Oregon Science Teacher Update #26 December 16, 2010 Have a warm, wonderful holiday season! Please forward the

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Oregon Science Teacher Update #26

December 16, 2010

Have a warm, wonderful holiday season!
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: Transition to Assessing the 2009 Content Standards

  3. Encourage High School Seniors to Apply for National Youth Science Camp!

  4. Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan

  5. OSHU In-A-Box Curriculum Loan Program

  6. Women in Trades Fair – May 12-14, 2011

  7. Mount Hood National Forest Offers Educational Activities

  8. LearningExpress Library

  9. Interactive Simulations Project

  10. Free ExploraVision Awards Lesson Plans

  11. Geoscience Online Resources

  12. Freebies for Science Teachers

  13. Free Science Library and Personal Learning Tool

  14. 50 Reasons to Teach Engineering and Top Ten Engineering Education Programs

  15. NOAA Resources

  16. Teacher Uses YouTube as Venue for Singing Science Lessons

  17. Lab Out Loud Episode 54: The Encyclopedia of Life

  18. Google Global Science Fair is Coming

  19. 2011 Engineering Discovery Showcase  

  20. Igniting Creative Energy

  21. Environmental Challenge for K-12 Students

  22. Two Opportunities for your Students

  23. EngineerGirl Essay Contest for Grades 3-12       

  24. 2011 Ag Day Essay Contest

  25. Science Project Competitions

  26. ACS Offers Scholarships for Minority Chemical Science Students

  27. The Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship Program

  28. Intel Schools of Distinction

  29. Earth Expeditions Field Courses

  30. 2011 Agriscience Awards

  31. Teaching Ambassador Positions Open

  32. Climate Stewards Education Program

  33. Nominate an Outstanding Science Teacher for the Presidential Award!

  34. How to Submit Articles or Suggest Topics

  35. ODE Resources (in every issue)

1. Science Standards FAQ

     Here we address the most common questions being asked about the 2009 science standards.  Please feel welcome to submit questions for future issues.

     Q.  My colleague has a poster of the Oregon Science Core Standards displayed in his classroom for his fifth grade students. Where can I get the Science Core Standards poster for my grade?

     A.  These Science Core Standards posters were included in the materials that Oregon educators received at the Moving Science Education Forward workshops provided by the Oregon Department of Education. All of the materials used at the MSEF workshops, including the electronic file for the science standards posters, are available for review and download on the MSEF Workshop Components website.


2. Science Assessment Update: Transition to Assessing the 2009 Content Standards

The Oregon Department of Education Assessment Office, partnering with Science panel members and other members from the science education community, has been focused on the following tasks:

• Official Scientific Inquiry and Engineering Design Scoring Guides are to be posted on the ODE website by the end of December 2010.

• Draft Test Specification Documents for 2011-12 are in final review; to be posted by February 2011.

• Achievement Level Descriptors are under construction, to be completed by May, 2011.

• Work has begun on the 2009 Core and Content Standard Science Achievement Standard Setting, to be held in July 2011. Please consider applying as a participant when announced (early next year).

• Braille science item review and Braille science item writing meetings are taking place at ODE in December 2010.

If you have questions regarding any of this work, please contact Leslie Phillips at leslie.phillips@state.or.us or 503-947-5835.

3. Encourage High School Seniors to Apply for National Youth Science Camp!

      Applications to attend the 2011 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) are now available online. Two graduating high school students will be selected to represent Oregon at the all-expenses paid honors program which will be held from June 30 through July 24, 2011. Please encourage high school seniors to apply. The deadline for receiving applications at the Oregon Department of Education is January 21, 2011. For more information about the NYSC, visit www.nysc.org. For questions about the application process, contact Cheryl Kleckner at 503-947-5794 or cheryl.kleckner@state.or.us. The NYSC is hosted and operated by the National Youth Science Foundation (www.nysf.com).

4.  Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan

The Oregon Environmental Literacy Task Force was created in 2009 with House Bill 2544. Also known as the “No Oregon Child Left Inside Act,” this bill created an eleven-member task force charged with developing the Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan and reporting back to the Legislature by October 1, 2010. To view the text of Bill 2544, see the task force roster and see information about the meetings visit the Task Force webpage.

