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MƒA at NSTA and NCTM

In the News | March 12, 2018

This month MƒA will have a team at the 2018 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference, and in April we’ll be heading to the 2018 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Meeting & Exposition. At each conference, we will have a booth in the exhibit hall where we will be celebrating the teaching profession, handing out swag, sharing information about MƒA fellowships, and thanking teachers for the outstanding work they do every day. Several MƒA teachers will also be giving presentations at both conferences.

The 2018 NSTA National Conference is happening in Atlanta, Georgia from March 15-18. Meet with MƒA staff and teachers at booth #1047. Highlighted below are the MƒA teachers and staff who have been selected to present at the national conference:

March 15

  • John Russell, Program Officer at MƒA – “Our Dynamic Climate and the Energy Budget” – 8 a.m.
  • Jean Hourihane and Meng-Ping Tu, MƒA Master Teachers – “Experimental Design in the K-12 Classroom: Reimagining Cookbook Lessons by Integrating Them with NGSS” – 8 a.m.
  • Patrick Callahan, MƒA Master Teacher – “Using Science Practices to Engage Students: Designing a High School Evolution Curriculum with a Feminist Perspective” – 8 a.m.
  • Lynn Shon, MƒA Master Teacher, and Andrew Zimmermann, MƒA Early Career Teacher – “Empowering Students to Build Resilient Schools with STEM” – 12:30 p.m.
  • Amanda Solarsh, MƒA Master Teacher – “Bring Content to Life with NGSS-Focused Design Challenges for Science Classrooms” – 12:30 p.m.
  • Amanda Solarsh, MƒA Master Teacher – “Tips, Tricks, and Tribulations of Bringing the NGSS into Your Science Classroom” – 2:30 p.m.
  • Zach White-Stellato, MƒA Master Teacher – “Group Learning Routines to Promote Access in an Inquiry-Based Science Classroom Through Equitable Discussion” – 3:30 p.m.
  • Lauren DeFino – “Weather and Climate: Use a Free Web-Based Graphing Tool to Analyze and Interpret Local and National Climate Data for Patterns or Change” – 5 p.m.

March 16

  • Laura Wang, MƒA Early Career Teacher, and Michael Zitolo, MƒA Master Teacher – “Supporting Students in Creating Investigative Questions” – 8:30 a.m.
  • Lauren DeFino, M­ƒA Master Teacher – “Meet Me in the Middle Session: Patterns: Investigating Weather and Climate—Graph and Analyze Online, Easily and for Free” – 10:15 a.m.
  • Brittany Beck, Constance Giannakakis, Barbara Spanos, MƒA Master Teachers – “Visual Literacy Strategies and Formative Assessments...for All!” – 11 a.m.
  • Nicole Marcellin, MƒA Master Teacher – “Building the Bond Through Family Engagement and Informal Learning” – 2:30 p.m.
  • Amanda Solarsh, MƒA Master Teacher – “Making Makers: Mind-Set Shifting Activities to Support a Culture of Problem-Solving in the Science Classroom” – 5 p.m.

March 17

  • Amanda Solarsh, MƒA Master Teacher – “Spark Student Solutions with ‘Shark Tank’ in the STEM Classroom” – 8 a.m.

March 18

  • Lauren DeFino, M­ƒA Master Teacher – “Using a River Ecology Teaching Case to Engage Students in Developing and Using Models, and Constructing Explanations from Evidence” – 9:30 a.m.
  • Arlene Ramos, Suzette Nelson, and Ellie Williamson, MƒA Master Teachers – “Thinking and Reading Between the Lines” – 9:30 a.m.


The 2018 NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition, focused on “Empowering the Mathematics Community,” will be held in Washington, DC from April 25-28. Join us at MƒA booth 363. Highlighted below are the MƒA teachers who have been selected to present at the national conference.

April 26

  • Kevin Ehly and Edward Fletcher, MƒA Master Teachers – “From Hand-Holding to Problem Solving: Learning How to Teach Students to Grapple with Uncertainty” – 9:30 a.m.
  • Peter Sell and Paul Winston, MƒA Master Teachers – “Master PROOFS through Games!” – 11 a.m.
  • Liz Clark-Garvey, Program Officer at MƒA, and Carl Oliver, MƒA Master Teacher Emeritus – “What Are They Thinking? Sharpen Your Analysis of Student Thinking with Rich Tasks and Video” – 1:30 p.m.
  • Patrick Honner, MƒA Master Teacher – “Statistics and Simulations in Scratch” – 3 p.m.

April 27

  • Gary Rubinstein, MƒA Master Teacher – “Paper folding in class? Not just for paper airplanes anymore!” – 8 a.m.

April 28

  • Wendy Menard, MƒA Master Teacher – “Lifting Up Student Voices: Mathography Writing and Teacher Moves” – 8 a.m.

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