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Area 5 Science Mini-CAST

West Orange Stark Elementary
2605 MLK
Orange, TX  77630

 
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Schedule of Events 2019
  1. 7:30-8:30
    On-Site Registration
    Location
    Cafeteria
  2. 8:30-8:45
    Welcome
    Location
    Cafeteria
  3. 8:45-10:00
    Keynote - Dedra Stafford
    Location
    Cafeteria
  4. 10:15-11:15
    Session I
    Location
    Classrooms
  5. 11:15-12:00
    Lunch - Visit Exhibits
    Location
    Cafeteria
  6. 12:00-1:00
    Session II
    Location
    Classrooms
  7. 1:30-2:30
    Session III
    Location
    Classrooms
  8. 2:30-3:00
    STAT - Closing Session
    Location
    Cafeteria
  9. 1:00-1:30
    Break - Visit Exhibits
    Location
    Cafeteria

Keynote Address 

Five Secrets of the Happy Teacher
Dedra Stafford - Educational Consultant

Dedra Stafford is a passionate educator with a belief in the power of positive purposeful teaching. Her goal is to play a small part in helping educators find (and keep) their joy for education while gaining new strategies and skills to reach today’s learners.

As an internationally known speaker, trainer and author, Dedra has presented in 3 international schools and over 40 states. She is a former middle level teacher and district professional development specialist who now consults and provides staff development in best practices centered around a variety of topics including: social and emotional learning, growth mindset, instructional strategies, differentiated instruction, technology integration, and teacher motivation.

Much of Dedra’s time is spent supporting high-risk schools in an embedded capacity. She has the ability and versatility to come into a school and work with the leadership team to develop a professional development plan that is responsive to the students’ needs and teachers’ needs in that specific school. Dedra strives to help teachers understand how to use rigor practices, differentiated instruction, technology, formative assessment, and other research based tools to gain engagement and achievement. Dedra has worked with multiple “School Improvement Grant-SIG” Schools in a
“whatever it takes” approach, developing embedded PD plans that combine PLC Training, Model teaching, co-teaching, and classroom observations.

Once Dedra is part of a school’s team, she develops on-going communication with the teachers and building leaders and plays and active role throughout the year.  

Dedra is the author and co-author of 4 educational books including, the best-selling book Teaching Kids to Thrive: The Other Essential Skills for Success and new to be released in 2018, Summarization in Any Subject with Rick Wormeli.  She stays connected to teachers and the classroom through the Teaching Kids to Thrive website, full of resources for teachers, and the teachers social media resource, Teachtiviites:From Pencils to iPads.
Workshops:  Session I
**Area 5 Mini-CAST is not responsible for the content of any workshop presented.  The content is the sole responsibility of the presenter(s).  

1-2-3 Steps to Better STAAR Scores! 

Busy Hands! 

Presenter:  Jeana Reagan - Science Pilot 
Elementary & Middle - Instructional Strategies
Room 4113
Hands-on, Exhibitor Workshop

Readiness Standards TEKS for 5th grade and 8th grade Description: Use a 3-step approach to help students master critical science concepts in elementary and middle school science. This hands-on workshop will allow participants to experience all three steps and identifies how the steps can be implemented throughout the year, for review/intervention, or for preparation for the state assessment.
  ​​​​Joy Sloan & Doris Tomas - Oilfield Energy Center
Pre K - K - Instructional Strategies
Room 5102
Hands-On/Exhibitor ​​

STEM Strategies for early childhood students. It is a make and take workshop!!!

Digging Up Texas History: One Trowel at a Time!! 

  Conservation of Energy…Curriculum Development and the RET Summer Program

Houston Archeology Society
All Levels - Integrated & Interdisciplinary
Room: 5108
Demonstration/Lecture

Lessons that can be used in all content areas; however TEKS will be given with teacher packets provided in session. Discussion about outreach programs provided by the Houston Archeology Society. 
Brandy Roy - Port Neches-Groves HS
Middle/High School - Instructional Strat.
Room: 5109
Lecture, Demonstration 

Clean and sustainable energy is the way of the future for supporting the world as we know it. In this presentation participants will explore the wind turbine projects and additional materials aligned to the TEKS.

