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Oregon Science Teacher Update #24

October 2010
Please forward the Oregon Science Teacher Update to interested colleagues

Educators may sign up for this monthly e-newsletter (and other content teacher newsletters) at www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1843.  Previous issues are available at www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1874

  1. Science Standards FAQ

  2. Science Assessment Update

  3. Oregon Diploma Update 2010-2011

  4. Grades 3-8 Teachers across the Instructional Areas

  5. National Engineers Month Signup for Teachers

  6. Mount Hood National Forest Education Program

  7. Oregon Approved Insect List

  8. Forestry for the Classroom

  9. Teacher Open House at Aquarium and Marine Science Center

  10. Free OMSI Open House for Educators

  11. Space Science Outreach Visits for K-12 Classes

  12. Marquam Hill Lecture Series

  13. WhaleTimes Marine Science for Kids and Teachers

  14. National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Materials

  15. Free Webinars on Ocean Science

  16. New Digital Library Offers Informal Learning Fun in Science and Math

  17. USDA and FFA Release New Lesson Plans

  18. New National Geographic Ocean Portal  

  19. Disney's Planet Challenge Kicks Off Year Two, Expands to Middle Schools

  20. RealWorld–InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge

  21. Student Rocketeers Wanted for World's Largest Amateur Launch

  22. 2011 Thacher Environmental Research Contest for Grades 9-12       

  23. Kids Science Challenge

  24. 2010 IGES Art Contest for Grades 2-4

  25. 6th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest

  26. Lexus Eco Challenge

  27. Einstein Fellowship - Application is Now Open!

  28. Applications for Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy due October 31

  29. Educators @ Space Academy

  30. NOAA 2011 Teacher at Sea Program

  31. Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching Nominations Now Open

  32. How to Submit Articles or Suggest Topics

  33. ODE Resources (in every issue)

1. Science Standards FAQ

     This new feature will address the most common questions being asked about the 2009 science standards.  Please feel welcome to submit questions for future issues.

     Q.  Where can I find a good resource that provides more information on the big ideas in science that are the basis of the 2009 science standards?

     A.  Please see the AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy, the National Science Education Standards, and the 2009 NAEP Science Framework which are three of the primary sources that the science panel used in developing the 2009 Oregon Science Standards.  Additionally, for more information on alignment between the 2009 and the 2001 science standards, see the crosswalk document available on the ODE website.

2. Science Assessment Update

     During testing, students will notice field test items including graphic-response constructed and multiple choice items that align to the 2009 content standards. The 2009 content standards are slated to be operationally assessed beginning in 2011-12.

     A new online overlay enhancement was added to the 2010-11 OAKS Online science test which may help students suffering from: reading and learning problems; dyslexia; ADD/HD; headaches, migraines, fatigue, and other physical symptoms; or light sensitivity/photophobia. By reducing light sensitivity, students may improve on their processing of visual information. Students who already use traditional color overlays (sheets of transparent film placed over reading material, or tinted lenses in glasses) on a paper and pencil test or on a computer screen now have the ability to apply a color overlay to the OAKS Online.  Test administrators will be able to specify yellow or blue overlays for individual students.

     The Assessment of Essential Skills OAR 581- 022- 0615 requires students in grades 3-8 and HS to complete at least one Scientific Inquiry local performance assessment. The current 2010-11 Official Scientific Inquiry Scoring Guides will be used in 2010-11, while the draft-official 2011-12 Scientific Inquiry and Engineering Design scoring guides are available for final review through November 2010 at www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1414.   Student work is being collected to develop 2011 anchor papers aligned to the new scientific inquiry and engineering design scoring guides.  To view the current scientific inquiry anchor papers or obtain information about submitting new student work, go to www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=519.  (Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page).

