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              April 6th, 2019

University of Maine Hutchinson Center

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TimeLocationPresenterSession information
8:00AtriumRegistration & Exhibitors
8:30Session 1 8:30 - 9:30
Jonathan Doughty, Baxter Academy for Technology and ScienceA STEM Final Project: Combined math and science assessment
This session will detail the process of creating, implementing and evaluating a combined 9th grade math and science class (called STEM) final assessment. We built a set of assessments that gave kids broad choice based in standards designed with the common core and NGSS at their center. The process of assessment creation, collaboration, rubric design, edition and norming will be discussed. Examples of the assessments and (appropriately redacted) student work will be provided. There will be plenty of time for questions about the science standards used by Baxter (with the NGSS strands at their heart) their implementation in this course and others, the challenges inherent in 3D assessment and how folks at Baxter are working to overcome those challenges.
Strand: 3D Assessment - Intended Audience: High school, Pre-Service, Physics, Chemistry, Earth/Space, Environmental, STEM, Administrator
Katie Coppens, Falmouth Middle SchoolIntegrating Science and Literacy with "The Acadia Files"
Each chapter in "The Acadia Files" presents a problem and Acadia Greene, a 5th grader from Maine, using what she learns about science to solve it. Each chapter is followed by Acadia’s drawings of what she learns, a list of new vocabulary terms, and an experiment based on Acadia’s inquiry.
Strand: Everyday Science - Intended Audience: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Middle school
Nat Wheelwright, Bowdoin College"Nature Moments": Short Videos to Reconnect Mainers to Nature
Nature Moments, 2-minute natural history video series, are perfect for local, “near home” phenomena to use as you implement the NGSS in your K-12 classroom. By focusing common animals and plants, the series will help you will engage curiosity and generate guiding questions for your next 3-dimensional unit.
Strand: Everyday Science - Intended Audience: Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, College, Environmental, Life, STEM
Nikki Becker, NOAA's National Weather Service - Gray, METeacher & Scientist Partnerships 
There is a wealth of science knowledge around for teachers to access within Maine. In this session, a local scientist, community member, and parent will provide ways in which teachers can work with scientists directly and/or remotely to enhance science education for pupils.
Strand: Science Everyday - Intended Audience: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, How to contact with resources around to enhance science.
Kayleigh Knox, Marissa Chamberlain & Andrew Price, University of Maine FarmingtonZip Your Creativity in STEAM
Zip into a creative STEAM activity presented by pre-service educators from the University of Maine at Farmington. Attendees will engineer a harness to carry an object along a 5-meter zip line to investigate the relationship between the weight of the harness and the speed of the traveling object.
Strand: Science Everyday - Intended Audience: Middle school, High school, Physics, Engineering, STEM
Shari Templeton, Maine Department of EducationA System of Assessments to Achieve 3D Learning
We'll examine the role of a system of assessments to meet the demands of 3D instruction and learning prior to exploring how to create 3D assessments. We will also discuss the changes coming to the MEA science assessment.
Strand: Three Dimensional Assessment - Intended Audience: Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, Physics, Chemistry, Earth/Space, Environmental, Life
9:30Break 9:30 - 9:45
9:45Session 2 9:45 - 10:45
Peter Mclaren, Next Gen Education, LLCENGAGING STUDENTS: USING CROSSCUTTING CONCEPTS TO PROMPT STUDENT SENSEMAKING OF PHENOMENA
This session will provide educators with meaningful insights into how to use the dimension of crosscutting concepts to structure prompts that engage students in reasoning how and why phenomena occur and provide formative assessment opportunities for teachers. This session will help participants create consistent and clear prompts structured around CCCs that could be used within each phase of the 5E instructional model.
Strand: Three Dimensional Assessment - Intended Audience: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, Physics, Chemistry, Earth/Space, Environmental, Life, Engineering
Keith Kelley & students, Somerset & Sebasticook Valley Middle SchoolMAKE - Manufacture by Application of Knowledge through Effort
Learn how to use Robotics, Computer Coding, 3D Printing to let students build own products to complete in competitions to show their acquired knowledge.
Strand: Tinkering with Technology - Intended Audience: Grades 3-5, Middle school, STEM
Molly Auclair & Meggie Harvey, Gulf of Maine Research InstituteNew Citizen Science Opportunities with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Connect students with citizen and professional scientists contributing to locally relevant scientific research. Get a sneak peak of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s new citizen science missions and explore new investigation questions, protocols, and data. Walk away with teacher guides and learn more about upcoming professional development opportunities. 
Strand: Science Everyday - Intended Audience: Middle school, Environmental, Life, STEM
Christine Wells, STEMscopesAlways Time for Science (K-5)
Do you struggle to find time for science learning in your K-5 classroom? Would you like to learn how to engage students with science phenomena, daily? Join us to learn practical, easy to implement strategies that make the 3-dimensions of the NGSS accessible, relevant and fun! It does not matter if you have 5 minutes or 50 minutes in your schedule, there is always time for science!  
Strand: Science Everyday - Intended Audience: PreK-Grade 2
Sophia Manning, University of Maine at FarmingtonMatter, Matter...Why it matters???
Understanding the science concepts of Matter can be challenging. Abstract concepts such as change of state, physical and chemical changes, and the conservation of mass often create misconceptions in children, which need to be clarified. This authentic learning unit can show you why it matters in a 5th-grade classroom!
Strand: Everyday Science - Intended Audience: Grades 3-5, Middle school, Pre-Service, Chemistry
