Professional Development Opportunities

It's A Blast: Summer on the Mountain 

Dates: May 25, June 22, July 27, or September 28, 2019 (11 AM to 6 PM) 

Location: Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center at Coldwater, Toutle, WA

Volcano exploration and fun for everyone. All are welcome for guided hikes and strolls, science geo-caching, volcano arts and crafts, the explosive Trashcano and so much more. This event is FREE and open to the public. 

Chemistry in the Earth System 

Dates: July 9- July 10, 2019
Organization: Lawrence Hall of Science
Location: Berkeley, CA

Designed specifically for high school chemistry teachers.

We will use ACLIPSE data-based activities related to climate change and ocean acidification, as a means to demonstrate NGSS-aligned Earth science content for the course. The goal is to prepare teachers to understand both the Earth science content required to teach the instructional segments outlined in the CA Science Framework, as well as three-dimensional instructional design and best practices for teaching the NGSS. We will deconstruct and identify important aspects of these activities, and we’ll discuss tools for how to engage in NGSS curriculum planning for the rest of the chemistry course.

*Please note that this course will be base on the CA Science Framework.

School Garden Coordinator Certificate Training

Dates: June 17-21, 2019
Location: 1137 SE 20th Ave, Portland OR (Hinson church)
Registration:  Tuition is $450. 

* Hands-on demo lessons in the garden and how to connect them to core curriculum 

* Pedagogy guest lecture by Dilafruz Williams, Portland State University professor and school garden researcher

* Tours of 3 different school gardens (Title 1 and non Title 1)

* Tour of Zenger Farm and discussion of applying an equity lens to outdoor education

* Farm to School 101 presentation by Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network

* Activities focused on how to engage a diverse community to develop a Master Plan

* Fundraising workshop, with guest speaker from Gray Family Foundation 

* Demo of how to harvest for the cafeteria, and a guest speaker of the Director of Nutrition Services for Portland Public Schools

* Presentation of a regional study on what makes some gardens sustainable and other not

* Garden planning and the school calendar, soil health and plant selection

National Children & Youth Garden Symposium

Organization:  American Horticultural Society
Location: Madison, WI
Dates: July 10-13, 2019

Summer professional development opportunity for adults working to connect kids to plants and nature.

Climate Generation Teacher Institute

Join Climate Generation in Washington, DC, August 5-7 for their 14th annual Teacher Institute. This year’s program focuses on integrating climate change into social studies, humanities and ELA. Highlights include new humanities curriculum and a field trip around D.C. featuring their climate action plan. Registration is open and scholarships are available.

American Forest Kindergarten Association 2019 Conference

Location: Maple Valley, WA
The 2nd Annual American Forest Kindergarten Association Conference will be held August 9-11, 2019 at Nature Nuts Forest School in Maple Valley, WA. The keynote speaker will be Niki Buchan.

NSTA Area Conference

Seattle Dec 12–14, 2019

THEME: Fostering a Culture for Science

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Specific program/theme questions

From John McNamara, WSTA President Elect   
Bob Sotak, WSTA Past President,