     NEW engineering design professional development materials are now available at www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=518Key terms for understanding Scientific Inquiry and Engineering Design Scoring Guides and Activities versus Scientific Inquiry and Engineering Design Examples will assist teachers in designing new lessons around the 2009 core and content standards as well as familiarize themselves with the nuances imbedded in scientific inquiry and engineering design.  For further information, contact Leslie Phillips at leslie.phillips@state.or.us.
3.  Oregon Diploma Update 2010-2011                                                

       While no new graduation requirements are being phased in this school year, schools and districts should be in high gear preparing for the 2012 Reading Essential Skill and three credits of science requirements. Graduates in 2012 (this year’s 11th graders) will be the first class required to demonstrate proficiency in reading and to have three credits of science to receive a diploma.

     A number of instructional and assessment resources are available on the ODE website to assist with implementation.

  • Main Oregon Diploma Website:  www.ode.state.or.us/go/diploma

  • Oregon Diploma Implementation Update as of September 2010:  A quick reference with overview of the requirements and links to implementation guidance resources and professional development opportunities. www.ode.state.or.us/wma/teachlearn/diploma/oregon-diploma-implementation-update-sept-2010.doc

  • Oregon Diploma Resources for Implementation 2010-2011:  A handy compilation of guidance documents and implementation resources, including the Modified Diploma, Extended Diploma, and Alternative Certificate. www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/certificates/diploma/resources-for-implementation.pdf

  • The Essential Skill of Reading:  A 2-page brief with key resources for implementation.  Proficiency in reading is required for graduation in 2012—this year’s 11th graders! www.ode.state.or.us/wma/teachlearn/diploma/essential-skill-of-reading.pdf

  • Phase-In of Graduation Requirements by Grade 9 Enrollment:  Revised OAR 581-022-1130 now determines graduation requirements by the year a student enters grade 9:  www.ode.state.or.us/wma/teachlearn/diploma/grad-requirements-by-grade-9-cohort.pdf

  • Modified Diploma, Extended Diploma, Alternative Certificate: www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2047


     Oregon Diploma – Theresa Richards, EII, theresa.richards@state.or.us, 503-947-5736

     Assessment of Essential Skills – Derek Brown, OAIS, derek.brown@state.or.us, 503-947-5841

     Modified Diploma – Jackie Burr, SL&P, jackie.burr@state.or.us, 503-947-5639

4.  Grades 3-8 Teachers across the Instructional Areas

     Oregon teachers of grade 3-8 students are invited to pilot the next round of easyCBMs for Reading and Vocabulary, October 15 – November 15, 2010. Why? Additional easyCBMs will be available to teachers free following the pilot to help them work more effectively with students using subject-area text that is at students’ instructional reading level.  The pilot tests takes about 30 minutes.

     Use of currently-available easyCBMs is free for Oregon schools under an agreement between the University of Oregon and ODE. In January 2011, following the pilot, additional easyCBMs will be available for school use, also free to Oregon schools.

     The tests require computers with Internet access. They are designed for whole-class administration in a group setting with individual computers for students. No feedback will be given; privacy is ensured. Have students log on to the website (ies.easycbm.com) set up specifically to pilot these new tests.  Monitor the room while the students take the tests. Have students work their way through as many of the reading tests as they can complete in the time you have allotted. Students will click on their grade level and complete a series of reading tests, which might include Vocabulary, Non-fiction reading, Multiple choice 'complete the sentence' maze tests.

     AND, provided enough teachers participate in the piloting—The University of Oregon easyCBM Research Team will analyze the results of the pilot testing, use the results to create multiple alternate forms of each of the test types during December, and load the new measures to the easyCBM website so they are available for use starting in January 2011!  Contact: Julie Alonzo, jalonzo@uoregon.edu
5. National Engineers Month Signup for Teachers

     Invite a local engineer to visit your classroom during February's National Engineers Month (NEM)!   REGISTER NOW: Fill out the Online Request Form to register!  The sooner you register the better chance you have of getting matched.  The Business Education Compact (BEC) matches engineers with classrooms, striving to find an engineer for every teacher. The engineer will contact you to schedule the presentation.  In February 2011, the engineer provides a career lesson on engineering and a hands-on activity (grade appropriate).  NEM is a free service to schools provided by the BEC and funded by local employers.  For more information about the National Engineers Month (NEM) program, please contact nemsupport@becpdx.org