Fabulous Foldables: Meaningful and Purposeful Tools of Learning 

Dimensional Analysis for STEM 

Edreauanna Fowler - Port Arthur ISD
All Levels - Instructional Strategies
Room: 4107
Hands On

Foldables can be meaningful and purposeful tools of learning in science. In this hands-on session, you will be able to make and take different foldables back to your classroom that will enhance learning for students on all learning levels. 
Sheri Furby & Carrie Guarnere - Port Neches-Groves High School/RET Program - Lamar Univ.
High School - Instructional Strategies
Room: 4111
Lecture, Demonstration

In this class dimensional analysis, a tool for problem solving in all STEM courses, will be broken down into step-by-step processes. Participants will be introduced to a template that starts with beginners and moves students to advanced STEM problem solving. 

Museum Hands-On Discovery Trunk & School Tours  

Mini Make-and-Take Workshop: Science Games & Puzzles for Middle School 

Andy McCall - Museum of the Gulf Coast
Pre-K to Middle School– Life/Earth Science
Room: 5103
Hands-On, Exhibitor

Come experience all that the Museum of the Gulf Coast has to offer your school including related programs in our local area. 
 
Abuan Rodelio - Houston ISD
Middle School - Instructional Strategies
Room: 4110
Hands On

There is no specific TEKS because the workshop is more about creating instructional tools in the form of games, puzzles, etc. Teachers will create games in their chosen targeted TEKS. 

​​ Oil Spill Basics 101
 

Observing, Inferring, and Predicting in Grades 4-8 

Heather Low - Texas General Land Office
High School - Life, Earth, and Physical Science
Room 4102
Inquiry, Demonstration, Lecture

The Oil Act of 1990 amended the Clean Water Act to address preventing, responding to, and paying for oil pollution incidents. Texas answered with their Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act to detail how the General Land Office prevents and responds to oil spills in the coastal waters of Texas. 
 
 Kathy Reeves. - Scientific Minds
Elementary & Middle School - Instructional Strategies/Integrated Disciplinary
Room: 4105
Hands-On, Exhibitor Workshop

Walk away with a fun, creative, and effective card activity that teaches students to make observations, inferences, and predictions. This TEKS-focused activity can be used immediately and, if laminated, used for years to come. Join us for easy-to-use, engaging strategies, idea sharing and door prizes! TEKS: This workshop includes an activity that addresses a variety of TEKS including but not limited to 3.6C, 4.4A, and 5.2E.

Using Your School’s Green Space

Solving the Puzzle of integrated Science, Math & Reading

Katie Krantz & Kathleen Nelligan - Shangri La Botanical Gardens
Pre - K through Middle - Environmental Sci
Room: 4103
Inquiry/Hands-On

Join the educators of Shangri La Gardens to learn and discuss ways you might utilize the green spaces on your campus.
Teresa Dossman - National Geographic
Elementary - Life, Earth, Space, and Physical Sciences/Instructional Strategies
Room: 4106
Inquiry, Hands On

Do you wish you could get your science, math, and language arts curriculum all in the same lesson? Come to this session to solve the puzzle of fitting these three subject areas together by integrating them into hands on activities that incorporate TEKS for engaging work for student success!

Teaching Environmental Science Summer Institute

Dr. James Westgate - Lamar University
All Levels - Integrated & Interdisciplinary
Room: 5105
Hands-On, Demonstration

The TES Institute is a free graduate level course comprised of 10 days of local field trips that include canoeing the Big Thicket Preserve, air boating at the Best Heights Marsh and visits to Sea Rim State Park, ExxonMobil, Huntsman Ducks, DuPont, Evadale paper mill, ChevronPhillips & Valero. In-service teachers will receive 3 hours of graduate credit.
Workshops:  Session II
**Area 5 Mini-CAST is not responsible for the content of any workshop presented.  The content is the sole responsibility of the presenter(s).  

Busy Hands! 

The Engineer Process: A Prosthetic Hand in Action 

Joy Sloan & Doris Tomas - Oilfield Energy Ctr
Pre K - K - Instructional Strategies
Room 5102
Hands-On/Exhibitor

STEM Strategies for early childhood students. It is a make and take workshop!!! 
Serif Yagli - Harmony Public Schools and Lamar RET Program
High School - Instructional Strategies
Room: 5109
Demonstration

This presentation describes a high school-level engineering design project in which students design and build a prosthetic hand. Students use Tinker cad to modify a basic 3D hand design, print the parts using a 3D printer, and assemble the hand. They then integrate the hand with electromyography (EMG) sensors and an Arduino board. The EMG sensors detect arm muscle activation via electric potential. The Arduino board translates the EMG signals into finger movements. The final goal is successful execution of a daily-life task such as picking up a piece of paper, paper money, or a coin; holding a water bottle or a pen/pencil/paint brush; or gripping. 

