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  • July 08, 2017 6:35 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Ecology Project International (EPI), an international education & conservation nonprofit, has just opened the application period for their 2018 Teacher Fellowships, which will take place in Costa Rica, Baja California Sur, and Yellowstone National Park. These are 8-day professional development opportunities geared toward high school and college-level educators interested in experiential education and conservation. All costs are covered by EPI save a $350 program fee and the participant's airfare to the program site.


    Educators can review the programs' focus areas, watch a promo video, and submit an application via our website: www.ecologyproject.org/fellowship. The application will close on September 1st.

  • May 27, 2017 9:13 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The Summer Transportation Institute is a free two-week residential camp for high school girls hosted at Portland State University. This camp is designed to introduce girls to pathways toward careers in transportation, as well as possible routes to higher education in general. They will meet professionals in the field, student researchers, professors from Portland State, and representatives from organizations that serve state and local transportation systems. Girls will come from around the state to participate, and in addition to classroom work and field trips, there will be plenty of scheduled fun as well!

    Applications for the 2017 summer program are being accepted now. Any girl who is interested in STEM, entering the 9–12 grade with a minimum GPA of 2.0, and has completed math up to the pre-algebra level is eligible. Contact Lisa Patterson if you have questions.

  • May 27, 2017 6:51 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Saturday, June 24th at PSU. 

    Interested in bringing computer science and digital literacy to all students in Oregon? Come share ideas and join our discussion! We will integrate these ideas into existing schools and curricula. Preparing our kids to meet the future requires collaboration between teachers and administrators with guidance and support from government and industry.  Come help us shape our vision and plan next steps!

    The Oregon Computer Science Teachers Association will kick off their summer PD with the Oregon CSTA Symposium: Computer Science and  Digital Literacy for All.


  • 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

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