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Maine Center for Research in STEM Education

Biennial Conference 2013

No Question Left Behind:
Teaching and Learning in the Context of the Next Generation Science Standards
and the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics

Tuesday, June 18 – Thursday, June 20, 2013
Point Lookout, 67 Atlantic Highway, Lincolnville, Maine

 5th Biennial two-and-a-half-day conference for middle- and high-school
science and mathematics teachers
co-hosted by the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center)
and the Jackson Laboratory 

 This conference will provide plenary talks, panels, workshops and opportunities for discussion to explore ways to give students the opportunity to develop their own evidence-based understanding of science and mathematics concepts. Drawing from examples in mathematics, biology, physics, astronomy, Earth sciences, and chemistry the conference program 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
  • strategies to build student motivation and broaden participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (the STEM disciplines)
  • moving toward the vision of A Framework for K-12 Science Educationthe Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM).   

Additional sessions will delve into:

  • Use of technology in teaching science and mathematics
  • Strategies for creating a classroom culture that facilitates student-centered learning
  • Assessing student learning
  • Understanding new national standards (NGSS and CCSSM) and providing information to the RiSE Center and the Maine Department of Education to guide future professional development.

The conference will run from 8:30 A.M. Tuesday, with registration opening at 7:30 A.M., until 1:30 P.M. on Thursday. Space is limited to 90 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. The conference is free for Maine pre-service and in-service middle or high school science and mathematics teachers, University of Maine System faculty involved in STEM teacher preparation, Maine researchers studying teaching and learning in the middle and high school levels, and all invited presenters. Housing will be provided at no cost for those living more than 25 miles away, and some meals are included. Housing is available Monday night through Wednesday night.  Others not in the categories listed above who wish to attend will be charged a $400 registration fee (including housing) or a $125 registration fee without housing. Fifty spaces are being held for in-service teachers, who will receive a $500 stipend for participating in the entire conference. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided to those who attend all conference events, and participants may apply for Continuing Education Units. All participants are invited to present posters showing research-supported curricula or pedagogy, assessment tools, guided-inquiry experiences and other related topics.

Watch the conference website: for the full program, which will be posted in May.

To register, please click on the link below.  If you register but are then unable to attend, please let Leisa Preble know as soon as possible, so someone else will be able to take your place.  All questions regarding the conference should be addressed to:

Leisa Preble, Maine Center for Research in STEM Education, University of Maine
phone:  581-4672  email:

The RiSE Center provides an integrated approach to University-based research and professional development in STEM education. To learn more about the Center and for more information about the conference, please visit our website: