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PI Meeting Session | Dinner on Your Own
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Poster Session & Reception
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | What Do We Do with the Kids Who “Aren’t Ready” for Algebra?
Having students enter high school “unready” for algebra is not a new or rare problem. The challenges, frankly, are vast. Students identified as “unready” are extremely varied, as are the reasons they are included in specialized classes. Some, for example, are mathematically competent, but included “for English language support.” More, of course, have some difficulty specific to mathematics. Of...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Urban Advantage: Formal-Informal Partnerships to Improve STEM Teaching and Learning in Middle School Science Classrooms
This session presents the work from three projects that are addressing the challenges of using secondary data sets in the classroom to teach ecology. Presenters from each project provide a brief overview of their development and research work followed by a question and answer period. A panel discussion with participants focuses on the following three questions: What are the challenges and...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Toward Greater Mutual Understanding in STEM: A Focused, Facilitated Conversation Exploring How Engineering Lessons Can Support Math and Science “Common Core” Standards
This session focuses on a particular role that engineering lessons and curricula can play, placing them as tools for engagement in and expansion of mathematics and science learning in which engineering is used primarily as a means to help promote learning in these content areas. This role may not be what all engineering education specialists strive for; many of us may well value engineering...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | The Challenges of Scaling Up
The goal of the session is to help attendees understand challenges of scaling up and to inform their design of scaling-up strategies for their own projects. The session has four parts: an introduction in which key challenges are identified, two parts in which Dynabook and SmartGraphs describe strategies for meeting challenges, and a part for audience to interactaction. To successfully scale up,...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Technology-Enhanced STEM Assessment Research and Development: Findings and Futures
This collaborative session brings together four mature projects that use different approaches to develop and validate technology-enhanced STEM assessments. Presenters share their designs, research findings, and implications for measuring STEM standards. All offer evidence addressing four questions: (1) What was the technical quality (reliability and validity) and effectiveness of the assessments...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Technology to Support Expression of Meaning
Given technology that enables teachers and learners to express mathematics and science in quite new ways—relative to textbooks and conventional classroom talk—what sorts of representations, activities, and practices provide the necessary structure to guide and develop what students can “say” and “do” so that they develop ways to express themselves more powerfully and meaningfully? Presenters from...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Specifying Equity in Practice: A Focus on Ambitious Mathematics and Science Teaching
In this session, presenters from three projects seek to elaborate teaching practices in mathematics and science that support the development of central mathematical or scientific ideas and result in significant learning opportunities for students. More specifically, they seek to ground a larger conversation about equity in mathematics and science education in the sharing of specific analyses of...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | PARCC Assessments
The Partnership for the Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC) is a consortium of 24 states that received a Race to the Top Assessment Grant from the U.S. Department of Education in the fall of 2010 to build a next-generation student assessment system. The assessments will be based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics and target...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Effective Computer-Based Curricula
SynopsisHow can we sustain and improve our innovations to promote lifelong science learning? What have we learned about designing computer-based materials that transform science education? What are open questions and promising directions? How can we collaborate to stimulate change? What strategies and revenue streams will lead to sustainability of promising innovations? Many exciting NSF-funded...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Crossroads: Vexations and Ventures of Current DR K-12 Projects
For a description of the Crossroads session structure, please see the initial Crossroads session. Barbara Crawford’s project, Fossil Finders: Using Fossils to Teach about Evolution, Inquiry, and Nature of Science, uses professional development that immerses teachers in authentic fieldwork during the summer. The evaluations of these experiences are very positive. However, by the time school begins...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Engineering SIG
Posted: Thursday, May 03
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Data Games: Can Data Modeling Improve Strategies and Mathematical Understanding?
Participants are invited to play online games embedded in a data-analysis environment, analyzing their game data to improve their strategy. The structure follows an abbreviated version of classroom activities that presenters are now field testing. Product release is scheduled to begin in fall 2012. (Participants should bring a laptop computer that can connect with conference wifi.) With each game...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Using Scientific Data Sets to Teach STEM Topics, Support Student Learning, and Develop an Understanding about the Nature of Science
The purpose of this session is to engage participants in discussing and sharing strategies for designing classroom uses of data sets and visualization technologies, including large archives and portals of geospatial data sets, data from field sites, Web-based graphing and data analysis tools, and technologies that simulate a field environment. Each of these technologies and data sets is tied to...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Using Analysis of Practice to Improve Science and Mathematics Teaching: Ways to Support and Study Teacher Learning
There is much support for embedding teachers’ professional learning in the analysis of practice. This approach can engage teachers in deepening both their content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge in more meaningful contexts than typical courses or professional development workshops. The purposes of this session are (1) to examine four different approaches to analysis of practice in...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | The Teacher's Role in Game- & Simulation-based Learning
This panel presentation showcases various NSF DR K–12 projects (Data Games, Evidence Game, MathSnacks, PhET, and TESLA) and the role of the classroom teacher in these project-related online, game-, and simulation-based learning environments. The session presenters highlight the envisioned role teachers play when implementing each game or simulation project. Presenters also discuss how the vision...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | STEM Smart: An NRC Report and NSF Initiative
In this presentation, Wilson will describe the process of writing the NRC’s letter report, Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. To carry out its charge, the committee reviewed existing research on STEM-focused schools and conducted a public workshop in May 2011 in order to identify a range of goals for highly...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Status of The Next Generation of Science Standards
Work is progressing to develop the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). With private funding from the Carnegie Corporation and support from National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Research Council (NRC) and Achieve, Inc., have embarked on a two-step cooperative process to develop the NGSS. The first step...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Meeting the Challenges and Reaping the Benefits of Longitudinal Research Studies in Math and Science for DR-K12 Projects
The goal of the session is to share challenges found in implementing longitudinal studies. The PIs of five projects, particularly focused on science and math, discuss challenges and responses to these challenges. Additionally, they share benefits of conducting such longitudinal research in STEM in schools. Presenters discuss (a) an overview of at least two longitudinal randomized designs in...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Game-based STEM Learning and Assessments
The session brings together seven DR K–12 projects focused on game-based STEM learning and assessments of science content and inquiry. The panel provides an overview of what they know about how learning takes place in games and how each of these projects is crafting assessments in virtual and game-based environments. They focus on strategies for leveraging popular game mechanics with research...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Effective Programs in Elementary Science: A Best Evidence Synthesis
In this session, presenters describe a systematic review of research on the achievement outcomes of all types of approaches to teaching science in elementary schools. Presenters discuss the need for the review and will detail the research design. Study inclusion criteria included use of randomized or matched control groups, study duration of at least four weeks, and use of achievement measures...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Crossroads: Vexations and Ventures of Current DR K-12 Projects
A Crossroads session is grounded in the notion that conferences should offer opportunities to explore project challenges and examine viable responses. Presenters highlight an issue they are facing, offer strategies that might serve as solutions, and then open the discussion to others for their input. The session proceeds as an Incubator consisting of four stages: (1) STATEMENT: 10 minutes as...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Working Breakfast Meeting
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Informal Networking
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Dinner on Your Own
Posted: Thursday, May 03
Announcement | Webinar: STEM Education Instrument Database
ITEST is holding a webinar to preview the STEM Education Instrument Database on Tuesday, May 8, 20122:00pm – 3:00pm ET. To register for the webinar, go to: http://learningtimesevents.org/itest/ Description: Join us for a webinar to preview the STEM Education Instrument Database. The ITEST LRC has developed a database of validated instruments used by ITEST projects. The database includes...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Poster Session and Refreshments
Posted: Tuesday, May 01

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