Oregon Science Teachers Association

Congratulations to Our 2014 and 2015 Presidential Awardees

2014, K-6 finalist: Maureen Murphy-Foelkl, Chapman Hill Elementary, Salem

2015, 7-12 Finalist: Kate Dean, Centennial High School, Gresham

On August 22, President Obama named the recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. "The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our Nation's success," President Obama said. "As the United States continues to lead the way in the innovation that is shaping our future, these excellent teachers are preparing students from all corners of the country with the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills that help keep us on the cutting-edge."

Nominations for mathematics and science teachers of grades 7-12 will open later this fall.

Help us congratulate Maureen and Kate, as well as OSTA's statewide award winning educators at our Awards Program Thursday, November 10th. Join us at Theory, the Cafe at OMSI, for food and drink to celebrate our colleagues honored for their professional excellence. Enjoy exploring the museum after the celebration. Tickets are $25 per person and available here.

OSTA Pre-Conference Workshops @ NSTA

Noon - 4pm, Wednesday, November 9th
Lloyd Center Double Tree Hotel, Portland

In conjunction with the 2016 NSTA Portland Area Conference, OSTA is sponsoring and leading a series of Pre-Conference workshops that will provide you with NGSS aligned instructional strategies specific to grade level and/or subject area.  4 PDU's will be provided to participants. Cost: $75
Space is limited, so register today!

Bring your team! Download and complete the group registration form.  Send the completed spreadsheet to the registrar at registrar@oregonscience.orgPlease include in that email which workshop you are registering for, and your school district purchase order.

Exploring Mountains: Guiding Science Teaching and Learning

November 10-12, 2016 at the Oregon Convention Center

Working with NSTA, OSTA developed conference strands that reflected the best content designed around the areas of greatest need as we work toward implementing the vision of the NRC Framwork for K-12 Science Education and detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Strands and featured speakers:

Base Camp: Collaborating to Integrate Elementary Science Instruction with Math and ELA
Dr. Carla Zembal-Saul, Penn State University
Co-Creator and facilitator of the NSTA Web Seminars on Teaching NGSS in K-5 Classrooms Series

The View From the Summit: Celebrating Science for All
Deena Pierott, Founder of iUrban Teen
Career focused STEM Education Programs aimed at underrepresented teens ages 13-18

The View From All Angles: Connecting Three-Dimensional Science Instruction
Dr. Phillip Bell, University of Washington
Editor of the STEM Teaching Tools Site

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

Active OSTA Members receive a $90 Discount on Registration.
After logging into NSTA's online registration, enter your contact info, then click continue. On that second page select "yes" under "I am an Affiliate Member," then select "OSTA." If you are an active member, then the discount will apply. 

Check that your membership is active by logging into OSTA's Website using the email this was sent to. 

Not a member? Join us! Click on the "Join Us" link in the menu on the left

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.

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.

Support OSTA by shopping at Fred Meyer!

Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to OSTA through their Community Rewards Program at www.fredmeyer.com.
You can search for us by name or use our non-profit number: 88322

Upcoming events

November 09, 2016 12:00 PM (PST) • Double Tree Hotel Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, Oregon, 97232
November 09, 2016 12:00 PM (PST) • Double Tree Hotel Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, Oregon, 97232
November 09, 2016 12:00 PM (PST) • Double Tree Hotel Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, Oregon, 97232

Resources & Opportunities


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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