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My goal is to attend the National Science Teacher Association Orlando area conference on Science Education, November 8th-10th, the premier conference on science that brings education leaders and science experts together who are interested in professional and personal growth.

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NSTA Orlando

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School:
Osceola Middle School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Krista Wilson 
Students Impacted:
140 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
September 23, 2014

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Susan Johnson - $695.00

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Goal

My goal is to attend the National Science Teacher Association Orlando area conference on Science Education, November 8th-10th, the premier conference on science that brings education leaders and science experts together who are interested in professional and personal growth. 

 

What will be done with my students

After attending the conference, I will utilize the knowledge gained to increase the quality of education in my classroom. I am specifically interested in attending the presentation called, "Transforming STEM Education with Sharks and Real-World Science" with Chris Fischer of OCEARCH. He is one of the keynote speakers and will address how to use real life data to provide good stewardship of our oceans. I think that students would be very interested in tracking sharks, since we live in a coastal community. I would incorporate this into my food web lesson with 8th graders in April. We would use the lesson plans from the conference to teach students about Food Webs and Food Chains in the Ocean. We would draw food webs, research ocean animals and decipher their place in a food chain and food web, and we would also look at what we can do to help protect our oceans and be good stewards. I would also attend the session called "The Galapagos Islands Through Photos and Songs: Walking in Darwin's Footsteps", to learn new ways to present the concept of evolution to both my seventh grade students (in March) and my eighth grade students (in February). This concept is difficult to teach to students, and so any new ideas to make it more engaging would be utilized. The idea of using songs is very appealing as students tend to remember anything musical when it comes to learning.
 

 

Benefits to my students

The students will greatly benefit from a science teacher who constantly "sharpens the saw", as Stephen Covey would say!
My focus of attending the conference would be to find engaging lessons that have to do with the environment and STEM, as these are two of my professional interests. Students would receive cutting edge science lessons, after I attended the conference. This trickle down effect, could lead to students choosing science as a career. Or, more simply, students could see the effect of our society's reliance on plastic on the oceans and start recycling or using glass rather than disposable plastic water bottles.
Also, I have asked the school district each year to attend these conferences. They say no each and every time. I am guessing, but they will probably send three district personnel (who are not in the classroom) and say they do not have the money to send teachers. The quality of the professional development at these conferences is far superior to the ones provided by the district. I was able to go to one of these conferences four years ago when it was held in Ft. Lauderdale. I applied for a conference scholarship from Florida Association of Science Teachers, and won it! The money spent would not be wasted sending a teacher who impacts students directly.  

 

Describe the Students

My students are at a school where 55% of the population receive free or reduced lunch. This indicator of low income means that poverty can be a factor in their lives. (Our school has a food bank to provide for needy families and it is used often by the parents.) Some of the students are ESE gifted and some are struggling readers. My students love science and love hands-on projects. 

 

Budget Narrative

The registration and hotel needs to be booked by the above dates to lock in the prices. The Hotel is the conference hotel (Hyatt Regency) which is located next to the Orlando Convention Center. The substitute price is a guesstimate, but I am pretty sure that the cost is $60/day. I would cover the cost of transportation by driving to Orlando and back. I have attended one of these conferences in the past, and they usually have a parking fee. If the committee does not want to fund a hotel, I could look into staying with a friend, away from the conference, but attending and staying at the conference, allows you to network with other teachers and scientists. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 NSTA Registration (by Oct. 9th) $185.00
2 parking pass for conference $30.00
3 Hotel two nights (by Oct 6th) $360.00
4 Substitute to cover classes (Nov.8-9) $120.00
  Total: $695.00

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