Oregon is the 3rd state to have such a plan, along with Maryland and Nebraska. Having developed a plan positions these states to receive funds through federal legislation if it is included in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The environmental literacy plan sections include a vision and essential underpinnings, educational standards and graduation requirements, professional development, assessment of environmental literacy, environmental literacy plan implementation and additional information. Read the complete plan at the task force webpage.

5. OSHU In-A-Box Curriculum Loan Program

    If you have not heard about the In-A-Box curriculum loan program from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), check it out: www.inaboxcurriculum.net. These are fully stocked boxes with station activities, lesson extensions, video, literature, models, and all are loaned at no cost to teachers. They ship the box to you and pay for return shipment. If you are interested to know more about the Brain, Bones & Muscles, Guts, Ear, and Eye boxes, please visit the website. OSHU wants to share this resource! In-A-Box is created by the Oregon Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and professionals at and is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

6.  Women in Trades Fair – May 12-14, 2011

    Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. will once again be presenting the “Women in Trades Fair” at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center in May. This industry sponsored event is an effective way for girls and women to meet tradeswomen, use power tools, and operate equipment by engaging in hands-on workshops. It provides opportunities to learn about apprenticeships and high-paying, skilled career opportunities in the trades. Pre-registration is required for school groups; registration will open on January 10, 2011.

• Middle School Girls Day, Thursday, May 12, 2011, and

• High School Girls Day, Friday, May 13, 2011

• Everyone is welcome on: Women in Careers Day, Saturday, May 14, 2011

Visit the website for more information.

7.  Mount Hood National Forest Offers Educational Activities

      The Zigzag District of the Mount Hood National Forest offers educational activities for January 2011. As the snow begins to fall in greater quantity on Mount Hood it is a great opportunity to spend some time outdoors and enjoy your National Forest. The Zigzag Ranger District Interpretation & Conservation Education Program will again provide tours of Historic Timberline Lodge, guided hikes/snowshoe tours out of Government Camp and Trillium Lake, and the Ski With A Ranger Program at Timberline Lodge Ski Area and Skibowl. Also, new this Winter are nature walks with the mascot of Timberline Lodge - the St. Bernard Bruno! This is a great activity for kids as they can accompany Rangers on a short educational hike and play with Bruno in the process!

Descriptions and logistical information for January 2011 are available on the website. These programs are free and available to everyone.
8. LearningExpress Library

    LearningExpress Library (LEL) is a test prep and computer skills database, and then some.  It is now available to all Oregonians, and K-12 access is via the Find Information pages on OSLIS. There are a few science resources that secondary students might find helpful, like the eBook Biology Success in 20 Minutes a Day and its counterpart for chemistry.  There is also great stuff that could help educators and parents of students:

  • Computer tutorial courses for apps like Microsoft Excel and Adobe Flash

  • Test prep for grad school entrance exams (like GRE) and career exams (firefighter, teacher, real estate, and more)  

  • Help honing resumes and interviewing skills

  • Skill building in grammar, business writing, math, and other areas   

First-time users must access LEL via OSLIS, register under New User, and remember the user name and password they selected.  For questions about this resource, ask your library staff or contact Jennifer Maurer, the School Library Consultant at the State Library, at jennifer.maurer@state.or.us or 503.378.5011.
9.  Interactive Simulations Project

    The PhET Interactive Simulations Project includes a total of 87 computer-based interactive science simulations. These extensively tested simulations are available for free on the Internet and are used in classrooms around the globe, contributing to CU-Boulder's leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM, education. Founded in 2002 at CU-Boulder by Nobel laureate Carl Wieman, the team of scientists, software engineers, and science educators use the latest results from education research to create high-quality simulations and associated classroom activities.

