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Dr. Nina Blanton & Dr. Nicole Vick

National Conference in Kansas City

Featured Speakers

What’s Curriculum Got To Do With It?


Saturday, October 28 • 9:20 - 10:20 AM

Speakers: Dr Nina Blanton and Dr Nicole Vick


About the Session

What do we really want from our students? Ultimately we want our students to succeed and not feel intimidated by content. When students are leading contributors to their own learning, that has the potential to increase student engagement and academic success. In this session, two educators share their perspectives on implementing research in the classroom. They explore how curriculum could be used to increase student academic success and change students’ attitudes about science.


Dr. Nina D. Blanton

Dr. Nina D. Blanton has spent the latter part of her career as a K-12 educator. Prior to her career in education, she worked as a lab assistant at Washington University in St. Louis, where she assisted in sequencing the C. elegans worm. Her work is published in the Journal of Nature Neuroscience. She is currently a high school biology teacher at Mehlville High School, where the storyline curriculum is being implemented. Her career path has always involved STEM. She received her Ed.D. from the University of Missouri St. Louis.

Dr. Nicole Vick

Dr. Nicole Vick has been a high school science educator and curriculum developer during her more than 20-year career. She currently serves as the chemistry course development lead for OpenSciEd High School at Northwestern University. During her time as a high school educator, she implemented various curricula, including storylines, often piloting for curriculum development teams. She received her Ed.D. from the University of Missouri St. Louis.


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