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Conference: Subject Area Workshop Institutes

Chemistry Institute
Time: Sessions C-01, D-01

Unpacking a Nuclear Storyline and Using it to Empower Students in Chemistry

In this institute, participants will experience a storyline from a lens of a learner. Teachers will collaborate to improve instruction and skill create safe, secure, supportive and equitable learning environments for all students. If you are brand new to storylining, consider attending the pre-institute storylining session.

Stephanie O’Brien, NYSMT, DAL Chemistry

Sarah English, NYSMT, SAR Chemistry, Western

Ashley Gross, SAR Chemistry, Southeastern

Emily Hart, SAR Chemistry, New York City

Meagan Hughes, NTSMT, SAR Chemistry, Eastern

Amy Rotoli, SAR Chemistry, Central Western

College Institute
Time: Sessions P-06, A-06, B-06, B-07

Examining Methods of Assessing Three-Dimensional Teaching and Learning

The institute is geared for teacher educators and will focus on assessment. Specifically, it will cover (i) lesson planning (e.g., introducing a 3D lesson plan rubric), (ii) supervising (e.g., assessing preservice teaching), and (iii) equitable assessments (e.g., evaluating for equity). This series of sessions will go from 8am - 11am on Saturday, with a follow-up session for preservice teachers that will serve as a debrief of Trevor's Muir's morning session. These four sessions will lead into a preservice teacher/teacher educator lunch at noon.

Introducing the 3D Learning Matrix: a Lesson Planning Rubric

This session will serve to introduce a practical rubric for teacher educators to use themselves and/or provide their preservice teachers to align lessons with 3D learning and NYSSLS.

Jeff Radloff, SAR Colleges Southern

Gathering Evidence about Teacher Candidates' Performance

This session will go over how to evaluate teacher candidates' teaching and what to do with that information.

Joe Zawicki, SAR Physics Northwestern

Investigating Equitable Assessment Strategies

This session will explore strategies for preparing preservice teachers for implementing equitable assessments in the classroom.

Anna Skorupa, SAR Colleges New York City

Trevor Muir Morning Debrief

Preservice teachers debrief of the Trevor Muir morning session.

Melissa Cummings, SAR Colleges, North Central

Mike Jabot, SAR Colleges, Southwestern

Earth Science Institute
Time: Sessions C-02, D-03

Totality 2024!

The Earth Science Institute will focus on the upcoming total solar eclipse as an anchoring phenomenon. Presenters will lead participants through a series of workshops related to exploring eclipses and the Earth/Sun/Moon relationship. Participants in the Earth Science Institute will have the opportunity to engineer a device to allow for safe solar eclipse viewing. Participants' teaching tool kits will be expanded while working through a lab related to lunar phases and eclipses using scale models. Bring ideas for outreach to community members in your own area, to help spread awareness of this unique phenomena happening in the not-so-distant future!

Safe Totality Viewing Practices

This workshop will offer a variety of techniques for engineering devices for use leading up to the total solar eclipse tracking across western and northern New York on April 8, 2024. These inexpensive devices engineered from common household items will allow teacher participants the opportunity to develop techniques to improve their instructional practices, while affecting student achievement and generating an equitable will gain knowledge. Students will in turn be able to bring these devices home to share with family and community members, generating excitement associated with Totality 2024. Eclipse facts will expand educators' content knowledge and offer rigorous, developmentally appropriate instructional strategies that teachers can turnkey in their own communities while assessing student progress.

Shannon Vogt, SAR Earth Science Central

Kaitlin Fielder, Northeastern-NYSMTP

Scale Model of Eclipses and Lunar Phases

The intent of this workshop is to expand educators' content knowledge by leading them through a lab about eclipses and lunar phases. Here, educators will work through developmentally appropriate instructional strategies and assesses student progress using scaled Solar System objects. Participants will gain the knowledge and skill to create safe, secure, supportive and equitable learning environments for all students in accordance with the goals of collaborating to improve instruction and student achievement.

Sean Ellison, SAR Earth Science North Central-NYSMTP

Neil Snedeker, SAR Earth Science Catskill-Leatherstocking-NYSMTP

Eclipse Historical and Cultural Significance. Uniformitarianism: The past is key to planning future viewing events

This session will offer insight into how peoples of the First Nations and other culturally significant groups worldwide embedded eclipse events within their cultural framework. The earliest planning stages by tourism bureaus, local governments and the NYS Parks across the path of totality will also be shared with participants.

