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Sessions

 

Thursday, November 3
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Keynote Speaker

Fabulous Consequences: What the Digital Transformation Means to Teaching, Learning, and STEM

Hall Davidson
Discovery Education

 
10:00 am - 10:50 am

10 Keys to STEM Success - start of a 2 HR workshop

Nipmuc Regional High School leaders will provide attendees with ten simple strategies to develop sustainable STEM programming and build a school-wide culture of STEM. Highlighting the steps taken by teachers and administrators at Nipmuc Regional High School, the session will demonstrate how all secondary schools can develop meaningful STEM programming that excites students, develops connections to the STEM community, provides opportunities to collaborate with colleges and universities, and partners students with STEM professionals. The audience will walk away from the session with ten strategies that could be easily and inexpensively applied in schools of all sizes and characteristics.

Presenter(s):     
John Clements
Mary Anne Moran

Administration
 

Closing the Excellence Gap – School Models for Building Pipelines

In 2015 the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awarded $500,000 in grants to six public schools to create  programs to increase access and support of high-achieving low-income students to their schools. The six recipient schools will engage in a panel and discussion about their program models for outreach and diversity: Arkansas School of Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, Maine School of Science and Mathematics, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and the Ingenuity Project, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Carver High School for Engineering and Science, TJHSST. The panel will be facilitated by Giuseppe Basili (JKCF).

Presenter(s):     
Evan Read
Corey Alderdice
Shawn Frank
Todd Roberts
Lisette Morris
Luke Shorty
Ted Domers

Administration
 

How NCSSS Schools are Using Apps for Good to Bring Tech to Life

Apps for Good is an education charity that helps young people learn how to create apps that change their world.  Last year Mass Academy led a session on their experience with AFG and CEO Debbie Forster asked for more NCSSS volunteers.  This session will be a panel discussion involving the schools that took part, sharing expertise, learnings & advice how teachers can use AFG and programmes like it to improve their students' STEM, employability & thinking skills as well as help their school forge stronger links with industry and their local community.

Presenter(s):     
Debbie Forster
Michael Barney

Daniel Moix
Angela Tarrico

Computer Science
 

Three Steps to Stellar Student Independent STEM Research - start of a 2 HR workshop

Come learn about a three-step model for increasing the ability of schools and teachers to guide students in independent research projects that can be entered into Science & Engineering Fairs. The goal is to enable teachers to adapt their existing curriculum, with no need to purchase new curricula or start “all over again” to meet the new national and state standards for science/technology/engineering.  Participants explore a hands-on activity from step #1, the foundational course, “Teaching Science through the Inquiry Process” (TSIP), developed with the Education Development Center (EDC.org). Also explored are MSSEF’s student mentoring and mini-grants to schools programs.

Presenter(s):     
Cora Beth Abel
Bill Rigney

Science and Engineering
 

How to Maximize Quality of Student Research by Minimizing Class Time

Our program provides 10th-12th grade students with the skills necessary to gain laboratory placements, conduct quality research, and to share their work at conferences, in competitions and in peer-reviewed journals.  The unique feature of our program is students only meet as a cohort 1-2 periods/week, rather than the 5-7 periods/week of a typical science course. Cohort meetings are supplemented with one-on-one meetings with our Research Coordinator to aid students in accomplishing individual goals. This format allows our program to be tailored to each student, maximizing what students get out of the program while minimizing student time commitment during the day.

Presenter(s):     
Gilana Reiss
Dr. Philip Jeffery

Science and Engineering
 

Instilling a Passion Through STEM Outreach

The purpose of this presentation is to present an innovative student-led outreach program designed to introduce ELL and underrepresented third grade students to engaging STEM experiences. Working as volunteers at a local elementary school, we are using our experiences to develop a program for STEM high school students to serve low SES and non-English speaking students in enriched educational opportunities. In this session, we discuss our experiences and possible ways to implement our ideas as well as invite feedback for how our work might be used at other NCSSS schools.

Presenter(s):     
Athena Appavu
Aditya Budithi

Humanities
 

Bring Differential Equations to Life with Data - start of a 2 HR workshop

This session will demonstrate a blending of data analysis and differential equations. We will show that real data sets can motivate our study of differential equations, and we will solve DEs to find models for data.

