NSTA National Conference

National Science Teacher Association’s (NSTA) mission is to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Many BSCS science educators are members of NSTA and have presented at the NSTA National Conference for the past two years. On this page you’ll find session presentations given by BSCS science educators at previous NSTA conferences, all in downloadable PDF form. Click on session titles to download presentation.

Please note: PDFs of session presentations will be posted within two business days of presentations.

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2013 NSTA National Conference
11-14 April 2013
San Antonio, Texas

Wednesday, 10 April
Using Science Notebooks

9:00am - 4:00pm
JW Marriott Rivercenter, Conference Room 13/14
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Brooke Bourdélat-Parks and Betty Stennett

Inquiring into Inquiry
9:00am - 4:00pm
JW Marriott Rivercenter, Conference Room 1/2
Presenter: BSCS Science Exchange Director Paul Numedahl

Thursday, 11 April
Uncovering Student Science Ideas as a Springboard to Deeper Understanding
8:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Rivercenter, Conference Room 13/14
Presenters: BSCS Science Exchange Director Paul Numedahl and Science Educator Connie Hvidsten

Using Evidence to Construct a Scientific Explanation
8:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Rivercenter, Conference Room 1/2
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Anne Westbrook and Betty Stennett

Making Sense of Sense-Making: Strategies to Use in Your Classroom
12:30 - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Rivercenter, Conference Room 13/14
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Brooke Bourdélat-Parks and Betty Stennett

Beyond the Cookbook - Student Driven Investigations
12:30 - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Rivercenter, Conference Room 1/2
Presenter: BSCS Science Exchange Director Paul Numedahl

Friday, 12 April
Using Models to Enhance How Students Learn Science
8:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Rivercenter, Conference Room 1/2
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Brooke Bourdélat-Parks and Rebecca Kruse

Analyzing and Interpreting Data in Your Classroom
12:30 - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Rivercenter, Conference Room 1/2
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Jody Bintz and Connie Hvidsten


2012 NSTA National Conference
29 March–1 April 2012
Indianapolis, IN

Wednesday, 28 March, 8.00 am - 4.00 pm
JW Marriott Indianapolis, White River Ballroom H
Inquiring Into Inquiry: Creating an Inquiry-based Classroom: All-day Professional Development Institute
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Paul Numedahl and Brooke Bourdélat-Parks

JW Marriott Indianapolis, 309/310
Notebooking: All-day Professional Development Institute
Notebooking Handouts - Teacher Hints

Notebookiing Handouts - Student Version
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Connie Hvidsten and Betty Stennett

Thursday, 29 March
(All Thursday sessions will be held in room 309/310 JW Marriott Indianapolis)

Understanding the Practices of Science for Classroom Implementation
8.00 - 9.30 am
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Connie Hvidsten and Betty Stennett

Videocase Lesson Analysis for Increased Teacher Content Understanding
10.00 - 11.30 am
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Paul Numehdal

Pedagogical Content Knowledge - Jargon or a Path to Improved Student Understanding?
PCK Scoring Rubric
12.30 - 2.00 pm
Presenters: BSCS Science Educator April Gardner and BSCS Executive Director Janet Carlson

Getting Ready for the Changes in AP Biology
3.00 - 4.30 pm
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators April Gardner and Brooke Bourdélat-Parks

Friday, 30 March
(All Friday sessions will be held in room 305/306 JW Marriott Indianapolis)

The Science of Climate Change and Your Biology Class

8.00 - 9.00 am
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Betty Stennett

Virtual Lab Gaming for Student Understanding of Genetics
9.30 - 10.30 am
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator April Gardner

Understanding the Science of Type 2 Diabetes
11.00 am - 12.00 pm
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Anne Westbrook and Connie Hvidsten

Teaching Life Science so Students Learn
12.30 - 2.00 pm
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Betty Stennett

Videocase Lesson Analysis for Improved Teacher Practice
3.00 - 4.00 pm
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Connie Hvidsten

Taking a Human Approach to Biology Education
Kendall Hunt Publishing Company Commercial Session
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Brooke Bourdélat-Parks


2011 NSTA National Conference
10-12 March 2011
San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, 9 March
Inquiring Into Inquiry: Creating an Inquiry-based Classroom: All-day Professional Development Institute
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Elizabeth Edmondson and Betty Stennett

