FCR-STEM at the Florida State University presents:


May 28-30, 2014

Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, Florida

  • Statistics: What’s the Value Added?

  • Climate Change

  • Neuroscience: Fire Up Your Neurons

  • Florida’s Fascinating Fossils & Geology

  • Become a Math Super Modeler

  • Visualizing Data

  • 3D Printing in YOUR Classroom?

  • Teaching Biodiversity

  • Tips on Integrating STEM

  • Curriculum Planning and CPALMS

  • Science, Technical and Creative Arts

  • Learning the Lessons of Lesson Study


About the Conference

A short video from the 2012 FCR-STEM Conference

Are you a teacher or school administrator looking to enhance your knowledge of STEM-related topics?

Are you interested in learning from top experts producing cutting-edge discoveries and research findings?

Do you believe sharing with and learning from teacher-experts is a great way to enhance your skills?

Then you won’t want to miss the upcoming FCR–STEM Conference designed specifically for K-12 science and math teachers as well as school administrators.

More than 60 unique sessions will be offered to stimulate your thinking across a broad range of subject areas and grade levels. You will learn about teaching tools and free resources with very practical application to your work engaging students in your classroom. In addition, “Learning the Lessons of Lesson Study” will be a featured thread of the conference. The group will observe the teaching of a public research lesson at a Broward County public school and the post-lesson discussion with expert practitioners and researchers.

The FCR–STEM Conference, the largest gathering of its kind in Florida, offers programs not to be missed. The 2014 Conference is now full.

What teachers had to say about the 2012 FCR–STEM Conference:

  • “I found this conference to be very rewarding both professionally and personally. I made some great contacts with and learned some invaluable ideas. Thank you for this experience. It was well worth it!”
  • “Wow! Great job! I cannot believe I had this opportunity. Thank you, FSU!”
  • “One of the best conferences I've ever attended as a teacher!”
  • “The collaboration with other teachers was invaluable.”


Check back here for more details about the program, which will be updated as plans unfold. Below are the preliminary agendas for the general conference and the lesson study programs along with the speakers partcipating in the conference.

Preliminary Conference Agenda

  • Wed., May 28Open or Close
    All Day Delegates arrive
    4–7 p.m. Registration Desk Open — Hilton Hotel lobby
    7–8:30 p.m. Dinner & Keynote: Zachary Champagne
  • Thu., May 29Open or Close
    7–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast at Convention Center
    7a.m.–5p.m. Registration Desk Open
    8:30–10 a.m. Session 1 Breakouts - Lesson Study field trip is from 8:30-12
    10:30–11:30 a.m. Session 2 Breakouts - Lesson Study field trip is from 8:30-12
    Noon–1:30 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Speaker: Harrison B. Prosper
    1:45–2:45 p.m. Feature Sessions
    3:15–4:15 p.m. Session 3 Breakouts
    4:15–5:30 p.m. Break for brief return to hotel
    5:30–7p.m. Reception at Convention Center
  • Fri., May 30Open or Close
    7–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast at Convention Center
    7 a.m.–1p.m. Registration Desk Open
    8:30–10 am Session 4 Breakouts
    10:30–11:30 am Feature Sessions
    11:45–1:15 p.m. Luncheon &Guest Speaker: George Hart
    1:30–2:30 p.m. Session 5 Breakouts

Lesson Study Thread

The Lesson Study Thread will begin with site visits to three Broward County schools on the morning of the first day, followed by de-briefings. You will be able to observe classrooms in action and share the experiences of a team of teachers engaging in Lesson Study. This thread and all the lesson study sessions are open to any conference participant but the space is limited. You can choose to attend all the lessons study sessions or only some to attend other sessions at the conference.