The resources are designed to engage students and improve their learning of underlying concepts. Over the past eight years, the PhET project has built on its original focus on physics (it originally was called the Physics Education Technology Project) and expanded its suite of simulations into chemistry, math, biology, and earth science. The free simulations currently are run over 15 million times per year with usage nearly doubling each year. The simulations have been translated into 50 languages and 34 percent of its users are from outside the United States. The PhET project begins a major new effort this fall to bring these powerful educational tools to middle school classrooms. With the $2.5 million in new funding, the project will develop a suite of 35 simulations specifically designed for middle school physical science students. To explore the PhET project and simulations click here.


10. Free ExploraVision Awards Lesson Plans

      The ExploraVision competition created complete lesson plans tailored to meet the needs of students of all grade levels. From choosing a project topic to presenting findings, the lesson plans will guide you through the process and help you make sure your students get the most out of this rewarding science competition. Download the lesson plans here.

Plans are broken down into easy-to-follow lessons that outline everything from the materials you'll need to additional homework for your students. Sponsored by Toshiba and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, this fun science competition is a great way to learn and have fun doing so. Visit here to register.
11.  Geoscience Online Resources    

The Geological Society of America (GSA) is an organization of geoscientists in industry, government, business, and academia who are committed to the ongoing professional growth of Earth scientists. One of GSA’s major education and outreach programs, the Teacher Advocate Program (TAP), provides “Explore Geoscience” CD-ROMs, lesson plans, educational materials, and resource links for Earth science teachers. For more information on TAP, visit www.geosociety.org/educate/tap.htm. Teachers also can take advantage of GSA’s Teacher GeoVenture trips, teacher workshops, and Distinguished Earth Science Teacher in Residence. GSA also offers a number of teacher awards and fellowships. Visit the website to learn more.

Students are encouraged to apply for GSA’s GeoCorps America program, which works with the National Park Service, the Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management to place young geoscientists in geoscience-related positions at national parks. Find out more here.
12. Freebies for Science Teachers

     Looking for teaching resources? Check out a page called “Freebies for Science Teachers” on the National Science Teachers Association web site. Updated periodically, this searchable “array of free resources for you and your classroom” frequently features online links to publications, CD-ROMs, DVDs, videos, kits, and other materials for science education. For more, visit the website.


13. Free Science Library and Personal Learning Tool

Scientific American and Nature magazines have launched Scitable, a free science library and personal learning tool concentrating on topics such as genetics, ecology, and cell biology. Scitable also offers resources for the budding scientist, with advice about effective science communication and career paths.

14. 50 Reasons to Teach Engineering and Top Ten Engineering Education Programs

Did you know engineers can help save rare or exotic animals from extinction? Or make food better for our health? Celeste Baines, biomedical engineer and director of the Engineering Education Service Center, has posted her list of 50 reasons to teach engineering or become an engineer. Middle and high school teachers can use the reasons to spark discussion about engineering careers or serve as a catapult to further explorations. She also lists her top ten engineering education programs here.

15. NOAA Resources

     The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a federal agency focused on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere. NOAA offers educational gaming, field guides, eBooks, and resources for both kids and educators. The newest educational game series "Water Life" provides challenges for students in fourth through seventh grades to learn science content about human impacts on ecosystems and marine species.

16. Teacher uses YouTube as Venue for Singing Science Lessons

A junior-high school teacher in Illinois is singing science lessons set to popular music and posting the recorded lessons on YouTube. Doug Edmonds rewrites the lyrics to popular songs such as ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” with lessons on chemical bonds and other science concepts. He also holds diagrams and flash cards to accompany the songs. “If I’m ever struggling on a quiz, I’ll just sort of sing them to myself,” one student said. “People are going around singing them in the hallways. They’re actually really catchy.” Click here to read an article on Edmonds’ songs.

17. Lab Out Loud Episode 54: The Encyclopedia of Life

Originally imagined by Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson as "an electronic page for each species of organism on Earth," The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a free, online collaborative encyclopedia intended to document every living species known to science. It is compiled from existing databases and from contributions by experts and non-experts throughout the world.

