Oregon Science Teachers Association

Elementary Day @ NSTA

Friday, November 11th
Multnomah Room, Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel, Portland

Join OSTA President Susan Holveck, Science TOSA for Secondary Science at the Beaverton School District, and distinguished guests as they present sessions that demonstrate the impact that teaching science at the elementary level has on equity, English language proficiency, academic achievement, and college and career readiness.

Session 1: Articulating the "Why": Science in the Elementary Years

Principals and elementary teachers will learn why science instruction is important for students and why it is an equity issue if science is not taught.

Session 2: Taking Stock and Planning for Three-Dimensional Science Teaching and Learning in Elementary Schools

Elementary Teachers and administrators will learn implementation strategies for transforming their schools' culture to be more inclusive of 3D science teaching and learning.

Session 3: The State of Science/STEM/STEAM Education in Oregon

In this networking session, participants will learn about various science, STEM, and STEAM projects that have been made possible by funding granted by the State of Oregon.

This event was especially arranged with administrators in mind, so please pass this information on to yours!

More details can be found in this Flyer.

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.

OSTA/WSTA Awards Event @ OMSI

Join us in congratulating and celebrating our colleagues who have demonstrated professional excellence at our Awards Program Thursday, November 10th. Join us at Theory, the Cafe at OMSI, for food, drink and esprit de corps. Enjoy exploring the museum after the celebration. Tickets are $25 per person and available here.

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

    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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    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

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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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