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Life Sciences Summit|9th Annual Statewide

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Wyoming School-University Partnership
Audrey Kleinsasser, Director
Wyoming Hall 415
Dept. 3374, 1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-6358
Fax: 307-766-3792
Email: dakota@uwyo.edu
Beth Wiley, Office Associate
Wyoming Hall 412
Dept. 3374, 1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-3274
Fax: 307-766-3792
Email: ewiley2@uwyo.edu
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Life Sciences Summit

Welcome to the 9th Annual K-16 Life Sciences Summit Registration site!

This year’s Summit will be hosted on February 20, 2015 in Casper, Wyoming at the University Union Building, Room 322.
For driving directions to Casper College, and a link to a campus map, visit http://www.caspercollege.edu/facilities/maps.html


This year we will focus our attention on the active learning experiences we provide students in the life sciences.  Our overarching theme will remain centered upon student success across the K-16 system as we consider the approaches we use to engage students across all grade levels.  Participants will bring examples of active learning techniques they have implemented in the classroom to share within small groups, and, where applicable, participants will also share examples of student work related to the active learning experience.  We will discuss other active learning techniques that have been successful in the classroom, and identify biological concepts that have been challenging to address through active learning.  Small groups will work together to brainstorm how to develop active learning experiences to engage students across levels.  The goal this year will be to incorporate these new approaches during the school year and report back to the group through the newly developed Life Sciences K-16 WyoGroup.

In preparation for this year’s Summit we ask that you:

  1. Read the Freeman et al. (2014) article, which you can download here or visit the LifeSciences K-16 WyoGroup to access.
  2. Bring one example of an active learning approach from lecture or discussion (not a lab) and student work where applicable (one example that demonstrates good student understanding and one example that demonstrates poor understanding).  Please make 7 copies of the activity and student work to share at your table.
  3. Be prepared to discuss 2-3 additional active learning approaches you take in the classroom, and be able to share with the group why these approaches work well to improve student success.
  4. Bring in one lecture concept that has been challenging for you to address through active learning for group discussion.
  5. Be prepared to engage in deep, meaningful, and respectful conversations about student success in the life sciences!!



Registration is free, but required.

Click here to register!

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Any travel or lodging expenses are the responsibility of the registrant or the organization represented.

Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) renewal credit will be available.

 

Summit Goals

  1. Consider the active learning opportunities we provide students and what those experiences tell us about teacher expectations, student learning, and student success in the life sciences.
  2. Gain a greater understanding of how we approach active learning at all levels and how we can improve our approach towards active learning in our classrooms.
  3. Continue fostering conversation and collaboration across secondary and postsecondary levels after this summit.

Assignments

  1. Read the Freeman et al. (2014) article, which you can download here or visit the LifeSciences K-16 WyoGroup to access.
  2. Bring one example of an active learning approach from lecture or discussion (not a lab) and student work where applicable (one example that demonstrates good student understanding and one example that demonstrates poor understanding).  Please make 7 copies of the activity and student work to share at your table.
  3. Be prepared to discuss 2-3 additional active learning approaches you take in the classroom, and be able to share with the group why these approaches work well to improve student success.
  4. Bring in one lecture concept that has been challenging for you to address through active learning for group discussion.
  5. Be prepared to engage in deep, meaningful, and respectful conversations about student success in the life sciences!!

Agenda
Friday, February 20
University Union Building, Room 322

8:30-8:45  Registration; coffee, tea, breakfast treats
8:45-9:15  Welcome, table introductions, Freeman reading discussion
9:15-9:30  Active Learning Overview
9:30-9:45  Overview of the day and ground rules
9:45-10:50  Table discussions - sharing active learning approaches and student work
10:50-11:00  Break
11:00-12:00 Table discussions continued
12:00-12:30  Lunch
12:30-2:00  Table discussions - where do we struggle and how can we improve upon the active learning experiences we provide students?
2:00-2:10  Break
2:10-2:50  Large group sharing and group discussion
2:50-3:00  The Life Sciences K-16 WyoGroup
3:00-3:15 Working with Teachers
3:15-3:30 Evaluation of the day's work
3:30 Adjourn

 

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Lyford (mahler@uwyo.edu; 307-766-2818) or Brianna Wright (bwrigh13@uwyo.edu; 307-760-9414).

Event Sponsors

Wyoming School-University Partnership www.uwyo.edu/wsup

UW Life Sciences Program www.uwyo.edu/lifescience

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