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Thursday, November 19
8:00 a.m. - 11 a.m. NCSSS Board of Directors Meeting  
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Open  
12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.

School Excursions

Excursion #1: Bronx School for Science – The Bronx High School of Science is a NYC public high school that specializes in STEM education. It has been among the highest ranked STEM schools in the country and continues to find innovative ways of teaching students who have gone on to notable careers. It's alumni include eight Nobel Prize winners and six Pulitzer Prize winners. The Bronx High School of Science is a founding member of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools.

Excursion #2: Stuyvesant High School – Stuy was established in 1904 as a manual training school for boys, hosting 155 students and 12 teachers. Its reputation for excellence in math and science continued to grow, and enrollment was restricted based on scholastic achievement starting in 1919. Although Stuyvesant is primarily known for its math and science focus, the school also has a comprehensive humanities program. Stuyvesant is noted for its academic programs, having produced many notable alumni including four Nobel laureates.

Excursion #3: Brooklyn Technical High School – specializes in engineering, math and science and is the largest high school for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States. It is one of the most elite, prestigious and selective high schools in the United States. 2014 US News ranks BTHS as top 10 in all of New York State as well as #60 in the entire nation.

Together with Stuyvesant High School and Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Tech is one of three original specialized high schools, operated by the New York City Department of Education. Admission is by competitive examination though, as a public school, there is no tuition fee and only residents of the City of New York are eligible to attend.

Brooklyn Tech is a founding member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology. Brooklyn Tech is noted for its famous alumni (including two Nobel Laureates), its academics, and the large number of graduates attending prestigious universities.

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception  
Friday, November 20
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Open  
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast  
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker
John Ewing
President, Math for America

Three Decades of Chicken Little
For more than three decades, we’ve been told that K-12 education is in crisis, that we are spiraling downward, and that our nation is at grave risk. Politicians, pundits, and even educators themselves urge us to act immediately and radically. Not surprisingly, confidence in American education is at an all-time low. What drives this apocalyptic view of education? What are the consequences? And how do we return to a more rational and measured approach to solving education’s real problems?

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Increasing Student Buoyancy in Classrooms Science
  Traditional to Flipped to Flipped Mastery: The Story of One Advanced Science Course Science
  Introductory Computing Courses Can Be Rigorous, Relevant, and Exciting! Computer Science
  STEM Competitions at Consortium Schools: Purpose, Significance, and Evaluation Engineering/
  Rationale for the Definition of the Particular Solution to an Initial Value Problem Math
  Enhancing Outcomes for the Twice Exceptional Student Diversity/Outreach
  Responding Proactively and Effectively to the Mental Health Needs of Students Counseling
  Designing Group Work: Increasing Student Engagement Admissions and Programming
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. High School Invention Factory Science
  Apps for Good Computer Science
  Mathematical Modeling and Mathematical Research: Twin Pillars for Creative Mathematical Discovery Math
  Supporting Twice-Exceptional STEM Students in the Writing Process Humanities
  Best Practices for Closing the Excellence Gap Roundtable Diversity/Outreach
  NACAC, Call to Action: STEM College and Career Trends Counseling
  Using Competitions as a Method to Incorporate and Design Research Projects for the Classroom Research
  Aligning Admissions Factors with Student Success: A Review of the NCSSM Admissions Process Admissions and Programming
12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch  
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Problem Based Learning: The Gateway to Community Experiences Science
  Advanced Topics in Computer Science Computer Science
  Can I Give You a Hand (3-D Printing, Assistive Technology, & Engineering) Engineering/
  Preparing Students to Do Authentic Research from the Beginning - Research Statistics for Incoming Freshmen at TJHSST Math
  Motivation Across Disciplines: Multi-disciplinary Study of Motivation Research
  Using Alternative Interdisciplinary Learning Activities Humanities
  Developing a Culture of Success Diversity/Outreach
  STEM for ALL and ALL for STEM! Messaging Matters Counseling
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Refreshment Break  
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Primary Source Papers: STEM and Common Core Tools to Excite Your Science Classroom Science
  Bringing Maker/Hacker/DIY to the Engineering Classroom Engineering/
  3D Coordinate Geometry, Vector Math and Computer Game Programming Math
  Partnership for 21st Century Skills: Innovation in STEM schools Research
  Standard Deviations: Creative Writing in an Era of Standardized Testing Humanities
  IMSA Allies: “Kids Teaching Kids” Diversity/Outreach
  NCSSM Academic Advising Pilot Program Counseling
  Opening the Doors for Latinas in STEM Educational Programs and STEM Careers Diversity/Outreach
  IS STEM FOR ALL? Perspectives of Black and Latino Students on STEM Motivation Diversity/Outreach
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Microsoft Imagine Cocktail Hour

Who better than Microsoft to espouse the same principles as our own schools?  The importance of science, technology, engineering and math are all part of the basic philosophy of NCSSS and its members, and those essential fundamentals are the basis on which Microsoft is built.  Additionally, Microsoft is all about the students – the next generation of emerging innovators and creators.  And on this special night, it will be all about NCSSS plus Microsoft and how we can partner together to further our shared vision.

