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  • May 25, 2021 11:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June - Get Outside for Summer!

    Cornell Lab of Ornithology K-12 Zoom Room

    06/08/2021 @ 6:00 pm -7:00 pm ET

    06/10/2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET

    Targeted grade levels: 3-8

    Targeted audience: Educators

    This webinar is free and open to all educators, but the content is targeted to 3-8 grade educators.

    Get kids outside and ready for summer exploration! We’ll share simple activities that can connect kids to nature through birds. While being in nature has been shown to decrease stress and boost creativity, use your best judgment and follow local recommendations for being outside.

    In this webinar, you will: Discuss the importance of outdoor learning. Discover fun and simple activities to implement outdoors.


    Registration link: https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/june-webinar/


  • May 25, 2021 11:30 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The application deadline is Monday, June 7th*. Selected applicants will be notified by June 11th with additional information about meeting dates and next steps. 

    The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is seeking K-12 educators, administrators, pre-service educators, and career science and engineer practitioners to participate on a Science Standards Advisory Panel in support of reviewing and revising the Oregon Science Standards.

    The Oregon State Board of Education has the responsibility to “continually review and revise all adopted academic content standards necessary for students to successfully transition to the next phase of their education” (ORS 329.045(2)). For science, the next set of K-12 science standards is scheduled to be presented to the State Board of Education during the 2021-2022 school year (Spring 2022).

    The Science Standards Advisory Panel will begin meeting in June 2021 and continue through the 2021-2022 school year with much of the work happening during the summer, after school hours and offline. 

    Please note – Classroom educators will need approval from the school administrator to apply and all applicants will need to be able to participate remotely on:

    • Tuesday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 23
    • Tuesday, August 17 and Wednesday, August 18
    • Two scheduled dates (TBD) prior to May 2022 (after 3:30 pm)

    If you are not available to apply to the science standards advisory panel but would like to provide input, please use the K-12 Oregon Science Standards Review form.  

    For additional information or questions, please contact Jamie Rumage, ODE Science Education Specialist at jamie.rumage@state.or.us or 503-947-6504.

  • May 25, 2021 11:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SAVE THE DATE!

    July 30 - August 1

    We are excited to announce our 2021 Environmental Education Conference. We are partnering with Southern Oregon University’s Environmental Education Graduate Program to bring you a hybrid conference with both virtual and in-person sessions. We are aware that social gatherings are not safe at this time and acknowledge that this may still be the case come summer 2021. Keeping that in mind we are working to organize a hybrid conference with the majority of sessions offered online with some in-person field trips and workshops at Southern Oregon University (SOU). We will be prepared to switch to an all-virtual conference if conditions warrant the change.

    Interested in supporting the conference? Contact us to learn how you can volunteer your time or become a conference sponsor.


  • May 21, 2021 12:05 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Chemistry for the Next Generation: August 2 - 6, 2021
    Physics for the Next Generation: August 9 - 13, 2021
    Biology for the Next Generation: August 9 - 13, 2021

    Course Fee: $450

    Audience: High School Science Teachers

    Please register here.

    You can find more information about the approach and access the curriculum by visiting https://www.pdxstem.org/hs-science

    We are excited to announce that registration is open for the High School Science for All: the Patterns Approach courses for this summer! The five-day summer courses on the High School Science for All curriculum: NGSS Physics, NGSS Chemistry, and NGSS Biology will occur virtually during the first two weeks of August. The courses provide a great foundation for teachers interested in utilizing the open source curriculum and associated instruction strategies. The model is a three-year pathway and curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The curriculum utilizes a storyline patterns approach to problem-based learning, common instructional strategies, real-world phenomena and design challenges that engage students and support their learning. The curriculum is a combination of teacher-generated and curated open-content materials. Complete distance learning resources have been developed for all units in all courses. The Teacher-generated materials are shared freely under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons License.


  • May 13, 2021 8:32 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    In honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in honoring the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society.

    Oregon Encyclopedia via Oregon Historical Society Resources: Jews in Oregon

     Additional Resources ADL Books and Resources on Jewish History and Antisemitism

  • May 13, 2021 8:29 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.

    NASA celebrates the contributions of its Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees – past and present: As part of this month’s celebration, the NASA Headquarters AAPI Employee Resource Group has produced a video featuring the many voices of the AAPI community all across the agency.

    Oregon Encyclopedia via Oregon Historical Society Resources: Chinese Americans in Oregon,  East Indians of Oregon and the Ghadar PartyHawaiians in the Oregon CountryHmong Immigration.

    Additional Resources: Asian Pacific Heritage for TeachersTeacher's Guide: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage and History in the U.S.

  • May 11, 2021 6:38 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The Salmon Watch program was created to provide experiential education and encounters with Pacific wild salmon to connect students and adults with nature and empower community engagement.  The distance-based learning links below, will assist your members in implementing meaningful, place-based science while online.

    https://worldsalmoncouncil.org/welcome-to-salmon-watch-streaming/ 

    https://worldsalmoncouncil.org/salmonwatch/ 

    If you have any question or concerns about this amazing outreach, do not hesitate to email or call Jenny Ammon - Jenny.Ammon@marionswcd.net Natural Resource Educator for Marion Soil & Water Conservation Board in Salem, Oregon, or Nicholas Wagner - nicholas@worldsalmoncouncil.org World Salmon Council Program Manager



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