Professional Learning (PL) Opportunities

Get a jump start on learning at the  2021 Summer STEAM Institute. This year’s sessions will take place August 16-20 in both virtual and face-to-face format.  Current topics include Early Learning STEAM, Next Generation Science Standards 1.0 and 2.0, Elementary STEAM Champions, Career Connected Learning through Oregon Connections, Computer Science Fundamentals for Elementary Teachers, Using zSpace and Project-Based Learning.

Explore the course descriptions and register here:

Session Descriptions for Summer Institute


Ongoing Professional Learning

Ongoing: STEM Happier Hour Chats – First and third Tuesday (4:05 pm to 4:50 pm) K-12 Educators, join informal gatherings designed to connect educators and tap into shared experience and expertise. Each session will have a theme and will provide time to connect in small grade-alike and/or district-similar (urban, rural, larger, smaller, etc.) groups as well as large group. SIgn up:

Feb. 22, 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Engaging Students with the Next Generation Sciences Standards in Today’s Elementary and Middle School Virtual Learning Environment:

Ongoing – Cost-Free K-12 Earthquake Science Professional Development Opportunity: The University of Portland STEM Education and Outreach Center offers a self-paced on-line Cascadia Earthquake Education course. Cascadia Earthquake Education course.

OngoingNext Generation Science Standards (NGSS) – self paced and ongoing  Stanford NGSS Assessment Project

Cornell Labs (Creates innovative K-12 resources that build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen-science projects) Ongoing K-12 professional development opportunities:

Eastern Oregon REN Professional Development YouTube channel has been developed with videos on Zoom tips, virtual tools, and other tricks for distance learning. Check it out here and “subscribe” 

High School Science for All: the Patterns Approach distance learning resources and webinars.

The “STEM Innovation – High School Science for All” grant provides funding to pay for teacher time to attend the webinars.  All Oregon high school science teachers are eligible and welcome to attend and be paid for their time. Registration form.

High School Teachers

Presented by Portland Metro STEM Partnership:

High School Science – Distance Learning Resources

The Patterns High School Science Sequence