2018 Conference Program

isea-2017-03We’re excited to collaborate with everyone at the 2018 ISEA Conference: Seeds of Change in Fort Worth.

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Schedule At-A-Glance

Start End Event Location
Noon 7:00 Registration open BRIT Atrium
1:00 5:00 Pre-conference Workshop: Engaging New Audiences BRIT Classroom
5:30 6:00 Scholarship Meetup BRIT Commons
6:00 9:00 Opening Reception
Food Service until 8pm
Cash Bar 6-9
8:30 9:30 Shuttle service available BRIT to Springhill Suites
9:30  late Off-site networking  Ye Olde Bull & Bush
7:30 8:00 First Time Attendee Breakfast Springhill Suites
7:30 8:30 Shuttle service available Springhill Suites
8:30 8:45 Welcome and Board Introductions FWBG Auditorium
8:45 10:00 Keynote Address FWBG Auditorium
10:15 11:15 Concurrent Sessions FWBG & BRIT
11:30 12:30 Concurrent Sessions FWBG & BRIT
12:30 1:30 Lunch Commons
1:00 2:30 Free Time & Tours (Pre-reg Required) Library and Collection tours (pre-registration required)
2:45 3:45 Concurrent Sessions FWBG & BRIT
4:00 5:00 Concurrent Sessions FWBG & BRIT
5:15 6:15 Poster Session with cash bar BRIT
6:30 8:00 Dinner
Silent Auction Closes 7:30
8:00 8:15 Live Auction BRIT
8:00 8:30 Shuttle Service Available BRIT to Springhill Suites
8:30 late Off-site Networking World of Beer
7:30 8:30 Shuttle service available Springhill Suites
8:30 10:30 Concurrent Workshops FWBG & BRIT
10:45 12:00 Closing Keynote: Koshi Dhingra Panel FWBG Auditorium
12:00 12:15 Closing Remarks and Raffle Winners FWBG Auditorium
12:15 12:45 Shuttle service available BRIT to Springhill Suites
2:00 3:00 Post-Conference Field Trip: walkSTEM@NorthParkCenter NorthPark Center

Keynote Speaker: John Falk, Director Institute of Learning Innovation; Sea Grant Professor Emeritus Oregon State UniversityJohnFalk

Dr. John H. Falk is internationally acknowledged as a leading expert on free-choice learning; the learning that occurs while visiting museums or parks, watching educational television or surfing the Internet for information. Dr. Falk has authored over two hundred scholarly articles and chapters in the areas of learning, biology and education and more than two dozen books.  His most recent book is Born to Choose: Evolution, Self & Well-Being (Routledge, 2017).  Falk has also helped to create several nationally important out-of-school educational curricula and has served on numerous national and international boards and commissions.

Before joining the faculty at Oregon State University, he founded the Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) where for twenty years he oversaw more than 200 research and evaluation projects involving a wide range of free-choice learning institutions.  In 2014 Falk and colleagues re-incorporated ILI where he once again serves as director. In 2006 Falk was recognized by the American Association of Museums as one of the 100 most influential museum professionals of the past 100 years.  In 2010 he was further recognized by the American Association of Museum’s Education Committee with its highest award, the John Cotton Dana Award for Leadership. In 2013 the Council of Science Society President’s gave Falk their Educational Research Award for his outstanding achievement in research that improved children’s learning and understanding. In 2016 NARST: A worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research awarded Falk the Distinguished Career Award, its highest award.  

Dr. Falk will be giving the 2018 ISEA Conference Keynote Address on Thursday starting at 8:45am at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden Auditorium.

smu-maker-education Speakers: Dr. Rob Rouse & Katie Krummeck, Southern Methodist University Maker Education Project

Rob Rouse is a Clinical Assistant Professor at SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, Rob taught high school chemistry for four years at a performing arts high school in New York City as a member of the New York City Teaching Fellows. At SMU, Rob supervises first-year teachers; teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in STEM education; and chairs the STEM education committee.  In his work with the Maker Education Project, Rob supports teachers implementing high-quality maker-based instruction by conducting professional development and consulting with educators from public and private schools in DFW.

Katie is Co-Director with Rob  in SMU’s Maker Education Project at the Lyle School of Engineering and an educator by training, a maker by trial and error, a learning experience designer and a steadfast believer in the power of empathy to bring compassionate solutions to the messiest of human problems.  Before directing the Deason Innovation Gym, Katie was most recently working to bring design thinking to K12 education at the Hasso Plattner Institute for Design (d.school) at Stanford University. Katie brought the SparkTruck project to SMU to further her work in developing maker-based instructional strategies to support teachers authentically integrating maker-based learning experiences into their classrooms.

Katie and Rob are bringing the SMU Maker Education truck to ISEA 2018 – come visit the project during the Opening Night Reception on Wednesday from 7-8:15pm at the BRIT.

KoshiDhingraFeatured Panelist: Koshi Dhingra, Founder and Director talkSTEM.org

Dr Koshi Dhingra is the Founder and Director of talkSTEM, a non-profit organization that designs unique Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) educational experiences in all settings for all people, with a focus on pre-K-12 providers. She has over 25 years experience in the field of science education as teacher, researcher, teacher educator, and administrator in New York, New Jersey and Texas.  She was previously Director at the Science and Engineering Education Center at University of Texas at Dallas, where she helped to launch Contact Science, a community outreach program delivered in partnership with public libraries and other free choice educational settings.

Dr. Dhingra has published research articles in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Studies in Science Education, Cultural Studies in Science Education, among others, She has taught teacher education courses at Teachers College, Columbia University, City University of New York, and University of North Texas and also has taught middle and high school science.  She earned her Ed.D in Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York and her B.Sc from the National University of Singapore where she majored in biochemistry and microbiology. She lives in Dallas with her husband and three children.

Dr. Dhingra will be moderating the 21st annual ISEA conference Closing Keynote Panel on Friday from 10:45am-noon at the FWBG Auditorium.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Engaging New Audiences

  • Wednesday, February 21st: 1pm-5pm at BRIT
  • The number of people with disabilities in the US is growing, and families are looking for more ASD friendly activities. This creates a new programming opportunity for informal science educators. The workshop will explore creating opportunities for learners with diverse learning styles, including those with sensory sensitivities and other disabilities.

Post-Conference Field Trip: walkSTEM@NorthParkCenter

  • Friday, February 23rd, 2pm at NorthPark Center, Dallas
  • walkSTEM@NorthParkCenter talkSTEM is a community of diverse professionals who are active in the STEM learning and teaching ecosystem. Join us for walkSTEM, a docent-led walk, and learn to see North Park’s amazing artwork through a STEM lens! Come see for yourself what this exciting new community outreach program is all about! (Participants will be responsible for transportation to NorthPark following conference; meeting location to be shared)
  • $5 – Registration still available

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