NSTA Reno Area Conference Proposals are OPEN!

Published on: November 16, 2017

Elevating Science: Digging Deeper will take place at 

the Reno/Sparks Convention Center and Atlantis Hotel and Casino on Oct. 11-13, 2018.

Proposals are due by January 16, 2018 – so don’t delay.

The strand themes are:

Developing Persistence: The Power of Experience

Failure or delayed success has surprising benefits to students, teachers, and administrators—it often initiates meaningful learning experiences. Nurturing such experiences is part of three-dimensional learning; educators should support students in developing their own explanations, ideas, and solutions. Sessions in this strand will focus on the struggles and triumphs that drive learning and explanation development. Learn from your peers’ experiences in persisting as they negotiate the terrain of facilitating science learning for the next generation.

GOAL: Provide workshops and presentations focused on one or more of the following:

  • Engaging in discourse regarding new pathways to spark curiosity based on phenomena.
  • Demonstrating processes of the iterative cycle of engineering design thinking in the development of meaningful student learning experiences.
  • Demonstrating the iterative process of lesson design and redesign of instructional materials that account for many facets of learning.
  • Engaging in sense making through the use of reflection on failures and successes.
  • Focusing on and advocating for creating spaces within the classroom environment where solving problems or making sense of phenomena is accomplished in multiple ways.

Advancing Three-Dimensional Classroom Culture

Educator understanding of three-dimensional learning is a continuum—from having a firm grasp of the structure of the three dimensions, to integrating appropriate science practices and crosscutting concepts, to developing grade-level storylines based on phenomena. In this strand, participants will be able to choose hands-on/interactive sessions based on their needs.

GOAL: Provide workshops and presentations focused on one of the following:

  • Exploring the purpose and structure of the three dimensions of science education.
  • Recognizing three-dimensional lessons in relation to traditional lessons.
  • Transforming a traditional lesson to include grade-appropriate crosscutting concepts and practices.
  • Creating three-dimensional lessons or units focused on phenomena.
  • Designing three-dimensional phenomenon-based lessons into a coherent storyline.


Cultivating Constructive Partnerships

Teaching can be isolating. Learn how to move beyond your four walls and collaborate with colleagues, informal educators, scientists, and the community. Increase opportunities to advocate for your students’ science learning while you build your leadership skills. Learn how to enhance your professional growth by using the expertise in your building and your community.  In this strand, presenters will showcase collaboration with business and industry, informal science organizations, policy stakeholders, and colleagues.

Save the Date Flyer – NSTA Reno ’18[4936]GOAL: Provide workshops and presentations focused on one or more of the following:

  • Highlighting exemplars of classrooms that connect to a community, locally or remotely, with face-to-face interactions or technological tools.
  • Sharing lessons or units developed with teachers of other nonscience disciplines.
  • Modeling the establishment and growth of partnerships with businesses, informal science providers, or science researchers.
  • Building classroom engagement by facilitating student group participation in STEM competitions, maker fairs, and citizen science opportunities.
  • Demonstrating how to build a network of critical friends, locally or remotely, to facilitate your growth as an educator.
  • Modeling how a personal network can advocate for science learning and facilitate change.


CRITERIA: Proposals will be evaluated on the extent to which they:

  • Align with one or more of the strand goals.
  • Support specifically identified parts of the NGSS and the NRC Framework.
  • Are based on current and available research.
  • Involve participants through activities or discussion.