NSTA Educator Conferences


National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Making Science Accessible: Full Speed Ahead

NSTA Area Conference
Baltimore, MD
October 5-7, 2017



  Conference Strands


Strand #1: Anchoring Our National Treasures Through Environmental Literacy

Today's students are tomorrow's leaders. It is imperative that they be equipped to rise to challenges, including preservation of natural resources, mitigation of air and water pollution, and adaptation to climate change. They must think critically and understand how their actions impact the environment. Engaging students in local action, research, or citizen science projects today fosters the environmentally literate leaders of tomorrow, who are connected to the world around them, and informed enough about the environment to be decision makers. In this strand, teachers will learn to elevate student experiences by partnering with informal educational providers, getting students outdoors, and participating in authentic research.

Strand #2: Tying the Knot: Coherence in 3-D Science Learning

The Next Generation Science Standards emphasize three-dimensional learning to explain phenomena. Storylines and learning progressions are used within curriculum development and implementation to provide coherence within and across grade levels. Storylines help students connect activities, goals, and big ideas to make sense of the world. The three-dimensional learning view requires new assessment strategies and tools that provide feedback to support students' sense-making. Assessment, both formative and summative, is instrumental in supporting responsive instruction. In this strand, participants will learn to use storylines, find ways to adapt instruction using responsive strategies, and focus on learning progressions.

Strand #3: Charting the Course for Innovation

To develop innovative scientific leaders for tomorrow, we must foster creativity, academic risk-taking, and perseverance within ALL students today. The next generation science learning environment must engage students in authentic problem solving that respects diverse thinking. A classroom culture that celebrates diverse ideas and solutions is essential for an effective STEM workforce. Presentations in this strand will focus on problem solving in STEM that involve all students. Participants will investigate effective classroom examples supporting preK–16 student learning that involves engineering design projects, use of technology, and computer science.


Framingham State University Graduate Credit Option:

Framingham State University is pleased to offer one (1) graduate credit to conference attendees who complete the following requirements:

  • Must be an officially registered conference attendee
  • Must attend conference sessions totaling at least twelve documented hours
  • Must submit the following documents to Framingham State University no later than November 3, 2017:
  1. Framingham State University registration form with payment of $179.00 (payment may be made by Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, American Express, or check payable to Framingham State University).
  2. NSTA Conference transcript (available at no charge from the NSTA website)
  3. 500 word reflection that describes your professional growth and the impact it will have on your professional work as result of your attendance at the conference.

Mail, email or fax the documents to:

Anne Miller
Office of Continuing Education
Framingham State University
100 State Street, PO Box 9101
Framingham, MA 01701-9101
Fax: 508.626.4030

Once all the Framingham State University documents are evaluated, participants registered for graduate credit may access payment and grade information online through the secure Framingham State University portal, myFramingham. Instructions and login information for accessing myFramingham will be forwarded to each participant via e-mail. The grading will be Pass/Fail.

Any questions regarding Framingham State University graduate credit please e-mail Paula Hogard at: phogard@framingham.edu or call 508.626.4034.

An official Framingham State University transcript may also be ordered for $3.00 through the Framingham State University Registrar’s Office at https://www.framingham.edu/academics/registrar/requesting-your-academic-transcript.