Presenter(s):     
Julie Graves

Math
 

Mental Wellness Initiatives

High-achieving students often have high levels of stress.  That stress can lead to a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation.  Schools must create a culture of acceptance when it comes to mental wellness in order to eliminate stigma and increase stakeholders' comfort level in discussing and dealing with these issues.  This session will propose specific ideas/actions for students and teachers that schools can implement to foster this culture.

Presenter(s):     
Christina Ketchem
Danielle Armstrong

Climate and Wellness
11:00 am - 11:50 am

10 Keys to STEM Success (continued)

Nipmuc Regional High School leaders will provide attendees with ten simple strategies to develop sustainable STEM programming and build a school-wide culture of STEM. Highlighting the steps taken by teachers and administrators at Nipmuc Regional High School, the session will demonstrate how all secondary schools can develop meaningful STEM programming that excites students, develops connections to the STEM community, provides opportunities to collaborate with colleges and universities, and partners students with STEM professionals. The audience will walk away from the session with ten strategies that could be easily and inexpensively applied in schools of all sizes and characteristics.

Presenter(s):     
John Clements
Mary Anne Moran

Administration
 

Transitioning Students to the Gifted Environment

Regardless of how gifted our students are, many still struggle with the transition to a high academic standard program. The Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science has designed and implemented a "Transition Success workshop Series" with their incoming students.  This session will share the structure, topical areas, tools, and materials utilized in this program. KAMS staff will also share evaluation data results from the Pilot Group and First Full Participation Group.   Program attendees can expect to gain resources allowing them to return to their campus with the basic knowledge of how to propose and implement a similar program.

Presenter(s):     
Alexandra Shaw, M.S.E.

Administration
 

Connecting Students with the Community 

This session describes a three year (sophomore to senior) personalized learning pathway at a 1300 student public high school in northern Vermont.  The Burlington area is a growing tech hub with many innovative programs in the works.  The STEM Academy connects students to this vibrant community while giving them the opportunity to explore their passions.  The Academy students are placed in a multi age advisory, they attend lecture series, take an internship class and complete an independent capstone project.  A rich science and math curriculum is fully utilized in this “school within a school” program.

Presenter(s):     
Lea Ann Smith

Administration
 

Three Steps to Stellar Student Independent STEM Research (continued)

Come learn about a three-step model for increasing the ability of schools and teachers to guide students in independent research projects that can be entered into Science & Engineering Fairs. The goal is to enable teachers to adapt their existing curriculum, with no need to purchase new curricula or start “all over again” to meet the new national and state standards for science/technology/engineering.  Participants explore a hands-on activity from step #1, the foundational course, “Teaching Science through the Inquiry Process” (TSIP), developed with the Education Development Center (EDC.org). Also explored are MSSEF’s student mentoring and mini-grants to schools programs.

Presenter(s):     
Cora Beth Abel
Bill Rigney

Science and Engineering
 

Professional Film Making Inside Project Based Learning

This session will demonstrate why movie making is such a powerful tool for deeper learning in the project based environment. Participants will see short film examples made by students and be given step by step instructions on how to integrate professional movie making techniques into the classroom to motivate and inspire deeper learning. The method includes how to help students select a suitable subject, the elements of good film-making, shot composition, story boarding, and the effective use of music, objects, and silence. The presenter will also provide resources, links, and sample assessments that can be modified for any subject.

Presenter(s):     
Julia N. Wildfong

Humanities
 

Bring Differential Equations to Life with Data (continued)

This session will demonstrate a blending of data analysis and differential equations. We will show that real data sets can motivate our study of differential equations, and we will solve DEs to find models for data.

Presenter(s):     
Julie Graves

Math
 

Civility: How We Treat Each Other Matters

The way we treat each other matters. Civility, defined by Forni (2002) as a form of awareness grounded in ethics, is critical to fostering communities and building student success. Because our lives are based on relational experiences, civility is a quality of life issue. No matter the situation or circumstances, showing mutual respect to others is a significant part of the educational process. It is important that students and colleagues understand that our young charges are looking to us as examples. They learn from what they observe sometimes more than what we communicate in the classroom or through other activities.

