Friday Lunch Speaker: Edward Belongia, MD

 “The Science Behind COVID-19 Vaccines”

Dr. Belongia will share his knowledge and expertise on vaccine development, regulation, safety, effectiveness, and future directions for research. The presentation format will include opportunities for questions and discussion.

Dr. Belongia is an infectious disease epidemiologist and Director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute (MCRI) in Wisconsin. He has conducted vaccine safety and effectiveness research for over 15 years with a focus on influenza and respiratory viruses. He received his medical degree from Michigan State University and completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Dr. Belongia received epidemiology and public health training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and he served on the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) from 2014-18. He is currently a member of the CDC COVID-19 Work Group. 

Friday Banquet Speaker: Paul Andersen, developer of Bozeman Science website.


The Wonder of Science

Description: Wonder is one of our greatest emotions.  It drives us to build knowledge by asking and then answering questions about our world.  Student wonder can be a powerful driver in the classroom as well, however unstructured inquiry can be frustrating to both teachers and learners alike.  In this keynote Paul Andersen will model a 3-dimensional cycle of inquiry centered on authentic phenomena and problems.

Paul Andersen is an educational consultant and YouTube creator living in Bozeman, MT.  Paul is an experienced educator having taught science in Montana for 20 years.  Paul was the 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year, and was also one of four finalists for the 2011 National Teacher of the Year.  In addition to teaching Paul has created hundreds of YouTube science tutorials that have been viewed millions of times by students around the world.  Paul has provided training for thousands of students, teachers, and administrators around the world.  Paul enjoys providing meaningful professional development that can be applied immediately in the classroom.



3-Dimensional Instruction in the Secondary Science Class

Description:  The 6-12 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) represents the largest conceptual shift in teaching science in decades.  The addition of design and an increased emphasis on the practices of science could revolutionize science education.  However, this revolution will only occur if teachers understand the standards and make changes in their classrooms.  In this workshop, Paul Andersen will guide you through the standards while giving you concrete examples that can change science classrooms immediately.  Teachers will view, screen, and create exemplary performance assessments aligned to the new standards..  Most importantly teachers will learn science by doing science. 


3-Dimensional Instruction in the Elementary Science Class

Description:  The K-5 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) represent the largest conceptual shift in teaching science in decades.  The addition of engineering design and an increased emphasis on the practices of science could revolutionize elementary classrooms.  However this revolution will only occur if elementary teachers understand the standards and make pedagogical changes in their classrooms.  Teachers and leaders attending the workshop will engage in scientific inquiry that is guided by authentic assessments and best practices.  Come and experience this new form of 3-dimensional instruction with Paul Andersen as your guide. Explore the wonders of science as you rediscover the curiosity that guided your childhood.  Teachers should come prepared to do science!


Performance Assessments

Description:  This workshop will focus on student evidence of learning in the science classroom.  Teachers will view, screen, and improve performance assessments.  Teachers will then use backward design to create 3-dimensional learning plans that build to these improved assessments.  Learning plans will include formative assessments and explicit instruction in the Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts.