Oregon Science Teachers Association

A Request for Proposals for the

The 2015 Fall Conference on Science Education

Transforming Science Education:

Collaborative Learning to Maximize Impact

Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon

October 16-18, 2015

Online session proposals being accepted now!  

Deadline is April 30, 2015

Alas, all good things must pass.

It was great to see you all at the 2014 Conference and we hope you found something to motivate and inspire you.

Access all the information about the 2014 Conference on our conference page.

The Conference app will be active for you to access the presenter files and evaluate sessions if you haven't already done so.

We will be sending out a conference evaluation soon!

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) created a new Oregon 2014 Science Standards webpage to support transition to implementation of the new science standards. On this page you will find the crosswalks for each grade level and for high school that detail the alignment between the Oregon 2014 Science Standards (NGSS) and the Oregon 2009 Science Standards. In addition, at the bottom of the webpage there are links to NGSS resources. ODE will add more resources as they become available.

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 here!  

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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OSTA @ the National Congress on Science 


The National Congress on Science Education meets annually and consists of one voting delegate from each of the 94 NSTA Chapters and Associated Groups. The Congress meets to discuss issues and bring forth recommendations that may be of interest to NSTA and the science education community. Delegates and other local leaders benefit from attending the summer congress, which provides opportunities to
  • Network with other science leaders from the US and Canada;
  • Attend leadership workshops to assist them in their association role;
  • Represent their members as a voting delegate;
  • Attend focus groups to address national issues and formulate debate and adopt resolutions;
  • Meet and work with the NSTA elected leaders and staff.
July 16, 2014: Today your OSTA Presidents met with the education staff in Senator Wyden and Senator Merkley's office.  Read our letter that outlines our discussion here.

July 17, 2014: Met briefly with Senator Merkley this morning. Issue forums include the Scientific & Engineering practices in the classroom, Informal and Environmental Education, and Assessment in the Era of NGSS. State representatives will discuss concerns and ideas to address them this afternoon.  Possible resolutions to direct NSTA energy & resources to address the concerns may be developed during these forums.

July 18, 2014: The Congress was updated on current legislative issues by Jody Peterson, NSTA's Assistant Executive Director. Four resolutions were submitted out of the issue forums yesterday.  Read those here. Discussion and voting will happen this morning.  Those resolutions that pass the Congress will be sent to the NSTA Council for consideration. The decisions by the NSTA Council and Board will be announced tomorrow.

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