Presenter(s):     
Emilye Mobley

Climate and Wellness
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

Residential Roundtable

Residential STEM Programs have unique issues. This round table provides the opportunity to compare notes on Residential Education. We will discuss emerging trends and share best practices.

Presenter(s):     
Bob Gregory

Administration
 

Non-Residential Roundtable

Non-Residential STEM Schools often compete with local school districts when attracting students to attend their schools. This round table provides administrators the opportunity for administrators to discuss various challenges and solutions related to their unique programs.

Presenter(s):     
Russ Davis

Administration
 

Fundraising Specifics for Science & Engineering Fairs–Practical Steps for Success

Learn ways to gain financial support to start, sustain and/or expand a Science & Engineering Fair program. The Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) shares its 7-point plan for successful fundraising, from developing an action plan and budget to preparing a Case for Support and identifying donor prospects. Guidelines are provided for each point of the plan, including must-have items and mistakes to avoid, and how to identify “sales pitches” that align your Science Fair mission with priorities in donor-giving programs.  MSSEF will also share its challenges and successes in raising millions of dollars over the last few years.

Presenter(s):     
Cora Beth Abel

Administration
 

Learning Beyond the Classroom: Advanced Placement with We.org Service

In September, College Board launched a pilot program, Advanced Placement® (AP) with WE Service, partnering with international charity Free the Children. These organizations share a passion for enriching students’ learning experiences and developing well-rounded citizens. The program combines the challenge and rigor of AP with Free the Children's WE.org education and citizenship model. AP with WE Service creates opportunities for students to consider how their classroom work applies to the real world, while working with peers to address social issues. I will share my experiences as an AP Computer Science pilot from training to plans for implementation in spring 2017. This session is applicable for teachers of all subjects.

Presenter(s):     
Ria Galanos

Computer Science
 

Gender-Equal Belonging in Engineering: Three Keys from the Gizmo Garden Experiment

How can rigorous elective engineering courses attract gender balance?  At Gizmo Garden, we found three keys to success in making all students feel a sense of belonging in engineering:
1) For girls, making the project non-competitive and artistically creative.
2) For boys, rooting the program in computer science.
3) For students of different experience levels, offering workstations that facilitated self-directed learning.
Gizmo Garden’s successful, gender-neutral curriculum is open source and others are welcome to use it. Moreover, we hope that educators can leverage the three keys from our experience to make their own curricula attract diverse students to study engineering.

Presenter(s):     
William Silver
Judith Silver

Science and Engineering
 

Integrating Humanities into the STEM Environment

Incorporating the Performing Arts into the STEM Environment: A Model for an Artists in Residency Program involving a Chamber Music Ensemble.

Presenter(s):     
David Ludt

Humanities
 

Student Portfolios in Mathematics

This is the title of an article I wrote for the April 1998 issue of NCTM’s Mathematics Teacher. While the prompts and structure of portfolios in my classes have evolved, my reasons behind continued belief that portfolios are valuable have remained the same – teacher accountability and providing students a means of communicating thoughts and ideas that otherwise may never have been brought to light. In this session, I will share personal thoughts and research information about portfolios as well as sample portfolio prompts and student entries. Session participants will be encouraged to share best practices and engage in discussion.

Presenter(s):     
Donita Robinson

Math
 

Helping Students Keep Their Balance

Today's students are faced with a vast array of demands. The pressure of rigorous academics can take a major toll on young people.  Being aware of their holistic needs can help these students work toward balance in their lives.  This session will focus on what are the needs of students this age and what strategies are successful in helping students find their balance.

Presenter(s):     
Tim Gott

Climate and Wellness
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Helping Students Understand and Live Out Academic Integrity

Students report that they feel extreme pressure to earn high grades, have insufficient time to complete their assignments, and sometimes use those factors as excuses to violate the academic honesty expectations of their teachers. How can we create a school climate that appropriately challenges students to pursue excellence in their coursework while reinforcing academic integrity and ethical behavior ? In this session, I will describe ongoing work at NCSSM to address these issues, and invite discussion from attendees about strategies they have tried.

