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  • August 24, 2016 10:15 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    For the last decade, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and NSTA have been working to provide hands-on, engaging curricula that meet educational standards in a fun way! Through outdoor education and citizen science, BirdSleuth K-12 at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology want to help 50 educators get children outside and engaged with science in their programs. We invite all educators (afterschool educators, teachers, youth development professional, homeschool families, etc.) to apply for a BirdSleuth STEM kit of their choice that can be used in the 2016-2017 school year.  Please  complete the short survey below. We will randomly select 50 educators to win a kit of their choice, which will be announced the first week of September. All surveys must be completed August 31, at 11:59pm ET. If you have any questions, please contact birdsleuth@cornell.edu.



  • June 12, 2016 7:28 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    SuperQuest: teachers teaching teachers … tech! We have 7 workshops around the state this year, and registrations are opening up as we finalize details. Any networking you are able and willing to do on behalf of these programs is gratefully accepted. Our primary audience is K-12 in-school and afterschool educators.

    There is no cost to teachers for these workshops, thanks to a grant from ODE. We’ll line up a variety of lunchtime speakers from education, industry, the State of Oregon. We’ll provide a complimentary continental breakfast and lunch. Teachers will earn PDUs (documented upon completion of the event survey) and have time to talk face-to-face with other teachers. The first 120 teachers meeting these criteria will earn stipends: Oregon, licensed, teaching grades 7-12, attending SuperQuest 2016, participating in a virtual PLC during the school year, attending SuperQuest 2017.

    Access to even more detail via oregoncsta.org.

  • June 01, 2016 10:48 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Middle grades science teachers face the wonderful, yet daunting task of teaching an incredibly dynamic and constantly changing field. From anatomy to zoology, astronomy to physics, it can be difficult for teachers to keep up-to-date with a single topic, let alone the full scientific spectrum. 

    Through lecture and demonstration, hands on participation, and full/small group discussion, these two-day courses will provide key ideas in both physical and earth and space science for middle grade levels, modeling and practicing multiple experiments that every teacher can do in the classroom. Essential equipment, safety training and Next Generation Science Standards will be discussed.

    Physical Science Essentials for the Middle School Teacher 
    Tuesday-Wednesday, June 21-22, 20169 a.m.- 5 p.m. 

    Earth and Space Science Essentials for the Middle School Teacher
    Tuesday, July 5 and Thursday, July 7, 20169 a.m.- 5 p.m.

    Cost: Each course can be taken for 1 semester hour of continuing education credit, or for noncredit with 15 CEUs or PDUs. Noncredit registrants may take both courses together for a reduced rate. See links above for more details.

    About the Instructor
    Joseph Minato, M.T.E. is a science teacher with a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.T.E. in science education. He presently teaches at Lincoln High School and in the M.A.T. program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. He is a recipient of the prestigious Polaroid Award for Outstanding Teaching at MIT. While classically trained in physics and math, Joe is a lifelong natural historian with a broad background and endless enthusiasm for exploring the wonders of the natural world from subatomic physics to cosmology, from molecular genetics to frog metamorphosis.

  • June 01, 2016 10:42 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Embrace Your Place: Geographic Literacy

    Geographic Literacy includes all the interactions and interconnections of the world around us and the implications of our choices within that world. Check out this video by National Geographic that illustrates what geographic literacy means to us and our global community.

    Registration for August InstituteEmbrace Your Place is open - click here.

    Monday to Wednesday (Aug. 8, 9 & 10) - Learning sessions at OSU Extension (Central Point), North Mountain Park (Ashland) and other area sites.

    Monday (Aug. 8) - Resource Fair at OSU Extension (Central Point) during lunch

    Thursday and Friday (Aug. 11 & 12) - Optional field trips available in Josephine, Jackson and Klamath counties

    The August Institute is offered by a subcommittee of the Southern Oregon Regional Environmental Education Leaders (SOREEL)including OSU-SOREC and Southern Oregon University in collaboration with the Southern Oregon Educational Service District  and the Environmental Education Association of Oregon. 

    August Institute

  • June 01, 2016 6:14 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    More information and registration at: http://genomicsforeveryone.org/course-materials-genomics-in-the-classroom/

    “Genomics”—defined as the study of the functions and the interactions of all the genes in living organisms, including their interactions with environmental factors—is an area where people of all ages lack the background to understand and evaluate the new popular press headlines reporting genomics-based research. As genomics continues to influence healthcare and our fundamental understanding and manipulation of the world, it is becoming vitally important for everyone to have a basic understanding of the genome sciences and technologies, and the ethical, social and policy ramifications of their application. This is especially true for high school students who always will be the beneficiaries of the promise of genomics in their future.


