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  • August 02, 2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    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

    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!

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1n6dsaVzAEGe9caRhBf2M3OPrbLE0tX93F1oDK9WYoAA/edit

  • 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


  • June 28, 2021 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network and The Charles A. Dana Center at UT-Austin are hosting several informal virtual conversations around different features of science and engineering education in elementary school.

    JULY
    8 – Elementary Science Assessment for Learning
    15 – Elementary Science Learning, School-based Visions Jan Douglas (MI principal), Amy Quinn (MI science coordinator), Jeanane Charara (MI STEM coach), Kimberley Astle (WA Dept.
    29 – Elementary Science Learning and Literacy Integration Okhee Lee (NYU), Jessica Thompson (UW), Carla Zembal-Saul (Penn State), Sarah Michaels (Clark Univ.), & TJ McKenna (BU)

    AUGUST
    12 – Elementary Science and Engineering for All
    26 – Elementary Science and Math Integration Tracey Ramirez (Dana Center), Barbara Taylor (Dana Center) & MMSLN Math Colleagues

    Join the live conversations from NOON – 1 P.M. EASTERN on Zoom, HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/ELEMSCILEARNING (ZOOM LINK) or access the recordings on The MMSLN or The Dana Center YouTube.

    Feel free to share this great opportunity with your networks.
    For more information:
    Mary Starr,
    starrm@mimathandscience.org


  • June 24, 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Learn to Create Effective Classroom Content Through The Lens of Agriculture

    July 27th and 29, 10-2CT (8-noon PT) with credit hours available through Cornell University.

    For more information and to register, click here.

    Increasing Relevancy and Authenticity with Phenomena Found in Agriculture

    Day One, July 27, 10-2 CDT (4 free credit hours)

    Designed to address Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), this virtual workshop livestream event will focus on using agriculture to increase the relevancy and authenticity of content in science classrooms.

    Best Practices for Three Dimensional Assessment Using Agricultural Tasks

    Day Two, July 29, 10-2 CDT (4 free credit hours)

    This virtual workshop and livestream event will focus on assessment for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Participants will explore the relevancy and authenticity of agriculture and learn why agricultural literacy is important to society.




  • June 24, 2021 7:39 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Thinking about an education doctorate in Science Education or STEM? We've got you covered. Our detailed listings contain links to tuition prices, curricula, and admissions requirements for all kinds of accredited programs. Need a little bit of direction to make your choice? Check out the Science Ed guide. It includes advice on available Ed.D. specialties, typical prerequisites & coursework, and potential career paths.

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