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Science - Professional Development

Professional Development
As the result of reform efforts that began with the Oregon Act for the 21st Century expectations for students, and consequently teachers, have been raised. To meet these new expectations, educators are being asked to master new skills and responsibilities and deepen their content knowledge. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is one way to meet these needs.

ODE Supported Professional Development

  • Mathematics and Science Partnerships - Title II-B
    The Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program is intended to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. Partnerships between high-need school districts and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty in institutions of higher education are at the core of these improvement efforts. Other partners may include state education agencies, public charter schools or other public schools, businesses, and nonprofit or for-profit organizations concerned with mathematics and science education.

  • Moving Science Education Forward (MSEF)
    Moving Science Education Forward (MSEF) professional development workshops were provided during the summer of 2010 to science educators across Oregon. Visit this page to access the materials and resources provided at these workshops.
  • Teacher Leaders Cadre
    This is a list of contact information volunteered by Oregon science teacher leaders. Each of these leaders has engaged in special training on Oregon Science Standards, and they will continue to work with the Oregon Department of Education to keep up to date with standards as they evolve and mature. They also co-facilitated at the Oregon Science Summit (October 2000) and/or the four annual Oregon Science Teacher Leaders Institutes (July 2002-05) as well as at the follow-up regional workshops. Oregon educators needing professional developers are invited to contact a science teacher leader.

On-line Learning Opportunities for Teachers

  • Oregon Science Teachers Association  External Link  
    OSTA is a state chapter of the National Science Teachers Association comprised of local teachers who are interested in all levels of science education. Its purpose is to encourage, promote, and assist in improving science teaching and learning throughout the state.
  • National Science Teachers Association  External Link  
    The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of more than 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.
  • Oregon Online (Southern Oregon Education Service District)  External Link  
    Oregon Online is a program of the Southern Oregon Education Service District that provides online courses to students, professional development for educators, and helps schools support and accommodate online teachers and learners. The teachers are Oregon licensed and highly qualified, and the program is accredited through the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools.
  • PBS TeacherLine  External Link  
    PBS TeacherLine online courses provide the latest research-based teaching methods for PreK-12 teachers in a flexible, community-based format.
  • ASSET Professional Development  External Link  
    Members can choose from a broad range of self-paced online courses from ASSET, the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Intel Foundation, PBS TeacherLine, TEAMS, and Thirteen Ed Online. The Professional Development section also offers a host of tips and tutorial to help members sharpen their technology and teaching skills.

Additional Professional Development

  • Jamie Rumage Email    (503) 947-6504
    Standards and Instructional Support - Education Program Specialist