2021 Virtual Annual Conference

February 26-27, 2021

Conference Presenters

Erica Baker, NBCT, North Washington Middle School


Erica is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent Science. She has been teaching middle school science for 9 years in Washington County. During those 9 years, she has been involved in the CKEC Science Network Meetings, attended many PIMSER trainings and institutes, partnered in a KDE FAST-ER grant on formative assessment in science, and presented sessions at NSTA in St. Louis, KAAC-Scott Trimble Workshop, and the KASC conference. She has also participated in the Common Assignment Study Collaborative and was invited to represent KY at the Midwest Region Virtual Unconference sponsored by the Council of State Science Supervisors and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Erica has been actively involved in KY's assessment process and planning as a member of the Assessment Review Committee, worked on the TCT review committee, and lastly, a creator of the recent Alternate Science Assessments.

Philip Bell, University of Washington

Professor of Education



Philip Bell is Professor of Education and the Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences at the University of Washington. He has studied equitable approaches to science and engineering instruction, how people learn STEM across settings, youth argumentation and conceptual change, culturally expansive science instruction, scaled implementation of educational improvement, and how learning technologies support science learning. He edits the STEM Teaching Tools collection (http://STEMteachingtools.org).

Page Keeley

Author and Independent Consultant



Page Keeley is the author of 22 books on formative assessment, teaching science for conceptual understanding, and curriculum topic study. She currently consults with school districts and organizations throughout the U.S. and internationally. She has received several national distinguished awards for her 30+ years of leadership in science education as well as both the Presidential Award (1992) and the Milken Educator Award (1993) for her 15 years as a middle and high school science teacher. She served as the 63rd president of the National Science Teaching Association.

Rae McEntyre, Kentucky Department of Education

Science Consultant

Rae McEntyre is the Science Consultant at the Kentucky Department of Education, where she supports K12 science education. A former high school science teacher with degrees in Biology and Geoscience, Ms. McEntyre started her teaching career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the tiny African country of Lesotho. She has also worked as an Astrophysics Educator Ambassador with NASA Education and Public Outreach. During her spare time, she maintains her science roots by visiting and hiking in Kentucky’s state parks.

Julie A. Moore, Fayette County Public Schools

4th-6th Grade Science Teacher - SCAPA @Bluegrass


Julie Moore is an award-winning elementary school science teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience and a deep-seeded passion for student success in and out of the classroom. The 2017 Kentucky Science Teacher Association’s Elementary Science Teacher of the Year, Moore served on state and district development teams for curriculum maps, skills rubrics and assessments and has authored district-wide science curriculum adopted in Kentucky. Moore combines her understanding of science concepts with other disciplines and subjects. Her students learn to connect classroom learning, develop critical thinking skills and apply classroom learning to the reality of their lives and communities. Perhaps her most unique skill is illustrating how seemingly disconnected subjects like science and the arts are, in fact, intertwined. This helps her shine in her current role as a 4th-6th grade science teacher at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts of the Bluegrass (SCAPA).

Lori Norton-Meier, PhD, University of Northern Iowa

Director, Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy



Dr. Lori Norton-Meier is the director of the Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy and a Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Her research examines the role of play and inquiry in teaching and learning, particularly related to language and literacy practices of teachers, children, youth and family members. She studies the role of play in understanding media literacy, how family inquiry fuels learning in and out of school settings, and argument-based inquiry in teaching and learning particularly related to science. She has multiple publications including 30 journal publications, 20 book chapters and five books, with two of these books focusing on the voices of teachers who describe their process of learning as teacher researchers in their own classrooms.

Tricia Shelton National Science Teaching Association

Director of Professional Learning and Standards Implementation



Tricia Shelton worked with Kentucky students for 22 years as a middle school and high school science teacher and teacher leader. Tricia is a 2014 NSTA Distinguished Teaching Award winner for her contributions to and demonstrated excellence in science teaching. Tricia has joined the NSTA team as the Director of Professional Learning and Standards Implementation, supporting educators and students across the county as they work to integrate contemporary research in science education into classroom teaching and learning.

Dr. Lin Xiang, University of Kentucky

Assistant Professor of Science Education


Lin Xiang is an assistant professor of Science Education in the Department of STEM Education at the University of Kentucky. Her expertise lies in model-based science education, agent-based computer modeling, and science teacher education. Over the past ten years, Lin has developed an extensive collection of agent-based computer models for K-16 students to apply science practices and crosscutting concepts to explore core science ideas. One of her computer modeling curricula has been published in Science Scope. Lin taught high school biology and college introductory biology courses. At the University of Kentucky, she teaches Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Science Methods; STEM Education Methods.

Patti Works, Amplify Professional Learning Specialist

PIMSER Regional Teacher Partner


Patti Works is a Regional Teacher Partner with PIMSER and works as a Professional Learning Specialist with Amplify Science, after completing 31 years in the classroom. She was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for the state of Kentucky in 2012 and the KSTA Elementary Science Teacher of the Year in 2006. While teaching in Fayette County, she was a part of the state Science Leadership Network, and worked on many district initiatives addressing effective science instruction. Working with PIMSER and CRIMSTED at U of Louisville, she worked with twelve districts in western Kentucky on developing classroom embedded assessments in science, grades K-8.

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