Join hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler as they talk to Dr. Marie Studer (EOL Learning and Education Director) and Mr. Bob Corrigan (EOL Product Manager and Acting Deputy Director) to learn about the EOL, how to participate in the project, and how it can be used in the classroom.
18. Google Global Science Fair is Coming

Google is pleased to share the upcoming launch of the first ever Google Science Fair. Google has partnered with NASA, CERN, National Geographic, Scientific American, and LEGO to create a totally new kind of STEM competition: a science fair that is more open, inclusive, and global than ever before. The Google Science Fair aims to be the largest global science competition ever and will be open to all students age 13–18 around the world. To sign up for some cool Google stuff for your classroom, please visit the Google Global Science Fair landing page.

19. 2011 Engineering Discovery Showcase

     Please share this with your students: “What's your dream? Do you imagine designing new ways to generate clean energy, developing alternative transportation systems, developing mind-blowing computer games or designing living buildings that redefine what it means to be "green?" The Maseeh College is a place for dreamers-where the future is being created. Bring your dreams and join PSU for the Engineering Discovery Showcase!! This is a fun, hands-on, interactive event for students interested in engineering and computer science. Meet PSU engineering and computer science faculty and students; learn about degree programs in the Maseeh College, and experience innovative research opportunities through interactive lab tours. This is a great opportunity to discover more about student life as well as hands-on engineering design and research.

To register for the 2011 Engineering Discovery Showcase, click here. Each individual participant (students, parents, and teachers) must register online. The deadline for registering a group of 10 or more students is Friday, February 11, 2011.
20. Igniting Creative Energy

The National Energy Foundation (NEF) and Johnson Controls (JCI) invite students from kindergarten through 12th grade to submit innovative ideas on energy and the environment to the Igniting Creative Energy (ICE) national competition. Students are invited to submit creative projects that demonstrate what people can do in their home, school, or community to become better stewards of the environment. Students may choose to express their ideas in any creative format including science projects, essays, stories, artwork, photographs, music, videos, websites, blogs, and multimedia projects. Recent service projects may also be submitted. Entries will be accepted until March 4, 2011. Each year, ICE challenges students to think creatively about ways to save energy and help conserve environmental resources and this year "ICE water" is an added topic. Entry forms and guidelines can be found at www.ignitingcreativeenergy.org.

21. Environmental Challenge for K-12 Students

     The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, and the National Science Teachers Association announce the kick-off of the third annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, a program that educates and empowers students and teachers nationwide to become “Agents of Change” in identifying and solving environmental problems. This national sustainability challenge encourages all students, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, to team up with their classmates to create replicable solutions to environmental issues in their schools, community, and world. Teachers, students, and mentors can log on to www.wecanchange.com to register for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. Prizes, which vary according to grade level, include savings bonds, school grants, exciting trips, and more. Fostering learning, team work, and problem solving around sustainability, the website offers robust resource guides, lesson plans, and teacher materials to accompany each stage of the challenge. The deadline for all entries is March 15, 2011. Finalists and winners will be announced in April 2011, and the national winners will be announced in May 2011. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/wecanchange.

22. Two Opportunities for your Students

     Inspire your students to learn about electronics by creating simple electrical circuits in your classroom in early 2011. Apply for a $200 grant and receive all of the materials and training you will need to introduce an entry level electronics project involving LEDs (light emitting diodes) into your classroom this Spring and enter your students' project for a $5500 grand prize! Sponsored by EE Times' Innovation Generation, Parallax, and Digi-Key Corp. Deadline to apply: January 15, 2011. Get full details here

Student Bloggers Wanted: EE Times is looking for middle and high-school students to join the IGEN team at Innovation Generation—the online place for kids who have a passion for math, science, and technology—and publish articles as student reporter and share their projects. Contact Karen Field at karen.field@ubm.com to discuss how your students can get involved.
23. EngineerGirl Essay Contest for Grades 3-12

     The 2011 EngineerGirl Essay Contest, sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering, is now open. The topic this year is “Engineering & Human Service – Relief from a Disaster”. “Disasters, both natural and man-made, can take many forms. Every disaster presents unique challenges and requires fast and decisive action to save lives and limit damages. Engineers are involved in designing many products specifically for use in disaster zones such as portable medical equipment, oil skimmers, or basic shelters.” Students are asked to “Identify an item designed specifically for use in disaster relief, and then do some research on it to write your essay.” Students in grades 3-12 can compete for cash prizes. Find the guidelines and related information on the EngineerGirl website. The deadline is March 1, 2011.

