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  • August 19, 2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    • What has been improved with the HS Science For All: Patterns Chemistry curriculum - August 19th Register

      • This 3-hour workshop will focus on the improvements in the HS Science for All: Patterns Approach Chemistry curriculum that have been made over the last five years. The student-centered instructional improvements support continually immersing students in opportunities to explain phenomena and solve problems.

      • Workshop Fee: $0 - Stipend: $150 per 3-hour workshop

        Audience: High School Science Teachers

        Link to overview

        Please register here.

  • August 17, 2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    August 17, 2021 

    The 3-hour workshop is a deeper dive into improving student discourse in science through the lens of the HS Science For All: Patterns Approach curriculum. This workshop will look at rich discourse strategies used in the courses through data discussions, class/group interaction, structured talk protocols, and other discourse opportunities.


  • August 16, 2021 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Portland Metro STEM Partnership (PMSP) invites you to engage in one or all of the Summer 2021 HS Science Instructional Strategies Workshops. The Instructional Strategy workshops will happen during the week of August 16 - 20, 2021. Instructional strategy 3-hour workshops will be offered virtually from 8:30 - 11:30 am. The goal of the workshop is to support teachers who have attended the Summer week-long courses and would like to engage in more learning about specific strategies integrated into the courses. Participants will be paid $150 per workshop for your active participation in the workshop. Registrants will receive Zoom video conference information prior to each session.

    This 3-hour workshop will focus on practices that promote equity in grading and assessment in the science classroom. Learning strategies and mindsets to reduce and eliminate inequities is an imperative as educators continue to adapt to school closures and envision what school will look like when we return. This workshop will focus on both the reflective work and practical strategies we can engage in as science educators to empower all learners to demonstrate their 3-Dimensional knowledge and skills as aligned to the NGSS, with an asset-based and anti-bias/anti-racist lens. 

    Register: Click Here

  • August 02, 2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For teachers new to the curriculum/approach, we encourage folks to attend the week-long summer courses -

    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

    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.

    Course Information:

    Each course is a 5-day, virtual experience for high school science teachers. Each course covers the first two units with a focus on the key pedagogical shifts needed to engage all students in solving real-world problems. Participants will learn how to engage all students in utilizing the science practices to understand and think critically about the world around them. The roles of inquiry, culturally responsive anchoring phenomena, and engineering projects are emphasized. Come with your colleagues to learn about the Next Generation Science Standards and how to implement them together as a team! Each course will be facilitated virtually using synchronous meetings from 8:30 - 11:30 AM and 1:00 - 2:30 PM Monday - Friday.

    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

    Stipend: $0

    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

    Please feel free to share this information. We will open up registration to educators outside of Oregon in mid-June.

  • July 30, 2021 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration is open for Oregon's 2021 Environmental Education Conference. In-person & virtual sessions are available. In-person registration will be capped at 50 participants to keep gatherings small and stay mindful of the need for social distancing. Housing on the SOU campus is available. The deadline to register for housing is June 28th. Visit the website to learn more> https://eeao.org/inde.../programs/conference/2021-conference

  • July 26, 2021 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Become invigorated about your teaching and inspired by those who share your passion for STEM!

    "Get ready for an exhilarating five days of innovation, inspiration, and connection at the NSTA STEM21 virtual conference. From thought-provoking presentations and sessions, to lively Marketplace partner workshops, to the latest teaching tools and techniques for an evolving educational landscape, NSTA STEM21 will provide YOU with the very best professional learning experience around! Session recordings will be available for 90 days after the conference ends."

    Each day focuses on a different grade level band, elementary through postsecondary, with the last day focused on STEM ecosystems.

    NSTA STEM21 Virtual Conference

  • July 18, 2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Energy Conference for Educators brings together educators that are passionate about bringing energy education to their classrooms. This conference is often attended by energy industry education and outreach staff who manage or implement energy education programs. In five interactive days, the conference provides teachers with the most up-to-date information on all aspects of energy. Participants receive the training and materials to implement innovative hands-on energy units in their classrooms, multi-disciplinary teams, and after-school programs. NEED leaders at the conference help participants develop specialized units that meet state standards and can be utilized with students of all learning styles. Attending teachers receive credit towards a NEED Kit, access to all NEED Curriculum Guides, and supplemental resources.

  • July 15, 2021 4:00 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Join a distinguished panel for a discussion sponsored by the Association for Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching (APAST).

    RSVP Here.

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

    Connect local teachers with as many local professions/sectors as possible to develop a culture of educator/industry collaboration. It’s always fun and engaging and everyone leaves feeling really positive about future collaboration possibilities!


  • June 28, 2021 6:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have a Topic That You Would like to Explore with Your Colleagues?

    NSTA isn’t just a conference, it’s a community of educators with ideas and experiences to share. Have an innovative practice or teaching strategy that works? Consider submitting a session proposal and sharing your expertise and inspiration with others.

    Upcoming Conferences

    The deadline to submit a proposal for the following conferences is July 8 by 11:59 PM ED


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