Presenter(s):     
Jonathan Bennett

Administration
 

After Expanding Access: Retention Strategies that Work

Recruiting under-represented groups to competitive academic environments is only the first step in expanding access—the greater challenge is retaining, supporting, and developing all students. At The Science and Engineering Magnet, we retain 85% of our students despite a 65% free-and-reduced lunch rate and high ESL population.  We maintain an SAT average score over 1900 and an AP pass rate of 69%.  The most reproducible element of our success is developing strategies to simultaneously accelerate students while filling in significant skill gaps. This includes summer camps to fill specific, identified skill gaps and build a positive, productive campus culture.

Presenter(s):     
Joshua Newton
Amanda Ashmead

Administration
 

Cyber is STEM - The NSA Day of Cyber

The NSA Day of Cyber is a national initiative, sponsored by the NSA, and powered by LifeJourney, to raise the national Cyber IQ and designed to inspire more students to pursue careers in cybersecurity. This fully-automated, online, cyber career awareness platform will help teachers prepare students for the in-demand jobs of the 21st century.

Presenter(s):     
Kim Paradise

Computer Science
 

The Challenges of Initiating Authentic On-Campus Student Research: A Presentation and Discussion

Our students want to use their intelligence and creativity to change the world. How can we provide authentic research opportunities for our students to explore their ideas as part of the curriculum at a STEM high school? Although many schools coordinate off campus research opportunities, these placements are often limited due to distance or time. To address these challenges, our schools have initiated on-campus research opportunities. The students have studied a variety of topics including biomedical device design and the molecular basis of neurodegenerative diseases. We will lead a discussion of the joys and challenges of initiating on-campus research opportunities.

Presenter(s):     
Jennifer Taylor
Maren LaLiberty

Science and Engineering
 

Till Death Do Us Part: A Marriage of STEM and Humanities

Have you ever had to answer the question, “What does an English/Social Studies/Humanities teacher do in a STEM school?” Then this session is for you! Presenters will discuss how their work in humanities classes supports the overall mission of STEM education. Focus will be on project based learning, student research, and the use of technology for product creation, publication/presentation, and student engagement. Even if you teach a traditional STEM subject but are looking for new ideas in regards to student-creation and engagement, this session will not disappoint!

Presenter(s):     
Rebecca Kinnee
Jennifer Zorn-Sargent

Humanities
 

Restructuring a Math Curriculum to Meet Program and Student Needs

Beginning in the fall of 2014, TJHSST reorganized its Math courses below Calculus into semester courses.  This served two purposes: 1) to ensure all incoming freshmen take a semester of Statistics; 2) to allow for more flexibility in course selection based on prior experience.  This session will include an overview of our course structure and time for questions and discussion.

Presenter(s):     
Pat Gabriel

Math
 

Managing Emotional Sensitivity in Gifted Children

Teachers and administrators of gifted students will be trained in recognizing emotional sensitivity in these children. Coping mechanisms for use in the classroom and at home will be taught. Attendees will also be equipped to train others in their building how to use the coping mechanisms in the classroom. Parent outreach is encouraged and attendees will be equipped to train parents how to use the coping mechanisms at home with their children.

Presenter(s):     
JoDi Lynn Osborn, PhD

Climate and Wellness
 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm

Building Thinkers: Synergy in Freshman/Sophomore AP Courses

Accelerating students early in high school can be highly rewarding for students and help prepare them for rigorous coursework in the future.  We will discuss ways that we accelerate freshman through dedicated freshman sections of AP Calculus, AP Computer Science, AP Biology and AP Human Geography with support from Pre-AP English and Latin.  The session will focus on how to identify students, the logistics of accelerating courses, and how complementary accelerated courses can complement rather than compete. Finally, we will discuss how to build on these programs and continue to challenge these students for the next three years.

Presenter(s):     
Joshua Newton
Amanda Ashmead
Tiffany Huitt

Administration
 

Pocket Studio: How a Phone and a Philosophy Can Help You Create Dynamic Content

The technological and financial barriers to generating high quality content (especially video) are gone. This seminar will focus on how to regularly generate high-quality video content for your school’s website or social media properties without significant investments in time, training, and resources. Those who attend the presentation will learn the fundamentals of “news style” video production, using only a smart phone. This presentation has been given to much acclaim to the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents and the Mississippi School Public Relations Association.

Presenter(s):     
Wade Leonard

Computer Science
 

A Physics-First Approach to Earth and Space Sciences

This session will provide an overview of a rigorously quantitative, laboratory-based, physics-first approach to ninth-grade Earth and planetary science. Laboratory investigations of thermal expansion and contraction, heat capacity, viscosity, elasticity, and phase changes will be outlined. Students' conceptions of forces and motion—as well as various types of energy (primarily potential, kinetic, and thermal)—will be shared and discussed.

Presenter(s):     
Hendrik Lenferink

Science and Engineering
 

Drawing: Still Relevant in STEM Curricula

Engineering curricula were once anchored in the creation and execution of plans and drawings, completely drawn by hand.  The skills of freehand drawing were not innate, but instead were taught and refined to reinforce and enrich the student's prior knowledge each ensuing year.  With the advent and adoption of electronic drawing aids, in the mathematics, science, and engineering spheres, those skills are regressing.  But there are pragmatic and cost-effective  methods to reintroduce these practical skills that can serve to enhance student comprehension and application, resulting in greater student retention and achievement.

Presenter(s):     
Josh Headley

Humanities
 

Effective Beginnings and Ends in the Math Classroom: Questions to Ponder/Exit Tickets

Would you like to pique student interest, address the needs of diverse learners, and activate student knowledge – all in six minutes? Come experience “Questions to Ponder” in the math classroom. At the start of class, each student ponders higher level questions individually, shares verbally with neighbors, and talks about mathematics. In this session we will discuss how to compose questions that reinforce previous concepts and foreshadow new concepts, and how “Questions to Ponder” reaches both introverts and extroverts.  Finally, we will learn how using “Exit Tickets” opens communication among teachers and students and provides rich instructional feedback to teachers.

Presenter(s):     
Sharon Webb

Math
 

Mathematics Beyond Calculus

There is a wonderful world of mathematics beyond Calculus! In this session, we will discuss possible math courses beyond Calculus that are accessible to advanced high school students. We will also explore ways in which students can be exposed to advanced mathematics topics outside of the classroom. I will provide specific ideas of topics that work well for math club events or for interim courses.

Presenter(s):     
Nicole Kroeger

Math
 

The Power of Recognition

Research shows that positive self-esteem and high group morale lead to greater student achievement and employee satisfaction. Using the “Five Languages of Recognition” as a benchmark, we will discuss the benefits of recognition in specialized secondary STEM schools, how to best recognize the students and staff at your institution, and innovative methods for the appreciation of others. Warning: this presentation is about feelings.

Presenter(s):     
Taylor Duganne
Brittany "Beebs" Burton

Climate and Wellness
Friday, November 4
9:00 am - 9:50 am

Measuring School Climate: NCSSM’s School Climate and Faculty Working Conditions Surveys

In the spring of 2015, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) implemented a School Climate Survey and a Faculty and Staff Working Conditions Survey to learn more about community members’ experiences at the school.  The surveys, which are based on school climate and working conditions research and draw upon existing survey instruments, have provided some useful information to help the school improve its living, learning, and working environment.  Participants in this session will learn about how the surveys are constructed, the research which informed the surveys, and what lessons NCSSM has learned from implementation of the surveys.

Presenter(s):     
Geoffrey Coltrane
Micca Pace

Administration
 

Report on a Study of Effective Selective Admissions Factors

Participants in this session will receive information about a selective STEM high school's study of 9th grade performance measures and their correlation with admissions criteria.

Presenter(s):     
Diana Kennen
Dr. Debra Arnold

Administration
 

Essentials of Computer Programming Plus: How a French Teacher in Rural Arkansas Learned to Teach Computer Science

This session introduces ASMSA's blended approach to Computer Science teacher mentorship and shares the successes (and areas for improvement) experienced by 16 Arkansas classrooms teaching Essentials of Computer Programming "Plus" for the first time.  The technology infrastructure, the professional development model, the student experiences, and the lessons learned will be shared.

