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Maine Center for Research in STEM Education

Biennial Conference 2011

No Question Left Behind:
Bringing Guided-Inquiry Curricula into Science and Mathematics Classrooms

One-and-a-half-day conference for middle- and high-school science and mathematics teachers

Thursday June 23 – Friday, June 24, 2011

University of Maine, Orono

4th Biennial one-and-a-half-day conference for middle- and high-school science and mathematics teachers

Hosted by the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) and the Jackson Laboratory, with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Bank of America Company, trustee of the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation.

This conference will explore ways to give students the opportunity to develop their own evidence-based understanding of science and mathematics concepts by researching and solving content-rich problems. Drawing from examples in mathematics, biology, physics, astronomy, and chemistry, presentations will focus on

  • using research in the classroom to identify what students know, and how they learn
  • using that information to develop guided-inquiry instruction for students

Additional sessions will delve into

  • Use of technology in teaching inquiry
  • Strategies for guiding students through inquiry
  • Strategies for creating a classroom culture that facilitates inquiry
  • Assessing student learning

The conference will run from 8:00 A.M. Thursday until 1:30 P.M. Friday. Space is limited to 80 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. The conference is free for participants and includes all conference meals. Housing on Wednesday and Thursday nights is available for a limited number of participants. Fifty spaces will be held for in-service teachers who will receive a $300 stipend for participating in the entire conference. Eligible participants will also receive travel reimbursement. Certificate of Attendance and Continuing Education Units will be provided. All participants are invited to present posters showing research-supported curricula or pedagogy, assessment tools, guided-inquiry experiences and other related topics.

Registration: The conference filled up very quickly this year, and is now closed for registration.



Contact List: To be put on our Contact List for future conferences and workshops, please contact Leisa Preble, Maine Center for Research in STEM Education
Phone:  (207) 581-4672;  Email:

Questions about the NQLB Conference: Liz Burroughs, RiSE Center Interim Assistant Director