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March 29; 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

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Educators' Conference: Natural Connections 4th - 6th Grade

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8:00am - 3:30pm


Natural Connections: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning

Location: Massey Conference Center, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden


This is a past event.

This two-day collaborative conference provides valuable professional development
opportunities for Pre-K – 6th grade educators, administrators, and pre-service teachers.
Join your colleagues for inspiring opportunities to make natural connections using
interdisciplinary teaching approaches. Presenters model ways to blend science, social
studies, language arts, and math standards for authentic learning experiences.

Kaleela Thompson, inspirational young author of Oh Where Oh Where is My Swallowtail?, will join us during the welcome sessions and host book sales and signing.

$40 per day includes workshops, morning coffee, lunch, classroom resources and a gift bag. Space is limited; advanced registration required.

(8 hours professional development points per day)


Saturday, March 29, 2014: 4th - 6th Grade

Choose one of four strands:

  • Got Energy

     Elizabeth Edmondson, Ph.D.
     Director, VISTA at Virginia Commonwealth University

     Supporting Institution: Dominion Power

     Investigate cycles of energy and matter, alternative energy

     sources, and how to conserve energy to reduce impact on your school.

     Learn more

  • Geo-Quest CANCELLED

     Cathy Surowka
     Science Teacher Consultant, Chesterfield County Public School

     Laurie Saurles

     Social Studies Teacher Consultant, Chesterfield County Public Schools

     Supporting Institution: Agriculture in the Classroom

     Discover unique qualities of Virginia through literature, Google Earth,

     and the Flora of Virginia.

     Learn more

  • Time Travel

     Adrienne Sawyer

     Supervisor of Elementary Science, Chesapeake Public Schools

     Supporting Institution: Museum of the Confederacy

     Join an archeological dig revealing clues to discover hidden treasures

     and piece together the history of Virginia.

     Learn more

  • Earth and Space

    Crystal Clark

    K-5 Math & Science Coordinator, Math Science Innovation Center

    Supporting Institutions: NASA and the Science Museum of Virginia

     Journey through Earth and space while integrating literature, math,

     and science. Discover engaging ways to explore plate tectonics, erosion,

     and the rock cycle. 

     Learn more

Presented by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Association of Science Teachers, Region I, with additional support by the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement, Virginia Resource Use Education Council and the Math Science Innovation Center


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