2019 fall conference on science education

OSTA is proud to present our 58th annual Fall Conference on Science education on October 11, 2019 at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR.

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Keynote Speaker:
Okhee Lee, Professor of Childhood Education at New York University

Image result for okhee leeOkhee Lee is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Her research areas include science education, language and culture, and teacher education. She is leading collaborative research between New York University and Stanford University to develop instructional materials aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in order to promote science learning and language learning of elementary students including English learners. She is also leading collaborative research with MIT and Vanderbilt University to integrate computational thinking and modeling in NGSS-aligned instructional materials. She was a member of the NGSS writing team and served as leader for the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team. She was also a member of the Steering Committee for the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University.

Thank you to our sponsors!

OSTA would like to thank Lane Community College for hosting and sponsoring this event.


Explore Oregon's culture and science museum.

FREE ADMISSION for OSTA conference participants

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 
Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.

Located on the University of Oregon campus near Matthew Knight Arena

1680 East 15th Avenue | 541-346-3024 | mnch.uoregon.edu


Morning refreshments courtesy of STEMscopes.
 Afternoon refreshments courtesy of Northwest Evaluation Association
Drawstring bags courtesy of Worldstrides

Conference Theme: All for Science and Science for All

This theme emphasizes the critical need to provide a high quality science education for all students. All for science indicates the teamwork behind a comprehensive science program. Formal and informal educators; elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educators; parents, teachers and community partners….we’re all for science! Science for all indicates the importance of equity in education and graduating scientifically literate citizens; that all learners need to be taken into consideration when planning and delivering science education. This conference focuses on the need for cultural relevance in science teaching so all students have access and can participate in the science journey to graduate scientifically literate citizens. Let's utilize the science and engineering practices as the ticket to increase access and engagement.

All Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which they:

  • Create cultural relevance in your classroom.
  • Increase/improve instruction utilizing NGSS science and engineering practices.
  • Increase/improve student literacy and communication in science.
  • Illustrate effective pedagogical strategies for NGSS implementation that support diverse student populations.
  • Identify diverse groups and develop appropriate plans to differentiate instruction.
  • Adhere to the strand description and intent.
  • Align with one or more strand goals.
  • Are based on current and available research.
  • Involve participants through activities and/or discussion.
  • Include formative and/or summative assessments that help inform students of learning and teachers of their practice.

Conference strands 

The Eugene/Springfield area is known as the gateway to the McKenzie River and where you’ll find the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers. Both rivers play a large part of the culture of our area and offer limitless learning opportunities.

The Gateway: A place to begin...Making sense of phenomena is an essential part of implementing the NGSS. How are you helping students engage with and make sense of local and global phenomena?

The Confluence: Where everything comes together… The three dimensions of NGSS intertwine; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math integrate; Assessment links to our progress; How are you bringing it all together?

The Wild and Scenic: A place to explore… Innovations in science teaching; Outdoor Experiences; Field Science and Research; Educational Tours; How are you exploring the wild and scenic world of science education?

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