Lincoln-Way Science Teachers Present at National Conference
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Four Lincoln-Way teachers were featured as presenters at the National Science Teacher Association Conference in Chicago last week.

Our teachers are on the cutting edge of implementing Next Generation Science Standards in their classes and are working with teachers from the districts feeder schools to create a new K-12 science curriculum, said Tim Reilly, Lincoln-Way Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum. We are proud they were able to share their work with science teachers from across the state and pick up innovative ideas from others.

Lincoln-Way East teacher Rachel Beattie presented on Next Generation Science Standards and research-based lessons in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Beattie also provided a session with paper-slide video examples of science concepts and data-driven arguments as well as how to promote science literacy and engage students in the process.

Lincoln-Way North teacher Scott McCreary offered a presentation about how natural areas became a large part of Norths biology curriculum and how the community pulled together to build the schools outdoor classrooms.

Other teachers who attended include: Heather Mackowiak, Rhonda Starklauf, Sarah Highfill, John Sunta, Jennifer Malito, and Kristen Prieto from Lincoln-Way Central; Breanne Snoreck, Dawn Hughes and Scott Fletcher from Lincoln-Way East; Elizabeth Conroy, Elizabeth Hamann, Camille Gonzalez-Jensen, Nicole Karges, Carlie Premo, Tim Victor, Mike Murphy, Wes Cooley, Lauren Sick, and Maria Wilson from Lincoln-Way North; and Karla Horn and Michelle Lack from Lincoln-Way West.

The ability to collaborate on teaching strategies with science teachers from numerous other districts was extremely beneficial, said Sarah Highfill, Science Department Chair at Lincoln-Way Central.