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  • September 28, 2016 11:14 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The Six Star Science OT is a 10-month online professional development program that focuses on the three Dimensions in the Next Generation Science Standards and expanding teacher skills in three major areas: 1) Updating Teacher Content and Pedagogy Knowledge; 2) Understanding the Research Process; and 3) Applying Six Star Science in the Classroom.

    Online Teacher (OT) Fellows participate in a dynamic and interactive virtual learning community that focuses on exploring effective teaching strategies, understanding the research process, and enhancing classroom materials.  Fellows receive a stipend for completion of their online work and graduate credit is available 

    Application deadline: January 31, 2017  More info on this program can be found at: www.frontiersinphys.org

  • September 07, 2016 9:17 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Help is needed for stuffing and passing out program materials, and checking in presenters on Wednesday, November 9 from Noon-7pm. Volunteers are also needed Thursday and Friday, November 10-11 for 2-hour shifts from 7am - 5pm, and on Saturday from 7:30am - noon.

    Volunteers who work 7-15 hours will receive a 50% discount on registration.  Working 16+ hours gets you a complimentary registration.  Hours do not need to be consecutive to qualify. Sign up to volunteer here!

    If you have questions, please contact Stephen Scannell at: scannell@gresham.k12.or.us, or call 503-512-0231.

  • September 07, 2016 9:14 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The goal of the EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science will be to identify high-quality lessons and units that are designed for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Building on the work of the EQuIP peer review panels for mathematics and English Language Arts, the science peer reviewers will evaluate lessons and units in their area of expertise and, collectively, will cover grades K-12. Any lessons and units that are determined to be of high quality will be publicly shared via www.nextgenscience.org so that educators and curriculum developers across all states and districts can benefit from these materials. 


    1. Interested persons must complete this online application. (Application period is Sept. 6 - Sept. 23, 2016)
    2. Applicants will receive an email containing two grade-banded science lessons to review and one copy of the new EQuIP Rubric for Science (Version 3) to use as they evaluate both science lessons. 
    3. Applicants must submit their completed EQuIP rubric reviews for consideration. (Due no later than Sept. 23, 2016)
    4. Accepted applicants will be notified of their selection as a peer reviewer. (By Oct. 21, 2016)
    5. Selected peer reviewers must confirm their commitment and interest. (No later than Oct. 25, 2016)
    More information about this opportunity can be found here.

  • September 07, 2016 9:10 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Lee Jones from Dallas High School will be teaching a brand new course at WOU (3 grad credits) aimed at going over some of the more common tech in a STEM course (3D printing, programming, robotics, etc).  It is a hybrid course with 3 Saturday meetings.

    More information about this Fall Term Course is on this flyer.

  • September 07, 2016 9:08 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The 2017 eclipse of the Sun will sweep across one country and one country only: the United States! On a Monday morning (August 21, 2017), this "All-American" eclipse will begin on a beach in Oregon and cross the country diagonally to end in the afternoon on a beach in South Carolina. Read more about it, and sign up for NSTA's half-day virtual conference, which will give you the strategies and tools you need to make this once-in-a-lifetime event spectacular. 
    This virtual conference is perfect for grades 4-12 educators and you will learn about the 2017 eclipse, in particular - where, when, and how to view it safely; the latest in solar science; and come away with a series of NGSS-aligned activities. 
    Registration price also includes the e-book, Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses, and More (a $30 value!)

  • September 07, 2016 9:05 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The 6th Annual Coastal Learning Symposium in Newport, Oregon aims to provide meaningful connections to the Oregon coast for educators and students. We would like to invite formal and informal educators from the Oregon Coast and beyond to join us on October 14th!


    This all-day event offers over 40 exciting workshops, presentations, and field trips. Lunch, transportation to event sites, and a Continuing Education Certificate for 6 hours of professional development are provided.


    You may browse the entire event program and find registration information and more here:



    Pre-registration is required and space is limited, so don’t delay – register today! Early Bird rates are available until September 11th.


    Hope to see you there!

  • 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

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