Oregon Science Teachers Association

Professional Learning

Summer 2017

This page is a compilation of the Summer Learning Opportunities that are either sponsored by OSTA, or have been sent to OSTA by our Partners in Science Education.  The page is updated with summer learning opportunities as they are sent to us.

Sponsored or Co-Sponsored by OSTA

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Professional Development Courses for K-6 Teachers

4 Graduate Level PSU Credits, Summer 2017
Complete Tuition Coverage Available*

Summer 2017
Portland Area Courses: Change Over Time, Energy & Matter
Newport Course: Systems & Interactions

Register for one of three engaging, hands-on, hybrid NGSS courses for elementary teachers. The unique hybrid online/in person format of these courses is designed to free up your summer schedule! Each course invites you to dive into a variety of Disciplinary Core Ideas through the lenses of the Crosscutting Concepts, while actively engaging with your peers in the NGSS Science Practices.

Also included in each course: Training in the ELPA21 Task Analysis Tool, which you can then use in your own practice to argue for the importance of science in the elementary classroom. 

See further details at goo.gl/HsLAEj 
Reserve your spot with a quick registration here goo.gl/fPTtB8  

*Tuition reimbursement made possible through funding from the NGSS Specialists Oregon Math and Science Partnership grant.

NGSS for Middle School Teachers

August 7-11, 2017 from 8am-3pm daily
Portland Location TBA

This 5 day workshop is an active, hands-on experience designed for middle school science teachers who want to see what NGSS looks like in the classroom and to learn about the instructional shifts that are needed for the implementation of NGSS. Teachers will explore how lessons and units in earth. life and physical sciences can be three-dimensional — including the three components of the NGSS: Crosscutting Concepts, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Scientific & Engineering Practices.

Teachers will actively conduct investigations and design engineering solutions to problems in science that can be used in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. You will walk away with strategies and resources that can be used right away, and the tools that will help you to "Next-Genify" lessons you are currently using. NGSS 3-D assessment, student discourse, and anchoring phenomenon that drive instruction will be featured. Many resources will be provided as well as ready to use lessons.

This course is taught by instructors Susan Holveck and Berkeley Gadbaw. Berkeley is currently teaching middle school and has been implementing the lessons and activities that you will learn in her classroom. Susan guides teachers in NGSS implementation for grades K-12 in the Beaverton School District.

32 Professional Development Units will be provided for completing this set of workshops.

Fees: $400 for OSTA Members, $425 for Non-Members

Register here

NGSS for High School Teachers

July and August: See dates below
Southridge High School or Health & Science School in Beaverton

These courses focus on three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of physics, biology, and chemistry with the science practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Teachers experience the patterns approach of using inquiry experiments as a mode to learn content and then apply what they have learned in an engineering design tasks. The mathematical patterns of linear and inverse will be reinforced in addition to introducing exponential decay and logarithmic patterns.

Teachers will also learn how to structure their inquiry investigations with multiple designs to foster scientific discourse between students during the analysis of their data. Students will use technology to collect data and analyze data as well as use data mines and simulations when direct observation or collection of data is not possible.

Course Fees: $500
Optional 3 PSU Graduate Credits: $180

Physics for the Next Generation

Session 1: July 31-August 4

Session 2: August 7-11

Biology for the Next Generation

July 31-August 3

Chemistry for the Next Generation

August 14-18

NGSS Workshops at Linn Benton Lincoln ESD

Using Science to Promote Language and Literacy Learning for All Students
DateMonday, June 26th
Audience: K-6

NGSS Earth Science for Middle School Science Teachers
DateTuesday, June 20th
Audience: 6-8

Biology for the Next Generation
DateJune 26-27
Audience: High School

From our Partners in Science Education

Click on the links to get more details and to register

OSU Math Science Summer Institute
July 27-30

In order to reserve your space you will still need to register at the following link:



You can also view the institute overview at this link:


This should prove to be a unique and exciting program with opportunities to explore math and science modeling through OSU research projects, dig deeply into math and science instruction, and hear about the innovations that are happening around the state.  In addition there are 5 plenary speakers scheduled during lunch and a Thursday dinner who will push your thinking.

Professional Development Workshop for Middle/High School Science Teachers

Registration Deadline June 1, 2017

Evo101: Teaching and Learning with Human Evolution

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Oregon Convention Center

Portland, OR

This workshop is being run in conjunction with “Evolution 2017” – An international conference of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB) and the American Society of Naturalists (ASN).  The workshop is being organized by SSE’s Education Committee.

AP Institute of the Cascades in Bend, OR
August 15-18, 2017

The High Desert ESD and Central Oregon Community College are proud to offer Oregon's only Advanced Placement Institute. This new AP Summer institute is designed to provide educators from around the globe with the training and skills they need to develop or expand their high school AP programs.

Plate Tectonics of the Pacific Northwest Online Education Course
August 2017
University of Portland STEM Education & Outreach Center
This four module self-paced course includes videos, lesson plans, and animations. All resources are open content and can be used by middle school teachers in their classrooms. These are also relevant to elementary and high school with modifications. Resources are NGSS aligned.
For more information, contact Tisha Morrell at morrell@up.edu

NABT/BSCS Regional Biology Teacher Academy
August 6-11, 2017
Southern Oregon University in Ashland
Sponsored by Stanford University and is open to biology/life science teachers grades 7-12. Focus will be on research-based strategies to strengthen pedagogical knowledge and integrating science practices.

Seminars on Science from the American Museum of Natural History

Book your summer adventure with the American Museum of Natural History’s Seminars on Science and earn graduate credit!