NASA SOFIA mission educator resources

This session will offer participants the opportunity to learn about the exciting research being done by scientists associated with NASA’s SOFIA mission, from an educator associated with the program. For more information on the mission overview, and to view mission updates visit:

Biology Institute
Time: Session F-02, F-10.5, G-02, G-07, G-10.5

Filling the Gaps and Leveraging Opportunities

Looking for a strand of biology-infused professional learning? Join us and you will have the chance to connect and collaborate with life science educators from across the state as your Biology SARs host the 4th annual Biology Institute.

Following a brief introduction, participants will break out into workshop sessions. Workshop sessions will explore aspects of our theme Filling the Gaps and Leveraging Opportunities for students AND teachers. We will be sharing strategies to engage diverse and unique student populations, new technologies relevant to biology and a new way of thinking about the NYSSLS standards to meet the needs of all learners. This is a great opportunity to get some new resources and connect with other biology teachers!

NYSSLS: What are you teaching?

In this session participants will gain knowledge and have the opportunity to collaborate to improve instruction. Go beyond the basics and dive deeper into the NYSSLS standards.  Let go of the educational practices of the past and learn how to transform your lessons by exploring strategies to actively engage ALL students. Interact with fellow attendees- share ideas and practical ways to fully implement the NYSSLS standards and make student learning more relevant. Leave the workshop feeling more comfortable with implementing DCIs, Cross Cutting Concepts and Science and Engineering Practices.

Keith Stoerr, SAR Biology, Western

Jessica Schindler, NYSMT, SAR Biology, Southern

Heather Randall-Neville, NYSMT, Sar Biology, North Central

Christen Bellucci, SAR Biology, Nassau

Chelsea Defino, SAR Biology, Southeastern

Filling the Gaps and Leveraging Opportunities through Engagement

The focus of this workshop will be to develop strategies to engage a diverse and unique student population to scaffold their learning and reach specific learning intentions. Participants will come away with best practices to empower every student in your classroom to achieve their deepest level of understanding of science and create an inclusive classroom by developing a culture that recognizes and allows the diversity of student experiences to deepen student learning.

Daniel Williams, NYSMT, SAR Biology, Suffolk

Leigh Feguer, SAR Biology, Eastern

New Standards, New Ideas = Great Innovations

You will explore strategies to incorporate more complex biotechnology and genetics concepts into your classroom. We will introduce you to strategies and tools to incorporate lessons and activities that have your students delve deeper into the NYSSLS standards. Participants will gain the knowledge, skill and have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and engage in an exploration of available resources to help you improve instruction.

Dawn Brown, SAR Biology, Catskill/Leatherstock

Mary Keymel, NYSMT, SAR Biology, Central Western

Carrie Kane, SAR Biology, Mohawk Valley

Joe Bonnano, NYSMT,

Elementary Science Institute
Time: Session F-01, G-01, G-08, G-09

Instructional Strategies to Empower Every Student

The elementary institute will focus on instructional strategies that empower every student. The sessions are designed to introduce teachers to new ways of incorporating all dimensions of the Performance Expectations, integrate disciplines, and create experiences in the classroom that will empower every student in learning

Promoting Feedback with Performance Level Descriptors

The NYS Office of State Assessment has created resources which unpack the science performance expectations from an assessment lens. These resources include the intersections of the Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts and describe each level of performance (one through four). Participants will receive a general overview of the Performance Level Descriptors Documents, examples of identifying differences between the levels, and tools to support student feedback and assessment using the PLDs.

Benjamin Link, DAL Elementary

Maureen Smith, STANYS President Elect

Using Integration in Primary Classrooms to Empower Every Student (K-2)

There’s no time! How many times have you, as an elementary teacher, said that? In this session learn how integration can be a powerful tool to help solve the issue of time. A primary unit will be studied to learn how my school rethought our instructional practices to integrate literacy and science. Ideas for a plan that could work for you will be shared to meet the diverse needs of all students including SPED and ELL students.

Cheryl Aldrich, NYSMT, SAR Elementary, Western

Using Crosscutting Concepts to Empower Every Student (3-5)

Foster students' critical thinking in science through the seven lenses of the crosscutting concepts. By learning and applying the seven crosscutting concepts, we provide students with the toolkit to view and make sense of phenomena as expert scientists. This promotes equity and access to higher level thinking for all students. This session will provide options to support remote, hybrid, and in-class teaching.

Toni Keglovitz, SAR Elementary, Southeastern

Catherine Beasley, SAR Elementary, Nassau

Making Thinking Visible: Modeling to Empower Every Student (K-2)

Modeling is an essential practice for scientists of all ages to better understand systems and concepts. In this session, educators will collaborate to better understand the different types of models that can be used to improve student learning. Educators will gain insight into strategies that can be used to make modeling accessible to empower every student, including ELLs.

