Oregon Science Teachers Association

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Share your tech-focused lesson plan now to win a $1000 grant for your classroom! Deadline is 12/9

Follow these guidelines to enter. Incomplete submissions will not be eligible to win.

  1. Create a tech-focused lesson plan to teach K-8th grade students about applications for technology in your subject. Entries must be written in English.
  2. Compile a single Google Doc containing:
    1. Your lesson plan
    2. A one paragraph personal statement about why you believe students in your field should learn about technology
    3. All supplementary materials required for your lesson plan
  3. Submit through the online form, using a shareable link to your Google Doc in the required field.
Learn more about submission criteria and how to enter by visiting The Beacon.

Enter to win a up to $1,000 to take your students to a local park for Kids to Parks Day! Deadline is 2/1/18

National Park Trust (NPT) invites students across the country to participate in the 8th annual Kids to Parks Day, a nationwide grassroots movement to celebrate America’s Parks and public lands.

In honor of this day, NPT is once again hosting the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest to help educators engage their students with their local parks. This national contest is open to all Title I schools in the United States (grades pre-K through 12). Classes can receive funding for a KTP event at a park or public land/waterway in their community. Students must research and write the proposal themselves, although they encourage teachers to provide support and feedback! Your entries should explain how your experience will promote education, health and wellness, and park stewardship. 

You can learn more about the contest, download the entry form, and watch a school video from last year on their website, kidstoparks.org.

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.

How Can You 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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