Supporting Excellent Science Teaching for Georgia

GSTA September Mini-Conference

GSTA is hosting a September Mini-Conference to support  teachers during this unprecented school year with many districts teaching online. Most of the sessions are geared towards K-12, but sessions geared towards K-5 or 6-12 are noted in the title. Sessions may be 15, 30, or 45 minutes. Each session will have an individual link to an online platform such as Zoom, Teams, or Google Meets. 

 Prerecorded Sessions

Supporting Struggling Students in Secondary Science - Renee Shirley- Stevens, Georgia DOE

How can we support all students while learning science? Find out more about strategies, tools and resources to support struggling students.    

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From Traditional Labs to Phenomenon Investigations - Keith Crandall, Georgia DOE

How do traditional labs differ from investigations that engage students in 3-D learning using phenomena? Find out more in this engaging presentation.

Link to Recording           Link to Presentation

DOE Playlist 

Link to additional recordings from the Georgia DOE Science Team.

Simulations, Data, & Online Resoures, OH MY! Donna  Barrett, 6-12

Are you looking for simulations and data sources? Come find out about more about sources for data, simulations, virtual labs, etc. NSTA Daily Do, HHMI, Data Nuggets will be included. This session is primarily for 6-12, but may be useful for teachers in grades 4 & 5.

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Live Conference

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(30 minutes)

Making to the Most of Online Learning in 3D Science Investigations

Leeanne Gleim of Argument-Driven Inquiry


In this talk, we will review establishing "new" norms for digital/hybrid science investigations. Suggestions will be made for tools to use to make student thinking visible as well as enable student collaboration. Finally, we will end with some suggestions on how to ensure teacher's feel supported and connect with one another professionally during this time.

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Bringing Termites Home for Remote Learning

Jeremy Peacock

5th Grade Science

After developing a successful classroom lesson that allowed students to investigate instincts and learned behaviors in termites, we wanted to give students a similar experience during remote learning. After imagining the parent response to asking students to collect termites and bring them into the home, we decided that a video-based lesson would be best. See how we structured the lesson to allow students experience the investigation, collect their own data, and develop an argument to interpret the results.

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Keynote Presentation

Zoe Evans, NSTA Division Director, Coordination & Supervision of Science Teaching & Principal at Bowdon High School

Join Zoe Evans for an engaging presentation on teaching science during Covid times. She will share her knowledge and expertise as a current principal and former science teacher who holds a leadership role with the National Science Teachers Association.

Before becoming an administrator in 2012, Ms. Evans served as a middle school science teacher in both Florida and Georgia for nineteen years.  Ms. Evans is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent Science and a Georgia Master Teacher. She is also the 2005 Georgia recipient of the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Ms. Evans has served as a member of the writing team for the Next Generation Science Standards and the Georgia Standards of Excellence. She is an active member of the Georgia Science Teachers Association and presents annually at the state conference. She is a former the President of the organization and currently serves as the chair of conference registration.

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Distance Learning - Physics and Chemistry

Eric Gardner, Pasco


Grades 9-12

Find out more about the PASCO Academy - Distance Learning Solution for Physics and Chemistry



Teaching Students the Science of COVID-19: How Can I Protect Myself and Others

Dr. Carol O'Donnell Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center

Sponsored by Carolina Biological

Grades 3-8


As districts develop plans for their 2020-21 school year, science educators will play an important role in educating students about COVID-19 and the underlying science and social science of the pandemic. At the Smithsonian, we hypothesize that students are more likely to engage in protective behaviors if they understand the science of WHY they are being asked to engage in these behaviors (e.g., wearing face masks, physical distancing, contact tracing, sorting through claims and evidence, etc.) To that end, the Smithsonian Science Education Center and its collaborators developed a free hands-on guide for youth and their families, available in 25 languages to support English Learners: This session will demonstrate some of the practical hands-on activities science educators and caregivers can use with students to help them better understand how to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

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K-5 Curriculum


Re-imagining Science Outdoors to Reduce Virus Risks and Engage Learners

Karan Wood & Korri Ellis

Environmental Education Alliance


This workshop will provide an overview of and links to resources for:

1. Planning and Creating Healthy Outdoor Learning Spaces on Campus

2. Increasing Teacher Capacity, Comfort-Level and Classroom Mgmt Outdoors

3. Finding and Adapting Resources for Teaching Science Outdoors

4. Connecting Outdoor Learning to Virtual Labs, Simulations, and Interactives


Let's Go R.E.M.O.T.E.!

Nicole Ford

Grades 3-5

Explore the components of a remote lesson by learning how to...Review your standards to align online experiences, Engage your students throughout the lesson, Modify the lab experience through modeling and questioning, Optimize your screen time to prevent student screen fatigue, Tag the best tools, and Embed 5-E! Let's go R.E.M.O.T.E.!

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Making Lemonade from Covid Induced Lemons

Karol Stephens


Left feeling a little sour teaching virtually or with the need for smaller groups in your pandemic impacted classroom. Learn some new strategies for engaging students with hands on experiences and yes, under the right conditions, experimentation for engaging students with the work of science.



Teaching Scientific Methods in a Virtual World

Michelle Thompson


An inquiry-based, student-driven activity to teach the scientific method with common, easily accessible objects.

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Flinn Science Updated Safety Resources

Tom Trapp & James Palcik

This session has been customized for this conference. Flinn Scientific will discuss best practices in sanitation, hygiene, disinfection and prevention while teaching in a COVID-19 environment across the different instructional modalities. James Palcik, Director of Education, Safety and Compliance at FLINN will facilitate this session and provide curated content and resources for science educators. A beneficial and practical session for teaching science and STEM from K-12!

Link to Safety Guidelines


Get Hands-On Remotely with K-2 Students

Jeremy Peacock


Primary grade students need concrete, hands-on experiences to support their learning. In a remote setting, we have to combine student-friendly technology with hands-on investigations that leverage simple household materials. Engage in a model lesson focused on pushes and pulls. You'll need a paper plate, marble, and scissors.

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12:45 - 1:00

Panda Cams and Ethograms: How to incorporate observational science in a virtual world

Zoo Atlanta

Jade Ricketts


Live videos are so prevalent in this new learning environment. See how to utilize Zoo Atlanta's PandaCam for observational science practice with literacy connections!

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Minds-On Remote Learning in Biology

Jeremy Peacock

HS Biology

Even in the classroom, the thinking that students do during labs is much more important than the hands-on skills they develop. How can we use online data sources to engage students in minds-on biology labs when we can't engage them in hands-on learning? Experience a virtual data lab for yourself and get resources to engage your own students.

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Engaging Students in Data Analysis

Donna Barrett

Earth Science


How do you get students engaged in analyzing data? The session will include a task analyzing a set of earth science data. It will include additional data sets and strategies engaging students in science and engineering practices.

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