National Science Teachers Association
Conceptual Flow: Bridging the Gap between Standards, Instructional Materials and Student Learning

This Web Seminar took place on May 17, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Kathy DiRanna, Statewide Director for the K-12 Alliance. In this Seminar, Ms. DiRanna explained how to use conceptual flow to identify what students need to learn, determine appropriate instructional strategies, and conduct effective assessments of students’ understanding.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

In this program, Ms. DiRanna introduced conceptual flow by asking participants to think about the differences between facts and concepts. She demonstrated how to collaboratively develop a conceptual flow by asking seminar attendees to respond to a brief writing prompt in the chat, then showed an example of a conceptual flow constructed with various sized sticky notes. Ms. DiRanna further described the methods for creating and applying conceptual flow in the classroom by engaging participants in exercises using the web seminar interactive tools. Ms. DiRanna also discussed how conceptual flow can help teachers integrate the Common Core Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards into their lessons.

Fifty-eight (58) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “It gave me a clearer understanding about conceptual flow and showed the connections between NGSS and the Common Core standards. Big help!”
  • “Kathy was very helpful in explaining the CF process sequentially.”
  • “Love the interdisciplinary/cross-cutting concept approach to teaching and will definitely employ it in my planning before and during the school year.”
  • “Helped to more clearly visualize conceptual frameworks.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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Underwritten by the GE Foundation