OSTA Advocates for Professional Development at the Oregon State School Board Meeting
At the April 9th state school board meeting, OSTA representatives had an opportunity to advocate for science teachers throughout the state of Oregon. OSTA President Bradford Hill, Region 2 Directors Karin Teylor, and Britten Clark-Huyck along with Jamie Rumage (STEM/Science Education Specialist ODE) presented to the State Board a vision to address NGSS implementation.
They addressed three important aspects of implementation: equity, the importance of elementary engagement, and the need to support and collaborate (professional development) to achieve the K-12 instructional shifts called for in the NGSS. Their message to the board emphasized the need to build collaborative networks that will provide teachers with the support to implement and sustain the shifts that the NGSS are calling for in science education.
Your OSTA representatives felt the State Board was very receptive to their presentation. OSTA will continue to support and advocate for all of its members in order to better serve the science teachers and all the students in the state of Oregon.
OSTA Strategic Planning
OSTA received a grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust for strategic planning. More information about that grant can be found in the press release below.
One of the hardest tasks is identifying, cultivating, and recruiting ideas, strategies, and resources that will bring OSTA's future into reality. Six broad questions serve as the foundation for dialogue among current and potential members, stakeholders, parters and key informants.
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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.
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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