6.  Mount Hood National Forest Education Program

     Explore your National Forest!  These programs are free and available to everyone!  Choose Your Own Adventure!  Reserve a Ranger and book your own historic Timberline Lodge Tour, Guided Hike, or Campfire Talk today!  Please call 503-622-2033 or 503-272-3251 for booking and more information or visit www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/.

7.  Oregon Approved Insect List

      Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) mission is to protect Oregon’s agriculture from invasive pests.  Science educators who plan to use live insects during their science classes should be aware of the ecological and economic risks associated with bringing in exotic insects to Oregon and the approved Oregon insect list which is available on ODA website.

      ODA would be glad to offer their services of insect displays and insect classes to interested science teachers. Please contact Helmuth Rogg, ODA Program Manager of the Insect Pest Prevention & Management Program, if you have further questions.
8. Forestry for the Classroom

     “Forest Fact Breaks” can help students learn important forest information in less than two minutes while being entertained at the same time. These new, 90-second Flash animations, simplify complex topics -- such as forest fire -- into fun, educational and engaging quick takes. Using graphics, movement, sound effects and narration, “Forest Fact Breaks” bring each topic to life in less time than it takes to listen to a pop song.

     Besides providing quick overviews of the topics, “Forest Fact Breaks” also introduce units in a way that grabs students’ attention. At the conclusion of each animation, the Web site lists a set of related Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) resources for further exploration of the topic. Visit www.oregonforests.org/FactsAndResources/Videos.html to check out the current lineup of topics.

     For information about OFRI educational opportunities for K-12 teachers and students, visit:

  • Classroom programs and field activities for K-12 students

  • Workshops for teachers

  • Publications and scientific research on timely forest topics

9.  Teacher Open House at Aquarium and Marine Science Center

     The Oregon Coast Aquarium and OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center are hosting a Teacher Open House November 9th from 4-6 pm.

     Come explore exciting, new hands-on programs at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center.  Build a ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) or participate in shore crab races.  Investigate our new education kits on topics ranging from marine debris to plankton. Participate in an educational Quest.  Explore interactive exhibits and touch tanks.  Learn about Professional Development opportunities.  Take advantage of a 20% off savings at the Visitor Center Bookstore (during open house only, excludes sale items).

     The Oregon Coast Aquarium will be highlighting some if it’s most popular and new opportunities for classroom groups. Get hands-on with an activity in the classroom lab or journey through the exhibits with one of the new, self-guided tour packets. Travel behind the scenes and experience a glimpse of the new behind-the-scenes program for high school students. Aquarium education staff will be on hand to help you plan your next visit.

     The Open House will occur at both facilities, November 9th, from 4-6 pm. For entrance to the Oregon Coast Aquarium simply present your teachers identification to the membership desk at the front admissions booth. 

     To learn more about education programs at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, please visit www.aquarium.org, or at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, please visit http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor/.  Contact Rachael Goetzelman with any questions.


10.  Free OMSI Open House for Educators

     Teacher Open House at OMSI on Thursday, October 28, 2010, from 3-8 PM.  Free for teachers and their immediate family members.  Get information about camp-ins, field trips, outreach, outdoor school, professional development and more!  Register online at www.omsi.edu/open-house

11. Space Science Outreach Visits for K-12 Classes

     Rick Kang, outreach presenter from UO's Pine Mountain Observatory, can visit your class to present sessions about Deep Space.   Explore the sky with a Science Inquiry project such as The Changing Sky, The Changing Moon and Analog Moon Computer, Reasons for Seasons, and Why Tides.  He can incorporate Engineering Design to address technologies needed to explore far away places.  Advanced students can investigate the nature and motion of Planets, how Stars evolve, and the numbers of Stars and Galaxies. There is a session about Astrobiology, the search for life beyond Earth, that can be presented for older students.

