Oregon Science Teachers Association

Strategic Framework and Business Plan 2015

OSTA is invested in Oregon’s future – enriching science education and educator communities, building professional capital, and ultimately improving student success by becoming a cutting edge professional growth organization for all Oregon science educators and their partners. 

OSTA’s Strategy Team has carefully identified current and emerging science educator needs and developed positive courses of action for the member-based organization that will enable you to lead excellence in science education, engage in innovative teaching and 21st century learning, and network with professionals to maximize impact. 

Over the next two months the OSTA Board and newly appointed Transition Coordinator, Susan McWilliams, will finalize Strategic Priorities, develop a Financial Plan and seek additional funding for Framework planning and implementation.

See our Strategic Planning Page for more information about the vision for OSTA's Future.

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2016 NSTA Portland Area Conference

Next year OSTA will work in Cooperation with NSTA to bring you the 2016 NSTA Portland Area Conference November 10-12, 2016.  Our theme and strands were developed to provide the high quality professional development you need to continue and improve your implementation the 2014 Oregon Science Standards (NGSS).

Exploring Mountains: Guiding Science Teaching and Learning

  • 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

Session proposals are now being accepted online until January 15, 2016.

2015 OSTA Fall Conference on Science Education

Thank you to our sponsors, exhibitors, workshop & session presenters for providing our attendees a high quality professional development experience.

Thank you to our conference attendees for bringing your high energy, inspiration, and collaborative co-creative efforts to our conference. We at OSTA went away exhausted, but energized for the future of science education in our state.

Check out the Twitter posts and pictures from the conference.

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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