2019 Joint Conference
"STEMulate Your Mind"

November 4th-5th, 2019   
Raising Cane's River Center
Baton Rouge, LA

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LATM and LSTA would like to invite you to sign-up to participate in an extended session(s) prior to the 2018 Joint LATM/LSTA Conference on Monday, November 4,  2019.  Morning sessions are scheduled from 8:30 am - 11:30 pm and there is one all-day session scheduled from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.  All extended sessions cost $25.  To register for an extended session you must be registered for the full conference.  

  Field Trips ($25)
Monday, November 4, 2019  
 
 
Session
Number 
1
LIGO, Black Holes and the STEM classroom*

William Katzman, Kathy Holt, Tien Huynh-Dinh

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Tour LIGO, which houses the first and most sensitive gravitational wave detector – one of three detectors in the world.  Learn how LIGO detects colliding Black Holes & neutron stars. Explore LIGO’s Science Education Center where you can explore science.  Includes a STEM-oriented classroom exploration.  Lunch & transportation provided.

*This is the only full day session and will overlap with some of the afternoon conference sessions and the Exhibitors Kick-Off.

General Interest 
Science

Session
Number 
2

Louisiana Art & Science Museum - Exploring Astronomy

Nita Mitchell, Sheree Westerhaus, Chandra Weathers

8:30 am - 11:30 am

Experience the wonders of the universe in the immersive setting of LASM's state-of-the-art planetarium and portable Discovery Dome. Further explore Earth and Space Science concepts by interacting with the OmniGlobe, a 48” spherical display that projects a multitude of images and animations. Participate in meaningful hands-on activities that will encourage your students to make relevant connections while stimulating their interest in astronomy. 

General Interest
Science



Morning Sessions ($25):  8:30am - 11:30am
Monday, November 4, 2019

Session
Number 
3
Think Like an Engineer with Phenomenal Instruction    
Tom Gantt, Amplify Education

Egg drop & more! Learn how engineering internships incorporate the Science & Engineering Practices from the Louisiana Standards.  Educators will engage with hands-on activities, digital tools, active reading and discussion - integrating phenomena-based instruction around real-world problem solving. 

PreK - 8th
Math & Science
  Session
Number 
4
Smart MapSmart Mapping using ArcGIS Online    
Fran Harvey, Gabriele Richardson, Global Geospatial Institute 

Smart Mapping offers cutting edge STEM technology to students K-12 in Louisiana. It provides parents and teachers support to succeed by introducing high-quality resources (at no cost) and professional development using geospatial technology to develop innovative 21st Century “work ready” citizens.            
     
 
3rd - 12th
Math & Science
Session
Number 
5

Customizing Eureka Math for Strategic Instruction
Tricia Miller, Lisa Gradney, Great Minds

In this session, educators will explore strategies for meeting the various needs of all learners by using the Universal Design for Learning Guidelines and Small-Group Rotation Model. Teachers will be equipped to customize Eureka Math lessons to be engaging, relevant, and accessible while honoring the rigor and coherence of the teaching sequences found in the curriculum. This session is recommended for teachers that have taught Eureka Math for at least one full year.

Pre-K - 5th
Mathematics
Session
Number 
6
Building Part-Whole Understanding
Asha Meadows, Chelsesa LaFont, Great Minds

This session for grades 3-9 educators explores the coherence of part-whole relationships using the tape diagram model. Participants practice drawing tape diagrams to model problems and learn how the tool supports students with solving increasingly complex problems. Session discussion centers around using the tape diagram as a tool for making sense of mathematics, along with strategies for building students’ confidence using this model. Participants will gain a better understanding of how tape diagrams represent numerical relationships, and learn how to extend this work to all four operations, including multiplicative comparison and ratios as they lead to systems of equations.

3rd - 9th
Mathematics
Session
Number 
7
Math Trails: Using the City as a Rich Context for Mathematical Inquiry
Flannery Denny  

For middle school students, working in a team to think about patterns, volume, surface area, and estimation while out in the city can bring new energy and connection to the study of math. In this workshop, we will discuss the making of a math trail, go out into the community to experience a short math trail, and then come back together to brainstorm how to connect math trails to curriculum and the communities we teach in.                                     

6th - 8th
Mathematics
Session
Number 
8
Eco-Rise: Classroom Grants and Design-thinking Workshop
Brittany Jayroe, EcoRise       

Explore how EcoRise curriculum, resources, and grant funds can be used to engage K-12 students in environmental literacy, scientific inquiry, and 21st Century skills. Learn how our student driven Eco-Audit Grant process empowers students to solve real-world environmental issues on their campus and in their community.     
                                            

General Interest
Science
Session
Number 
9
Teaching Science to African American Students
Charlese Brown

African American students show very little interest in science courses. Despite the push for increased STEM courses, African American students seriously lag other ethnicities in science representation. Rates for workforce representation in the sciences remain unaffected in the past 20 years. I share techniques, which have increased science scores, increased students pursuing science as undergraduates, and increased numbers of science persons in the general workforce populations. 

PreK - 5th
Science
Session
Number 
10
Wombats at Work
Cathi Cox-Boniol, Missy Wooley

Participants will engage in an integrated STEM 6E learning cycle lesson that addresses a first grade LSSS.  Through the student-centered lesson on wombats, participants will experience an anchoring phenomena routine, children’s literature, technology, literacy strategies, and engineering design.

PreK - 2nd
Science

Session
Number 
11
Teaching Science and STEM with Children's Books
Robert Wallace, LSTA/NSTA

Literacy and Science are natural partners. Connect them carefully to get great results! Learn how to use both fiction and non-fiction paired with student investigations to engage and increase student achievement.
PreK - 5th
Science
Session
Number 
12
Building School and District Capacity for Science Formative Assessment
Page Keeley

This short course will address how science coordinators and teacher leaders can support others in implementing science formative assessment probes and classroom techniques that help teachers understand what their students are thinking and use the information to make better instructional decisions and will focus on: 1)the research that supports formative assessment; 2)formative assessment resources, tools, and techniques for science; 3)connections to the current vision for science education that is reshaping and shifting instruction; and 4)key message for leaders to engage others and embed formative assessment in teachers' practice throughout their schools and districts.

3rd - 12th
Science
Session
Number 
13
Teaching Evolution with the LSSS
Blake Touchet, Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science

This workshop will include a 1-hour discussion of the LS4 Standards and potential curricula covering Evolution and Natural Selection, a 90 minute walk through of hands-on activities, and a 30 minute Q & A session about formative and summative assessments with examples provided.
6th - 12th
Science
Session
Number 
14
Talking Trash to Teachers
Alma Robichaux, BTNEP

High School Classroom lessons on Marine Debris and Microplastics. 
6th - 12th 
Science

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