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  • April 14, 2017 10:34 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Oregon State University and Oregon Department of Education are partnering to offer a 3-day training on using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the classroom. This training is designed for educators who are currently using drones or who are interested in learning more about how to incorporate drones into the classroom.

    Date: June 27-30

    Location: OSU in Covallis

    Cost: $350, with scholarship opportunities for Oregon teachers through ODE.

    The training will be held onsite at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. Learn from experts in the industry, including OSU faculty, on the current best practices and cutting edge uses in the field of drones.


    For more information and to get on the mailing list, go their website, or contact Paula Matano at paula.matano@oregonstate.edu.

  • April 12, 2017 2:59 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Southwest Charter School based on the south waterfront of Portland is offering a one day workshop "Introduction to Place-based Education Design" Saturday June 17th. It is open to all active public school teachers interested in learning more about and possibly implementing place-based education in their classroom. A stipend and mileage reimbursement is available. 

    More information and to register for the workshop please go to:


  • April 10, 2017 11:07 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    As a bonus to NSTA's Outstanding Science Trade Books, Oregon's 2014 Presidential Award Winner for K-6, Maureen Foelkl. has assembled a set of lessons that use the following books on the list:

    • The Story of Seeds
    • Treecology
    • Under Earth
    • Wangari Maathai

    Those lessons can be accessed through the Straub Environmental Center's Learning Resources page.

  • April 10, 2017 10:57 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    BirdSleuth K-12 Education program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is now in partnership with Pennington Seed. We’re aiming to distribute window bird feeders to 10,000 teachers across the country. We would like to offer you feeders to give out at your teacher professional development workshops this spring and summer.


    If you are planning to lead any bird/nature focused workshops this spring/summer (ideally before July) or would like to plan one, we’d be happy to send you free window bird feeders to give out to the teachers.  We ask that you introduce them to our Feathered Friends resources (free download) and give them some background on bird feeding. We are also flexible to work with you on creating workshops around other topics such as citizen science, gardening, bird identification, and more! We can provide logistical support and customizable PowerPoint presentations to help you organize and support your workshop.  For information, please visit our website. If you already have a workshop date and wish to receive the feeders, you can complete this online survey right away: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8CJJ5TC.

  • April 10, 2017 8:34 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Earn graduate credit this summer with Seminars on Science, the American Museum of Natural History’s online professional learning program. The 6-week online courses are co-taught by Museum scientists and classroom educators and are accessible anytime on your schedule. Get access to cutting-edge research, rich content, and powerful classroom resources. Graduate credit is available from our university partners.


    The next session starts May 22. Save $50 when you use code SCIENCEMATTERS. Plus, register by April 24 to save another $50 for a total $100 savings!


    Courses in the life, Earth, and physical sciences include Climate ChangeThe Diversity of FishesEarth: Inside & OutEvolutionGenetics, Genomics, Genethics;The Link Between Dinosaurs and BirdsThe Ocean SystemSharks and RaysThe Solar SystemSpace, Time and Motion and more.


    For more information about the program, check out Seminars on Science at amnh.org/learn. If you have any questions, send us an email at learn@amnh.org or call (800) 649-6715.

  • April 10, 2017 8:31 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Become proficient at implementing the Next Generation Science Standards* when you register for UO Real Solutions for NGSS Science Teaching

    Learn about NGSS in clear, bite-size pieces while gaining guidance and tools you can apply today. Easily adapt your existing lesson plans to meet the new standards through instruction from science education expert Bryan Rebar, PhD.

    Earn PDUs/CEUs/clock hours and take the course on your own schedule. 

    Modules include:

    • Introduction to the Three Dimensions of Science Learning
    • Students as Scientists
    • Strategies and Solutions for NGSS for All Audiences
    • NGSS Across the Curriculum 

    $69 per module (5 hours of engagement) 

    $199 per subscription (includes all modules; 20 hours of engagement) 

    To register or sample the program through a free trial, visit our website or contact the UO Real Solutions support team at realsolutions@uoregon.edu or 844-944-2223.

    If you would like information about group discounts, please contact: 

    Wendy Morgan 

    Program Development Manager, UO Real Solutions 




  • April 09, 2017 3:27 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning—July 29-31, 2017, Portland, Oregon

    Designed for those who teach introductory physics at universities, colleges and high schools. Graduate credit will be available through the University of Oregon.*

    Instructors: Priscilla Laws, Dickinson College, David Sokoloff, University of Oregon, Ronald Thornton, Tufts University 

    Participants will be introduced to research-validated, classroom-tested strategies for each component of the introductory course that have been demonstrated to improve learning. These include Interactive Lecture Demonstration (ILDs), RealTime Physics (RTP) labs, Collaborative Problem-Solving Tutorials, Workshop Physics (WP), Physics with Video Analysis (PVA), and related online video analysis exercises. The course will also include the use of video analysis to identify analytic functions describing real data. Among other recent developments are (1) 3rd ed. RTP E & M labs using video analysis, (2) ILDs using clickers, and (3) online homework using Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs). Topics will be chosen from both semesters of introductory physics. Research on the effectiveness of these strategies will also be discussed.

    The tools and software used in these active learning curricula are compatible with Macintosh and Windows OS, and with the popular interfaces and sensors. Participants will receive complimentary printed copies of the curricula (published by Wiley and Vernier, and also available for high school use as the ABP High School E-dition). Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite, a comprehensive book by E.F. Redish (University of Maryland) on strategies for implementing physics education research-based curricula, will also be distributed.

    The course fee is $200. (Early bird registration until April 15 is $180.)

    * Up to three graduate credits from the University of Oregon will be available for an additional $90/credit.

    For more information and to register: http://pages.uoregon.edu/sokoloff/CHAUT.htm

  • February 19, 2017 2:29 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Educators this summer will work with the Maijuna indigenous group on field research and sustainable development projects in the newly formed Maijuna-Kichwa Conservation Area in Peru.  Colleen McDaniel from Vernier Software will join us for some data collection projects using LabQuest II.

    Please share this information with any Environmental Science Educators you know who might be interested.

    Information Links: 



    Download a copy of the grant application that is due March 7.

    Questions? Contact Phil Kahler at philk@tvja.org 

  • February 14, 2017 12:46 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    High School and Junior College Biology Teachers

    July 10-12, 2017

    Join Mary Zelinski, Ph.D., a Research Associate Professor at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, to learn about how she is working to provide options to patients who face infertility due to cancer treatments.

    • Experience hands-on lab activities that you can bring back to your classroom!
    • Meet other scientists and learn about their work addressing polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis ─ conditions that also lead to infertility.    

     Space is Limited. Contact Lynda Jones at jonesly@ohsu.edu for more information.  

  • January 26, 2017 10:35 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Summer courses at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology are listed below. The summer application deadline is May 30th.

    For more information and an application please visit our website http://oimb.uoregon.edu/academics/summer/

    We offer four 8-week courses (June 26-August 18, 2017):
    Invertebrate Zoology
    Marine Birds and Mammals
    Biology of Fishes
    Seaweed Ecology

    Short courses:
    Biological Illustrations (June 24-25July 1-2)
    Ocean Acidification (July 15-16, 22-23)
    Introduction to Experimental Design and Statistics (Aug. 21-25, Aug. 28-Sept.1)

    Two week course in September (Sept.2-16):
    Tropical Marine Biology in Panama

    For more information please see our website

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