2061 Connections
An electronic newsletter for the science education community

March 2010

Project 2061 Presentations Feature Assessment and Strand Maps

Project 2061 staff members are taking their expertise on the road this spring to present their work at science education conferences. Come learn firsthand about our latest research and tools for improving curriculum, instruction, and assessment in K–12 science and mathematics.

A full listing of Project 2061’s upcoming presentations follows. We hope to see you in 2010!

National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) 2010 Professional Development Institute
March 17, 2010, Philadelphia, PA

Determining Students’ Understanding with Standards-Based Assessment Items
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Ted Willard, AAAS Project 2061

  • Learn about Project 2061's work aligning assessment items to learning goals and what we have learned about commonly held student ideas in several topics.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) 2010 National Conference on Science Education
March 18–21, 2010, Philadelphia, PA

AAAS's Exhibit Booth
Visit Project 2061 in AAAS's Booth #622 throughout the conference!

An Overview of NSDL's Science Literacy Maps
Friday, March 19, 8:00–9:00 a.m.
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall D/Room 11
Ted Willard, AAAS Project 2061

  • Come see how to use the Science Literacy Maps in the National Science Digital Library to browse concepts and look for digital resources.

Standards-Based Assessments
Friday, March 19, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Congress B
George E. DeBoer and Ted Willard, AAAS Project 2061

  • Come learn how AAAS Project 2061 is developing standards-based assessment items and how you can use our criteria to develop your own items.

Short Course 13: Making the Most of NSDL’s Science Literacy Maps
Saturday, March 20, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Doubletree Philadelphia, Aria A/B; Ticketed Event: $37 advance; $42 on-site
(Purchase tickets when you register online or on the Philadelphia Advance Registration Form.)
Ted Willard, AAAS Project 2061

  • Learn how to use the Science Literacy Maps in the National Science Digital Library to find resources related to specific science and math concepts. The maps, based on the strand maps in Atlas of Science Literacy, address topics such as biological evolution, weather and climate, chemical reactions, and energy transformations.

Using Strand Maps
Sunday, March 21, 8:00–9:00 a.m.
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 113C
Ted Willard, AAAS Project 2061

  • Strand maps provide an easy way to envision how students' understanding will progress over the course of their science education. Learn how to interpret this progression and how to use strand maps in your work.

National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) 2010 Annual International Conference
March 21–24, 2010, Philadelphia, PA

Strand 10: Curriculum, Evaluation, and Assessment
Paper Set: Developing Standards-Aligned Items to Assess Student Understanding
Monday, March 22, 1:00–2:30 p.m., Conference Room 410
Presider: George E. DeBoer, AAAS Project 2061

  • Probing Middle and High School Students’ Understanding of Energy Transformation, Energy Transfer, and Conservation of Energy Using Content-Aligned Assessment Items
    Cari F. Herrmann-Abell and George E. DeBoer, AAAS Project 2061
  • Using Content-Aligned Assessments to Probe Middle School Students' Understanding of Fundamental Concepts for Weather and Climate
    Jill A. Wertheim and George E. DeBoer, AAAS Project 2061
  • Testing the Validity of an Approach for Developing High Quality Assessment Items in Middle School Science
    George E. DeBoer, Cari F. Herrmann-Abell, and Jill A. Wertheim, AAAS Project 2061
  • Probing Students’ Ideas about Models Using Standards-Based Assessment Items
    Ted Willard and Jo Ellen Roseman, AAAS Project 2061

Strand 12: Educational Technology
Poster: A System for High-throughput Capture of Assessment Data from Pilot Tests
Tuesday, March 23, 10:30–11:45 a.m., Conference Room 412
Francis Molina, George E. DeBoer, Cari F. Herrmann-Abell, and Brian Sweeney, AAAS Project 2061

North Carolina Science Education Leadership Association (NCSLA) Spring Meeting
April 17, 2010, Cary, NC

North Carolina Essential Standards and the Atlas of Science Literacy: What's the Connection?
Ted Willard, AAAS Project 2061, and experts from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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For more information, please contact the Project 2061 staff members listed above.

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