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Fourth Grade Teacher Brown Presents at NSTA National Convention

Forest Park Elementary School fourth grade teacher James Brown made three separate presentations at the 2016 NSTA National Convention.

 In addition to presenting, he also attended numerous professional development opportunities, viewed the latest science materials and programs in the exhibit hall, and listened to lectures from researchers in the field.

Brown presented at the NSTA Distinguished Science Teacher Awardee Share–a–Thon, the Elementary Extravaganza, and Using Science Magazines to meet the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards.

"Reading science trade books is the perfect way for students to build literacy skills while learning science content," Brown said. "The books I presented on were selected as outstanding children's science trade books. They were chosen by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC).

While at the convention, Brown also had the opportunity to have lunch with two product developers who were visiting from the LEGO Education HQ in Billund Denmark. They were interested in how Forest Park is using LEGO’s in the classroom and how their products might be improved.

The 2016 conference was held in Nashville from March 31st through April 3rd. This grand event is always a MUST consider for the highlight of professional development. More than 1,200 sessions covering all subjects and grade bands were offered to fill any participant’s daily schedule.

This premier conference brought together science education leaders and experts with educators interested in personal and professional growth. The sessions, presentations, and workshops were designed to provide educators with content, concepts, and strategies to take back to classrooms, schools, or districts.

The NSTA National conference is the forum to start discussions about science education from the broadest perspective of the Next Generation Science Standards to the very specifics of skills and techniques that improve performance in the classroom. Teachers from every grade band and discipline—preservice to the most experienced curriculum administrator attend this event. Educators count on compelling and relevant information, techniques, and resources to energize instruction and invigorate careers. Educators who attended experienced new ideas, networked with peers, gathered educational materials, viewed the newest products, and got inspired by an extraordinary group of science educators.

About NSTA

The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.