     Sessions are designed for individual classes (not assemblies), 45 minutes for K-2, 45-90 minutes for older students.  He needs a room with a screen to project onto, and a table for a computer and some props.  Rick will send you all the prep info, and provides worksheets and resource information.

     Your district needs to cover the travel costs if over 20 miles from Eugene, plus a $20 equipment use cost per school.  Rick's time is donated.  More info: http://oregonsky.org/  Please make reservations with Rick at rkang@efn.org.

12.  Marquam Hill Lecture Series

     The OHSU Foundation, the OHSU School of Medicine and the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) present the 2010-2011 Marquam Hill Lecture Series taking place at the OHSU Auditorium on Marquam Hill in Portland. 

     Upcoming presentations include the latest research information about on rare diseases, stem cell therapy for vision repair, substance abuse and preventative therapies for stroke.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your students to hear firsthand about research that could have a great impact on health care during their lifetimes.

     Let your students know about the series and the positive energy that their attendance brings to the lectures.  We are also delighted to let teachers from outside the Portland Metro area know that we will be video-taping the lectures and making them available for subsequent viewing on-line. Please email Sandra Kollenburn at kollenbu@ohsu.edu if you would like to know when the lectures are available for viewing.  Please visit www.ohsu.edu/mhlectures for more information.

13.  WhaleTimes Marine Science for Kids and Teachers

     Teachers can visit WhaleTimes to learn more about these and other programs.

     Creep into the Deep is back! We are tentatively joining the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) and NOAA in January 2011. Scientists will be exploring deep ocean off the Hawaiian coast, and of course, email the ‘virtual team member’s’ (aka students) from sea with updates, photos and answers to their questions. As we did last year, student’s signatures will join the researchers in the deep aboard the Pisces deep-sea submersible. Enroll your school or classroom today.  (It’s a $25 registration per school/classroom. That includes one poster.)

     The Bold in the Cold, Creep into the Deep’s cool cousin! In January and February, we’ll be joining scientists from the Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division (Southwest Fisheries-NOAA) in Antarctica to study penguins, seals, krill, and more. Scientists will take along student’s signatures, send email updates, photos, and answer questions from Antarctica! Two cruises are scheduled. Enroll your school or classroom today.  (It’s a $25 registration per school/classroom. That includes one poster.)

     May 13, 2011 is Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks a Voice.  WhaleTimes has teamed up with the Shark Research Institute to raise awareness of the plight of sharks. Learn more about these incredible creatures. (This program is free.)


14. National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Materials

      Check out the latest issue of Findings magazine (http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/findings/), which "puts a face on science" by profiling the work and personality of vibrant scientists. As with all issues of Findings, this one includes a science-based crossword puzzle and extra online content. Subscriptions are free. 

      There are many other printed and online resources about medically relevant life sciences. You can order individual copies or classroom sets of printed materials. These materials are produced by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health. The materials are not copyrighted and you are free to excerpt content from them to use in the classroom or on a class Web site. If you have any questions about NIGMS science education materials, please contact alisa.machalek@nih.gov or 301-496-7301.

15. Free Webinars on Ocean Science

     What do the carbon cycle, ocean technologies, aerosols, coastal pollutants and climate change models have in common? You can learn about all of them from world-class researchers -- and get customizable versions of these scientists' interactive concept maps -- from the comfort of your living room! Free and easy to attend, ROLE Model webinars offer direct access to scientists as well as take-home resources that can be used immediately.  All you'll need in order to participate are a telephone and an Internet connection!

