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2016 NSTA Regional Columbus Conference

The Greater Columbus Convention Center 

 400 North High St., Columbus OH 43215

            December 1–3, 2016

            Champions of Science: 

        A Game Plan for the Future!

NSTA Columbus Conference Page

Featured Speakers

Anissa Ramirez

Jason Dunion

David Cooke

Lonnie and Ellen Thompson

Conference Strands

To help you make the most of the professional development opportunities available at the Columbus conference, the Conference Committee has planned the conference around three strands that explore topics of current significance, enabling you to focus on a specific area of interest or need.


Training Camp: Strengthening Fundamentals in Elementary Education

Effective elementary science instruction requires a specific set of skills to provide students meaningful learning opportunities. Teachers need to have a fundamental understanding of integrating content, crosscutting concepts, science and engineering practices, as well as strategies to assess student understanding. This strand will strengthen participants' abilities to implement and assess rich science instruction for all students.


Game Time: Tackling Scientific Problems and Pitching Engineering Solutions

The current challenges facing society are both complex and interdisciplinary. Issues like water availability/quality, climate change, renewable energies, food shortages, the need for improved transportation/city infrastructure, and issues in the biomedical realm require clearly defining problems that can be solved through design. Students address these issues by implementing the practices of scientists and engineers, including developing explanations, designing and building models, and creating solutions. Students must be able to link the domains of science and teachers must teach students in a learnable manner that reaches multiple grade levels, increasing in depth and sophistication.


Science Boosters: Taking It to the Next Level

People are naturally inquisitive and make real-world connections beyond the science classroom. Teachers are the key to the establishment and success of educational partnerships, as well as the promotion of enriching experiences. This strand increases participants' understanding and ability to initiate and build successful collaborative partnerships that provide a wealth of resources inside and outside of the classroom in order to take science to the next level.


Conference Committee Leaders

Kristie Reighard
Conference Chairperson
Science Instructor
Penta Career Center
9301 Buck Rd.
Perrysburg, OH 43551 

reighardkristie@gmail.com

Trudy Giasi
Program Coordinator
K–12 STEM Coordinator
Columbus City Schools
Linmoor Education Center
2001 Hamilton Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

giasitrudy@gmail.com

Patrick Herak
Local Arrangements Coordinator
Senior Lecturer
Dept. of Engineering Education
The Ohio State University
244 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

patherak@gmail.com


SECO Member BENEFITS

  Leadership

  Support

  Professional Growth

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SECO was established in 1977, and has continuously promoted the advancement of science education in Ohio. The key to SECO's effectiveness is its membership. Our members include elementary, middle school, junior high and senior high teachers. We welcome college-level instructors, administrators, suppliers of science equipment and textbooks, and all others interested in science.


Executive Director Search

SECO is looking for an Executive Director to work approximately 20 hours per week to lead the organization under the direction of the SECO Board of Directors. 

Position Description

If you are interested in applying for the executive director position, please complete the Executive Director Application and submit it along with your responses and a resume/vita to Gene Lynne, Executive Director Search Committee Chair, at glynn21@gmail.com by June 10, 2016. Candidates will be notified by June 15, 2016 if the committee wishes to further discuss qualifications in an interview. A tentative start date for the new executive director will be September 1, 2016. 

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SECO is the Ohio Branch of the National Science Teachers Association. We promote and support excellence in science teaching and learning.




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Member BENEFITS

  Leadership

  Support

  Professional Growth

SECO was established in 1977, and has continuously promoted the advancement of science education in Ohio. The key to SECO's effectiveness is its membership. Our members include elementary, middle school, junior high and senior high teachers. We welcome college-level instructors, administrators, suppliers of science equipment and textbooks, and all others interested in science.

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