Rob O'Flaherty, SAR Elementary, New York City

Intermediate Science Institute
Time: Sessions C-03, C-07, C-08, C-09, D-03, D-07, D-09

Bringing Equity to Middle School Science (D-03, D-07, D-09)

Ensuring equity for ALL students is what we strive for every year. The question remains, how do we achieve equity in our schools with our varied populations? In this Institute, we will explore student choice, differentiation, and practice testing as ways to level the playing field. The Institute will consist of three different workshops, each offered twice, over three consecutive sessions. You will be able to attend all three workshops during this Institute. Please have an internet ready device with you for the workshops.

Choose Your Own Adventure

In this session you will engage in an activity that is driven by student choice. Social psychology shows that autonomy, relevance and choice are key components that keep students engaged and motivated to learn. Help students feel empowered in their education by providing them with choice and demonstrating culturally responsive teaching and learning. By reviewing a specific lesson as an example, see how NYSSLS lends itself naturally to allowing student choice in demonstrating knowledge and skills. Students have unique ways of learning and the expression of what they know should reflect those learning styles. You will leave with a variety of ways to incorporate student choice into your repertoire of teaching skills.

Lisa Spencer, SAR Intermediate, Central (session 1)

Tami Cruz, SAR Intermediate, Nassau (session 1)

Carly Hein, SAR Intermediate, Mohawk Valley (session 2)

Debbie Wilkinson, SAR Intermediate, North Central (session 2)

Middle Schoolers: They're a Hot Mess, but Differentiation Shouldn't Be!

Leverage digital resources and analog teaching strategies to differentiate instruction for all levels of learners. The goal is to create an equitable learning environment without increasing teacher workload and making students feel targeted. This session will feature classroom tested strategies utilized in a range of settings including: special education inclusion classrooms, gifted programs and remote instruction.

Rebecca Shuman, NYSMT, SAR Intermediate, Northeastern (session 1 and 2)

Sandra Wilkins, SAR Intermediate, Northeastern (session 1 and 2)

Attention! This is NOT a Test: Using Reflection to Increase Student Achievement

In this session, you will learn strategies to activate prior knowledge, and how to "practice testing" instead of teaching to the test. Participants will examine different types of questions typically used to access prior knowledge. Through the lens of the students, you will take a quick "test" to evaluate how you answered the questions.

Scott Beiter, NYSMT, SAR Intermediate, Eastern (session 2 and 3)

Andrew Holz, NYSMT, SAR Intermediate, New York City (session 2)

Mike Kankolenski, NYSMT, SAR Intermediate, Northwestern (session 3)

Physics Institute

Time: Session F-03, G-02, G-06

Ensuring Every Student Can Learn Physics!

The Physics Institute is back and ready to engage all learners! Many of our students experienced learning loss last year resulting in them struggling in areas like the mathematics of physics, communication of problem solving and carrying out laboratory experiments.

Our Institute's three parts will help you learn student-centered strategies you can bring to your classroom to help students develop and strengthen their:
• Algebra/Trigonometry skills; • Experimental design and analysis skills; • Communication and problem solving skills.

Learning Physics with Videos: Lessons learned, course management, rubrics, grading and accountability

Your students may know how to solve the problems in your class, but can they explain the method clearly? If your students have access to technology like computers, tablets and cell phones, they're ready to learn to become physics presenters! Learn ways to let your students be the star of the show and develop communication and problem solving strategies right here!

Dan MacIsaac, SAR Physics, Western

Joseph Zawicki, SAR Physics, Northwestern

Who Runs the Lab? Your Students!
The latest research shows that student learning is maximized when they take on the responsibility of experimental design and implementation. Learn strategies you can use so that the students are the ones designing and carrying out effective and educational Regents- and AP-level physics experiments in your classroom!

Elise Jutzler, SAR Physics, Central

Jeff Salerno, SAR Physics, Central Western

You can't (really) spell Physics without M-A-T-H

Different learners enter Regents-level physics with various math backgrounds, which can often hold them back from understanding key concepts and fully participating. Don't get mad at the math teacher--learn to integrate the algebra, geometry and trigonometry they need to know directly into the physics lesson! Participants will gain ready-to-use strategies to combat math deficiencies to free them to actually teach physics!
Participants will gain knowledge, skills and have the opportunity to collaborate to improve student achievement as well as improve instruction.

Maria Walsh, SAR Physics, Westchester

Chris Ruston, SAR Physics, Southern

Contact information:
P.O. Box 2121
Liverpool, NY 13089

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