2019 Strands

Digital Literacy
Engage teachers in activities that will show them how to integrate digital teaching and learning strategies that ensure students’ ethical, respectful, and safe use of digital tools and resources.  Expand your knowledge of appropriate digital tools and resources for instruction, sharpen skills for developing summative and formative student assessments, and better meet the needs of diverse student populations.
Problem Based Learning (PBL) to Expand Scientific Literacy
Assist teachers in refining classroom strategies that place students in the active role of authentic, real-world problem-solver.  Participants will examine PBL lessons that simultaneously expand the learner’s science content knowledge, while building student problem-solving skills.
Climate Science Literacy
Climate Science Literacy is an understanding of our influence on climate and climate’s influence on our society.  Enhance your content background and learn about strategies to strengthen student’s understanding of Earth’s climate system. Teach them how to assess the credibility of scientific information and make informed and critical decisions as to how our actions affect climate. 
Non-Strand Sessions:
The conference will also offer a full array of sessions designed to provide teachers with effective hands-on science strategies at different grade levels and different areas of science.  There will be a series of sessions at each level (elementary, middle and high school) that model best practices for teaching science.  There will also be a series of sessions that focus on specific science principles and process skills in each area (life science or biology, earth/environmental science, physics/chemistry and physical science).  A Share-a-thon is planned for each of these science areas.