Fabulous Foldables: Meaningful and Purposeful Tools of Learning 


Last Rights

Edreauanna Fowler - Port Arthur ISD
All Levels - Instructional Strategies
Room: 4107
Hands On

Foldables can be meaningful and purposeful tools of learning in science. In this hands-on session, you will be able to make and take different foldables back to your classroom that will enhance learning for students on all learn-ing levels. 
Lloyd Crosby - Beaumont ISD
All Grade Levels - Multidisciplinary
Room: 5108
Hands On

Last Rights is a fast paced educational game easily modified to fit most ages and most school subjects. The few required materials are inexpensive or easily created. 

Mini Make-and-Take Workshop: Science Games & Puzzles for Elementary School
 

​​Museum Hands-On Discovery Trunk & School Tours

Abuan Rodelio - Houston ISD
Elementary School - Instructional Strategies
Room: 4110
Hands On

There is no specific TEKS because the workshop is more about creating instructional tools in the form of games, puzzles, etc. Teachers will create games in their chosen targeted TEKS.
Andy McCall - Museum of the Gulf Coast
Pre-K to Middle School– Life/Earth Science
Room: 5103
Hands-On, Exhibitor

Come experience all that the Museum of the Gulf Coast has to offer your school including related programs in our local area.

New Notebooking Templates and Fold-Its for the 6-8 and Biology Streamlined TEKS​​ 

​​
Oil Spill Basics 101

Kathy Reeves - Scientific Minds
Middle & High School - 6-8 and Biology
Room: 4105
Hands On, Exhibitor

This highly popular make-and-take workshop has been updated with new editable templates and fold-it strategies for grades 6 thru 8 and Biology. These activities will become some of your favorite and most effective instructional tools. Join us for lots of great activities, FREE templates, idea sharing, and door prizes! Many TEKS will be discussed but the focus will be 8.11A, 7.10A, and B.12C. Notebooking activities can be adapted for any TEKS.
Heather Low - Texas General Land Office
High School - Life, Earth, and Physical Science
Room 4102
Inquiry, Demonstration, Lecture

The Oil Act of 1990 amended the Clean Water Act to address preventing, responding to, and paying for oil pollution incidents. Texas answered with their Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act to detail how the General Land Office prevents and responds to oil spills in the coastal waters of Texas.

​​
Repurposing for Science 

​​
Science Centers for Little Hands

Paula Chastain - Beaumont ISD
All Levels - Integrated/Interdisciplinary
Room: 4113
Hands On

Lab equipment can be costly, so come find some ways to turn our trash into equipment that can be used for teaching Science. Come learn about Ecobricks that can be used to make benches and other things – possibly giving that energetic student someplace to redirect some of that excess energy.
Crystal Gans - Beaumont ISD
P-K to 2nd Grade - Instructional Strategies
Room: 4109
Inquiry, Hands-On

We will be showing you how to get the little ones involved in science using the guidelines for Pre-K. It is hands on activities and lots of fun!!!

Teaching Environmental Science Summer Institute

Solving the Puzzle of integrated Science, Math & Reading

Dr. James Westgate - Lamar University
All Levels - Integrated & Interdisciplinary
Room: 5105
Hands-On, Demonstration

The TES Institute is a free graduate level course comprised of 10 days of local field trips that include canoeing the Big Thicket Preserve, air boating at Best Heights marsh and visits to Sea Rim State Park, ExxonMobil, Huntsman ducks, DuPont, Evadale paper mill, ChevronPhillips & Valero. In-service teachers get 3 hours of graduate credit.
Teresa Dossman - National Geographic Lrng
Elementary - Life, Earth, Space, and Physical Sciences/Instructional Strategies
Room: 4106
Inquiry, Hands On

Do you wish you could get your science, math, and language arts curriculum all in the same lesson? Come to this session to solve the puzzle of fitting these three subject areas together by integrating them into hands on activities that incorporate TEKS for engaging work for student success!

Enhancing STEM curriculum with virtual simulations!!

Sherri Boecker - Explore Learning
All Levels - Life, Earth, & Physical Science
Room 4111
Exhibitor Workshop

Connecting the STEM academic disciplines opens classroom discourse by supporting visible learning.  Online math and science simulations offer students the opportunity to build surface understanding, delve
deeper, and transfer learning by linking content.  Teachers can supplement and enhance instruction with powerful interactive simulations that allow students to investigate, manipulate key variables, and analyze data to build conceptual understanding.
Workshops:  Session III
**Area 5 Mini-CAST is not responsible for the content of any workshop presented.  The content is the sole responsibility of the presenter(s).  

