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OUR MISSION IS TO SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF EXCELLENT SCIENCE TEACHERS.
Journal Club

In our last meetings of the year, Dr. Bryan Rebar, Associate Director of UO’s STEM CORE, will join us to continue our discussion of the 5E Model.  Bryan and the students he works with use the 5E’s when they design activities for their outreach work.  There is no new reading to do for this week, but if you haven’t had a chance to read the 5E Model paper we read for last week, now would be a good time to do it:

Tanner, K. D. (2010). Order matters: using the 5E model to align teaching with how people learn. CBE-Life Sciences Education9(3), 159-164. http://www.lifescied.org/content/9/3/159.short

We will meet in 217 LISB (Lewis Integrative Sciences Building) at 9:00 am on Thursday and 1:00 pm on Friday.

This has been another wonderful year in the Science Teaching Journal Club.  Every week, people at all stages of their careers have made interesting and thoughtful contributions to our conversations and enriched the experience for everyone.  Thank you!  Have a great summer, and we look forward to seeing you again in the fall.

Julie and Phil

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SLP Scholars and Fellows Fall 2017

We are now recruiting undergraduate SLP scholars and graduate fellows. Review of applications is ongoing. Here’s the link to the undergraduate application, CAS 409 Practicum information, and the graduate application.

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Elly Vandegrift Receives Thomas F. Herman Award

In recognition of her achievement and expertise in the area of science literacy, our associate director, Elly Vandegrift, has been awarded a 2017 Thomas F. Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy. Congratulations, Elly! To learn more about what Elly does for the Science Literacy Program and the Department of Biology, click here.

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Data Collectors Needed at Oregon Eclipse Festival

The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning has partnered with Guerilla Science to bring renegade science to the masses—and particularly to engage with diverse groups of people with little to no scientific background. This year we will be collecting data around Guerilla Science events—immersive STEM experiences curated by scientist-artist partners— and we need your help to do it!  The Oregon Eclipse Festival is an arts and music festival created to celebrate life, art, and music. It will be at Big Summit Prairie in the Ochoco National Forest from August 17 – 23, 2017.  Data collectors will observe events, collect observational data, and interview festival and event attendees. We are looking to hire 10 data collectors. Each will a receive free ticket to the festival (includes camping pass) and a small stipend. Travel to and from the festival and Corvallis will be provided. We all will be camping at the Festival, so you will need to bring your own camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, etc.). Limited other camping supplies will be available to borrow (Dixon Rec Center also has an outdoor equipment rental program).  To apply, please submit your resume, a short statement of interest (250-500 words), and at least one professional/academic reference to Brianna Keys at Brianna.keys@oregonstate.edu by 12:00 pm on May 31, 2017.

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UOTeach Master’s of Education/Science Licensure

Are you interested in learning more about how you can apply your science major to a K-12 teaching career? UOTeach is a 5-term graduate and teacher licensure program. We hold prospective student info sessions each month to explain the program, application process, and prerequisites. These sessions are open to anyone interested in learning more about the program. No registration required.  Please join us for our next monthly information session.  The next information session will be held in Lokey Education, Room 119, on June 7, 4:00-5:00 pm.  For more information, please visit the website.

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Summer Teaching Intensive with Jose Bowen

José Bowen, President of Goucher College and a leading voice in national conversations about the value and future of liberal arts education, joins the UO teaching community for a day of activity. His bookTeaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning urges faculty to re-center the classroom experience around the human dimensions of learning and offers practical advice for how to use technology outside the classroom to boost student readiness for interaction with faculty.  He’ll offer both a workshop and a keynote address. Time is built into the day for a brief presentation by the TEP Teaching Academy Advisory Board about new ways excellent teaching is being acknowledged at UO—and teaching faculty are leading conversations about policy and curricular change. And there’s time at the end of the day for faculty who attend in constituent groups to talk with one another about their goals moving forward.  This teaching intensive will be held on Wednesday, June 21.  For more information and to register, please visit the website.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club
SLP Scholars and Fellows Fall 2017
Elly Vandegrift Receives Thomas F. Herman Award
Data Collectors Needed at Oregon Eclipse Festival
UOTeach Master’s of Education/Science Licensure
Summer Teaching Intensive with Jose Bowen
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Upcoming UO and Local Events

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Week 10 Spotlight:What techniques do you use to ensure that all the students in your class feel included and engaged? If you could use come evidence-based pointers, check out this paper by Kimberly Tanner. It was written for biologists, but the strategies she suggests are applicable in just about every classroom.Tanner, K. D. (2013). Structure matters: twenty-one teaching strategies to promote student engagement and cultivate classroom equity. CBE-Life Sciences Education12(3), 322-331. http://www.lifescied.org/content/12/3/322.short.

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Upcoming UO and Local Events:
Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Programresponds to the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging talented STEM students and professionals to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools. The program provides funding to institutions of higher education to provide scholarships, stipends, and programmatic support to recruit and prepare STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 teachers. Scholarship and stipend recipients are required to complete two years of teaching in a high-need school district for each year of support. The program seeks to increase the number of K-12 teachers with strong STEM content knowledge who teach in high-need school districts.  For more information, please contact Bryan Rebar. 

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Volunteers Needed for 20th Annual Solar Challenge

Dr. Dean Livelybrooks in the department of Physics is looking for volunteers to help with the 20th Annual Solar Challenge. The event will be on June 10, and volunteers will be asked to be present from 8:00-11:00 am. If you are interested in volunteering, email Dr. Livelybrooks and include your shirt size.

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The Round House: Contexts for Teaching

Week 10: Fri, June 9
2:00-4:00pm
Many Nations Longhouse
Refreshments served
Register here

Join TEP and Undergraduate Studies as we prepare for the 2017-2018 UO Common Reading: Louise Erdrich’s The Round House. Part coming-of-age story, part crime drama, the novel explores tribal sovereignty, federal Indian policy, sexual violence, and the search for justice.  We’re honored to welcome to campus Sarah Deer, professor of law at Mitchell Hamline and 2014 MacArthur Fellow, who will give a keynote address. Professor Deer will then be joined by a panel of UO faculty—Kirby Brown (English), Brian Klopotek (Ethnic Studies), and Lani Teves (Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies) talking about their own experience teaching Erdrich’s work and the issues it raises.

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