     Webinars are held every other Wednesday at 7PM ET/4PM PT. Registering allows you to contribute your own questions for scientists to answer during the webinar. Details on all upcoming webinars are available at http://cosee.umaine.edu/programs/webinars/upcomingwebinars/.
16. New Digital Library Offers Informal Learning Fun in Science and Math     

     The University of California, Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) today announced the launch of howtosmile.org, an online collection of thousands of hands-on interactive science and math activities dedicated to making learning exciting and engaging for everyone. Howtosmile.org activities take many forms, from downloadable lesson plans, to field trip activities, how-to videos and online interactive games, like one that allows learners to do virtual surgery. All activities are freely accessible, and never require a registration or subscription.

17. USDA and FFA Release New Lesson Plans

      The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the National FFA Organization have developed a new series of K-12 online learning tools and outreach kits to increase statistical literacy in the classroom through the exploration and use of current census of agriculture data.

      The classroom-ready resources, which include lesson plans and supporting materials, are aligned with Oregon and national curriculum standards for science, math, and social studies. The materials use current Census of Agriculture data to teach a variety of concepts including discovering new trends in population subsets and evaluating diversity among farmers.

      The materials are available online via the NASS website and the FFA Learning Center.  

18. New National Geographic Ocean Portal

      Visit the new National Geographic ocean portal to dive to the deepest depths of Earth’s most massive natural system. Explore exciting discoveries with scientists, consider critical issues such as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, find tools to take action, and get the latest news and updates. Features include a seafood decision guide, an interactive map of marine protected areas, a seafood quiz, and the I Am the Ocean campaign. 

19. Disney's Planet Challenge Kicks Off Year Two and Expands to Middle Schools

      Disney’s Planet Challenge, a free project-based environmental and science competition for classrooms nationwide, formerly open to 4th through 6th grade classrooms, is being expanded to include two tracks: one for elementary schools grades 3–5, and another for middle schools grades 6–8.  The middle school curriculum will offer an increased focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

      Developed in collaboration with NSTA and the K–12 Alliance, the Challenge offers students the chance to use their imagination and creativity to help the planet while giving educators a fresh new way to motivate students with the help of an educationally sound curriculum that meets national and state guideline requirements.

      The national grand prize–winning elementary school class will enjoy a celebration at Disneyland® Resort while middle school national winners will earn a $20,000 grant for their school. Both grand prize-winning classrooms will be illustrated and appear within a Marvel comic book. Winning teachers will receive a one year NSTA membership. The grand-prize winning educators will also receive an expense-paid trip to the national 2012 NSTA conference where they will be recognized at the NSTA awards banquet.

      For more information or to enroll in the program, visit www.Disney.com/planetchallenge.  Enrollment is open through December 17, 2010.
20. RealWorld–InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge

      The RealWorld–InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge invites high school–aged students to work collaboratively as engineers and scientists to explore, design, and solve real-world problems related to the James Webb Space Telescope. Project solutions for the RealWorld (Phase 1) challenge are due Dec. 15, 2010. Teams who complete the first phase are then paired with participating college engineering students and engineering mentors to begin the InWorld (Phase 2) challenge.

21. Student Rocketeers Wanted for World's Largest Amateur Launch

      Registration for the 2011 edition of the world's largest rocket competition is open now through November 30. The Team America Rocketry Challenge will accept up to 750 student teams in grades 7-12 from any U.S. school, home school, or non-profit youth organization. The annual rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, challenges teams of three to 10 students to design and build a rocket that will climb to 750 feet with a raw egg payload and stay aloft for 40 to 45 seconds. The egg must then return to earth unbroken.

      The top 100 TARC team finalists will be notified April 8 that they have earned a spot in the May 14 competition just outside of Washington, DC. Student participants compete for $60,000 in prizes, scholarships, and a trip to the 2011 international air show in Paris for an international "Fly-Off" with student teams from France and the UK. AIA sponsors TARC with the National Association of Rocketry, NASA, the Defense Department, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and AIA member companies. The contest is in its ninth year and is proving to be a catalyst for generating student interest in math and science. The 2011 contest rules and registration information are available at www.rocketcontest.org.
22. 2011 Thacher Environmental Research Contest for Grades 9-12

     The 2011 Thacher Environmental Research Contest, sponsored by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, challenges high school students (grades 9-12) to conduct innovative research on our changing planet using the latest geospatial tools and data, which in recent years have become increasingly accessible to the public.

