From the Conference Chair, Carolyn Whitney
Frenchglen Elementary School
We are so pleased that you are joining us for our 60th Annual Conference at Ridgeview High School in Redmond Oregon.
Let me begin by thanking you for your tireless efforts on behalf of students and science education throughout your tenure in Science Education but especially in the challenges that have faced us in the past few years. I am grateful that this time of struggle has brought our stakeholders to a greater understanding of how hard you work and the commitment you have made to educating our students.
We are grateful for the expertise of our session presenters and keynote speakers and their willingness to share that with you. We are also grateful to our exhibitors who want to share their resources with you. Please take some time to check them out in the Commons Area.
To all of our attendees, please know that you are appreciated. OSTA is your professional organization. Our mission is to support your professional development. We are so fortunate to have amazing science educators all over this region. The 60th Annual OSTA conference is our effort to facilitate networking and collaboration to improve science education at the school, district and state level.
Thank you for attending the conference and continuing to support and teach quality science education throughout our Oregon schools.
Brad Fulton, Seminar Leader and Trainer of Mathematics Teachers
Known throughout the country for motivating and engaging teachers and students, Brad Fulton is a highly experienced and current classroom teacher using project-based learning in his STEM instruction. Drawing upon four decades in education and known throughout the country for motivating and engaging teachers and students, he is a frequent presenter at conferences and schools across the nation and was selected as his stat's educator of the year. You may know Brad from his presentations regarding mathematics throughout the country. Brad is not only an outstanding mathematics presenter he also has many science presentations and videos. Brad is excited to share his ideas and strategies for greatly enhancing your own STEM instruction in this hands-on, fast-paced day where you will gain dozens of ideas you can use immediately! He has co-authored over a dozen boks and hundreds of resources that provide easy-to-teach and content-rich activities for busy teachers, including Significantly Strengthen Your STEM Instruction Using Project Based Learning (K-6).
How to Teach a Whale: The Role of STEM in Today's Education
The students we teach today will have STEM careers tomorrow. Just as the American economy has transitioned from a manufacturing model to a tech-based one, our schools and our instruction must also adapt to prepare students for the global economy. As teachers, we have the great challenge and opportunity to equip our students for new careers that may not even exist yet. We will talk about how we can shift our instructional model to best prepare our students for success.