24. 2011 Ag Day Essay Contest

2011 Ag Day "American Agriculture: Your Food. Your Farmer." Essay Contest, for grades 9-12 students, will offer $500 and $1,000 scholarships in two categories, written and video. Contest dates and procedures are now available on the website. Official rules are available at Essay Rules. Entries must be received by February 4, 2011.

25. Science Project Competitions

There are three related prizes and competitions that Oregon students can enter with their main science fair project. As in past years, all students who are part of Intel’s Northwest Science Expo, held in Portland on April 1, 2011, can request to have their science fair entries judged by members of the Oregon chapter of the American Statistical Association. Prizes are awarded at the fair for the best use of statistical methods in designing the experiment, analyzing the data, and communicating the results. But there are two additional contests that well designed projects could also easily enter.

The Statistics Poster/Project competition, jointly sponsored by the American Statistical Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, is a competition judged from submitted reports and posters. This can be the same science project as the one used for the science fair. It’s just that the emphasis here is on correct use of statistical methods and clear communication of analysis methods. This is an excellent way for students whose original hypothesis “failed” to also participate without feeling that they have “bad” results. Demonstrating no difference between two methods is often as important as knowing if one method is better than another! Visit the website for details of this completion, as well as tips for teachers on how to assist students in making good presentations.

In addition to the ASA competitions, teams of students working on an environmental theme can also submit their poster to the 2011 International Statistical Literacy Project's Poster Competition. This competition, run separately from the ASA's competition, shares the goal of increasing the awareness of statistics among students and teachers. It has slightly different rules and eligibility, with both national and international phases. Certificates, plaques, and $1,000 in prizes for the 2011 US-ISLP poster competition. The US winning posters will compete internationally at the ISI in Dublin. Submission deadline: April 15, 2011. The same poster may also be submitted in the ASA-NCTM poster competitions. More information can be found at www.StatLit.org/US-ISLP.htm.

26. ACS Offers Scholarships for Minority Chemical Science Students

       The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program is now accepting applications from African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American students who are pursuing, or intend to pursue, bachelor's degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology, or related majors. Renewable awards from $1,000 to $5,000 per year are given to qualified high school seniors, community college students, and college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors. The awards are based upon academic standing and financial need. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2011, for academic year 2011-2012. An online application form can be found on the ACS Scholars Program website.

27. The Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship Program

Kaiser Permanente and the Oregon Health Career Center are partnering to offer scholarships to high school seniors pursuing careers in health.

• Up to 129 scholarships available.
• Scholarships are awarded in the amount of $2,000.
• Applicants must attend a program-approved high school in the Kaiser Permanente Northwest service area.
• Applicants must be high school seniors when they apply.
• Scholarships are driven by teacher recommendations.

All applications must be submitted by Friday, January 14, 2011. Applications and additional details can be obtained online at www.ohcc.org/kpnwscholarship. Awardees will be announced in April 2011. For more information contact Sara Diaz, Scholarship Program Coordinator.

28. Intel Schools of Distinction

Does your school demonstrate 21st century teaching and learning environments that promote excellence in math and science? Enter the 2011 Intel Schools of Distinction Awards and your school could win up to $25,000 cash grant from the Intel Foundation and more than $100,000 in products and services from program award sponsors. Six winners will be selected – two from each grade range (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12) – in each of the two categories of math and science. Don’t miss this opportunity to apply. Applications are due by February 17, 2011.

29. Earth Expeditions Field Courses

Applications are being accepted until January 28 for Earth Expeditions field courses in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Miami University offers these graduate-credit courses at a fraction of actual costs to engage a diverse group of educators and other professionals in global leadership, inquiry and environmental stewardship. The course cost includes all basic in-country expenses and tuition for seven graduate credit hours. Accepted students are responsible for airfare.