Explore new topics this summer with 6-week online courses in the life, Earth, and physical sciences.  The courses, co-taught by Museum scientists and classroom educators include The BrainClimate ChangeThe Diversity of FishesEarth: Inside and OutEvolution;Genetics, Genomics, GenethicsThe Link Between Dinosaurs and BirdsThe Ocean SystemSharks and RaysThe Solar System; Space, Time and Motion; Water and more.

Special offer: Save $50 with code SCIENCEMATTERS.

UO Real Solutions for NGSS Science Teaching

Real Solutions for NGSS Science Teaching, taught by Bryan Rebar, PhD, translates the Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 teachers into easy-to-understand, bite sized pieces, and provides guidance to adapt your current lesson plans to meet the vision of the new standards. You have access to 20 hours of content that is interactive and includes videos, readings, learning activities and self-assessment. In addition, you will receive online collaboration and coaching through a discussion board and webinars with the instructor.


Modules include:
Module 1: Introduction to the Three Dimensions of Science Learning

Module 2: Students as Scientists

Module 3: Strategies and Solutions for NGSS for All Audiences

Module 4: NGSS Across the Curriculum – Connecting with Other Disciplines


If you’d like to get a feel for our program, we have a free trial you can register for athttp://realsolutions.uoregon.edu/.


If you have any questions or want to find out about group discounts, please call Wendy Morgan, Program Development Manager, at 541-356-0426 or email her atwdm@uoregon.edu.

June 27-29, Willsonville, OR
Oregon Computer Science Teachers Association (OCSTA) is providing computer science professional development this summer. Participants will receive 7PDUs for each day.  There may also be graduate credits available.

OCSTA will kick off their summer PD with their Computer Science and Digital Literacy for All Symposium on Saturday June 24th at PSU.  Register here.

International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) 2017 Scientific Assembly
August 14–18, 2017, Portland, OR

More than 1,000 volcanologist from around the world will converge on Portland for the IAVCEI Scientific Assembly. There are several meeting sessions and other opportunities that will be of interest to you as a K-12 Educator. In support of educators, IAVCEI is offering a special registration fee of $150 for the attendance to the entire five-day conference.

Follow the following special instructions for registering to receive the discount:

NOTE: The June 1st deadline noted on webpages does not apply for Emergency Management Specialists/officials and K-12 Educators.

  • Go to the Registration webpage.     
  • If the registration link does not work, go to http://iavcei2017.org/#
  • Read the instructions carefully.
  • Click on page bottom to register.
  • Provide your email address (skip ‘code’ entry). Choose the ‘One-day Registration’ option.
  • Fill in the remainder of the registration form.   To satisfy the needs of this computerized registration form, fill in ‘FRIDAY’, even if you intend to be at the conference all week.   
  • Please provide complete profile information, including employer and address.
  • Rank your choices for mid-week field trip (1,2,3,4).  For Mount St. Helens, please also rank additional choices. Select a lunch choice. (Attendees paying full $600 fee receive first priority for mid-week field trip choices).
  • If you wish to register for a pre- or post-meeting field trip or workshop, make a choice.  Please note that your meeting registration fee of $150 continues through to the meeting, but pre- and post- field trip and workshop registration closes June 1.  Costs of the pre- and post-meeting field trips are considerably more expensive and are not covered by the $150 registration fee.
  • Check Out and pay appropriate fees via credit card or PayPal.
  • If you have any questions about this, contact Carolyn Driedger,  driedger@usgs.gov  (360) 993-8907.
Teaching with Primary Sources
July 25th from 9-5pm at the Portland Art Museum

Teachers, do you teach with stuff--primary sources, that is?....Then save the date! Want to try it out but aren't sure how? Want to do it better? Need a collaborative and fun environment for brainstorming? Save the Date! The third Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference is coming to Portland, Oregon Tuesday, July 25th. Attendance is free and aiming to bring together a multiplicity of professions (artists, scientists, historians, educators, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, digital humanities etc. all welcome!).The conference is put on by the Teaching with Primary Sources committee of the Reference, Access, and Outreach section of SAA, and will be held at the Portland Art Museum. Rolling updates will be available via our website so check back often! bitly.com/SAATPS17 #SAATPS

System Dynamics Modeling Courses
10 week online course starting June 12, 2017

Three online courses will be offered this summer starting June 12, 2017 and lasting 10 weeks.  The courses are asynchronous, have many instructional videos, and contain many lessons and models for you and your students.  The modeling method uses the stock/flow design of System Dynamics (SD).  3 Continuing Education Graduate Credits are available for each course through Portland State University.  The online 3-course sequence offers a gentle introduction to the modeling of complex systems.

The courses are:

Course 1:  Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling for Math and Science Instructors: Basic Models 

This is a course for instructors who have no background in System Dynamics.  It is intended as a transition course to help participants learn how to use the Stella software to build SD models with consistent units and identify feedback.

Prerequisite and details: www.ccmodelingsystems.com/news-1.html.


Course 2:  Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling for Math and Science Instructors:  More Advanced Models 

This course helps participants design models containing non-linear dynamics.  It builds the foundation for modeling complex systems.

Prerequisite and details: www.ccmodelingsystems.com/news-2.html.


Course 3:  Modeling Dynamic Systems: A Different Way to Think: 

Building Original Models from the News 

This course helps participants design original models from a description of a dynamic problem that is presented in the news (or other source).  

Prerequisite and details: www.ccmodelingsystems.com/news-3.html.

NORM 2017
Annual NW Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society
June 25-28, 2017
OSU LaSells Steward Center

You are invited to a
special K-12 science teachers’ professional development program on Sunday, June 25, at the LaSells Stewart Center and Alumni Hall on the campus of Oregon State University as part of the American Chemical Society Northwest Regional Meeting, NORM17. Workshops and speakers will focus on developing a teachers’ repertoire for teaching chemistry based activities and experiments for students.  If this is the first notice you have received, we apologize for the late notice.

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