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Visit us at Booth #604

ATLANTA, GA  |  MARCH 23–MARCH 25, 2023

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Stop by the Great Minds® booth during the 2023 NSTA National Conference to

  • connect with your Great Minds partner,
  • preview our curriculum materials, 
  • experience a hands-on activity, and
  • walk away with some swag for your classroom.

Exhibitor Workshops

Join our science experts in these sessions to build your knowledge about science instruction and get fresh ideas to apply in your classrooms.


■ Thursday, March 23 | 9:45–10:45 a.m.

Session Title: Advancing Science Instruction with the Engineering Design Process
Speakers: Isaac Stauffer | Sally Robichaux
Room: Georgia World Congress Center | B218

Description: In this workshop, participants dive into a 2nd grade module on Matter. Using the six steps of the Engineering Design Process, participants will ask, imagine, plan and test a solution to the real-world problem: How can you design and build a shelter that provides protection from rain?

■ Thursday, March 23 | 11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Session Title: Advancing Science Instruction by Using Models to Understand Phenomena
Speakers: Isaac Stauffer | Sally Robichaux
Room: Georgia World Congress Center | B218

Description: In this workshop, participants are introduced to a 5th grade module on Earth Systems to uncover a new process for developing models in science and see how the communication of ideas through models and sketches increases opportunities for student engagement.

■ Thursday, March 23 | 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Session Title: Advancing Science Instruction with Knowledge-Building Investigations
Speakers: Armetta Wright | Vicki Saxton
Room: Georgia World Congress Center | B218

Description: In this workshop, participant explore parts of a 4th grade module on Energy to see how hands-on experiences and other modes of discovery enable students to build knowledge and gather personally meaningful evidence to support their scientific explanations.


Additional Workshops


■ Thursday, March 23 | 2:20–3:20 p.m.

Session Title: Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About: Collaborative Conversations in Science
Speakers: Armetta Wright | Vicki Saxton
Room: Georgia World Congress Center | B305

Description: Scientific discourse is integral to the NGSS where all students productively share their ideas and questions. During every step of the learning process, students must have the opportunity to process information. They accomplish this when they clarify, justify, and interpret their ideas through discussion, allowing them to deepen their reasoning. Scientific discourse engages all students when a teacher intentionally creates opportunities for students to have collaborative conversations. Participants will explore the role a teacher takes in leading productive collaborative conversations in a three-dimensional classroom. Participants will engage in activities to explore how a teacher explicitly prepares for collaborative conversations within a lesson through strategies such as targeted questioning, talk moves, and instructional routines. Teachers will then delve into a science lesson and apply these strategies to create opportunities for all students to speak and listen to their peers.

Takeaways: Develop understanding of the role a teacher takes in preparing for collaborative conversations that produce effective science discourse.

■ Thursday, March 23 | 3:40–4:40 p.m.

Session Title: 5-6-7-8: How Dance Class Can Teach Us About Best Practices for Instruction
: Isaac Stauffer
Room: Georgia World Congress Center | C204

Description: In this interactive workshop, through the modality of dance class, participants engage in a inquiry-based, hands-on experience allowing independent and collaborative exploration of new content. Using peer conversations to deepen understanding, and a whole group debrief, participants naturally progress towards acquiring domain-specific terminology, culminating in a design challenge demonstrating application of knowledge. Analytical reflection of the experience, instructional approach, and supports, allows connections to participants’ own educational environments. Modeled after an inclusive framework, the experience demonstrates instructional strategies that support all learners while providing equitable opportunities for access to content. Including elements of differentiation, student choice, and the power of kinesthetic learning, the research-based experience builds knowledge while embracing and reinforcing key pedagogical ideas, reflecting best practices for science instruction.

Takeaways: Experience best practices for science instruction including elements like differentiation, student choice, the power of kinesthetic learning, and more, all wrapped up in a research-based instructional model using an inclusive framework approach.

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All students deserve the opportunity to build an unshakeable knowledge of the scientific world. That’s why we offer PhD Science for Levels K–2 as an open educational resource (OER).

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