     The best projects will receive cash awards in the amount of $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. Entries can be submitted by individuals or teams. In the case of team entries, the cash award will be split equally among the winning team members. Winners also will be featured in an Encyclopedia of Earth article.

     In addition to the student prizes, teachers of the first-, second- and third-place students or teams will receive a $200 amazon.com gift card. If participation is part of an after-school club or other activity independent of school, the student or team can identify an adult "coach" who would be eligible for this award (e.g., a parent, club leader, etc.). Entries must be received by April 11, 2011, and will be judged by IGES staff.  For more information on the 2011 Thacher Environmental Research Contest, including a list of resources for geospatial data, please visit www.strategies.org/ThacherContest

23. Kids Science Challenge

     Announcing the 3rd Kids Science Challenge (KSC), a free nationwide competition for third to sixth graders, made possible by the National Science Foundation.  Each year, the KSC presents three science topics and offers a whole suite of resources on these topics for both students and educators.  Students can enter as individuals or teams, sending in an idea for one of the topics.  If their idea is chosen, they get to visit and collaborate with a scientist or engineer to see their idea come alive, plus win other fun prizes.  The first thousand entrants receive a free hands-on science kit, with activities in each of the science topics.  KSC winners have been featured on The Today Show, the Washington Post, Time Magazine for Kids, Scholastic Magazine, My Weekly Reader and many other media outlets.

     This year's topics are:

  • Magical Microbes - can you come up with a new way that microorganisms can help us?

  • Super Stuff for Sports -using materials science, can you find a way to make your favorite sport safer or more fun?

  • Sensational Sounds - can you dream up a new kind of musical instrument?

     Check out kidsciencechallenge.com for more information.
24. 2010 IGES Art Contest for Grades 2-4

      "My Place in Space!" is the 15th annual art contest for grades 2-4 that invites young scientists and artists to explore the solar system and beyond, and then draw a picture showing what they learned.  It is held by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Arlington, Va. The contest supports national education standards for grades K-4.

      The first-, second- and third-place artists will receive $100, $75 and $50 Visa gift cards, respectively, framed color certificates, and their artwork will be showcased on IGES's Web site.  For all entrants, certificates of participation will be available online as PDF files for teachers and parents to download and print.  Entries are due Nov. 1, 2010.

      For more information, including detailed contest instructions, information for teachers and parents, a list of educational resources, and to view artwork of past winners, please visit www.strategies.org/artcontest

25. 6th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest

     The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 6th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! It is open to students in grades 9th – 12th.  DEADLINE: MARCH 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST

     Please visit www.ashg.org/education/dnaday.shtml for the rules, rubric, and more information.

2011 Essay questions:

     Option 1: In 2010, a major discovery in genetics research found that the DNA of some modern humans contains small amounts of Neanderthal DNA. Briefly explain this finding and discuss its relevance to human ancestry and evolution.

     Option 2: A number of companies offer genetic testing directly to consumers, bypassing the involvement of physicians and genetic counselors. Discuss whether you think this is a good idea or not. You might focus on medical, ethical, legal, or social dimensions of this issue.

     A 1st, 2nd, 3rd place will be chosen for each question. Winning students will receive:

1st Place Winners: $400.00 + Teacher receive a $2,000 grant for laboratory genetics equipment

2nd Place Winners: $250.00

3rd Place Winners: $150.00

Questions? Please email Angie Wong (awong@ashg.org).
26. Lexus Eco Challenge

        The Lexus Eco Challenge program is designed to inspire and empower middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. Maximum award: $30,000 in scholarships and grants. Eligibility: middle and high school teams comprised of 5 to 10 students and one teacher advisor. Deadline: Challenge One (Land/Water) -- November 3, 2010; Challenge Two (Air/Climate) -- January 19, 2011. Learn more at: www.scholastic.com/lexus/

27. Einstein Fellowship - Application is Now Open!

     The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. To be considered for an Einstein Fellowship for the 2011-2012 school year, apply online NOW, and submit your application and three letters of recommendation no later than January 4, 2011.

