KSTA Annual Conference    
November 5-7, 2020    
Eastern Kentucky University    

Kentucky Science Teaching Summit

Supporting Science Teachers: Aligning with today’s evolution of K-12 science instruction

Thursday, November 5
9:00am - 4:00pm

Audience: higher education science/science education instructors, professional scientists, informal science professionals, and tertiary science instructors.

The purpose of this summit is:

  1. to share our best approaches for supporting implementation of KAS-Science
  2. to continue to deepen our own understanding of how and why K-12 science instruction has shifted and how we can best support K-12 teachers
  3. to explore organizational opportunities to create a state-wide approach for leveraging our collective expertise for continuing this work

Many different people share responsibility for preparing and supporting our state’s K-12 science teachers, including science educators, professional scientists, informal science professionals, and tertiary science instructors. As K-12 science teachers and their students align instruction and learning with the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) for Science [Next Generation Science Standards], the challenging task of thinking about and teaching science in more cognitively complex and rich ways requires people providing teacher support structures to also continue to learn and inform our capacity to support those teachers. There is a strong tendency for teachers to teach science in a manner similar to how they were taught. It is critical for higher education science instruction to evolve along with K-12 science instruction as the field continues to learn more about the most effective ways to teach – and learn – science. Science educators, informal science professionals, and professional scientists all should embody and enact approaches consistent with KAS-Science tenants as we work with classroom science teachers.

Complete the Summit Poster Proposal Form and upload an abstract of your poster, limited to 250 words. You must log in to this form with an email address associated with a Google account. The deadline to submit is June 15, 2020. Your proposals will be peer-reviewed. If your proposal is accepted, you will receive additional information via email for preparation and presentation.

Summit Poster Proposal Form

Summit Strands
Please ensure your proposal aligns to one of the strands listed below.

  1. Using phenomena as a structure to teach science (drive learning)
    Science is about understanding the world around us. Phenomena, sometimes called real world applications, are those natural occurrences/observations that can be explained. The use of these phenomena to drive instruction lead students towards that understanding.
  2. Explicit attention to practices and/or crosscutting concepts 
    Students are to be engaged in the actual doing of science, meaning that they should have similar experiences that scientists have as they work to understand phenomena. The tools of science are the KAS-Science science and engineering practices that students utilize. The crosscutting concepts are those big ideas that “cut across” the domains of science.
  3. Sense-making of how the world works
    A sense-making perspective suggests that students are actively engaged in the practices and crosscutting concepts as they come to understand phenomena. In this way, students gain a deeper understanding of the science concepts (content).

Pre-registration: REQUIRED
Registration fee: $50
You must select this summit when registering for the conference. The fee will be added to your total conference registration.

If you have questions regarding the summit, contact Krista Adams.

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