March 11, 2013
Shawnee State University Teacher Education majors Sarah Bell, Justin Malone, and Daniel Sand will travel to the National Science Teachers' Association annual conference in April along with Associate Professor Kenneth Carlson, Ed. D. and Loretta Harvey, Teacher Education instructor.
This year's National Science Teachers' Association conference will be held in San Antonio, from April 11-14. With the theme "Next Generation Science: Learning, Literacy, and Living," the conference will focus on Next Generation Assessments, Next Generation Elementary Science, Next Generation Special Populations and Next Generation Technology.
Carlson will present a session on science methods classes and how to teach them. Harvey will present, "Bridging the Gap by Identifying Promising Practices."
"Through an ongoing cooperative effort between Shawnee State University and Glenwood High School, an external needs assessment, teacher interviews, and both state and local assessment data are being used to identify both student and teacher needs in a STEM high school in rural Appalachia," said Harvey. "Implementation of new technology and professional development will support teachers as the district transitions to a new building and flipped classrooms."
The students also will be presenting at the conference.
Sarah Bell, one of the SSU students attending the conference, is a fifth-year senior double-majoring in Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA) Life Science Education and Athletic Training.
"Taking my knowledge to a national level, I will admit, is a little nerve-wracking, but nonetheless very exciting," Bell said. "I hope to be able to share what I have with other students as well as learn from the experience."
Daniel Sand is a senior and is also majoring in AYA Life Science Education.
"I am humbled at the chance to present at a national conference as an undergraduate student," he said. "I am also happy that I will be representing Shawnee State University on a national level."
Bell, Sand and Malone attended last year's national conference in Indianapolis, an experience that forms the basis for their presentation this year, "Being an undergraduate student at the National Science Teachers' Association conference, and making the most of the experience."