Oregon Science Teachers Association

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2016 NSTA Portland Area Conference

November 10-12, 2015

Oregon Convention Center

To help you make the most of the professional development opportunities available at the Portland conference, the Conference Committee has planned the conference around three strands that explore topics of current significance, enabling you to focus on a specific area of interest or need.

Base Camp: Collaborating to Integrate Elementary Science Instruction with Math and ELA

Science education fosters the natural curiosity and creativity in students. By teaching science and laying the foundation, elementary teachers provide students with the tools they need to reach the summit to become scientifically literate adults. When teachers integrate content during instruction, they are modeling how the real world operates, allowing students to make meaning of the world they live in. Teachers choosing this strand will learn how to bundle science, mathematics, and ELA standards in a way that reaches the whole child and improves the efficiency in the elementary classroom.

The View from the Summit: Celebrating Science for All

In a science- and technology-driven society, equity means that all students should have access to knowledge that will allow them to participate as productive citizens. Successful application of science and engineering practices and the understanding of how crosscutting concepts play out across a range of disciplinary core ideas will demand increased cognitive abilities of ALL students (e.g., special education, English language learners, gifted and talented). This strand will demonstrate how teachers can provide equitable science and engineering learning opportunities that engage students in constructing meaning about the world around them.

The View from All Angles: Connecting Three-Dimensional Science Instruction

The NRC Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards identified research-based best practices for today's learners. Quality instruction incorporates the three dimensions of NGSS (crosscutting concepts, disciplinary core ideas, and science and engineering practices). Three-dimensional science learning produces scientifically literate and competent students. This strand will exemplify the intertwining nature of the three dimensions necessary for high-quality science instruction at all levels.

OSTA Leaders Invited to ESSA Briefing with Rep. Suzanne Bonamici

January 19th, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici convened education and community leaders, including OSTA Presidents Susan Holveck & Bradford Hill, for a briefing on the recently signed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in Beaverton. Acting Chief Education Officer Lindsay Capps, and Deputy Superintendent for Public Instruction, Salam Noor shared a few reflections on the opportunity the ESSA legislation presents for Oregon students and our state.

During the conversation, Lindsay Capps shared four key components within the law that align with Oregon's priorities to strengthen access, opportunity, and learning for Oregon students and support educators. An excerpt of his remarks can be found by clicking here.  

Deputy Superintendent Noor shared additional opportunities afforded by the development of a new state plan consistent with the law and specific details regarding the timeline and next steps for the Oregon Department of Education's leadership role in working with education and community partners across the state to build this plan for Oregon.  For more information on the timeline and a summary of the bill created by ODE click here.

There is a lot to be excited and encouraged about in this bill, and we look forward to working together to leverage this opportunity to deepen our commitment to educational equity, improve outcomes for students, and pave the way for the support and development of exceptional educators and school leaders.  

The 2014 Oregon Science Standards (NGSS)

OSTA has created a resource page dedicated to providing accurate, reliable and vetted information about Oregon's 2014 Science Standards (NGSS). This page contains links to ODE pages with implementation and plans. Resources and research supporting the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards are included.

The changes that the NGSS (and CCSS) propose are not insignificant. Major changes in the classroom environment and in teaching and assessment practices will be required.  Before planning instruction and assessment that informs teaching and learning, the conceptual shifts within the standards should be understood.  If improving student learning is the ultimate goas, then the roll-out of the standards needs to be accompanied by high quality professional development that gives teachers the opportunity to dive deeply into the new standards.

OSTA Supports the thoughtful, methodical, thorough implementation of the 2014 Oregon Science Standards.

Support Science Education in Oregon

There are many ways that OSTA works to support science education and science educators. We encourage anyone or any entity who thinks science education is important to get involved! If you or your organization would like to help OSTA in its mission to promote and facilitate excellence and continued improvement in science education, please let us know by sending an e-mail to OSTABoard@gmail.com.

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Who are we?

OSTA is a state chapter of the National Science Teacher Association comprised of local teachers who are interested in all levels of science education. Its purpose is to encourage, promote, and assist in Improving science teaching and learning throughout the state. OSTA is excited about the future of science education in the state of Oregon. We encourage your support and involvement in the development of quality science programs throughout the state.

You are invited to become an active member by clicking on the Join Us link on the left. If already a member, share this page with a colleague. Members are encouraged to vote in the annual election for the OSTA Board of Directors and to serve on the board by running for office. You are invited to publish ideas and articles in the TOST and present sessions at the OSTA conferences.

If you are interested in net-working, sharing resources, and collaborating about teaching, then Membership in The Oregon Science Teachers Association is for You.

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