Join NCSSS and Microsoft for a very special reception in Microsoft’s new Times Square office.  Enjoy time with colleagues while checking out their outstanding environment that features high-tech workspaces, gadget bars decked out with tablets and devices, as well as state of the art labs where Microsoft demos the latest and great technology for customers including HoloLens, Xbox, and Kinect.

The Microsoft Imagine Cocktail Hour on Friday night is included in attendee’s registration fee.

Saturday, November 21
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration  
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast  
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Exhibits Open  
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Teaching the Genome Generation: Personal Genetics and Ethics in the Secondary STEM School Biology Curriculum (Part 1) Science
  Increase CS Diversity: Make Apps For That! (Part 1) Computer Science
  The Flipped Classroom: Empowering Differentiation in the Math Classroom (Part 1) Math
  21st Century Student: Strategies to Prepare Students to Take Over the World (Part 1) Diversity/Outreach
  Shop Class 2015: Teaching Engineering to Urban Youth Engineering/
  Building a Math Modeling Program Math
  Behavioral and Social Science Research Activities For STEM Students Humanities
  Creating and Maintaining Positive Communities Diversity/Outreach
9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. Teaching the Genome Generation: Personal Genetics and Ethics in the Secondary STEM School (Part 2) Science
  Increase CS Diversity: Make Apps For That! (Part 2) Computer Science
  The Flipped Classroom: Empowering Differentiation in the Math Classroom (Part (2) Math
  21st Century Student: Strategies to Prepare Students to Take Over the World (Part 2) Diversity/Outreach
  A Roundtable Discussion of the Use of Research Model Organisms to Design Authentic Laboratory Experiences Science
  AP Seminar & Research and the Research Curriculum Research
  World Language Education in a STEM School: Man Does Not Live by Math Alone Humanities
  Transitioning from the Post-Secondary to the High School STEM classroom Counseling
10:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Teaching the Genome Generation: Personal Genetics and Ethics in the Secondary STEM School Biology Curriculum (Part 3) Science
  Increase CS Diversity: Make Apps For That! (Part 3) Computer Science
  The Flipped Classroom: Empowering Differentiation in the Math Classroom (Part 3) Math
  21st Century Student: Strategies to Prepare Students to Take Over the World (Part 3) Diversity/Outreach
  Mentor Matching Engine for Inquiry Learning Research
  Mining Scientific Literature with ScitC Research
  Closing the Achievement Gap and Paving the Route to Success: The NCSSM Summer Bridge Program Diversity/Outreach
  Character: The Balance to Giftedness Counseling
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Fireside Chat with Crystal Bonds, NCSSS President and Jennifer Ritzzinger, Senior Director, and John Scott Tynes, Director, Microsoft Imagine

microsoft-jennifer-ritzingerJennifer Ritzinger
Senior Director, Microsoft Imagine
Jennifer Ritzinger is the Senior Director of student developer evangelism at Microsoft headquarters, leading the global strategy to guide the world’s students to learn valuable programming concepts and skills that will lead to gainful employment opportunities in IT industry and beyond. As an 18 year company veteran, Jennifer formerly led Microsoft’s marquee events including the Professional Developers Conference, TechEd for IT professionals, MIX for designers, and BUILD. She also was the co-host of an online web series, WM_IN, featuring amazing females in the high-tech industry, and a regular host of online countdown shows, featuring the team behind the scenes at Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft, Jennifer was a secondary school educator, teaching high school English in the Mariana Islands.

microsoft-john-scott-tynesJohn Scott Tynes
Director, Microsoft Imagine
John Scott Tynes manages Microsoft Imagine's student developer programs including Imagine Cup, DreamSpark, and Microsoft Student Partners, providing students of all ages with the tools and content they need to create, code, and develop their dreams. His experience as a game designer, writer, entrepreneur, and IP creator all began with learning to code as a child thanks to an after-school computer class, where he first encountered the potential of combining creativity with technology.

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. College Fair  | Download College Fair Application  
2:40 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Inquiry Exploration in a Nutshell: STEAM PBL Investigations Made Simpler Science
  Teach Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Creativity Not Computer Programming Computer Science
  Enhancing the Calculus Classroom Using Mathematica Math
  Student-Driven Learning in a Journal Club Style High School Class Research
  Connecting the STEAM Dots: How to bridge the gap between the Arts and STEM to maximize innovation. Humanities
  Youth Career Connect NYC: A Citywide Approach to Preparing Students for STEM Careers Admissions and Programming
  Facilitating Student Internships Admissions and Programming
3:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closing Session Speaker
Nicole Stott
Sunday, November 22
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon NCSSS Board of Directors Meeting  

If you have questions, need further information or want to secure a sponsorship
or exhibit at 2015 NCSSS Professional Conference, please contact:
Annette M. Suriani, CMP

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