TERC Presents: Spring/Summer 2010 Conferences

February 19, 2010

TERC researchers, curriculum developers, and professional development specialists are giving presentations and workshop sessions at several conferences this spring and summer. Look for them at the following events:

Learning Disabilities Association Conference

“Improving Science Learning for Students with Executive Function Challenges”
Friday, February 19, 2010, 4:45-5:45 PM

Presenter(s): Gilly Puttick (TERC: Cambridge, MA); Polly Hubbard (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

Inclusive science classrooms offer many learning opportunities along with numerous challenges for students with executive function difficulties. We will demonstrate content enhancements that support science concept and skill development and share pilot research findings from teachers and students. These instructional strategies may be adapted to other content areas.

Digital Media and Learning Conference

“Symposium on Virtual Worlds at the Intersection of Race, Class, and Possibility”
Friday, February 19, 2010, 8:00 AM

Presenter(s): Sneha Veeragoudar Harrell (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

This symposium explores the challenges of diversifyng the "digital utopias" of virtual worlds, spaces resplendent with transformative potential but always at risk of reproducing contemporary structural inequities tied to race/ethnicity, gender, and SES. In this symposium we will approach virtual worlds from three overlapping perspectives: the reproduction of stigmatizing norms in the virtual space, the imbrication of labor and play in the midst of globalization, and the possibility for transformation through increased literacies in the digital tools of creation.

Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering Orientation Meeting

Presenter(s): Maria (Mia) Ong (TERC: Cambridge, MA); Evelynn Hammonds

“The Mini-Symposium on Women of Color in STEM”
Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 9:00-10:00 AM
National Science Foundation, 2401 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA (room location TBA)

Council of State Science Supervisors (CS3) Annual Conference Conference

Monday, March 15, 2010
Philadelphia, PA—Luncheon Presentation, noon, Doubletree Hotel

Presenter(s):Chris Castillo-Comer (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

This session will present information on CLEAN and CLEAN-NE—two TERC projects focused on climate literacy. Progress on the CLEAN-NE project will be presented and information on the Essential Principles of Climate Literacy will be discussed.


PDI-8: We've Got Data! Using Mathematical Representations to Talk About, Model, and Explain Scientific Phenomena
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 (full day session)
Philadelphia Marriott Hotel, Room 406

Presenter(s): Sally Crissman (TERC: Cambridge, MA); Sue Doubler (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

This workshop will provide strategies for making the most of opportunities to work with data in the service of deeper understanding of science concepts and scientists' ways of knowing. Participants will work with scientific data sets they collect themselves and that have been collected by others, explore different ways to represent or display the data, and discuss which representations help us see or notice patterns or support an evidence-based argument. Participants will engage in scientific discussions anchored by data and reflect on the norms and skills that support classroom discourse.

“Climate Literacy in the Informal Setting”
Thursday, March 18, 2010, 9:30–10:00 AM
Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel, Independence C

Presenter(s): Jeff Lockwood (TERC: Cambridge, MA); Kiku Johnson (Girls, Inc. of Alameda County: San Leandro, CA); Melissa Koch (SRI International: Menlo Park, CA)

Working together, TERC, SRI, and Girls, Inc. leaders developed a climate literacy program to raise girls' confidence and competence in the science of climate change and energy use. We'll share the results.

TERC Pathway Session: “Didn't We Do Graphs Like That in Math?”
Thursday, March 18, 2010, 9:30–11:30 AM
Philadelphia Marriott, 406

Presenter(s): Sally Crissman (TERC: Cambridge, MA); Karen Economopoulos (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

Explore strategies for synchronizing data literacy teaching in math and science and helping connect and synthesize learning about data in these content areas.

TERC Pathway Session: “From Data to Explanation: The Challenges of Investigations in Inclusive Science Classrooms”
Thursday, March 18, 2010 12:30–2:30 PM
Philadelphia Marriott, 406

Presenter(s): Gilly Puttick (TERC: Cambridge, MA); Karen Mutch-Jones (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

Examine the challenges that organizing and interpreting data pose for students with learning disabilities and learn strategies to support them in developing science understanding.

TERC Pathway Session: “The Times They Are a-Changin': Using Data to Understand Change Over Time”
Friday, March 19, 2010, 8:00–10:00 AM
Philadelphia Marriott, 406

Presenter(s): Andee Rubin (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

Use low-tech and computer-generated representations to analyze change-over-time data such as plant growth, weather, or speed.

Informal Science Day Session: Seven Great Virtual Lab Exemplars from the NSDL Collection
Friday, March 19, 2010, 9:30–10:30 AM
Philadelphia Marriott, Grand Salon E/F, Group 3

Presenter(s): Robert P. Payo (The National Science Digital Library: Boulder, CO); David Yaron (Carnegie Mellon University: Pittsburgh, PA); Susan Van Gundy (The National Science Digital Library: Boulder, CO); Jennifer Fee (Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Ithaca, NY); Carla McAuliffe (TERC: Boston, MA)

Discover free interactive resources—virtual labs, citizen science activities, animations, and more—from NSDL.org.

“Accessing Science Ideas”
Friday, March 19, 2010, 11:00-12:00 PM

Presenter(s): Gilly Puttick (TERC: Cambridge, MA); Karen Mutch-Jones (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

Come learn how content enhancements in two widely-used middle school science units make science process and content accessible to students with executive function learning disabilities.

TERC Pathway Session: “The Art of Talk and the Power of the Circle”
Friday, March 19, 2010, 2:00–4:00 PM
Philadelphia Marriott, 411/412

Presenter(s): Martha Heller-Winokur (Tufts University: Medford, MA); Jeff Winokur (Education Development Center, Inc.: Newton, MA); Karen Worth (Education Development Center, Inc.: Newton, MA); Sally Crissman (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

Learn strategies for developing the skills of students in grades 3–5 for engaging in productive classroom science discussions.

“Identifying Critical Causes of Gaps Related to Kids in Poverty”
Friday, March 19, 2010, 8:00 to 9:00 AM 
Philadelphia Marriott, Franklin 5

Presenter(s): Diana Nunnaley (TERC: Cambridge, MA);Terry Lashley (Learning Curve, Knoxville, TN)

This session will highlight the causal data analysis process that successful Using Data schools are using to identify and eliminate achievement gaps while providing a sustainable foundation for any learning community to practically, systematically and successfully address the larger spectrum of school improvement.

Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

“Promoting Women of Color in STEM Academia and Industry: Preliminary Findings from the 2009 Mini-Symposium on Women of Color in STEM”
Friday, March 19, 2010, 12:00-1:30 PM
Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers (room location TBA)

Presenter(s): Maria (Mia) Ong (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

CHI 2010: 28th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

“Predicting Influence in an Online Community of Creators”
April 10-15, 2010, Time and location TBA

Presenter(s): Elisabeth Sylvan (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

This paper introduces the concept of Online Communities of Creators (OCOCs), which are a subset of social network sites in which the core activity is sharing personal, original creations. Next it defines two distinct types of influence inherent in OCOCs— project influence and social influence.

WEPAN/NAMEPA 2010 Conference: Setting Sail for the Future

Keynote Address: Title TBA
Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 12:30-2:15 PM
Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards (room location TBA)

Presenter(s): Maria (Mia) Ong (TERC: Cambridge, MA)


Session #322: “Computational Fluency in Subtraction: What Does It Look Like?”
Monday, April 19, 2010

Presenter(s):Keith Cochran (TERC: Cambridge, MA); Karen Economopoulos (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

Session #270: “Examining Video of Student Thinking as a Component of Professional Development: Subtraction and Fractions from Second to Seventh Grade”
Monday, April 19, 2010

Presenter(s): Susan Jo Russell (TERC: Cambridge, MA), Virginia Bastable; Deborah Schifter

Session #347: “Implementing Curriculum: What It Takes”
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Presenter(s): Keith Cochran (TERC: Cambridge, MA); Karen Economopoulos (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