Earth Expeditions courses are designed for educators and other professionals from all disciplines and settings interested in making a difference in human and ecological communities. Applicants can be from anywhere in the United States or abroad. For information and to apply, visit www.EarthExpeditions.org
30. 2011 Agriscience Awards

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a Federal government agency, is now accepting Nominations for the 2011 Agriscience Awards.  The awards are presented by the Foundation in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The mission of this partnership is to present the Second Annual Agriscience Awards to recognize, through eight monetary awards, two adult scientists with additional research funds; three current secondary school educators; and three current secondary school students who are judged to exemplify excellence in the field of Agriscience and to highlight the importance of agriculture in the 21st century. 

Nominations are accepted online only at: www.agriscienceawards.com.  Please visit this website for information on the competition rules and regulations, as well.  The deadline for receipt of Nominations is Tuesday, March 15, 2011. Encourage any scientists, high school educators, and high school students you know who excel in the field of Agriscience to enter the competition.  If you have any questions, please contact Judi Shellenberger, Executive Director of the Foundation, at (315) 258-0090 or judithmscolumbus@cs.com

31. Teaching Ambassador Positions Open

     Applications for the US Department of Education’s Teaching Ambassador Fellowship are now available online. Teaching Ambassadors are outstanding teachers who have a record of leadership, strong communication skills, and policy insight who work for one year for the US Department of Education, either full-time in Washington, DC or part-time in their home states. The Teaching Ambassador Fellowship supports the Department’s mission by enabling a cadre of teachers from across the country to contribute their classroom expertise to the national dialogue and in turn facilitate discussions with educators across the country. More information about the program and application is available at www.ed.gov/programs/teacherfellowship. Application deadline: January 17, 2011.

32. Climate Stewards Education Program

     You are invited to join the Climate Stewards Education Program (CSEP) and help build a climate-literate public that is actively engaged in climate stewardship activities. The goals of this program are to provide educators with sustained professional development, collaborative tools, and support to build a climate-literate public that is actively engaged in climate stewardship activities. As part of this growing network, you will:

  • Increase your content knowledge in climate and related sciences

  • Increase your ability to identify and use scientifically credible resources and processes

  • Help your students engage in active environmental stewardship activities

What will you have to do as part of the project?

  • Complete at least 15 hours of professional development training in climate science and educational applications starting in the winter of 2010-2011. Many opportunities will be available including online and face-to-face seminars, symposia, short courses, and mini-conferences.

  • Participate in monthly teleconferences and online learning communities.

  • Develop and implement a stewardship project that may include service learning, classroom projects, community projects, or classroom curriculum infusion.

  • Share ideas, findings, and recommendations concerning resources and implementation.

Email the following information to: Bruce.Moravchik@noaa.gov by December 31, 2010. Only 50 new educators will be accepted this year.


School/Organization Name:


Courses/Subjects You Teach (Formal/Informal):

NOAA Affiliation (if any):

____YES, I accept that being a member of the pilot Climate Stewards project means that I will actively participate in the following:

  • Complete at least 15 hours of professional development training in climate science and educational applications.

  • Record my training progress using the NSTA eLearning Center PD Portfolio Tool.

  • Develop an action plan that will utilize climate knowledge in my community, school or organization.

  • Use the Climate Stewards Wiki to enter the action plan, progress updates, and share resources and comments with other program participants.

  • Participate in monthly teleconferences.

  • Participate in online communities as appropriate.

  • Provide feedback on the progress of my project.


Mailing address:

City: State: Zip:

Preferred Contact Phone Numbers:

33. Nominate an Outstanding Science Teacher for the Presidential Award!

  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. These teachers become part of a network of leaders in mathematics and science teaching and work to improve education at the local, state, and national level.

One mathematics and one science teacher from each state can receive this award each year. The online nomination period for Secondary Mathematics and Science Teachers (7-12) is now open. Please visit www.paemst.org/ for more information.

34. 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.

 35.  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

****Disclaimer--The materials contained in the Oregon Science Teacher Update produced by Oregon Department of Education are drawn from both internal and external sources and inclusion of external materials does not necessarily indicate Oregon Department of Education endorsement.****
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