2017 Science Summer Workshops

Register here! All workshops are free to participants, with a small fee for optional graduate credit.

Wonder and Collaborate for the Next Generation: Using Science to Promote Language and Literacy Learning for All Students


Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., lunch is provided

Audience: K-6

Location: Timber Ridge Middle School, 373 Timber Ridge Street NE Albany, OR 97322

Creating a learning experience for all students to meet all standards is hard work and should not be done in isolation. Moving science instruction forward at the elementary level can be difficult given school and district constraints, barriers, and limitations when literacy is often the primary focus. What if we used the wonder of science to engage students in a meaningful pursuit of knowledge.. to think and act like scientists, thus providing the impetus needed to promote language and literacy. What if we collaborated using the Next Generation Science Standards as the instructional framework for integration to develop language and literacy in all students, but especially our English Learners?

This workshop builds off of the learnings of the Math Science Partnership Grant: Expansion of K-6 NGSS Science Instructional Specialists. Experience active engagement of phenomenon-based activities throughout this session with modeling by classroom teachers. Receive support on how to have your students be captivated, capable and committed learners who are scientifically literate! Using research based instructional strategies and classroom tested learning experiences, workshop participants will go through a coherent and cohesive plan for how to move science instruction into the next generation where rigorous science and rich language support each other.

Presenters: Carol Biskupic-Knight, Beaverton School District, and Jennifer Whitten, Beaverton School District.

Optional Graduate Credit: TBD

NGSS Earth Science for Middle School Science Teachers

Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., lunch is provided

Audience: 6-8

Location: Timber Ridge Middle School, 373 Timber Ridge Street NE Albany, OR 97322

This one-day workshop is an active, hands-on experience designed for middle school science teachers who want to see what NGSS looks like in the classroom. During this workshop, teachers will explore how lessons and units in earth sciences can be three-dimensional — including the three components of the NGSS: Crosscutting Concepts, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Scientific & Engineering Practices.

Teachers will conduct investigations and design solutions to problems in earth science that can be used in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. You will walk away with strategies and resources that can be used right away, and the tools that will help you to "Next-Genify" lessons you are currently using.

Presenter: Dr. Susan Holveck, Beaverton School District

Optional Graduate Credit: Western Oregon University, 1 credit $60

Biology for the Next Generation

Date: Monday June 26th and Tuesday June 27th, 2017

Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Audience: High School, lunch is provided

Location: Timber Ridge Middle School, 373 Timber Ridge Street NE Albany, OR 97322

This two day workshop focuses on three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of biology with the scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Teachers will experience the patterns approach of using inquiry experiments as a mode to learn content as well as how to integrate engineering and student-centered learning experiences, such as case studies and simulations, into their instructional design. Teachers will also learn how to structure their inquiry and engineering investigations with multiple designs to foster scientific discourse between students during the analysis of data.

Presenter: Caitlin Everett, Portland Metro STEM Partnership PD Coordinator and Beaverton School District STEM Specialist

Optional Graduate Credit: $60 - 1 graduate credit