Session #375: “Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra: An Online Course for Teachers in Grades 1-6”
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Presenter(s): Susan Jo Russell (TERC: Cambridge, MA);Virginia Bastable; Deborah Schifter

Session #467: “Supporting Students to Develop Learning Behaviors in Mathematics Class”
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Presenter(s):Christina Myren; Judy Storeygard (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

NCTM Annual Exposition

Booth #1346
Thursday, April 22nd-April 24th, 2010

Council for Exceptional Children Conference

“Supporting the Achievement of Middle School Students with Learning Disabilities in Science Classrooms”
Friday, April 23, 2010, 1:15-2:15 PM

Presenter(s): Gilly Puttick (TERC: Cambridge, MA); and Karen Mutch-Jones (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

Inclusive science classrooms offer many learning opportunities along with numerous challenges for students with learning disabilities. We will present specific content enhancements developed in the Accessing Science Ideas Project that support science concept and skill development along with pilot research findings from teachers and students who used these instructional strategies.


Eli Tucker Raymond-TBA

“Teachers of Color: New Edges in Teacher Learning”
Sometime between April 30 & May 4, 2010, Time and location TBA
Denver, Colorado

Presenter(s): Megan Bang (TERC: Cambridge, MA); Carol Wright (TERC: Cambridge, MA); Thomas Philip and Ananda Marin. Please note that Ann Rosebery will serve as one of our discussants.)

This interactive symposium will explore three papers focused on the learning of teachers of color and the potential implications for learning and teaching for students of color. Preliminary findings from research projects of four junior scholars will serve as a catalyst for a conversation between three senior scholars.

“The STEM Agency Initiative”
Time and location TBA

Presenter(s): Sneha Veeragoudar Harell (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

The Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Agency Initiative (STEM-AI) builds on its successful predecessor, Fractal Village, in which Sneha Veeragoudar Harell conducted a one-month intervention at an alternative high school for expelled, at-risk youth through collaborative virtual world activities. This presentation examines initial findings from STEM-AI pilot work.

Games, Learning, and Society 6.0

“The Martian Boneyards: A Science-Based Game and Research Project in the HD MMO Blue Mars”
June 9-11, 2010 (exact date not yet known), Time and location TBA
Madison, Wisconsin

Presenter(s): Teon Edwards (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

The Educational Gaming Environments group (EdGE) at TERC is working with Virtual Space Entertainment (VSE) to design, implement, and study a series of science-based games within the HD virtual world of Blue Mars. This presentation will describe preliminary results from the design and testing of their prototype game, Martian Boneyards, and outline plans for EdGE’s future games.

International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS)

“Increasing Rigor and Generativity in Learning: Connections Between the Disciplines, Children’s Lived Experience and Everyday Knowledge”
June 29-July 2: Chicago, IL

Presenter(s):Megan Bang (TERC: Cambridge, MA, American Indian Center of Chicago); Christopher Wright (Tufts University); Eli Tucker-Raymond (TERC: Cambridge, MA); Folashade Cromwell-Solomon (Harvard Graduate School of Education, TERC: Cambridge, MA); Beth Warren (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

“Predicting Social Influence and Project Influence in Online Communities of Creators”
June 29-July 2: Chicago, IL

Presenter(s): Elisabeth Sylvan (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

This paper introduces Online Communities of Creators— the subset of online communities of practice in which the focus is sharing, developing and understanding personal creations. It proposes that two kinds of influence are important in these communities: social influence and project influence. It describes why these kinds of influence are important to community members, site administrators, and learning scientists.

International Conference on Teaching Statistics 8 (ICOTS 8)

“Professional Development through Collaborative Analysis of Student Work”
Friday, July 16, 2010: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Presenter(s): Andee Rubin (TERC: Cambridge, MA)

The original goal of this work was to create software support for teachers to use in analyzing the work their students had done using the educational data analysis software TinkerPlots. In pursuit of this goal, we designed three presentations of students’ work to be automatically generated for teachers. To evaluate these three presentation styles, we carried out a user test with a group of teachers. The conversation that ensued turned out to be an excellent example of professional development; we will continue to pursue this possibility in our future work.