SESSION X WORKSHOPS (9:00AM - 10:15AM)

Distinguished Speaker Presentation
X-1: From Plankton to Whales: Why Our Local Waters Are Worth Protecting

Chris Paparo (Stony Brook SoMAS)

With endless stories and photos of fish kills, harmful algal blooms, oil spills, beach closures, etc. filling our daily newsfeeds, it appears that our environment is in a horrific state of Doom and Gloom. Although we do face many environmental challenges, this constant bombardment of negativity creates a lack of enthusiasm among local communities when it comes to protecting our environment. Regain your enthusiasm for protecting our marine environment by learning about some of the fascinating marine life that inhabits the waters of Long Island.
All Levels; Life Sciences


X-2: Using YouTube's Auto-Translate Feature with ELL Students

Tom Gazda (Ichabod Crane Schools)

This session will demonstrate YouTube's Auto-translate feature and show how it can be used to help ELL students. This will teach attendees the knowledge and skill to create safe, secure, supportive, and equitable learning environments for all students. The session will also demonstrate best practices for video creation for teachers. This promotes technological literacy and facilitates the effective use of all appropriate technology.
All Levels; General Science


X-3: Implementing the New Science Standards in the Earth Science Classroom

Brian Vorwald (Retired - Sayville Public Schools & STANYS Past-President)

With adoption of the NYSSLS effective July 1, 2017, teachers have to consider how they will begin to integrate the three-dimensional approach to learning science into their existing courses and to promote technological literacy along with facilitating the effective use of all appropriate technology. In this workshop, participants will explore using anchoring phenomena, modeling, and the progresions to flip an activity to the 3-D model of instruction so that they will gain the knowledge, skill, and opportunity to collaborate to improve instaruction and student achievement.
All Levels; Earth Science


X-4: Evolution for Middle School Educators - CANCELED

Douglas Schmid (Western Suffolk and Teacher Institute for Elementary Studies)

The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science informs teachers about evolution standards in order for them to confidently cover the topic in their classrooms. The purpose of TIES is to inform interested middle school science teachers about the most up-to-date concepts of natural selection, common ancestry, and diversity in order for them to confidently cover the topics in their classrooms and fulfill their curriculum requirements. Participants will be provided with links to presentation slides, labs, guided reading assignments, an exam, and a valuable resource list for their lesson plans.
Intermediate Level; General & Earth Sciences


X-5: Creating a Family STEAM Day!

Brian Cummings (Jericho Schools), Kristen Cummings (Farmingdale Schools), Alison Offerman-Celentano (Commack Schools), & David Casamento (East Williston Schools)

How do we enrich the education experiences in our school districts that make interdisciplinary connections that inspire the love of learning? In each of our schools, we have created Family STEAM Days for our students and their families. See how we planned a day for families to share the love of learning with their children by creating a STEAM conference for children. Teacher, student and administrator led workshops paired with STEAM exploration exhibits creates an opportunity to make connections in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.
All Levels; General Science


X-6: Science & Engineering Practices: What Students DO in Science

Jean Ann Crespo (Copiague School District, Master Teacher, & DAL Special Education & ELL for STANYS) & Matt Christiansen (Islip Schools & DAL Chemistry for STANYS)

In this workshop, participants will develop a deeper understanding of the Science and Engineering Practices, and their importance to science learning. This workshop begins by exploring prior knowledge about science and engineering practices and their value in instruction. Participants will engage in simple classroom activities to learn more about the practices and how to implement them in their classroom. Participants will also learn how the knowledge of the science and engineering practices and their application is built over time from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
All Levels; General Science


X-7: Differentiated Instruction through Station Lab Activities

Sonja Anderson (Sayville HS, NYS Master Teacher, & DAL Applied Sciences for STANYS) & Melissa Dreyer (Sayville HS)

Research suggests that students are more engaged with hands-on learning opportunities and will learn science best when given the opportunity to explore, engage, elaborate, evaluate and explain scientific phenomena. This workshop is designed to introduce educators to station lab activities that can differentiate instruction using technology, multiple sources of information for data analysis and other classroom manipulatives. Participants will learn using this model and participate in hands-on activities they can take directly back to their own classrooms.
Intermediate Level & High School; General Science


X-8: The Fundamentals of Inquiry: Process Skills

Susan Frank (Brookhaven National Lab Office of Educational Programs

The process skills of science are the tools for gathering information, generating and testing new ideas, for building new knowledge, and for learning scientific concepts necessary for constructing scientific concepts and explanations of the world. Develop a richer and more complete understanding of the process skills of science and to see what they look like when students use them. Teachers will think together about the ways they understand the process skills of science, and how to create opportunities for students to bring their skills to higher levels.
Elementary; General Science