Oregon Science Teachers Association

Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 12:

Awards Event @ OMSI*
OMSI Teacher Open House

Friday, October 13:

Pre-Conference Workshops & Tours*
Happy Hour/Early Registration

Saturday, October 14:

General Session
Concurrent sessions
Exhibitor displays & give-a-ways

*Registration fees for workshops, tours, and awards banquet are separate, and may be added when you register for the conference.  Seating is limited.

Interested in Exhibiting?

Receive a discount on exhibitor registration when you register by April 30th.

Just select Early Bird Registration, and use the registration code: OSTA17

Submit a Proposal and Share your Expertise!

Proposals are being accepted for sessions in the following  strands:

Phenomenon: Exploring Your World
This strand is about the student's journey of exploration of their world. It is about the student experience, not the teacher telling the story of the journey.

Goals: Provide workshops and presentations focused on one or more of the following:

  • Demonstrate how phenomenon can be used to focus a unit and lessons within a unit.
  • Demonstrate that phenomenon driven instruction brings relevancy and lets students understand why they are learning science.
Equity: All Aboard!
This strand focuses on the need for cultural relevancy in science teaching so all students have access and can participate in the science journey. Let's utilize the science and engineering practices as the ticket to increase access and engagement.

GoalsProvide workshops and presentations focused on one or more of the following:
  • Creating cultural relevancy in your classroom.
  • Increasing/improving instruction utilizing NGSS science and engineering practices.
  • Increase/improving student literacy and communication in science.
  • Illustrating effective pedagogical strategies for NGSS implementation that support diverse student populations.
  • Identifying diverse groups and developing appropriate plans to differentiate instruction.

Generating Energy Through the Interconnectedness of STEAM
This strand is about powering student engagement by interconnecting science with technology, engineering, arts and math.

GoalsProvide workshops and presentations focused on one or more of the following:
  • Demonstrate how NGSS standards can be bundled with other curricular areas to increase student engagement and relevancy.
  • Demonstrate lessons illustrating STEAM principles in an original or redesigned unit or lesson.

All Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which they:

  • Adhere to the strand description and intent.
  • Align with one or more strand goals.
  • Are based on current and available research.
  • Involve participants through activities and/or discussion.

Our policy, like the policy of the National Science Teachers Association, is that session presenters are required to register for this conference. However, as a small measure of appreciation for presenting at this conference, we will provide confirmed session presenters a discount on the registration fee. We will also be providing PDU certificates to presenters, in addition to the attendance PDU certificates.

Submit your proposal!

Deadline for proposals is
April 30, 2017

Continuing Education Credit

  • Conference participants will be able to sign up for one Portland State University graduate credit at the conference. In addition to attendance at the conference, a two page summary of sessions and Keynote speaker, as well as a short lesson will be required.  The cost will be $160. See Terry Shlaes at the conference, or email her at Shlaest@loswego.k12.or.us for more information.

  • 8 PDUs will be provided to Oregon Educators for attendance on Saturday.

  • 4 PDUs will be provided to Friday workshop attendees.

  • Clock Hours will be made available to Washington educators.

Coming from out of town?

OSTA has secured a block of rooms near PCC at the
Comfort Suites Inn for October 12-15, 2017. Comfort Suites has offered a group rate of $110 for a king bed suite, and $115 for a 2 queen bed suite, double occupancy, plus applicable taxes.  An additional charge for each extra adult is $10. Children under 18 can stay free in the same room as their parents.  Free wifi and breakfast is included in this room rate.

The special room rate will be available until September 21, 2017, or until the group block is sold out.  Make your reservation by calling 503-768-4400 and identify yourself as a member of the Oregon Science Teachers Association group.

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