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  • 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. 

  • June 01, 2016 4:59 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Many middle school students play or watch sports. What better way to get them involved in learning STEM topics than with an interactive, online curriculum centered around the fast-paced game of ice hockey?

    The University of Portland STEM Education and Outreach Center is offering a Professional Development Workshop this summer for middle school educators (formal and non-formal) who teach in any of the STEM areas, individually or collectively. The curriculum we will focus on (Future Goals) was designed by EverFi and funded by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey Players Association. It is an online program, compatible with all platforms, and is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It consists of 4 sets of 3 modules (approximately 3 hours of instruction) that covers topics including:

    • Area and Geometry (circles and angles)
    • Kinetic & Potential Energy/Newton’s laws/States of Matter
    • Respiration & Circulation - Engineering Design
    • Data analysis

    UP faculty will lead you through this free curriculum and strengthen your content knowledge in the respective background areas to enable you to comfortably use this program with your students in the Fall! Staff from EverFi will lead you through the technology to set up your class and collect pre/post test data from the modules. Teams of teachers (e.g., math and physical science) are encouraged to attend!

    What: Free PD and Curriculum

    When: August 15-18, 2016, 8:30 AM- 12:30 PM each day Place: University of Portland, Shiley Engineering Building Cost: FREE

    For a 2 minute preview of the curriculum, go to: Future Goals Preview

    Ready to register? Send an email to morrell@up.edu with your preferred email contact information. Please include where you teach, what you teach, and grade level(s) and/or if this is for an after school club.

    University of Portland STEM Education and Outreach Center 

  • June 01, 2016 4:52 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)


    Ecology Field Camp is an adventuresome weeklong science camp in the heart of the Mount St. Helens blast zone. Participants will work with scientists on their research, conduct their own field ecology projects and explore the landscapes and organisms of Mount St. Helens.

    Details: http://www.mshinstitute.org/learn/for-parents/ecology-camp.html


    Students ages 15-17


    Sunday July 31. Meeting time will vary based on meeting locations.


    Meeting locations will vary based on selected youth participants.


    No previous experience in ecology, hiking or camping is necessary. It is essential that youth participants are in good physical condition and are comfortable being outside.



    *Need-based scholarships are available. To apply, please submit a need-based scholarship application by May 31. We STRONGLY encourage all interested youth to apply!  Print the application below.  Scan or take a photo of your completed financial aid application and send to learn@mshinstitute.org.


    Rolling admissions until June 29. 

    Click here to apply.

    Applicants will also need one of their teachers to fill out a Teacher Recommendation Form.  

    Applications will be considered once BOTH the application and the Teacher Recommendation Form are submitted.

  • May 03, 2016 8:07 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    FREE recognition program for outstanding chemistry students


    The Portland Section of the American Chemical Society (Portland ACS) will prepare a certificate for each outstanding chemistry student named by the chemistry teacher on thewebformThere is no cost to the teacher or school for certificates. Certificates are mailed to the teacher to present to their students at an award event.


    Each teacher may submit up to 12 outstanding students each year. 


    We hope that this last call for outstanding chemistry students from chemistry teachers statewide will encourage more responses from chemistry teachers. Certificates have helped students win scholarships and at least, recognize accomplishment in chemistry.


    We urge cehmistry teachers to take advantage of this FREE recognition program administered entirely by the Portland Section of the American Chemical Society.


  • May 02, 2016 12:11 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    An exciting online professional development opportunity, offered with an optional 3 CEED credits from Portland State University, will help biologyphysical science/physics, and environmental science teachers bring student-centeredmodel-building/simulation activities into their classrooms. 

    Based on 20+ years of high school classroom experience, teachers will learn to create the simulations and will have classroom ready lessons to use upon completion of the course.  The lessons have been used with a broad range of student abilities.   The focus is to provide a deeper understanding of how systems work, cause and effect relationships, structure and behavior connections, what causes stability and change, and the dynamic patterns that are caused by certain structural compositions. 

    The first course (Basic Models) is intended for teachers who have no background in the modeling method that is used.  The course addresses many current NGSS standards (especially the cross-cutting goals) and 21st Century Skills. 

    The first course is offered starting June 13, 2016 and provides 10 sessions of instruction over 10 consecutive weeks.  Each session lists additional web resources.  For more information go to:  http://www.ccmodelingsystems.com/news-1.html or contact dfisher@ccmodelingsystems.com.  

    Registration is now open.  To register go to: http://www.ccmodelingsystems.com/registration.php

    The cost for the course is $570 without credit and $750 with 3 graduate credits. 

  • May 02, 2016 12:07 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Sheridan Japanese School, a public charter school in the Sheridan 48J School District is looking to fill a full-time, non-temporary SCIENCE teaching position. This position would require teaching integrated science (4-7th grade) and Biology to 8th Grade through high school. In 2017/18, emphasis will switch to Chemistry. Those who have the willingness and ability to teach AP Chemistry (2017/18) and AP Biology (2016/17) are preferred. Training at the AP Institute will be provided.

    Sheridan Japanese School, is a small, but stable charter school which focuses on the instruction and experience of the Japanese language and culture. Being a charter school, staff members are given a great deal of freedom to both design their own curriculum as well as participate in professional development activities. Classes range from a small size of five to a maximum size of twenty-two. No Japanese experience is required.

    For a detailed description and application requirements click here

  • April 11, 2016 8:13 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)
    Summer Institute for Climate Change Education
    June 21-24, 2016
    Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
    Registration $150
    26 Clock Hours
    Onsite Lodging available (fee)
    2 Graduate Credits available (fee)

    Summer Institute for Climate Change Education 2016 will focus on resources and training to integrate the Next Generation Science Standards into your classroom, which for the first time include climate change. Resources will include our newest middle school curriculum, Next Generation Climate. Hear from experts in climate science, engage with hands on activities that help bring climate change concepts into the classroom, and network with other educators. 

    Our Education Program has been
    recognized by the White House for our effectiveness in climate change education and engaging educators and youth. We have been providing professional development for teachers for over ten years through our Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, and we get consistent evaluation results that indicate teachers increase their confidence and competence to teach climate change after attending.

  • April 05, 2016 10:04 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    "August Institute is beyond my expectations. I finally have, in one workshop, access to knowledge, contacts, equipment, online sites that I have been needing to get started on projects with my class"   Teacher

    •  Engaging Learning Sessions and Speakers
    •  Resource Fair with local environmental education providers
    • Field Trips   
    • Earn $200 towards field trips and guest speakers
    • Receive certificates of completion towards PDUs
    • Optional - teachers can earn 3 graduate credits ($70/credit)

    When - August 8 - 12, 2016

    Where - OSU Extension, North Mountain Park and other local sites

    Website: https://sites.google.com/site/augustinst/

    To register fill out the form at https://sites.google.com/site/augustinst/products or download the attached registration form and email it to Kristi Reynolds at augustinst@gmail.com.  No charge to attend but there is limited space so register early.

    Kristi Reynolds
    August Institute Coordinator

    Southern Oregon Regional Environmental Education Leaders (SOREEL)


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