Shari Templeton, Maine Department of EducationMay the Force(s) Be With You
This session is an interactive tour through the major physical forces of our world. We'll explore pushes and pulls we encounter daily including electromagnetic forces. Construct basic circuits to go.
Strand: Everyday Science - Intended Audience: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Physics
10:45Break 10:45 - 11:00
11:00Session 3 11:00 -12:00
Anica Miller-Rushing, University of MaineEveryone at the table: Supporting all learners in science
Join a modeled “Talk Science” lesson to explore ways to inspire all learners to be an equal participant at the science table. We will use inclusive pedagogy while participating in a lesson that will investigate the benefits of diversity in science.
Strand: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Intended Audience: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, College, Pre-Service, Informal, Physics, Chemistry, Earth/Space, Environmental, Life, Engineering, STEM, Administrator
Lee Anna Stirling, Deeper Learning Educators & StudentsReal Life Challenge-Solving Projects
With presentation and activity we will have an overview of high quality project-based learning features, implementation, and how science projects can be adjusted to become real-life challenges. When students work to solve real life challenges they become invested in the process. In addition to learning academic content and skills they gain a sense of agency - they can contribute positively to life.
Strand: Science Everyday - Intended Audience: Middle school, High school, College
Anders GĂ„rdestig, Maine School of Science and MathematicsTeaching Physics with Passion
I will discuss some of the principles I have found work best when teaching physics, whether to college or high school students. Examples and demonstrations of practices will be provided.
Strand: Science Everyday - Intended Audience: High school, College, Physics, STEM
Helene Adams, Cheverus High SchoolTeaching Stoichiometry using Particle Level Representations and Models
Using particle level representations in Chemistry can help students understand the invisible world of atoms and molecules. Attendees will participate in several activities used to help students with stoichiometry and limiting and excess reactants. The activities can be used with first year chemistry classes through Advanced Placement chemistry.  
Strand: Everyday Science - Intended Audience: High school, College, Pre-Service, Chemistry
Lynn Farrin, Maine Mathematics & Science AllianceNew Standards, New Classroom Assessments
With this new three-dimensional model for learning, new assessments that allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and competencies are needed; ones that integrate multiple strands of student abilities. During this session, we’ll explore sample NGSS assessment tasks and introduce tools, tips, and resources for getting started. Please bring your laptops. 
Strand: Three Dimensional Assessments - Intended Audience: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school
12:00CafeLunch ~ Enjoy, relax
1:15Session 4 1:15 - 2:45
Lisa Tripp & Michelle Riesbeck, Bonny Eagle Middle SchoolAndes, Amazon, and Sloths, Oh My!
Examples from the implementation of a three dimensional Instructionally Embedded Assessment combining three NGSS standards. Students must create an argument based on a student generated model discussing the connection between the Andes Mountains and its impact on the development of the Amazon, one of the Sloth's main habitats.  
Strand: Three Dimensional Assessment - Intended Audience: Middle school, Earth/Space, Environmental
Dr. Kate Cook Whitt, Thomas CollegeBeyond Inquiry and Performance Expectations: The elemental role of science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts in the NGSS
A key innovation of the NGSS is the elemental integration of the three dimensions of science and engineering, which pushes previous conceptions of inquiry to a new level. Participants will dig deeply into the elements of the three dimensions to push beyond our current understandings of inquiry and performance expectations.  
Strand: Three Dimensional Assessment - Intended Audience: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school, Pre-Service, Physics, Chemistry, Earth/Space, Environmental, Life, Engineering, STEM, Administrator
Marina Van der Eb, University of Maine RiSE CenterScience Notebooking Strategies for K-5 Students
Come experience an elementary science lesson and complete a science notebook entry. We’ll share strategies to support students as they create their own science notebook, allowing them to successfully express their thinking about different science concepts. We’ll also highlight how science notebooking can be connected to math and ELA.
Strand: Science Everyday - Intended Audience: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5
Dr. Elizabeth Cowles & Bertha Vazquez, The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary ScienceEvolution for Educators
The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science is a teacher-run project to help middle school teachers. We provide free, high-quality evolution content and resources.
The workshop would include: A bell ringer activity, a slide presentation, a tour of the TIES Online Learning Page, and a hands-on activity on natural selection.

Strand: Three Dimensional Assessment - Intended Audience: Middle school
Toni Barboza, Sebasticook Valley Middle School & John Van Dis, Islesboro Central SchoolTinkering with Data in Tuva
Students having difficulty visualizing and interpreting data? Tour Tuva’s growing data library, visualization tools, and activities which can help students hone their graphing and analysis skills using real data sets. Come explore authentic examples of students using Tuva to import and analyze their own scientific research and how Tuva reinforces the NGSS. 
Strand: Tinkering with Technology - Intended Audience: Middle school, High school
Lynn Farrin, Maine Mathematics & Science AllianceWhat Does Modeling Look Like in the Elementary Classroom?
How do you engage students in the practice of modeling at the elementary level? Developing and using models is a key sensemaking science and engineering practice. In this session, we’ll dig into this practice and define scientific models, engage in developing and using models, and explore different examples.
Strand: Science Everyday - Intended Audience: PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-5
2:45AuditoriumRaffle and Closing
3:00Heading home! Thank you for coming!




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