Supporting Excellent Science Teaching for Georgia

2021 Conference Keynote Speakers

State & National Speakers Bring the Latest Ideas in 

Science & Teaching

February 1-6, 2021, Virtual Conference

6 pm Monday - Thursday

Dr. Kenneth Miller

Kick-off Speaker, Monday, February 1 @ 6 pm

Join Dr. Kenneth Miller, co-author of Miller and Levine Biology as he provides insight to the science behind Covid-19 and how to address it in the classroom. He will discuss how to share the most accurate information with students.  We know that we are living in times where there is doubt in science and not a clear understanding of the nature and he will share his ideas on addressing that. Dr. Miller is a Professor of Biology at Brown University. Sponsored by Savvas (formerly Pearson).

Title: Lessons from a Pandemic: The Brave Old World of Emerging Viral Diseases

Description: COVID-19 is only the latest viral threat to humanity, following HIV, SARS, MERS, and flu strains like the one that caused the 1918 pandemic. Why are some viruses so deadly? How do new ones arise and spread? Can we draw from experience to defeat this one? This session puts coronaviruses in context, providing teaching opportunities in genetics, ecology, evolution, and immunology. 

Superintendent Richard Woods

Georgia Education Updates

Keynote Speaker, Tuesday, February 2 @ 6 pm

Richard Woods was born in Pensacola, Florida and while growing up in a military family, lived in California, Hawaii and Virginia before moving to Georgia. He graduated from Fitzgerald High School, and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree from Kennesaw State University and a Master’s Degree from Valdosta State University.

Woods has over 22 years of pre-k through 12th grade experience in public education.  Woods was a high school teacher for 14 years, serving as department chair and teacher mentor. During his tenure, he was also selected as Teacher of the Year. For eight years Woods served in various administrative roles such as assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, testing coordinator, pre-k director, and alternative school director.

Woods also brings a business background to the superintendent's position, having been a purchasing agent for a national/multi-national laser company and a former small business owner.

He and his wife Lisha, a retired 30-year educator, are long-time residents of Tifton and have been married for over 25 years.

Dr. Jason Crean & Kristin Rademaker

Keynote Speaker: Writing Storyline Lessons

Wednesday, February 3 @ 6 pm

Three-dimensional learning that incorporates the disciplinary core ideas, the science practices and the crosscutting concepts is the driving force of the National Framework for Science Education and all Three-Dimensional Standards. In order to better integrate the different topics typically taught in the life science classroom, storyline units that are coherent and phenomenon-driven have been created so that students can make sense of how science works in the real world. These storylines, written as part of a highly collaborative effort led by highly trained teachers, has proven to be a great model of how three-dimensional learning can be applied in today's biology instruction and lead to students becoming self-directed learners and thinkers. Included with conference registration.



Page Keeley, All Student Ideas Matter

Keynote Speaker: All Student Ideas Matter

Thurday, February 4 @ 6 pm

Students of all ages and backgrounds bring ideas to their learning that are not always consistent with scientific ways of thinking about phenomena and concepts. Engaging all students in surfacing and thinking through their ideas in both face to face and distance learning classrooms is essential for their success.   Examine how to use purposefully designed questions to elicit K-12 students' initial ideas and use them to build a bridge between their preconceptions and the disciplinary core ideas that help them understand the natural world. 


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