Oregon Science Teachers Association

Get Your NGSS Game On!

Summer Professional Development

Some of these events have limited spaces available, so register early!

*PDUs available  •  **PDUs and/or graduate credit available

Kindergarten NGSS Workshops**

August 5th at Southern Oregon University

August 17th at Lane ESD

August 26th at High Desert ESD

NGSS for Middle School Teachers**

August 9-12 from 8am-3pm at Raliegh Hills K-8 in Portland

And Co-Sponsored with our partners in STEM Education


June 18 - August 17: A PSU Summer Term Course with full tuition support available

Supporting Rich Use of Language and Engaging Science: Next Generation Science Standards Professional Development Courses for K-6 Teachers with Complete Tuition Coverage!

Explore and connect with invigorating science content and instructional practices focusing on the role of language to support all students. Participate in PSU a four-graduate-credit NGSS professional development course for elementary teachers through the Math Science Partnership grant. Grant-funded full tuition support available.  Courses are offered in a hybrid online/in person format.  

See further details on the course flyer:NGSS Science Courses Information Flyer or the NGSS Grant Course Descriptions link.  

Fill out the quick-connect survey to reserve your spot or to get help registering: NGSS Course Interest and Quick Connect Survey    

Energy & Matter in Newport
Change Over Time in Beaverton
Interactions and Systems in Bend & Portland Metro Area

Science Professional Development for High School Science Teachers

These courses focus on three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of biology, chemistry and physics with the scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Biology for the Next Generation 

August 8 – 12, 2016, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm 

Chemistry for the Next Generation 

August 15 – 19, 2016, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Physics for the Next Generation

Two sessions available!

Session 1: July 11 – 15, 2016, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Session 2: August 1 – 5, 2016, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

All Courses will be held at Southridge High School in Beaverton, OR

Course Fee: $345. Optional PSU Graduate Credit: $180 (3 credits, summer term).

More professional development opportunities are available on our Opportunities & Resources page
Information is added as we receive it from our partners in science & STEM education. So check back regularly. In fact, point your RSS reader to it and you can be alerted to any new entries as they are posted.

And coming this fall, so save the date and make your plans....2016 NSTA Portland Area Conference**

Exploring Mountains: Guiding Science Teaching and Learning

November 10-12, 2016 at the 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
  • The View From the Summit: Celebrating Science for All
  • The View From All Angles: Connecting Three-Dimensional Science Instruction

Give this letter to your principal to support your request for conference attendance.

OSTA Members receive $90 off the registration fee for the NSTA conference!

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Join the Team!

Nominate yourself or a colleague to serve on the OSTA Board.

OSTA is seeking energetic, service oriented science education advocates to fill positions on the board of directors.

OSTA's Strategic Planning process has identified current and emerging science educator needs and developed positive courses of action for the member-based organization.  OSTA’s Board approved the Strategic Framework and Business Plan in January 2016 and will be outlining steps to implement that plan.

This is an exciting time to be an active member of your professional organization.  Read the Board Letter of Commitment for more about the responsibilities, and the supports given to fulfill those responsibilities.

Offices that are open for the 2016 election are: President-Elect, Treasurer, Membership Coordinator, Regional Directors, and At-Large Members. For more information on these offices, click here.

Use this form to nominate yourself or a colleague to be a part of the team.  If you have questions, please contact Jomae Sica, OSTA President-Elect.

Oregon's Chief Education Office Announces the Formation of Five New STEM Hubs

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Hubs are designed to help individual Oregonians and communities thrive by increasing students’ access to hands-on learning that connects them to future career opportunities, improving math and science achievement, and increasing access to post-secondary STEM degrees and certificates.

On February 17th, the Chief Education Office, in partnership with the Department of Education, announced state support for a new cohort of five STEM Hubs to build capacity for regional, cross-sector partnerships. 
The five newly funded STEM Hubs span 12 counties and join six current STEM Hubs in the statewide network. Newly funded partnerships include:
  • Southern Oregon STEM Hub (Klamath, Josephine and Jackson Counties)
  • Columbia Gorge STEM Hub (Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco and Wheeler Counties) 
  • Lane County STEM Hub
  • East Multnomah County STEAM Hub (East Multnomah and North Clackamas Counties)
  • Frontier Oregon STEM Hub (Malheur County)
Each Hub was awarded an average of $100,000 to develop a local framework for sustainable partnerships and create a formalized plan through a process of community engagement that identifies STEM education needs and assets in the region.

Read the full press release here.

More information on the Oregon STEM Education Initiatives, including links to established STEM Hub Websites, can be found at:

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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Upcoming events

August 05, 2016 9:00 AM (PDT) • Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, OR 97520
August 09, 2016 8:00 AM (PDT) • Raleigh Hills K-8, 5225 SW Scholls Ferry Road Portland, OR 97225
August 10, 2016 8:00 AM (PDT) • Raleigh Hills K-8, 5225 SW Scholls Ferry Road Portland, OR 97225


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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