     To learn more about the program and apply, visit www.trianglecoalition.org/fellows/einapp.htm 

If you have questions about the program or application, contact Program Manager Kathryn Culbertson at culbertsonk@triangle-coalition.org.

28. Applications for Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy due October 31

     The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is a one-week all-expense-paid intensive professional development program for third- through fifth-grade teachers. The Academy offers a five-day program in the summer designed to provide third- through fifth-grade teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in science and math.

     Up to 1,500 qualified applicants not selected for the program will receive a free one-year membership to the National Science Teachers Association. Visit http://nstahosted.org/mickelson/ to apply for the 2011 Academy and the chance to receive a membership to NSTA. Applications are due October 31.
29. Educators @ Space Academy

      The application portal for the 2011 Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program is now open. The deadline for completed applications is December 31, 2010.  Go to www.spacecamp.com/img/edu/2011HoneywellTeach.pdf to see the flyer for this opportunity.

      For more information about Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy, please visit www.spacecamp.com/educators/honeywell/.   You can access the application and find more information about what opportunities you will have at Space Camp.
30. NOAA 2011 Teacher at Sea Program

     Want to do geoscientific research on a ship? The U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is accepting applications for its Teacher at Sea program’s 2011 field season.

      The program aims to give teachers clearer insight into the ocean planet, greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and increased environmental literacy by fostering interdisciplinary research.   Since 1990, nearly 600 teachers have gained firsthand experience of science and life at sea by working

on research ships. Teachers have enriched their classroom curricula with a depth of understanding made possible by working with those who contribute to the world’s body of scientific knowledge.

      The program accepts applications from currently employed, full-time educators in several categories. All  necessary travel costs associated with teacher participation in the program are covered, including transportation to and from the ship, lodging, and per diem allowance. Apply by November 20, 2010, at

31. Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching Nominations Now Open

      The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the Nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. The Awards recognize outstanding K-12 teachers for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.  Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and science agency leaders.    

      The online nomination period for Secondary Mathematics and Science Teachers (7-12) is now open.  The application period will open on November 1st.  Please visit www.paemst.org/ for more information.
32. How to Submit Articles or Suggest Topics

      What topics should we cover in future issues?  If you would like to submit information for this newsletter, please email publication-ready short articles by the end of the month to Cheryl Kleckner.  Please include links and contact information, but no attachments.

 33.  ODE Resources (in every issue)

Past editions of the Oregon Science Teacher Update www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1874 

Science Announcements www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=22

Science Content Standards www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=2560

Science Teaching and Learning to Standards reference handbook www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/subjects/science/resources/sci-tls200709.pdf

Scientific Inquiry Work Samples www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=518

Scientific Inquiry Scoring Guides www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1414  

State Adopted Instructional Materials for Science:  

·  List of adopted materials (NEW)


·  Publisher representative information www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/instructionalmaterials/pubrepsci.pdf

·  General Instructional Materials information www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=92

Science “landing” page www.ode.state.or.us/go/science/

Science Curriculum & Instruction www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1583

Science Assessment www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=240 

Resources for Educational Achievement and Leadership (REAL) www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/real/

Get Ready Oregon web page www.getreadyoregon.org/

Oregon Diploma: Resources and tools for educators  www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=368

ELL Resources www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=106

Superintendent’s Weekly Update www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=364

Superintendent’s Monthly Pipeline www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=684

Contact the State Science Specialists:

·  Cheryl Kleckner, Instruction, cheryl.kleckner@state.or.us, 503.947.5794

·  Leslie Phillips, Assessment, leslie.phillips@state.or.us, 503.947.5835

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