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The Switch is On ... to the NGSS Mini-Conference 2.0

  • April 15, 2023
  • Indianapolis, Indiana


  • Serves as an administrator - principals, superintendent, curriculum specialist other school staff
  • School science/STEM coach
  • Full time/part-time pre-k- 12 teacher.

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Join us for The Switch is On ... to the NGSS, Version 2.0

April 15, 20223

Allisonville Elementary School

4900 East 79th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46250


Why attend the mini-conference?

- Teacher presentations on NGSS.  

- Work sessions for grade levels and subject areas

-Lunch included

- Free Parking!


- Vendors - featuring NGSS curriculum

Sessions are listed below: 

Science & Math of Helmet Design (Physics)  

Presented by Sean Bird 

What is a concussion and what are the causes? What is the purpose of a helmet? Can students design a better helmet?

There is an increased awareness and concern about concussions, especially in sports. The presenter will discuss how students can use classroom technology and data collection to address this real world problem. Learn to help students apply science and engineering ideas to design, evaluate, and refine a device that minimizes the force on an object during a collision.

Unpacking NGSS with Phenomenal Project WET & Project WILD  (6-8, Biology)    

Presented by Kathy Madren

Experience activities from Project WET and Project WILD and unpack environmental phenomena by using cross cutting concepts to learn about the environment.

Grade 2 NGSS  (Elementary K-2)   

Presented by Dawn Bick

Explore ideas to teach the second grade NGSS science standards adopted by Indiana.  We will focus on the life science standards.


Presented by Denis Baker

Explore the causes of antibiotic resistance and analyze patterns and data to determine why the population of bacteria is evolving.

Utilizing Games for Modeling Mastery (Chemistry)    

Presented by Elizabeth Stracener

Workshop attendees will be able to participate in online educational games to model mastery of the new INDOE standards for chemistry.

NGSS 101 (K-2,3-5,6-8,Earth & Space Science,Chemistry,Biology,Physics,ICP)

Presented by Shannon Hudson/Tom McConnell

Learn about the NGSS Standards, including performance expectations (PE), crosscutting concepts (CCC), disciplinary core ideas DCI), science and engineering process skills (SEPS), and how this connects to your curriculum.

10:30-11:15 Sessions

It’s Phenomenal! Using Real-World Connections to Support Three Dimensional Learning  (K-2,3-5,6-8)

Presented by Monica Morton

This session features easy-to-use strategies that K-8 teachers can immediately use when shifting to phenomena-driven instruction.

Student Sensemaking and Discourse in Model-Centered Chemistry  (Chemistry)  

Presented by Erica Posthuma

Expert Modelers will share resources from a Chemistry curriculum designed around models and driven by phenomena.


The Spinning Effect  (3-5,6-8)  

Presented by Carolyn Hayes

The participants will learn how to develop a lesson that focuses on force and motion DCI, modeling, and CCC - structure and function by participating in a lesson for the elementary level.

Grade 1 NGSS (K-2)   

Presented by Dawn Bick

Explore ideas to teach the first grade NGSS science standards adopted by Indiana.

Don’t Cross the Streams—Assessment Literacy in the NGSS Classroom  (6-8,Biology)   

Presented by John White

Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the shift to a more inquiry-based classroom requires a clear vision of the assessment opportunities and processes classroom teachers will need to engage in and administrators will need to support and review.

Creating a Compelling Storyline - Essential Questions and a Curriculum with a Purpose

(Earth & Space Science,Chemistry,Biology,Physics,ICP) 

Presented by Skylee Shaffer

Use Essential Questions and backward planning to create a cohesive storyline throughout your curriculum to increase student engagement

Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER): Are you CERtain Your Students Understand the Data? (3-8)

Presented by Margo Dye

CER is a way for students to explain phenomena in a scientific way. Participate in an inquiry-based investigation demonstrating how to use data collection to drive data-based conclusions using CER. Learn how to manage groups of students and guide them in how to think deeper, write scientifically, and incorporate vocabulary that strengthens their understanding of a phenomenon.

12:25-1:10 Sessions 

The Population Explosion  (6-8,Biology)   

Presented by Carolyn Hayes

Using Wisconsin Fast Plants participants will learn how to develop a lesson focusing on LS standards, CCC - cause and effect, and modeling. by participating in a lesson developed for the secondary science lesson.

NGSS is Not a Problem with PBL (K-2,3-5,6-8)   

Presented by Obie Martin

Come and learn how Problem-based learning can engage students in all three dimensions of the NGSS by providing authentic, memorable experiences for students.

Developing Understanding of Chemical Bonds in Three Dimensions (Chemistry)    

Presented by Jeremy Horner/Elizabeth Catt 

We will share our ongoing work to adapt the teaching and learning of chemical bonding in our classrooms to incorporate the three dimensions of NGSS.

Project Based Learning - Designing a Habitat for Mars 

(6-8,Earth & Space Science,Chemistry,Biology,Physics,ICP)

Presented by: Skylee Shaffer

Using Project Based Learning to design a cumulative semester project for Astronomy of Earth & Space

An NGSS lesson for little learners (K-2)   

Presented by Kristen Poindexter

Come experience an NGSS lesson perfect for PK-2 students as we incorporate science and a little bit of math too, and learn about dinosaurs!

Fingerprint Phenomenon Lesson Plan for Younger Learners (K-2,3-5,6-8)  

Presented by Shannon Hudson

Participants will work through a NGSS lesson plan based on fingerprints, and will leave the session with a fully developed lesson plan for their grade level.

Let's Engage Students through Phenomena-based Science Instruction (PK-12)

Presented by Margo Dye

Looking for ways to increase student ideas in the development of investigative phenomena? We will work in collaborative teams to develop a driving question board. Let’s discuss the types of phenomena and how they can be used effectively in the STEM classroom. Bring relevance to students’ lives!

Participants will have time in the afternoon to attend an "Unconference" session, led by a facilitator who can help answer questions, navigate online resources, give advice, or help with any other NGSS related ideas. 

Questions? Contact:

Kristen Poindexter

HASTI Communications Director 


Registration - $40. 

Registration Limit - 200 participants

Includes lunch.  

There will be NO onsite registration due to limited space.


Payment is expected once registration is completed online.  Payment completes registration.  Payment is made either through credit card, check or an approved purchase order.

Mail checks to: 

Greg McCurdy

PO Box 383

New Albany, IN  47150-2367

Purchase Orders

Purchase orders will be accepted.  A copy of the signed purchase order including the correct amount approved must be mailed in  or emailed.  Payment is expected prior to the conference.

Mail or email these forms to:

Carolyn Hayes, Executive Director

11 N. Restin Road

Greenwood, IN. 46142


If you have any questions or concerns regarding registration, please contact Carolyn Hayes, Executive Director,


"The Hoosier Association of Science Teachers , Inc" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

P.O. Box 383, New Albany, IN  47151



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