COSMIC (Center of Science and Mathematics in Context)

at the University of Massachusetts Boston


NSTA - April, 2014
Thursday, April 3 9:30–10:30 AM

Active Chemistry: A Project-based Program Capturing the Essence of the NGSS and STEM

Before the NGSS or STEM, Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft recognized the need and developed this proven program, which can help you implement STEM and the essence of the Next Generation Science Standards. See the Engineering Design Cycle and learn how chemists, teachers, and science educators designed a true project-driven course for Next Generation students of all levels.

Active Chemistry and Framework - nsta 2014 for IAT.pdf

Exhibitor Workshop(It's About Time)

Chemistry,Grades 9-College

Arthur Eisenkraft
Thursday, April 3 12:30–1:30 PM

Energy as a Crosscutting Concept

Whether it's ATP in biology, activation energy in chemistry, or kinetic energy in physics, this crosscutting concept emerges in all sciences and all grades. Learn how we bring K–12 teachers together to share energy approaches in their respective classes as a means to have vertical articulation of science instruction and to better understand "energy."

NSTA - Energy as a crosscutting concept - 2014 v2.pdf


General Science,General

Arthur Eisenkraft
Thursday, April 3 3:30–4:30 PM

Better Assessment Through Four Essential Questions

The NGSS addresses the coordination of science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts. By focusing on four essential questions: What does it mean? How do we know? Why do we believe? Why should I care?—we can ensure that science is not seen as a body of facts to be memorized, just as the NGSS requires.

four essential questions - NSTA 2014.pdf


General Science,General

Arthur Eisenkraft
Friday, April 4 8:00–9:00 AM

Featured Presentation: The NRC Framework and the NGSS: An Opportunity for Teacher Growth and Leadership

As we all look at our past successful lessons through the lens of NRC's A Framework for K–12 Science Education and the NGSS, we will better understand what makes some lessons highly effective. Identifying and implementing successful lessons and curriculum is the way in which teachers bridge research and practice. In this manner, teachers grow professionally and improve science education. Sharing these vital experiences is the path from being a teacher to becoming a teacher leader.

NSTA - Keynote 4-14 - Framework and teacher growth and leadership.pdf

Featured Speaker(Shell)

General Science,General

Leading from the Classroom


Arthur Eisenkraft
Friday, April 4 9:30–10:30 AM

Science Education Fellowship Program: Supporting District Cohorts of Science Teacher Leaders

Discussion centers on strategies for teacher leader cohort development through collaborative professional learning communities and individual growth plans, as well as cross-district partnerships.

NSTA_Wipro SEF-Final-2014.pdf


General Science,Supervision/Administration

Leading from the Classroom

Arthur Eisenkraft,Pam Pelletier,Mika Munakata
Friday, April 4 12:30–1:30 PM

Online, Just-in-Time Professional Development

A new model of online professional development takes place during the school year as you teach your students. The model includes "prepare" for content background, "share" for building a learning community of teachers around specific content and lessons, and "compare" in which teachers use student data to inform instruction.

NSTA - Prepare-Share-Compare.pdf


General Science,High School


Arthur Eisenkraft
Friday, April 4 3:30–4:30 PM

Active Physics: A Project-based Program Capturing the Essence of the NGSS and STEM

Learn from the author, Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft, how this proven program implements STEM and the essence of the Next Generation Science Standards. Understand the benefits of the Engineering Design Cycle and learn how physicists, teachers, and science educators designed this project-driven course, recognized for the positive impact it has on students of all levels.

Active Physics and Framework - NSTA 2014 - for IAT.pdf

Exhibitor Workshop(It's About Time)

Physics,Grades 9-College


Arthur Eisenkraft
Friday, April 4 8:00–9:00 AM

Infusing Engineering into the High School Physics Curriculum

Join us as we showcase an approach for infusing the engineering concepts of design, analysis, modeling, and systems into high school physics courses.

1. Speed_and_Measurement_Challenge.pdf 

2. Mapping_the_Electric_Field-Build_a_High_Voltage_Generator.pdf 

3. GolfBallChallenge.pptx

4. EngineeringNotebook.pdf



7. Bristlebot_lesson circuit_basics_and_design_challenge_day_1.pdf

8. BalloonRocket.pdf, 9. Project_Infuse_Summary.pdf

10. InfuseNSTA_FinalPresentation.pdf


Physics,High School/Supervision


Kristen B. Wendell, Shu-Yee Chen Freake, Derek van Beever
Friday, April 4 12:30–1:30 PM

The Integrating Engineering and Literacy Project: Engaging Elementary Students in Engineering Design Challenges from Children's Literature

At this workshop, participants will solve a hands-on engineering challenge based on a popular children's book and interact with samples of student engineering work.

1. NovelEngineering_NSTA.pdf

2. NovelEngineering_BookExamples.docx


General Science,Elementary/Informal Ed



Kristen B. Wendell, Elissa Milto,Mary McCormick
Saturday, April 5 8:00–9:00 AM

Creating Digital Interactive Engineering Notebooks in a First Grade Classroom

Join us as we showcase iPad-based, interactive engineering notebooks used by our first grade students to describe their design processes via drawings, photos, videos, and speech.



General Science,Preschool-Elementary


Kristen B. Wendell ,  Brandon Lee

Friday, April 4 12:30–1:00 PM

Teaching Science to English Language Learners (ELLs)

Discussion centers on analyzing the linguistic demands that the Next Generation Science Standards impose on English language learners. Join us as we propose strategies to address those demands in the science classroom.


