March 2022 - Science Educator Update

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Oregon Science Educator Update                                                                    March 9, 2022

Women's History Month

Women's History Month

3-D printed sculptures of 120 women from all fields of STEM are on display around the Smithsonian Gardens as part of “#IfThenSheCan—The Exhibit.” The Smithsonian statues of women are redefining what scientists and engineers look like.

Here are some additional resources as you continue to engage diverse voices, contributions, and perspectives in science education this month and beyond: 


Introduction to Equitable Grading

Presenters: Andrea Leech and Dustin Dawson on March 10, 2022, 4:30pm

Participants will get an overview of equitable grading practices. We will review 3 strategies that will help with student motivation with self assessment. We will also discuss struggles and successes with retakes and equitable grading. The target audience for this webinar is high school science teachers.

This event is open to everyone, OSTA Member or not. However, we respectfully request that if you are, or have been, an OSTA member, that you log in to the website before registering for this event. Signing in before registering saves you and our organization time, so we thank you! 

Also, SAVE the DATE!  OSTA 60th Annual Conference on Science Education: Saturday, October 8, 2022 at Ridgeview High School, Redmond, OR

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Climate Learning Resources

The University of Washington will be hosting a Climate Teacher Education Webinar Series on the second Friday of each month. Click here to register or follow The Climate Teacher Education Collaborative via Twitter.

The next Climate Teacher Ed Webinar is on Friday, March 11th from 11am to noon Pacific Time which will showcase the work of Drs. Kelley Le and Juan Manuel Rubio from UC Irvine. Their presentation on "Leveraging environmental justice to unlock the potential of education" will describe how to educationally approach a current, local environmental justice effort they are engaged with from perspectives of science, history, and civic action. Recordings will be available.

Dr. Le will share pieces from her recent book, Teaching Climate Change for Grades 6–12: Empowering Science Teachers to Take on the Climate Crisis Through NGSS. Specifically, the resources include frameworks and templates educators can use to bring local environmental justice issues into their instruction.

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New STEM Teaching Tools

Identifying local environmental justice phenomena for science and engineering investigations STEM Teaching Tool #87 demonstrates how to make sense of phenomena that are based on pressing environmental justice issues and allowing students to engage in local and relevant science and engineering learning. The environmental justice primer is an supplemental resource to further explore environmental justice and connections to science and engineering investigations.

Principals! Here’s what you can do to foster equitable three-dimensional science learning STEM Teaching Tool #85 provides administrators with steps that can be taken to lead for successful 3D science implementation.

How do race and racism connect with science learning in early childhood and elementary classrooms? STEM Teaching Tool #86 elevates the critical role early childhood and elementary educators play in confronting historical and ongoing racial injustices within science learning contexts. 

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Centering Indigenous Perspectives in Science

The Science Leadership Network at the Multnomah ESD is launching a new workshop series: Centering Indigenous Perspectives in Science.” We invite 6-12th formal and informal science educators to participate. Click here to register.

Participants will…

  • Examine how Western Science has traditionally excluded the perspectives, knowledge, and practices of Indigenous students and communities
  • Develop a critical lens for recognizing these absences, erasures, and misrepresentations in science education
  • Explore Tribal History/Shared History science lessons and discuss how implementation can help mitigate these problems
  • Review additional tools and frameworks (example: Traditional Ecological Knowledge) that center Indigenous Science perspectives in science learning

Benefits of Participation

  • Receive free resources (ex. Braiding Sweetgrass)
  • Connect and learn with a community of like-minded science educators
  • Get excited and inspired about next steps in your classroom

For more information, please contact Amy Lindahl


Opportunity for Elementary Educators 

ESCOLAR aims to offer ALL elementary and middle-school students the opportunity to learn science within an engaging online environment. Housed within the University of Oregon College of Education, Dr. Terrazas-Arellanes is leading the development of online science materials for a better way for culturally and linguistically diverse students to learn science.

What: A new research study for elementary school

When: 2022 - 2023 academic year

Who: 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade educators

How to participate:

  • Do a brief online training (8 hours)
  • Have students do a short pretest (30 minutes)
  • Use our online science lessons with students (3-5 weeks)
  • Have students do a short posttest and survey (30 minutes)

Participants who complete the expectations will receive a $2,000 stipend. For registration and additional information, please contact Dr. Terrazas-Arellanes.

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Supporting 3D Instructional Shifts - Coffee Talk

Science standards implementation is a broad landscape that covers a wide array of levers to include how much time is devoted to science and engineering, the tools and resources that are available, and teacher preparation and use of particular pedagogical approaches. Please join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Science Education for a series of webinars based on the recent summit on Taking Stock of Science Standards ImplementationMore Information | Register

This is the fourth and final webinar. It will take a closer look at how teachers work to implement science and engineering in their classrooms.



Portland Metro STEM Partnership will be holding numerous virtual trainings for the High School Science for All aka "Patterns" courses (Physics, Chemistry, Biology). Please find those sessions noted below.  Join us for one session or as many as are of interest to you.  Thanks to a STEM Innovation Grant from the Oregon Department of Education, we are able to pay Oregon high school science teachers $50/hour to attend. Click here to RSVP.  Note: We held six workshops thus far in 2022 and 105 teachers from across Oregon have participated.  Upcoming workshops include:

  • Physics Unit 6 - Electricity, Power Production & Climate Science - March 29th (4-6 PM)
  • Physics Unit 7 - Space & the Universe - May 24th from 4-6 PM
  • Chemistry Unit 6 - Stoichiometry - February 25th from 4:15-6 PM
  • Biology Unit 5 Evolution - March 5th from 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Biology Unit 6 Ecosystem Matter & Energy - April 25th from 4-6 PM

For more information, please contact Kristen Harrison

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National Youth Science Camp

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 NYSCamp will be an entirely virtual experience that will include world-class lectures, directed studies, and seminars with prestigious and up-and-coming STEM professionals who are making a difference in their fields of study and changing the world for good.

Applications are now being accepted by high school seniors for the 2022 National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp). Two students from each state, Washington, D.C, and select countries will attend the all-expenses-paid program which is held virtually from June 27 through July 20, 2022. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2022.

General camp programming will be offered at 8AM, 10AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM and 6PM and 11PM EDT on weekdays. Delegates will be able to sign up to attend as many sessions as their individual daily schedules allow. Keynote Lectures will be offered each weeknight at 8PM followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with the lecturer at 9PM. At 9:30 PM each weeknight, delegates will get to choose between multiple evening hangouts where they can interact with staph (intentional misspelling to highlight their infectious enthusiasm) and other delegates in fun, engaging and meaningful ways. Learn more by visiting the 2022 National Youth Science Camp webpage.

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Introduction to Oregon Open Learning Video

Looking for an easy way to introduce the Hub to your colleagues? Send them the link to the new “Introduction to Oregon Open Learning” video! The video explains what OER and the Oregon Open Learning Hub are, provides a quick tour of the Hub, and outlines some possible next steps - all in just over 8 minutes. Help spread the word about this valuable resource!

Have additional questions about Oregon Open Learning? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) resource or email

Students Hands Raised

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Deb Bailey, STEM Education Specialist, Noelle Gorbett, Science Assessment Specialist, or Jamie Rumage, Science Education Specialist, if you have any questions or concerns.

The materials contained in the Department of Education’s Oregon Science Educator Update are drawn from both internal and external sources and inclusion of external materials does not necessarily indicate Oregon Department of Education endorsement.