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It's Go Time: Science For All
A Science and Lesson Study Conference

Sponsored by OCM BOCES and Syracuse University School of Education with support from these Teacher Centers: Central New York/Oswego County; Jamesville DeWitt/Syracuse University; West Genesee/Syracuse University; Syracuse; and Cayuga-Onondaga.

Participants will:

The second It’s Go Time Conference will occur on November 7, at Roxboro Middle School. This conference will have a dual focus on the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) and the professional development practice of lesson study (a collaborative process for planning, analyzing, and continuously improving instructional practices, see The focus of the conference will be science for all students, which will be supported by examining how lesson study can support teacher learning and instructional practices that facilitate equitable and rigorous content learning opportunities for all students.


Okhee Lee

Dr. Okhee Lee (keynote)

Professor of Childhood Education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Lee led the Equity and Diversity writing team for the construction of the NGSS. A well-established science education researcher, she was a 2009 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Her publications focus on the use of language in science learning, especially for English learners, as well as teacher professional development and curriculum design.


Krystal Barber

Dr. Krystal Barber (half day workshop)

Assistant Professor of Elementary Mathematics Education at SUNY Cortland, recently completed dissertation research that investigated teachers’ learning from a mathematics lesson study cycle. She served as a discussant at the 2016 conference.


Mariel Laureano

Mrs. Mariel Laureano (half day workshop)

Principal of the Dr. Jorge Prieto Math and Science Academy in Chicago, has led her entire staff in conducting lesson study for the last eight years. Each May, she hosts the Chicago Lesson Study Conference in her building and has taught open research lessons at the conference in the past. Her expertise as a lesson study practitioner is key, as is her position as a school leader, for sharing the structures necessary for supporting teachers in this type of professional learning.


Catherine Lewis

Dr. Catherine Lewis (half day workshop)

Distinguished Research Scholar at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., is an internationally known lesson study researcher and the only founding member of the World Association of Lesson Study from the United States. One of her recent studies was recognized by the What Works Clearinghouse review as one of only two of 643 studies to demonstrate the impact of professional development on students’ mathematics learning. She has published more than 30 manuscripts about lesson study, dating back to 1998, and is known as a key figure in building awareness of lesson study practice in the United States.


Brian Mandell

Dr. Brian Mandell (half day workshop)

Division Director of Curriculum and Communications at the Smithsonian Science Education Center, leads the development of SSEC’s curriculum materials focused on the NGSS. He taught middle school for 13 years. In addition to his curriculum development work, he is an adjunct professor at George Mason University, teaching courses in curriculum, learning theory, and assessment design.


Terrance Burgess

Terrance Burgess (half day workshop)

Terrance is a 3rd year doctoral student in Teaching and Curriculum (Science Education) at Syracuse University. His research interests include understanding the ways in which access to high-quality STEM instruction may increase STEM engagement for students of color in k-12 settings as well as exploring the persistence in STEM for undergraduate students of color. He was a named a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in 2017 in recognition of his scholarship. In addition to his scholarly endeavors, Burgess has taught graduate courses at Ithaca College and Syracuse University. Prior to beginning his studies at Syracuse University, Mr. Burgess taught secondary science in Durham, NC.



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November 7, 2017
Roxboro Road Middle School
Syracuse, NY


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Time Group A Group B
8-8:20 Registration & Coffee - Commons
8:25-8:40 Conference Introduction - Auditorium
8:40-9:30 Keynote, Dr. Okhee Lee – Auditorium
Science for All: Promoting Equitable Science Teaching Practices to Support Students’ Learning
9:40-11:40 Participants will attend a research lesson introduction, research lesson, and post-lesson discussion for one of the following research lessons:
  • 1st Grade: How can you send a message with sound (Chittenango - Bolivar Road)

  • 4th Grade: Understanding Earth’s Topography and how it can change.(Syracuse City School District - Dr. Weeks Elementary)

  • 5th Grade: How can we provide fresh water to those in need? (North Syracuse - Roxboro)
Participants will attend one of the following workshops:

Workshop 1: Dr. Krystal Barber – Panel discussion – Why do teachers experienced with lesson study still do it and why might you want to?

Workshop 2: How can we support equitable science in the secondary classroom?
11:50-12:20 Boxed Lunch
12:25-2:25 Participants will attend one of the following workshops:

Workshop 3: Dr. Catherine Lewis: How does lesson study support equity in the classroom?

Workshop 4: Dr. Brian Mandell: How do the new Smithsonian Science units support equitable science teaching in the elementary classroom?

Workshop 5: Mrs. Mariel Laureano – How can we lead to support teachers’ lesson study practice?
Participants will attend a research lesson introduction, research lesson, and post-lesson discussion for one of the following research lessons:
  • High School Life Science: Analysis of Honey Bee Colonies to understand colony collapse. (Marcellus High School)

  • 8th Grade Energy: Developing models to explain energy transfer when magnets interact (Jamesville-Dewitt Middle School)
12:35-3:25 Panel Discussion – Auditorium
What are the patterns in student learning from the multiple research lessons? How did these lessons promote equity?
3:25-3:45 Evaluation & Closure



The two hotels below offer blocks reserved with government rates for November 6th and 7th. Please reference the OCM BOCES It's Go Time Conference when reserving/booking. These hotels are one exit away from the conference location.

Hampton Inn
1305 Buckley Road
North Syracuse, NY 13212

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Holiday Inn
441 Electronics Parkway,
Liverpool, NY 13088

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