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  • November 08, 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous
    • Facilitated by Louise Wilmes, Charissa Jones, and Dan Prince
    • This session builds upon the Microaggressions and Implicit Bias 1.0 session and focuses on having discussions on science's legacy of ignoring racism and disrupting the silence.
    • Audience: Community STEM educators and community members that have basic understanding/workshops about this topic.  (Click here to register)
    • This session will be held virtually

    *Ally - Someone who makes the commitment and effort to recognize their privilege (based on gender, class, race, sexual identity, etc.) and work in solidarity with oppressed groups in the struggle for justice. Allies understand that it is in their own interest to end all forms of oppression, even those from which they may benefit in concrete ways. (Center for the Study of Social Policy)

  • November 05, 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Join us at Wildlife Safari as we explore hands-on activities for elementary students that are all about birds! Explore concepts of adaptations and anatomy. Observe behavior (you will have a chance to meet the resident birds). Practice identification. Get students excited about learning through movement and role-playing activities! 

    As part of the workshop we will have the opportunity to visit Wildlife Safari’s wetlands to observe birds in their habitat. 

    All workshop participants will receive a complimentary copy of Project WILD’s Flying Wild guide and a pass to Wildlife Safari.

    This workshop is co-hosted by Wildlife Safari 

    Registration required. Offered at no cost to formal and nonformal Oregon educators. PDUs available. Substitute reimbursement available on teacher workdays.

    Registration closes at 5PM Thursday, October 28th  

  • November 01, 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Join us at the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy’s Rogue River Preserve to experience and explore nature journaling, a flexible, engaging, and adaptable teaching tool that helps students develop both scientific (NGSS) and social-emotional competencies. Along the trail, we will stop to practice close observation, inquiry, and connection-building using a series of nature journaling prompts. We will also practice giving feedback on journal entries to promote a growth mindset, model outdoor facilitation strategies, and discuss how to incorporate nature journaling in any learning context.

    Dress for a 1.5-mile walk along a rustic but mostly-level loop trail. Bring a notebook and a pencil, water, bag lunch, and a camping chair (if you have one). Note that the site does not have any trash cans -- be prepared to pack out what you pack in. The site has no running water but does have a portapotty. 

    This workshop is co-hosted by: Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management Medford District, North Mountain Park Nature Center

    Registration required. Offered at no cost to formal and nonformal Oregon educators. PDUs available. Substitute reimbursement available

    Registration closes at 5PM Thursday, October 22nd. 

  • October 22, 2021 9:12 PM | Anonymous
    Are you an afterschool/out-of-school instructor, leader or site manager working with students in grades 3-8 either virtually or in-person, or are planning to do so?
    Funded by an Oregon Department of Education (ODE) grant, STEM Beyond School (SBS) aims to increase community and culturally based STEM learning experiences for youth by supporting educators through sharing and joint learning.
    SBS is accepting applications to join our statewide networked learning community of out-of-school/after-school educators to flexibly participate in 50 hours of virtual professional development from Oct. 2021-June 2022.  Apply now to be considered for a $2500 stipend.  Applications are due OCTOBER 22nd. Stipends are for afterschool/out of school instructors, leaders or site managers working with students of color, English Language Learners, students experiencing poverty, and/or students with disabilities. Click here for more program details. Email questions to Statewide Program Director Beth St. Amand at beth.stamand@oregonstate.edu

    Registration link STEM Beyond School (SBS) Application for 2021-22 (google.com)

  • October 21, 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Looking to add ‘hands-on’ activities back into your classroom? Look no further! In this afternoon-long workshop we’ll delve into Project Learning Tree curriculum and you will be able to walk away with a resource book full of ideas, activities to do with your learners, and some PDU’s. Project Learning Tree is a world renowned curriculum that engages young minds in and enhances their awareness, knowledge, and skills of the environment. SIGN UP TODAY!

    Participants will receive a copy of Project Learning Tree’s Pre-K 8 Environmental Education Activity Guide. 

    This workshop is co-hosted by: Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom  and Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District

    Registration required. Offered at no cost to formal and nonformal Oregon educators. PDUs available. Substitute reimbursement available on teacher workdays.

    Registration closes at 5 PM, Wednesday, October 13th.

