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Phenomenon: Exploring Your World

This strand is about the student's journey of exploration of their world. It is about the student experience, not the teacher telling the story.

Equity: All Aboard

This strand focuses on the need for cultural relevancy in science teaching so all students have access and can participate in the science journey. Let’s utilize the science and engineering practices as the ticket to increase student access and engagement.

Generating Energy through the Interconnectedness of STEAM

This strand is about powering student engagement by interconnecting science with technology, engineering, arts, and math.

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2017 OSTA Awards

Please take this time to nominate colleagues who have inspired or impressed you. Those individuals who have served their students in a way that excites them about science and engineering that leads to improved student achievement need to be recognized for the important work they are doing.

The 2017 winners will be honored at the awards event held at OMSI on the evening of October 12th. A great kick-off to the 2017 Conference on Science Education October 13-14 at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus in Portland.

Meet our 2016 Winners who were honored at the Awards Event held at Theory, the Cafe at OMSI on Thursday, November 10, 2016.  We are very proud to have these teachers as members of the Oregon Science Teachers Association.

2016 NSTA Portland Area Conference

Check out highlights from the NSTA Portland Area conference through our very active Twitter Feed as well as the #NSTA16 activity feed and this #ONLYatNSTA YouTube video.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales proclaimed November 8-12, 2016 as Science Education Week in Portland. The proclamation was presented to OSTA President Susan Holveck at the General Session by NSTA Retiring President, Carolyn Hayes.

The Elementary Day Event on Friday was well- attended and the successes and challenges were heard by our distinguished guests, including Oregon's Deputy Superintendent Dr. Salam Noor and STEM/CTE Director Mark Lewis.

In a "flipped" panel, the members addressed the questions and concerns that came up after they had met with the teachers at their tables.  
Check out this video of the event created by Beaverton High School students.

OSTA would like to thank Paul Romanick at STEMScopes for helping out with providing refreshments for the event.

See the videos of the of the two sessions held held at the Elementary Event on November 11th:

    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 goal, 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 Communications@oregonscience.org.

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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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    Upcoming events

    August 07, 2017 8:00 AM • Raleigh Hills K-8, 5225 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Portland, OR 97225
    August 08, 2017 8:00 AM • Raleigh Hills K-8, 5225 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Portland, OR 97225
    August 09, 2017 8:00 AM • Raleigh Hills K-8, 5225 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Portland, OR 97225


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