  • Keynote SpeakersOpen or Close
    Zachary Champagne, FCR–STEM, and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
    George Hart, interdepartmental research professor at Stony Brook University, mathematical sculptor/designer,and co-founder of the Museum of Mathematics in New York City
    Harrison B. Prosper, Kirby W. Kemper Professor of Physics and Distinguished Research Professor, Florida State University
  • Feature PresentersOpen or Close
    Cynthia Barnett, award-winning journalist reporting on freshwater issues
    John Carter, Principal, Westlake High School, Austin, TX
    Alice Gill, Thinking Mathematics & Lesson Study, American Federation of Teachers
    Catherine Lewis, Lesson Study Expertand Distinguished Research Fellow,Mills College
    Thomas McDougal, Chicago Lesson Study Alliance
    Bruce Means, Naturalist, Explorer, and Author
    James O’Brien, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and Oceanography, Florida State University
    Rabieh Razzouk, Creator of CPALMS, FCR–STEM Acting Director, and Associate Director, FSU Learning Systems Institute
    Akihiko Takahashi, Lesson Study expert andassociate professor of mathematics education,DePaul University
    Joseph Travis, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Biological Science, Florida State University
    Tad Watanabe, Lesson Study expert and associate professor of mathematics education, Kennesaw State University
    Alice Winn, associate professor of biological science, Florida State University
  • Breakout Session PresentersOpen or Close
    Scott Ames, Escambia County Public Schools
    Glenna Davis Barber, Panhandle Area Educational Consortium
    Guy Barmoha, Broward County Public Schools
    Charity Bauduin, FCR–STEM
    Todd Bevis, Office of Science Teaching Activities, Florida State University
    Jeremy Blinn, Volusia County Public Schools
    Charles Carpenter, FCR–STEM
    Ronald Carr, FCR–STEM
    Zachary Champagne, FCR–STEM
    Eric Chicken, Department of Statistics, Florida State University
    James Chinn, Broward County Public Schools
    Jonathan Dennis, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    Jennifer Diaz, Promoting Science Among English Language Learners project, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
    Melissa Dyehouse, FCR–STEM
    Maurice Edington, College of Science and Technology, Florida A&M University
    John Enz, Department of Biology and Marine Science, Jacksonville University
    Ana Escuder, FCR–STEM
    Laura Frost, Whitaker Center for STEM Education, Florida Gulf Coast University
    Colleen Ganley, FCR–STEM and Department of Psychology, Florida State University
    Alice Gill, Thinking Mathematics & Lesson Study, American Federation of Teachers
    Kenneth Goldsby, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida State University
    George Hart, mathematical sculptor/designer
    Meghan Hauptli, FCR–STEM
    Wade Jeffrey, Center for Environmental Diagnostics & Bioremediation, University of West Florida
    Merilyn Johnson, Broward County Public Schools
    Tim Kenney, Duval County Public Schools
    Robert Laird, Department of Physics, Florida International University
    Harley Means, Florida Geological Survey
    Tom McDougal, Chicago Lesson Study Alliance
    Tom Miller, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    Amy Monahan, Volusia County Public Schools
    Richard Nowakowski, College of Medicine, Florida State University
    Maureen Oberlin, FCR-STEM
    Hannah Olson, Sciberus
    Donna Pearson, National Research Center for Career & Technical Education, University of Louisville
    Barbara Perez, Broward County Public Schools
    Rabieh Razzouk, FCR–STEM
    Jaime Lynn Maerten Rivera, Promoting Science Among English Language Learners project, University of Miami
    Leonid Rabinovich, Broward County Public Schools
    Joshua Roddenberry, FCR–STEM
    Adam Santone, FCR–STEM
    Sarah Schaefer, The Bolles School, Jacksonville
    Akihiko Takahashi, College of Education, DePaul University
    Mary Jane Tappen, Florida Department of Education
    Amanda Tazaz, FCR–STEM
    Carlos Villa, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University
    Aaron Wade, School of Science and Engineering, University of West Florida

Registration is now CLOSED for the 2014 Conference

Sorry, the conference is full and the registration deadline has passed. We hope to see you at the next FCR-STEM Conference.



Meetings will be at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. An award-winning facility, the Convention Center is in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale at 1950 Eisenhower Blvd. (for directions and parking).


Hotel Reservations: Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina

Make a reservation as soon as possible to receive the special conference rate of $119 plus tax, if applicable. Make sure you use group code: LSI to receive the group rate. The conference rate ends May 7.

The Hilton is directly across the street from the Convention Center and along a scenic stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway. A convenient water taxi provides access to Las Olas Boulevard, Galleria Mall and dining, shopping and entertainment venues.

Questions about the conference?

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