Presenter(s):     
Daniel Moix

Computer Science
 

Excite, Empower, and Encourage New Generation of Inventors: the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam™ Grant

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams are teams of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. InvenTeams research intellectual property, design parts, build models, and make modifications as they develop their invention prototypes.  They move forward through challenges and celebrate “Eureka!” moments, all while cultivating leadership skills.  Projects are student-driven collaborative efforts.  The InvenTeam initiative fosters a “learning-by-doing” environment fueled by inquiry-based thinking.  In this session, I will detail my experience as a grant recipient – from the application process through the EurekaFest finale – to inspire other STEM educators to apply. This session is applicable for teachers of all subjects.

Presenter(s):     
Ria Galanos

Science and Engineering
 

Science Meets Humanities in Research and Essay Writing

This session will demonstrate how English/humanities classes can collaborate with science/technology and library partners to produce successful student science essays and audiovisual products. Using the DuPont Challenge essay guidelines, we will discuss how to scaffold student research in cutting-edge science and incorporate student chemistry lab experiences into compelling science narratives.  From purposeful research to focused persuasive writing to symposium product, this session will discuss how you can offer your students a meaningful opportunity to communicate innovative STEM ideas with professionals and peers.

Presenter(s):     
Jennifer Seavey
Anne Applin

Humanities
 

From Euler's Method to the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

In this session, we will use Euler's Method to build intuition into the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.  We will engage in an activity used in the classroom to model the lesson as it is done with students.

Presenter(s):     
Tamar Avineri

Math
 

When You’re Your Own Worst Enemy: Counseling Students with Perfectionism

Perfectionism among students often leads to irrational beliefs, thoughts and expectations.  This workshop will introduce the topic of perfectionism and discussion will include research on warning signs, risk factors and interventions. Nancy will provide resources and strategies from empirical research and case studies on how counselors and teachers can address this within an individual and group level in their school.

Presenter(s):     
Nancy Sousa

Climate and Wellness
10:00 am - 10:50 am

Teacher Talent Development: Lessons Learned in Growing a Department

The Research department at the Rockdale Magnet School has undergone a great deal of transition during the past two years.   These changes have been a result of school growth, teacher retirements, and other faculty changes that are inherent to every school.  Upon reflecting on these changes, the school administration and leadership team have identified key aspects of teacher talent development. This session will address the specific roles that both the administrator and the teacher play in talent development.  Special focus will be given to teacher talent development within a consortium school setting and how departments within these schools grow collectively.

Presenter(s):     
Amanda Baskett
Scott Bolen

Administration
 

Global Education: The Future School in Beijing and the Frontier Technologies Moving It

The CAN International Foundation, created by the Chinese Culture and Education Center, mission is to sponsor innovative and inspirational education programs for gifted and talented students and their educators internationally. They have been directly involved with the Beijing Education Bureau and the Department of Education in China to assist in the development of the Future School opening in September 2016. This workshop will utilize the revolutionary education methods and technologies to educate the participants of the workshop on the development of this model school in China.

Presenter(s):     
Dr. Jianli Wang

Administration
 

Challenging our Students: Bringing Nonprofits and Businesses Together in the STEM Classroom

Assisting our students in becoming innovative thinkers and creators is paramount. In STEM at North County High School, we believe that experience is the best teacher! In our unique Community Challenge course - students, nonprofits and for profit companies work alongside one another to create real solutions from real client challenges. We are transforming the traditional classroom to a solution creation center, to bring authentic learning to life. Please join this presentation for ideas and applying the agile design process to STEM and project based learning.

Presenter(s):     
William Forrester

Computer Science
 

A Collaborative Teaching Approach to Research in a STEM Environment

This presentation will explore a first semester research course, Fundamentals in Research Methods 1 (FIRM 1). Using  a holistic approach, FIRM 1 teaches incoming juniors how to conduct research using four lenses: statistics, science, information literacy, and study skills. Students who complete the four modules of this course will develop a foundation for critical thinking and lifelong learning.

