Oregon Science Teachers Association

The 2015 Fall Conference on Science Education

Transforming Science Education:

Collaborative Learning to Maximize Impact

Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon

October 16-18, 2015

NGSS Writing Team Members, Joe Krajcik, Emily Miller and Cary Sneider will be presenting workshops, sessions, and participating in the general session panel discussion on implementing the 2014 Oregon Science Standards (NGSS).

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Workshops and Tours can be added with your conference registration, or separately with the following links:

Register for the Friday workshops

Register for the Friday tours

In addition, your colleagues from around the state will be sharing their best practices for implementing the 2014 Oregon Science Standards (NGSS) in classrooms K-12. Check out the schedule preview.

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Teacher Voices Matter

As states and districts implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), educators continue to rank among the most enthusiastic supporters. Teachers recognize the potential that these new standards have to ignite their students' scientific passion and to open doors to exciting STEM opportunities and careers.

OSTA President Bradford Hill, and 2013 Presidential Awardee, was busy this month advocating for teachers and the new standards in two opinion pieces:

His STEMblog post message? If policymakers want to see improved student achievement, they must begin by supporting teachers.

Not only does he point out the challenges classroom teachers face, but also the exciting possibilities and opportunities to really engage our students through the 2014 Oregon Science Standards (NGSS).

In his Guest Opinion in The Newberg Graphic, he describes how the new standards will change student science identities.

"This kind of science learning empowers students as it shifts their sense of accomplishment from what they know to what they can do. That’s revolutionary."

OSTA Sends Letter of Support for Outdoor School to the Oregon Legislature

At the annual OSTA Board Member Retreat July 1-2,2015, the Board approved and sent a letter supporting the passage of HB2648 and SB439 to secure funding for every Oregon 5th or 6th grader to experience high quality, field-based Outdoor School Programs.  Read the letter here.

The 2014 Oregon Science Standards (NGSS)

OSTA has created a resource page dedicated to providing accurate, reliable and vetted information about Oregon's 2014 Science Standards (NGSS). This page contains links to ODE pages with implementation and plans. Resources and research supporting the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards are included.

The changes that the NGSS (and CCSS) propose are not insignificant. Major changes in the classroom environment and in teaching and assessment practices will be required.  Before planning instruction and assessment that informs teaching and learning, the conceptual shifts within the standards should be understood.  If improving student learning is the ultimate goas, then the roll-out of the standards needs to be accompanied by high quality professional development that gives teachers the opportunity to dive deeply into the new standards.

OSTA Supports the thoughtful, methodical, thorough implementation of the 2014 Oregon Science Standards.

Support Science Education in Oregon

There are many ways that OSTA works to support science education and science educators. We encourage anyone or any entity who thinks science education is important to get involved! If you or your organization would like to help OSTA in its mission to promote and facilitate excellence and continued improvement in science education, please let us know by sending an e-mail to OSTABoard@gmail.com.

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Upcoming events

October 16, 2015 1:00 PM • Locations vary by workshop. See individual descriptions.
October 16, 2015 1:00 PM • Bend Area. See individual field trip descriptions
October 17, 2015 8:00 AM • Central Oregon Community College, 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR 97701

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Who are we?

OSTA is a state chapter of the National Science Teacher Association comprised of local teachers who are interested in all levels of science education. Its purpose is to encourage, promote, and assist in Improving science teaching and learning throughout the state. OSTA is excited about the future of science education in the state of Oregon. We encourage your support and involvement in the development of quality science programs throughout the state.

You are invited to become an active member by clicking on the Join Us link on the left. If already a member, share this page with a colleague. Members are encouraged to vote in the annual election for the OSTA Board of Directors and to serve on the board by running for office. You are invited to publish ideas and articles in the TOST and present sessions at the OSTA conferences.

If you are interested in net-working, sharing resources, and collaborating about teaching, then Membership in The Oregon Science Teachers Association is for You.

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