NSTA Portland Area Conference

October 28-30

Join us for the 2021 NSTA Portland Area Conference October 28-30th at the Oregon Convention Center.  Network with your colleagues, and take advantage of great NSTA professional learning.  Health and Safety Guidelines are in place and are based on the current CDC guidelines.

NSTA is aware of the challenge that teachers may have for attending during the week and has a full schedule of great sessions on Saturday.  Saturday only registration is just $125.

OSTA Members get $90 off full registration for this 3-day event. You may also register for 1 day (Thu or Fri) for $200 or Saturday only for $125. Click here to register.

Strand topics are timely and relevant to our return to the classroom.  Learn from your colleagues who have great ideas that will help you navigate coming back into the classroom:

  • Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students Post-COVID-19

  • Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

  • Innovating the Future of Education: Technology and Science Education

  • Successful Collaborations Between Informal and Formal Educators

  • Sharing Authentic Assessment Strategies

  • Literacy/Science Connections in the Classroom

Browse the session schedule here

Keynote speakers 

Erin Pettit, Oregon State University 

  • Curiosity, Creativity, and Courage: Exploring at the Confluence of Science, Art, and Justice

Adam Johnston, Weber State University

  • Engaging Authentic Science Learning in Diverse Environments.

Mark Your Calendar!

OSTA General Membership Meeting and Regional Raffle will be on Saturday at 12:30pm in room C123 at the Convention Center.


Time to Celebrate!

Meet our 2020-21 Awardees!

Join us in honoring our colleagues who have demonstrated excellence in science teaching at the 2020-21 Awards Celebration, October 29th at the World Forestry Center.  To register for the event, click here.

To become a sponsor and show your support for science educators doing extraordinary things under challenging conditions, click here.

Nominations are open for 2022 for both OSTA and the Presidential Awards. Nominate a deserving teacher here:


The National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine Report

Scientific thinking and understanding are essential for all people navigating the world, not just for scientists and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals. Knowledge of science and the practice of scientific thinking are essential components of a fully functioning democracy. Science is also crucial for the future STEM workforce and the pursuit of living wage jobs. Yet, science education is not the national priority it needs to be, and states and local communities are not yet delivering high quality, rigorous learning experiences in equal measure to all students from elementary school through higher education.

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OSTA is a state chapter of the National Science Teaching Association comprised of Oregon teachers who are interested in all levels of science education. Our purpose is to encourage, promote, and assist in improving science teaching and learning throughout Oregon. 

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