Oregon Science Teachers Association

Professional Learning

Summer 2017

This page is a compilation of the Summer Learning Opportunities that are either sponsored by OSTA, or have been sent to OSTA by our partners in science education.  The page is updated with summer learning opportunities as they are sent to us.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Professional Development Courses for K-6 Teachers

4 Graduate Level PSU Credits, Summer 2017
Complete Tuition Coverage Available*

Summer 2017
Portland Area Courses: Change Over Time, Energy & Matter
Newport Course: Systems & Interactions

Register for one of three engaging, hands-on, hybrid NGSS courses for elementary teachers. The unique hybrid online/in person format of these courses is designed to free up your summer schedule! Each course invites you to dive into a variety of Disciplinary Core Ideas through the lenses of the Crosscutting Concepts, while actively engaging with your peers in the NGSS Science Practices.

Also included in each course: Training in the ELPA21 Task Analysis Tool, which you can then use in your own practice to argue for the importance of science in the elementary classroom. 

See further details at goo.gl/HsLAEj 
Reserve your spot with a quick registration here goo.gl/fPTtB8  

*Tuition reimbursement made possible through funding from the NGSS Specialists Oregon Math and Science Partnership grant.

NGSS for Middle School Teachers

August 7-11, 2017 from 8am-3pm daily
Portland Location TBA

This 5 day workshop is an active, hands-on experience designed for middle school science teachers who want to see what NGSS looks like in the classroom and to learn about the instructional shifts that are needed for the implementation of NGSS. Teachers will explore how lessons and units in earth. life and physical sciences can be three-dimensional — including the three components of the NGSS: Crosscutting Concepts, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Scientific & Engineering Practices.

Teachers will actively conduct investigations and design engineering solutions to problems in science that can be used in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. You will walk away with strategies and resources that can be used right away, and the tools that will help you to "Next-Genify" lessons you are currently using. NGSS 3-D assessment, student discourse, and anchoring phenomenon that drive instruction will be featured. Many resources will be provided as well as ready to use lessons.

This course is taught by instructors Susan Holveck and Berkeley Gadbaw. Berkeley is currently teaching middle school and has been implementing the lessons and activities that you will learn in her classroom. Susan guides teachers in NGSS implementation for grades K-12 in the Beaverton School District.

32 Professional Development Units will be provided for completing this set of workshops.

Fees: $400 for OSTA Members, $425 for Non-Members

Register here

NGSS for High School Teachers

July and August: See dates below
Southridge High School or Health & Science School in Beaverton

These courses focus on three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of physics, biology, and chemistry with the science practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Teachers experience the patterns approach of using inquiry experiments as a mode to learn content and then apply what they have learned in an engineering design tasks. The mathematical patterns of linear and inverse will be reinforced in addition to introducing exponential decay and logarithmic patterns.

Teachers will also learn how to structure their inquiry investigations with multiple designs to foster scientific discourse between students during the analysis of their data. Students will use technology to collect data and analyze data as well as use data mines and simulations when direct observation or collection of data is not possible.

Course Fees: $500
Optional 3 PSU Graduate Credits: $180

Physics for the Next Generation

Session 1: July 31-August 4

Session 2: August 7-11

Biology for the Next Generation

July 31-August 3

Chemistry for the Next Generation

August 14-18

Stanford Academy for Excellence in Biology Teaching

Southern Oregon University, August 6-11

Seminars on Science from the American Museum of Natural History

Book your summer adventure with the American Museum of Natural History’s Seminars on Science and earn graduate credit!


Explore new topics this summer with 6-week online courses in the life, Earth, and physical sciences.  The courses, co-taught by Museum scientists and classroom educators include The BrainClimate ChangeThe Diversity of FishesEarth: Inside and OutEvolution;Genetics, Genomics, GenethicsThe Link Between Dinosaurs and BirdsThe Ocean SystemSharks and RaysThe Solar System; Space, Time and Motion; Water and more.


Graduate credit is available from our university partners. 

For more information about the program, check out Seminars on Science at amnh.org/learn.


If you have any questions, please contact us at learn@amnh.org.

Summer session 1: May 22 – July 2

Registration deadline: May 8


Summer session 2: July 10 – August 20

Early registration deadline with $50 savings: June 12

Registration deadline: June 26

Special offer: Save $50 with code SCIENCEMATTERS.

Professional Development Workshop for Middle/High School Science Teachers


Evo101: Teaching and Learning with Human Evolution

Saturday, June 24, 2017

8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Room C126, Oregon Convention Center

Portland, OR


Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/wcVXGYRADGhi105i1 


Registration Deadline June 1, 2017


Workshop description 

Evolution can often seem very distant from students’ lives, making it hard to engage them in studying this core biological concept.  Human evolution offers compelling and relevant examples of evolutionary processes for students.  At this hands-on workshop we will share free resources based on human evolution you can use in your classroom.  The workshop is designed for middle and high school teachers.  We encourage you to bring a colleague!  Lunch and certificates of participation will be provided for participants.


Questions? Contact: Kristin Jenkins (kristin.jenkins”at”bioquest “dot”org)


This workshop is being run in conjunction with “Evolution 2017” – An international conference of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB) and the American Society of Naturalists (ASN).  The workshop is being organized by SSE’s Education Committee.

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