  • October 20, 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous
    • Facilitated by Louise Wilmes, Otoe-Missouria Tribe
    • Scheduled Guest Speakers from the Confluence Project: 
      • Heather Gurko (Tlingit Nation), Education manager
      • Courtney Yilk, Program manager
    • In 2017, the Oregon Legislature enacted Senate Bill (SB) 13, now known as Tribal History/Shared History. Tribal History/Shared History is (K-12) historically accurate, culturally embedded, place-based, contemporary, and developmentally appropriate Native American/Alaska Native curriculum. Throughout this workshop, participants will learn the nine Essential Understandings and six Critical Orientations needed to understand the rich culture and contributions of Native people in this state and nation. Participants will leave the workshop with ways to implement and integrate these essential understandings and educate students on the accurate and authentic traditional knowledge and place of tribal peoples that call Oregon home.   
    • Audience: Community STEM educators and community members.  (Click here to register)
    • This session will be held virtually

  • October 07, 2021 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    Join us for a Virtual Science Meet and Greet WITH PRIZES 

    Date: October 7th 4:30-5:30 PM regional session

    Register Here

    Get re-energized, connect with area science educators and have grown up conversations with other adults who love science as much as you do!  Find out about OSTA professional development opportunities and meet your Region 1 OSTA board members. 

    Enjoy a scavenger hunt and interactive Zoom breakout rooms with raffle prizes including NSTA books and McMenamins gift cards (Our original location for the Meet and Greet prior to changing to virtual due to COVID concerns)!

    Please forward this information to your colleagues.

    Looking forward to meeting all of you!

  • October 02, 2021 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Description: In this interactive workshop, teachers will learn about the life cycle and biology of salmon while exploring critical habitat along the Clackamas River. The training also includes a focus on engaging youth in meaningful stewardship projects designed to improve watershed health. Lessons will connect with salmon or trout rearing activities in classroom aquariums. Participants should pack a lunch. Activities take place mostly outdoors so dress for the weather, including footwear for walking in water.  Participants will receive a copy of Project WILD’s Aquatic WILD.  This workshop is co-hosted by National Wildlife Federation 

    Registration required. Offered at no cost to formal and nonformal Oregon educators. PDUs available. Substitute reimbursement available on teacher workdays.

    Registration closes at 5 PM on Friday, September 24th 

  • September 28, 2021 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    Connect with other educators as we begin the 2021-2022 school year. This is a free event, open to any educator. We want to support your efforts, especially for teaching science, but this event is not limited to science educators. So, invite a friend and join us for this informal meet and greet. An OSTA water bottle will be awarded to one lucky participant. We look forward to meeting you!

    Register HERE

  • September 24, 2021 9:22 PM | Anonymous

    2021-22 Elementary STEAM Leaders

    Apply to participate here.

    Intended Impact: Increasing the time spent on quality STEAM learning in Elementary classrooms.

    → Priority given to teachers from schools serving students navigating poverty, students who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and/or rural students. Priority also given to teachers who identify as persons of color.


    Strengthen science and STEAM instruction by building on and integrating with existing curriculum.

    Empower teachers to spend more time on science by building their confidence with NGSS, effective instructional practice and a repertoire of quality lessons.

    Develop a cadre of elementary STEAM leaders.

    Engage administrators in science & STEAM leadership.

    Commitment from teacher cohort:

    Cohort 2 - New Cohort

    Cohort 1 - 2nd Year Cohort (Returning Leaders)

    Virtual Fall Institute

    6 hr on Sat, 10/2/21 + 2-hr after-school session on 10/7/21, 10/14/21, & 10/21/21

    Complete and implement at least 2 high-quality STEAM lessons, complementing/augmenting current curriculum. (Some leaders may choose to work in a group and make more lessons together).

    Virtual Fall Institute


    As needed, continue perfecting lessons from previous year

    Create at least two new lessons

    Both Cohorts

    Attend ¾ of after school sessions differentiated by cohort

    Three Sessions (12/2/21, 2/3/22, 3/31/22) - 2 hr each after school

    Wrap up (5/5/2022) - 2 hr after school

    → Hopefully 1-2 of these will be in person (regionally, spring most likely) and the rest virtual. We will communicate those dates well in advance.

    Complete pre and post surveys

    Share learning in some way with their school’s staff or district grade level team

    STEAM Leader Compensation:

    $1200 stipend, distributed in a few payments by local STEM Hub

    $150 for supplies supporting teachers’ lessons

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