating “Coherence and Science Storylines” for Middle School (11:00-12:00 p.m.)
STEM learning requires integration! Powerful questions and coherent storylines help solve the integration challenge. PBIS is built around interesting and meaningful Big Questions and Big Challenges, supporting the integration of science and engineering, engaging ALL students in high-quality STEM learning, and embracing the vision of the Framework and NGSS.
Presenter: Dr. Mary Starr

Structuring Discussion to Be Equitable and Rigorous (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
The Framework promotes learning as a fundamentally social endeavor supported by collaborative and communicative norms. Yet, sustaining these norms requires teachers to examine and support K–12 students’ ways of talking so they all are able to articulate, make sense of, and evaluate each other’s ideas. Walk away with ready-to-use tools that foster and assess productive talk. Uses IQWST unit, How Will It Move?
Presenter: Heather Milo

Literacy in the Context of Science in the Elementary Classroom (2:00-3:00 p.m.)
Experience a lesson that demonstrates the integration of literacy strategies in the context of science. This includes the incorporation of academic language in written responses in science notebooks and oral discourse in conjunction with investigations using an interactive word wall. 
Presenter: Ellen Mintz

Science Storylines and the Driving Question Board: Keeping NGSS Curricula Student Driven (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
What if K–12 lessons could both meet the standards and leverage student curiosity about the natural world? Join us for an engaging workshop on storyline coherence as a means to not only have pedagogy meet the NGSS, but also build on students' wonderment questions using the Driving Question Board.
Presenter: Heather Milo