National Conference Features JCSS Teachers

Ben Propes, left, shares information about the West Jackson Elementary School high-altitude balloon launches with a participant in the National Science Teachers Association's annual conference.

Ben Propes, left, shares information about the West Jackson Elementary School high-altitude balloon launches with a participant in the National Science Teachers Association’s annual conference.

The Jackson County School System provided two “share-a-thon” presentations and sent 18 educators to the National Science Teachers Association’s annual conference at the World Congress Center in Atlanta last week, according to Deborah Riddleberger, science curriculum coordinator for JCSS.

Drawing over 10,000 attendees, the NSTA conference featured more than 1,200 education sessions, including case studies, hands-on workshops, presentations, award and grant programs, and exhibitor workshops covering critical topics important for science teachers and administration professionals.

Conference topics included STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) work, 3-D learning, technology solutions, student engagement techniques, access for all students, the role of literacy in science, and more.

Dawn Brock, left, and Kaycie Rogers, center, talk about East Jackson Elementary School’s STEM efforts with a participant in the National Science Teachers Association's annual conference.

Dawn Brock, left, and Kaycie Rogers, center, talk about East Jackson Elementary School’s STEM efforts with a participant in the National Science Teachers Association’s annual conference.

Ben Propes, STEM coordinator for West Jackson Elementary School, shared information on the school’s recent high-altitude weather balloon launches, and East Jackson Elementary School STEM teachers Kaycie Rogers and Dawn Brock shared details of the integration of science and math instruction for investigations and explorations in problem-solving and creative thinking.

The NTSA conference featured more than 350 exhibitors and programs designed for teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels, as well as college professors, administrative professionals and curriculum developers.

JCSS serves more than 7,700 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in 10 schools throughout Jackson County.