Thursday, 10 March
Looking for PCK (Pedagogical Content Knowledge) in All the Wrong Places?: Learn about a study of pedagogical content knowledge among biology teachers and how it changed as they participated in Project PRIME.
Presenters: BSCS Executive Director Janet Carlson and BSCS Science Educator April Gardner

Science Teachers Learning from Lesson Analysis (STeLLA): What are my students thinking/understanding? Engage in lesson video analysis using strategies from the Student Thinking Lens shown to improve teaching and student learning.
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Elizabeth Edmondson

Teachers Voices: How Educative Curriculum Materials Help Teach for Understanding: Several of the biology teachers who implemented educative materials in Project PRIME describe practices that had the greatest impact on their teaching and student learning.
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator April Gardner

Evolution and Medicine: Participate in an inquiry-based activity that helps illuminate the role of evolution in medicine.
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Mark Bloom

Amplifying Your Curriculum Through Argumentation: Learn how to amplify your curriculum and identify key target points for inserting argument as a means to develop explanations and to advance learning of key concepts.
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Elizabeth Edmondson

Investigating Models for Earth's Climate: Take part in inquiry-based activities to explore how computer models are used to project Earth's climate over the next several decades.
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Steve Getty

Friday, 11 March
BSCS and Kendall/Hunt Presentation (AHA)
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Brooke Bourdélat-Parks

Identifying and Using Strategies to Help Your Students Make Sense of Concepts in Science: Explore new ways to help your students make sense of science concepts for those areas where students struggle and where strategies are not available as part of their current curriculum.
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Betty Stennett

Can Supportive Instructional Materials Increase the Use of Best Practices in Science Teaching?: Examine differences in best teaching practices between two groups of teachers randomly assigned to have either supportive instructional materials or not.
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Steve Getty

Using Rare Diseases to Teach About Scientific Inquiry: Take part in an inquiry-based activity that uses the study of a rare disease to engage students in medicine and scientific inquiry.
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Mark Bloom

Using Science Notebooks to Develop Conceptual Understanding in Science
Notebook Handout
Jigsaw Readings Handout
In this hands-on session, learn how science notebooks can be used as an effective sense-making and assessment tool in the science classroom.
Presenters: BSCS Associate Director Pam Van Scotter and BSCS Science Educator Betty Stennett

Evaluating Instructional Materials Using Rubrics
Rubrics Handout
Practice using rubrics to rigorously evaluate research-based science.
Presenters: BSCS Associate Director Pam Van Scotter and BSCS Science Educator Brooke Bourdélat-Parks


2010 National Science Teacher Association Sino-US Science Education Forum
15-18 November 2010
Shanghai, China

Wednesday, 17 November
Characteristics of Research-Based Curriculum and Its Effect on Learning and Practice
Featured Speaker: BSCS Executive Director Janet Carlson


2010 NSTA National Conference on Science Education
17-21 March 2010
Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, 17 March
Inquiring into Inquiry: Creating an Inquiry-based Classroom
Presenter: Former BSCS Science Educator Sam Spiegel

Thursday, 18 March
Review the Research: Teaching Science for Effective Understanding
Presenter: BSCS Executive Director Janet Carlson

The BSCS 5E Instructional Model—Constructing Your Own Understanding
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Betty Stennett

Inquiry in the Class—It's Elementary
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Sam Spiegel

Friday, 19 March
Got Inquiry? How Do We Know?
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Elizabeth Edmondson

Do Your Students "Get It"? Sense-Making Strategies for Your Science Class
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Betty Stennett

Student Talk—Who's Accountable
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Rebecca Kruse

Common Resources, Shared Consequences—Helping Students Understand
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Meridith Bruozas

Using Science Notebooks to Develop Conceptual Understanding in Science
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Rebecca Kruse

Saturday, 20 March
What's the Point? Helping Students Understand What They Learn
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Anne Westbrook

Using Rare Diseases to Teach About Scientific Inquiry
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Mark Bloom

Using Medicine to Engage Students Studying Evolution
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Mark Bloom

Evolution Across the Biology Curriculum
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Anne Westbrook

Helping Students "Get" What They Read
Presenter: BSCS Science Educator Betty Stennett

Saturday, 20 March
The Biology Teacher's Handbook is Here to Help You!
Presenters: BSCS Science Educators Betty Stennett and April Gardner