General Science,Elementary-High School


Fabian Torres-Ardila
Friday, April 4 8:00–9:00 AM

Using Energy to Connect Multidisciplinary Curricula

Join us as we share energy connection cards to help you navigate to the best places for making connections across grade levels and disciplines.


General Science,Elementary-High School


Pam Pelletier, Allison Scheff, Robert F. Chen
Friday, April 4 12:30–1:30 PM

Engaging Students in Argumentation Across Elementary, Middle School, and High School

We will discuss examples of students' written arguments across grades K–12 to illustrate how to support greater complexity in claims, evidence, and reasoning. Join us for instructional strategies, such as modeling and providing feedback, as we illustrate these strategies using video clips from a variety of classrooms.


General Science,General


Pam Pelletier , Katherine L. McNeill
Saturday, April 5 8:00–11:00 AM

Short Course SC-18: Supporting K–12 Students in Argumentation Across Reading, Writing, and Talking

Short Course

General Science,Grades K-12


Pam Pelletier , Katherine L. McNeill, Dean Martin


NSTA - Thursday, March 29, 2012
8 am– 9 am Science, Literacy, and Language Learning for English Language Learners and Students with Interrupted Formal Education Fiona Bennie
8 am– 9 am BEST Pathway: Connecting Energy Concepts Through Professional Development Bob, Pam, Arthur, Allison, Jessica Neville
9:30 am– 10:30 am BEST Pathway: A Coherent Treatment of Energy in Chemistry Larry Dukerich (Arizona State Univ.)
9:30 am – 10:30 am

Active Chemistry (Engineering Design Cycle – EDC)

Arthur Eisenkraft
11 am – 12 pm BEST Pathway: How Can Students in Grades 3-5 Understand Energy? Sara Lacy (TERC)
11 am – 12 pm Active Physics (EDC) Arthur Eisenkraft
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm BEST Pathway: Stop Faking It-Energy Bill Robertson (Bill Robertson Science, Inc.)
2 pm – 3 pm BEST Pathway: Uncovering Students’ (and Teachers’) Ideas about Energy Page Keeley and Lynn Farrin (Maine Math and Science alliance)
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm BEST Pathway: Energy Literacy-Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education Matthew Inman (Einstein Fellow, US Department of Energy)
5 pm – 6 pm BEST Pathway: Energy in AP Biology Redesign Julie Zedalis (The Bishop’s School, La Jolla, CA) and Spencer Benson (U of Maryland)


NSTA - Friday, March 30, 2012
8 am – 9 am BEST Pathway: The Science of Energy Karen Reagor (The NEED Project)
8 am – 9 am Better Assessment Through Four Essential Questions Arthur Eisenkraft
9:30 am – 10:30 am BEST Pathway Session: Energy in K–12 Biology Rob Stevenson and Jessica Neville
9:30 am – 10:30 am Jeff Goldstein: art of science and frameworks  
11 am – 12 pm The Great Diseases: A Collaborative Approach to Real-World Science in the Classroom Aimee M. Gauthier , Berri H. Jacque, Eugene Roundtree
11 am – 11:30 am Urban Science Fieldwork Luis Arroyo
11 am – 12 pm BEST Pathway Session: Energy in K–12 Physics Arthur Eisenkraft and Bala Sundaram
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lab Inquiry: It's as Easy as ABC (Activity Before Concept) Arthur Eisenkraft
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm BEST Pathway Session: Energy in K–12 Chemistry Eric Meuse and Kristen Cacciatore
2 pm –  3 pm Traveling New Instructional Roads Through Technology Wai Chin Ng
2 pm –  3 pm Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning: Next Steps after Introducing Framework Kate McNeill and Joe Krajcik*  (Friends of BPS)
2 pm –  3 pm From Field Research to the Science Classroom: Integrating Sustainability Kristen Cacciatore
2 pm –  3 pm BEST Pathway: Energy in K-12 Earth Science Bob Chen and Haven Ripley Daniels
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Active Physics/Active Chemistry – Engineering Design Cycle Arthur Eisenkraft
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Get Out There and Save the World! Erin Hashimoto-Martell, Haven Ripley Daniels, Fiona Bennie, Michael Clinchot
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm BEST Pathway: Engaging Students Through Green Energy Bob Chen
5 pm –  6 pm Online Just-In-Time Professional Development Arthur Eisenkraft
5 pm –  6 pm BEST Pathway: Supporting Students Learning Energy Throughout the Middle School Curriculum Joe Krajcik (Michigan State University)


NSTA Saturday, March 31, 2012
9:30 am – 10:30 am Beyond Introductory Circuits: Electronics Aaron Osowiecki
11 am – 12 pm Differentiate Instruction in the High School Science Classroom with Formative Assessment Kate Markiewicz and Patti Schaeffer
11 am – 12 pm Brandwein:  David Macauley  
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Notebooking for Meaning Erin Hashimoto-Martell and Karen Ziminski
2 pm –    3 pm Supporting Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning Across Grades and Curricula Pam Pelletier and Kate McNeill
2 pm –    3 pm NSTA/ASE Honors Exchange Lecture: It’s Not Fair! Or Is It? Supporting Elementary School Teachers of Science  
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Karplus Lecture – Bill Aldridge  


NSTA - Sunday, April 1, 2012
8 am – 9 am Lessons from Energizing Physics Jesse Southwick and Aaron Osowiecki
8 am – 9 am Inquiry for ALL: Developing a Successful Schoolwide Science Fair Program Kristen Cacciatore and Jamaica O’Brien