    Gregory Fowler, PhD
    Affiliate Associate Professor
    Department Public Health & Preventive Medicine
    Oregon Health and Science University

    Senior Research Associate,
    School of Community Health
    Portland State University

  • June 01, 2016 5:35 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Our next Educator Evening is Tuesday, July 12 from 5:30-8:00pm. The event is an informal gathering of teachers and pre-service teachers with the theme being “space science” so we’ll be showcasing some fun, hands-on activities you can share in the classroom. The reception starts at 5:30pm with refreshments and cash bar. Activity demonstrations and museum exploration will be from 6:00-8:00pm. This is a great chance to see our upcoming Space exhibit!


    Educator Evenings (formerly known as Teacher Pub) offer educators a tour of OMSI exhibit halls and STEM-programming as well as demonstrations and hands-on activities with museum educators. This experience gives teachers opportunities to engage in classroom-ready, hands-on activities and take-away resources encouraging implementation of STEM activities in the classroom. OMSI received funding from Boeing to offer Educator Evenings between April and November 2016.


    To RSVP, please click here.


    What you should know:

    • Please bring your school ID with you if you are a teacher or your student ID if you are a pre-service teacher. At this time, we cannot accommodate friends and families of our teacher participants.
    • We will provide free snacks as well as beer and wine for purchase. Remember to bring your ID.
    • We will have a very short survey for teachers to fill out after the event. By filling out the survey, you’ll be entered into a drawing for free prizes!
    • Spread the word! We’d love your help promoting the program.

  • June 01, 2016 5:28 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    ASM Materials Camp-Teachers

    Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences

    Oregon City, Oregon

    July 11-15, 2016

    To Register

    Who Should Attend?

    • High School Teachers: Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Industrial / Vocational Technology
    • Middle School Teachers: Physical Science
    • Pre-Service Science Teachers
    • Art, Math, and Community College Teachers, as space allows

    Why Attend?

    • Learn how to engage your students using simple, low-cost experiments that you can integrate into your existing lesson plans
    • Help your students discover career opportunities in science and engineering

    What’s Included:

    • 4 CEUs, demonstration materials, lunches & snacks 

    Graduate Credits Available:

    • 2 graduate level credits are available for $250 through the University of Missouri-Kansas City (optional)


    Jeane Deatherage, Administrator of Foundation Programs jeane.deatherage@asminternational.org; 1.800.336.5152 X5533


  • June 01, 2016 5:26 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Book your summer adventure with the American Museum of Natural History’s Seminars on Science and save 15%!*


    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 ChangeEarth: Inside and OutEvolutionGenetics, Genomics, GenethicsThe Ocean SystemThe Solar System; Space, Time and Motion; Water and more. The second summer session of the Museum’s online teacher education program begins July 11th.  Registration ends June 27th.


    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, send us an email at learn@amnh.org, or call us at 800-649-6715.




    The Seminars on Science Team


    *15% discount offer ends June 27, 2016. Discount applies to course fees only and cannot be applied to graduate credit fees. Cannot be combined with other promotions. Code: celebrate15

  • June 01, 2016 5:13 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)
    Learn methods and strategies to enhance and extend students’ Outdoor School experiences. Participants will come away with the content knowledge, skills and materials needed to develop and use natural-resources-based lessons that are aligned with Outdoor School curricula, state standards, and statewide environmental literacy programs. The lessons can be used in the field or the classroom, before or after the students attend Outdoor School.

    Many dates and locations to choose from.

  • June 01, 2016 5:05 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Summer Transportation Institute at Portland State University

    When: July 11-22, M-F, 9am-4pm. Orientation will take place 7-9pm on July 7th 

    Where: Portland State University Campus, with many fun field trips around the city.

    Cost: FREE! You will get learning materials, lunches and transit passes for field trips.


    1. You are a self-identified girl entering 9th-12th grade
    2. You have completed algebra or will be enrolling in algebra next term (3) You have a minimum of 2.0 GPA

    Go to our website and apply online. Applications will be accepted until the Institute is full. You will be notified within two days of your application status. You will also need a teacher, counselor, or other adult not related to you to fill out a recommendation form, which is also on our website:  http://trec.pdx.edu/education/summer-transportation-institute

    If you have any questions, please email Sarah at sed@pdx.edu or call 503-715-6731. 

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