Science for All: Putting the Pieces Together

Macon Marriott City Center Hotel and Anderson Conference Center

February 5-7, 2015

Conference Overview

It is critical to Georgia’s economic and social well-being that all students receive an excellent K-12 science education. To accomplish this, Georgia’s teachers must skillfully integrate many pieces--Common Core, GPS, science & engineering practices, STEM, TKES, and crosscutting concepts--of the science education puzzle. This year’s conference will explore how these pieces build on, overlap with, and support one another in the science classroom. The conference will highlight sessions within the following strands, along with other great sessions from excellent science educators around Georgia.
  • GPS Within the Framework - Sessions in this strand will focus on instructional approaches that integrate science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts, critical components of the Framework for K-12 Science Education, with the content of the Georgia Performance Standards in science.
  • Integrating Science Within the CCGPS - With a special focus on the elementary grades, sessions in this strand will focus on the intersections among science standards and the CCGPS for mathematics and English language arts.  Sessions will also address strategies that address the CCGPS literacy standards within the science classroom.
  • Integrated STEM Education - Sessions in this strand will focus on programs and approaches that truly integrate learning experiences across the STEM disciplines.
  • Preservice/Early Career - This strand will kick off with the Conference First Timers Session Thursday morning and will continue with a special series of sessions aimed at supporting preservice and early career teachers in their transition into the profession.
NOTE:  While sessions included in these strands will be highlighted for this year's conference, workshops, presentations and activity-rich sessions across all areas of science education will be included. The final program will be available by January 1, 2015.

Featured Speakers and Presenters

In addition to the sessions described above, GSTA is honored to present the following featured speakers and presenters to support your professional learning during the 2015 Conference. Note: The current list is partial and will continue to grow as we confirm with speakers, so please check back for updates.

Stephen L. Pruitt, Ph.D., joined Achieve, Inc. in 2010 and is the Senior Vice President for Content, Research and Development. He is led the development of and is currently working to support the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. Dr. Pruitt began his career as a high school Chemistry teacher in Georgia, where he taught for 12 years. Dr. Pruitt served as the Program Manager for Science, Director of Academic Standards, Associate Superintendent of Assessment and Accountability, and then Chief of Staff to State School Superintendent Kathy Cox. In addition to his state-level work, Dr. Pruitt also served as President of the Council of State Science Supervisors and a member of the writing team for the College Board’s Standards for College Success Science Standards. Most recently, he served on the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which has developed the Framework for K-12 Science Education. This document was the basis for the development of the Next Generation Science Standards. A native Georgian, Dr. Pruitt earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from North Georgia College and State University, a master’s in science education from the University of West Georgia, and a doctorate of philosophy in chemistry education from Auburn University.

Ellen Granger, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in neuroscience and has been a practicing scientist and science educator since then. She has worked in teacher professional development for almost 20 years with both preservice and inservice teachers.  Dr. Granger is the Director of the Office of Science Teaching Activities in the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida State University and the Co-Director of the FSU-Teach program for preparing secondary science and mathematics teachers.  She has published over 30 scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals in science education and science and has held over 35 research and education grants. In November of 2013, she was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for “distinguished contribution, service, and leadership in advancing knowledge and classroom practices in science education.”

Todd Bevis, M.S., earned his masters degree in biological science and has been a practicing scientist and science educator since then. He has worked in K-12 science outreach programs and teacher professional development programs for inservice teachers for over 15 years. Mr. Bevis is the Director of Teacher Professional Development for the Office of Science Teaching Activities in the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida State University. He not only is engaged in research on science teaching and learning, but also regularly works with teachers in their classrooms.  He is a certified Clinical Education Trainer. He has published numerous scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals in both science education and science.

GPS Within the Framework, Integrating Science Within the CCGPS, and Integrated STEM Education 
GPS Within the Framework, Integrating Science Within the CCGPS, and Integrated STEM Education
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