June 2022 - Science Educator Update

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Oregon Science Educator Update                                                                      June 8, 2022

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Welcome to June

As you wrap up this school year, we want to say, "THANK YOU!" 

There  are few words that can capture how appreciative we are for the insurmountable ways you have demonstrated leadership, resilience and flexibility in service of students and your communities during this 2021-2022 school year. We see you and you are truly inspiring!

As you head into the summer months, we hope you take time to reflect, reconnect and care for yourselves. ODE Director, Colt Gill, also offers each and every one of you a heartfelt thank you.


Draft 2022 K-12 Science Standards

In March 2021, ODE staff began conducting community outreach listening sessions and opened a public feedback form (May 2021 - January 2022) regarding the current K-12 Oregon Science Standards. Since August 2021, the Oregon Science Standards Advisory Panel has been reviewing public input and engaging in discourse on next steps for K-12 Science Standards.

If you would like to provide input on the draft K-12 2022 Oregon Science Standards and the flexibility in middle school science sequencing, please use the 2022 Science Draft Standards Feedback form. This will remain open until the Oregon State Board of Education makes a final decision (tentatively, June 16th). 

For additional information or questions, please contact Jamie RumageODE Science Education Specialist.

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Language, Culture & Knowledge Building through Science (LaCuKnoS) Project

The Language, Culture & Knowledge Building through Science (LaCuKnoS) Project at Oregon State University is concluding the first of four years supporting science teachers around the state in co-designing and testing new instructional approaches for more engaging, inclusive, and justice centered science education.

This National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project provides ongoing professional development and instructional resources. Teachers begin by implementing these approaches in afterschool STEM clubs and then selectively transfer the tools and practices into their regular science classes. This short video and website link provide an overview of the LaCuKnoS Project and additional resources. For more information about this project, please contact Dr. Cory Buxton at Oregon State University.


Science Teaching and Learning Resources

The following list highlights science articles, resources, professional learning opportunities, and free tools and materials:

  • Climate and Energy Education Resource - These resources focus on teaching climate and energy that support the NGSS.
  • Library of Congress - These webinars and workshops focus on STEM education and instructional strategies to use in classrooms.
  • NGSS Design Badge Materials - These science lessons and units have been awarded a top-rating by utilizing the EQuIP Rubric .
  • OER Climate Education Hub - These resource focus on climate education with the goal of continual development overtime and have a robust interdisciplinary collection of OER.
  • Stanford University - This report generated by an international group of leading scientists and education researchers addresses science education in an age of misinformation.
  • STEM Teaching Tool - This new tool provides guidance for administrators to engage educators in meaningful conversations about equity in science education.


OpenSciEd - Summer Event Schedule

The goals of OpenSciEd are to ensure any science teacher, anywhere, can access and download freely available, high quality, locally adaptable full-course materials. Because all of our materials are open-source, also known as open educational resources, they are free for all educators and students to use, customize, and share. 

If you are interested in summer learning opportunities with OpenSciEd, please check out the upcoming events.


High School Science for All: the Patterns Approach

The Portland Metro STEM Partnership is excited to announce that registration is open for the High School Science for All: the Patterns Approach courses for this summer! The five-day summer courses on the High School Science for All curriculum: NGSS Physics, NGSS Chemistry, and NGSS Biology will occur during the first three weeks of August. The courses provide a great foundation for teachers interested in utilizing the open source curriculum and associated instruction strategies (course fee: $475).

You can register online or learn more about these professional learning offerings. Any additional questions can be directed to Kristen Harrison, PMSP Director.


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World Athletic Championships

For the first time in the meet’s history, the World Athletics Championships will be held in the United States (July 15 - 24). It’s appropriate that legendary Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene will host the World Athletics Championships Oregon22. Here are some educational resources to help students connect to this world event. 



Save the date for the Oregon Science Teachers Association Annual Conference: Saturday, October 8th, 2022 at Ridgeview High School, Redmond, Oregon. For additional conference information and session proposals, please visit the OSTA conference webpage.  

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.

If you have other colleagues that are interested in receiving this newsletter, please direct them to this science newsletter registration page.

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.