21st Century Clear SOLAR Powered LED JAR Lamp

Cheap & Easy Science Experiences for the Elementary Classroom

Duraippandian Suthanan - RET Program - Lamar University
Middle & High School - Grades 6-12
Room: 4102
Inquiry, Lecture

Participants will learn how to construct a real solar lamp to harvest clean solar energy. This is an engineering based physics lesson/project developed during the summer 2017 RET program at Lamar University for secondary grade levels.
Charla Bergeron - Beaumont ISD
Pre-K through 2nd Grade - Physical Science
Room 5102
Inquiry, Hands-On

We will use items commonly found at the gro-cery store and dollar store to teach children numerous science concepts. All Pre-K Science Guidelines will be addressed. Teachers up to second grade will learn new ideas to teach sink/float, simple machines, electricity, mixing colors, and Earth materials.

Fabulous Foldables: Meaningful and Purposeful Tools of Learning

Last Rights

Edreauanna Fowler - Port Arthur ISD
All Levels - Instructional Strategies
Room: 4107
Hands On

Foldables can be meaningful and purposeful tools of learning in science. In this hands-on session, you will be able to make and take different foldables back to your classroom that will enhance learning for students on all learn-ing levels.
Lloyd Crosby - Beaumont ISD
All Grade Levels - Multidisciplinary
Room: 5108
Hands On

Last Rights is a fast paced educational game easily modified to fit most ages and most school subjects. The few required materials are inexpensive or easily created.

​​Museum Hands-On Discovery Trunk & School Tours

Mini Make-and-Take Workshop: Science Games & Puzzles for Elementary School
 

Andy McCall - Museum of the Gulf Coast
Pre-K to Middle School– Life/Earth Science
Room: 5103
Hands-On, Exhibitor

Come experience all that the Museum of the Gulf Coast has to offer your school including related programs in our local area.
Abuan Rodelio - Houston ISD
High School - Instructional Strategies
Room: 4110
Hands On

There is no specific TEKS because the workshop is more about creating instructional tools in the form of games, puzzles, etc. Teachers will create games in their chosen targeted TEKS. 

​​
Repurposing for Science 

New Notebooking Templates and Fold-Its for the 3-5 Streamlined TEKSl
 

Paula Chastain - Beaumont ISD
All Levels - Integrated/Interdisciplinary
Room: 4113
Hands On

Lab equipment can be costly, so come find some ways to turn our trash into equipment that can be used for teaching Science. Come learn about Ecobricks that can be used to make benches and other things – possibly giving that energetic student someplace to redirect some of that excess energy.
Kathy Reeves - Scientific Minds
Elementary School - Grades 3-5
Room: 4105
Hands On, Exhibitor

This highly popular make-and-take workshop has been updated with new editable templates and fold-it strategies for grades 3 thru 5. These activities will become some of your favorite and most effective instructional tools. Join us for lots of great activities, FREE templates, idea sharing, and door prizes! Many TEKS will be discussed but the focus will be 5.9B, 4.9A-B, 3.9B. Notebooking activities can be adapted for any TEKS. 

Summar RET Program

Solving the Puzzle of integrated Science, Math & Reading

Apolinar Guevarra - Lamar CISD
ALL levels - Integrated/Interdisciplinary
Room S - 2
Demonstration, Lecture, Hands-On

Presenters will introduce you to a fascinating program that is offered at Lamar University that
will improve your knowledge of physics as well as other sciences.
Teresa Dossman - National Geographic Lrng
Elementary - Life, Earth, Space, and Physical Sciences/Instructional Strategies
Room: 4106
Inquiry, Hands On

Do you wish you could get your science, math, and language arts curriculum all in the same lesson? Come to this session to solve the puzzle of fitting these three subject areas together by integrating them into hands on activities that incorporate TEKS for engaging work for student success!

Using Your School’s Green Space

Katie Krantz & Kathleen Nelligan - Shangri La Botanical Gardens
Pre - K through Middle - Environmental Sci
Room: 4103
Inquiry/Hands-On

Join the educators of Shangri La Gardens to learn and discuss ways you might utilize the green spaces on your campus.

Teaching Environmental Science Summer Institute

Dr. James Westgate - Lamar University
All Levels - Integrated & Interdisciplinary
Room: 5105
Hands-On, Demonstration

The TES Institute is a free graduate level course comprised of 10 days of local field trips that include canoeing the Big Thicket Preserve, air boating at Best Heights marsh and visits to Sea Rim State Park, ExxonMobil, Huntsman ducks, DuPont, Evadale paper mill, ChevronPhillips & Valero. In-service teachers get 3 hours of graduate credit.
Closing Session