Presenter(s):     
Jack Waddell
Olivia Jarrell
Liz Miller
Denise Gregory

Science and Engineering
 

Let's Talk: Using Feedback to Encourage Process Over Product

Instructors at the New Jersey Institute of Technology found that students preferred being graded by the E-Rater program (in other words, robo-grading) over evaluations from their instructors. The main reason? Immediate feedback. We'll look at ways to provide feedback during the process of student assessments, especially writing, to help them evaluate and rethink their work before the final product using one-to-one interaction and electronic platforms like Google Drive, TurnItIn, Schoology and Moodle.

Presenter(s):     
Richard K. Weems

Humanities
 

Activities Programming That Supports School Success

Student Council Advisors from The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology present school-wide extra and co-curricular programming that has earned the council the honor of being a Georgia Council of Excellence from the Georgia Association of Student Councils. Three pillars of programming support the council's success- Leadership Development, School Spirit, and Service. Research shows that student involvement in non-athletic activities results in increased test scores and reduced dropout rates. Especially in a fast-paced, high-achieving academic culture, it is imperative that programs and events are planned for students' social and emotional well-being.

Presenter(s):     
Nicole D'Antonio

Climate and Wellness
11:00 am - 11:50 am

Corporate and Post-Secondary Outreach: Exemplary Partnership and Internship Programming

The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology presents its signature, four-year articulated program of college and career readiness. School leaders introduce the scope and sequence of the Partnership and Internship Programs that draw a corps of professionals to the school in academic alliance and place over 400 students in internships each year. Participants will engage in a planning activity that will assess the feasibility of emulating GSMST’s program components and stand witness to the measurable and marketable student success that equips students for their post-secondary endeavors.

Presenter(s):     
IV Bray
Nicole D'Antonio
Kerri Napoleon

Administration
 

STEMing The Gap: Bridging Middle School & High School Career Pathways

In the modern educational world, students are expected to think about their interests and future careers at an earlier age.  External programs, community engagements, and STEM-based experiences create a major pipeline for the “career-oriented” mindset.  This is done by creating a bridge from the Middle School to the Secondary School level. The specific goal of the presentation is to provide methods and program blueprints to engage younger students in the career pathway process, while keeping them thoroughly engaged throughout high school.

Presenter(s):     
Barry Hanrahan
Thomas Steinbach
Angela Sisi

Administration
 

Computer Science Roundtable

Computer science teachers and classes have unique issues. This roundtable provides the opportunity to compare notes on those issues. We will discuss emerging trends and share best practices.

Presenter(s):
Ria Galanos

Computer Science
 

Authentic Research Experiences with Mycobacteriophage

Follow one Biology instructor’s foray into phage-finding as a model for inquiry-driven student research.  Widely accessible and safe for pre-college student research, mycobacteriophage and their bacterial hosts provide a unique research approach appropriate for students in specialized secondary schools.  This presentation will include insights gained from work with two students who designed environmental research projects using the phage-finding model.   The experience proved to be truly authentic in providing ample opportunities for trouble-shooting, collaboration, and demanding patience and fortitude.  Invested for the long-run, the team ultimately initiated genomic studies using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to amplify mycobacteriophage cluster-specific DNA sequences.

Presenter(s):     
Mary K. Patterson, Ph.D.

Science and Engineering
 

Digital Storytelling in the Math Classroom

Students often struggle to grasp the connection between the mathematics taught in class and real-world contexts. Using the readily-available video cameras found on cell phones and tablets, students work in groups to create contexts in which to apply their math, telling stories that make the math more real. From multiplication to trigonometry, this task can be used at all levels of math and provides an excellent opportunity for mathematical discourse.

Presenter(s):     
Lauren Zarandona
Shae Koenigsberger

Math
 

Student Transition at a Residential STEM School

This presentation will explore the characteristics and personal traits of students that influence adjustment of high-ability high school students exclusively enrolled in college-level courses at a residential STEM school. Tinto’s Model for Institutional Departure, traditionally utilizing preexisting individual characteristics and institutional experiences to predict college persistence, was used as a theoretical framework. Results indicate that residential STEM students have high academic ability and strong personal goals, and that a strong self-control and newly-established, like-minded peers enable students to form both study skills and strong personal connections.

Presenter(s):     
Olivia Jarrell

Climate and Wellness
 

Student Transition at a Non Residential STEM School

Presenter(s):     
Nancy Sousa

Climate and Wellness

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