Performance Expectation Progression for Waves and Light

WSTA presents a professional learning opportunity grounded in the Science Professional Learning Standards and the Framework for K-12 Science Education. The six-hour workshop is designed to deepen participants’ understanding of the Washington State Science Learning Standards (WSSLS) characteristics and performance expectations (also called Next Generation Science Standards). Participants will experience three-dimensional learning activities aligned to PS4 Waves and their Application in Technologies for Information Transfer.

Workshop Goals:

  • Increase understanding of Performance Expectations (PE), Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI), Science and Engineering Practices (SEP), and Crosscutting Concepts (CCC).
  • Develop best teaching practices through 3 Dimensional Learning activities.
  • Increase knowledge of a learning progression within the WSSLS, focused on PS4 Waves.
  • Connect aligned Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts/ Literacy and Mathematics embedded in workshop activities.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • At the completion of the workshop participants will be able to apply their knowledge of the WSSLS, three-dimensional learning, learning progressions and aligned CCSS to increase efficiency and effectiveness in teaching and learning in the classroom. Participant content focus will be 1st grade, 4th grade, Middle School (MS) and High School (HS) light and sound waves.
  • District teams, curriculum specialists and administrators are encouraged to participate.
  • 6 Clock Hours available from WSTA for $20

Grant Information for Teachers - National Park Trust

National Park Trust's annual Kids to Parks Day National School Contest empowers students to plan their own educational park experience. Open to all Title 1 schools for grades PreK through 12, this contest provides grants of up to $1,000 to cover transportation, park-related fees, stewardship supplies, or anything else students believe would enhance their experience. Our 2016 contest will be awarding 100 park grants to 100 schools nationwide. Deadline is March 4, 2016. Details can be found

Summer Research Experiences for Middle & High School STEM Teachers at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering

University of Washington, Seattle

Applications for Summer 2016 programs are available now, with a March 1st submission deadline.

Research Experience for Teachers

Looking for ways to bring engineering and contemporary science topics into your science classroom? Interested in developing your own research skills while experiencing the authentic practices of scientists and engineers? 

Join us for the 7-week, paid, Research Experience for Teachers program. The RET program is a summer research and curriculum design experience for local middle and high school STEM teachers at the UW's Seattle campus. Participants receive a $7,000 stipend. Application deadline is March 1st. Apply now!

RET Program Information and the online application is available here:

Job opening in Shoreline, starting second semester

Shorecrest High School has a 0.8 science opening (2 sections of 9th grade Integrated Physical Science and 2 sections of Biology) starting second semester, which begins on February 8th. This position is posted now on the Shoreline School District website:


  • Valid Washington State Teaching Certificate. 
  • Endorsement in Science (Required).
  • Major in Science preferred.
Candidates must be Highly Qualified in core content subject area.

For questions, please contact Vince Santo Pietro, Shorecrest Science Department Head:

STEAM Power: Turn On The Heat With Creativity And Innovation In Teaching

Pacific Science Center is proud to announce that they are once again partnering with EMP Museum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center to bring teachers STEAM Power, a day dedicated to inspiring and supporting educators in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).

On February 20 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. take part in your choice of two, 2-hour, skill-based workshops at these three Seattle Center area venues, a stimulating full lunch keynote and tasty snacks throughout the day. These workshops are designed especially for educators addressing a broad spectrum of STEAM learning, highlighting key topics from each organization’s specific areas of expertise, taught by each organization’s staff and professional educators.

Registration is now open for this popular professional development event. Last year we sold out, so we encourage you to sign up early! The cost to attend STEAM Power is $50, and includes seven Washington state clock hours. Call (206) 443-2925 for more information.

2016 NSTA Area Conference

Portland, Oregon: November 10–12, 2016
Conference Strand

NSTA is currently accepting proposals for the following conferences. To submit, please click here.
Master's Program for Educators at Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and Project Dragonfly at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio are thrilled to offer the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP),an exciting Master’s degree designed for a broad range of professionals from education, conservation, business, and government settings. The AIP offers a groundbreaking graduate degree focused on inquiry-driven learning as a powerful agent for social and ecological change.

Advanced Inquiry Program benefits:

·         The zoo and the world as your classroom: 21 credits are completed at Woodland Park Zoo and 14 credits are taken via national web-based learning communities. Up to 7 credit hours from an Earth Expeditions global field course may count toward the degree.

·         Convenient and flexible: Can be completed in 2.5 to 5 years part-time while working!

·         Affordable: Approximately $3,671 per year for basic courses and fees!

·         Relevant: Program courses and projects integrate Washington State Science Learning Standards for inquiry-based science learning and best practices in informal science and conservation education.

Applications are accepted until February 28, 2016 for summer enrollment. For more information, please see Woodland Park Zoo’s website:

Want to know more about Woodland Park Zoo’s Master’s Program for Educators?
Attend our informational forum about the Advanced Inquiry Program! Join other classroom and informal educators from around Puget Sound to learn more about this Master’s degree opportunity.

Tuesday, November 17th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, January 21st from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

at Woodland Park Zoo's Education Center

This informational forum includes snacks and a live animal presentation!

For more information or to RSVP, please email or call 206.548.2581.

Thank you to everyone that made this year's Conference a success!

Announcing the WSTA Annual Conference!

The Next Waves of Science:  NGSS, CCSS and STEM!

October 23, 24 and 25th   

Conference Web Page   Field Trips and Tours

Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Washington

NSTA has developed a new WSTA Learning Center 

 If you are responsible for coordinating or developing professional learning programs for your school, district, or state, or if you are professor teaching science pre-service teachers at a college or university, we would like you to know that the NSTA Learning Center contains a variety of online learning experiences to fit any educator’s learning style and content need and can be accessed 24/7

This link can also be found under the Resources tab.

WSTA Board Retreat 

Professional Development Planning

During the annual WSTA Board retreat on August 6-8, 2015; WSTA Board members and elected Regional Representatives met to finalize professional development plans to deliver training to teachers and administrators for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. One of the primary strategic directions of the Washington State Science Teachers Association is to provide science education training throughout Washington State; and this year WSTA plans to conduct a 6-7 hour training in each region of the state to train teachers how to fully utilize the science practices, science content, and cross-cutting concepts related to the new Washington State Science Learning Standards. Each of our ten regional representatives will lead the training in their own region after spending 35-50 hours preparing to deliver this professional development. All interested in participating in the training can register in September on our website. We hope you will join us!


Washington MESA Engineering Design and Computer Science Day 

Over 250 students attending a full day of workshops, and participated in creating mobile applications and design challenges at the Microsoft Conference Center last Saturday. To see more pictures from the event check out the MESA Day menu on Washington webpage.

Employment Notices
If you have a job opening and you would like to advertise it for free on WSTA.NET, please send the advertisement to webmaster and we will post it!  Please make sure the advertisement is in ASCII Text (no PDFs or other attachments).  Listings will be posted for 60 days.


Donate to WSTA

WSTA is a non-profit organization and gladly excepts donations to further the science education of our youth in Washington state through our mission and vision. If you would like to make a donation, please click the link Donate to WSTA.



Upcoming events

Saturday, February 20, 2016 8:30 AM (PST) • West Valley Junior High 7505 Zier Road Yakima, WA 98908
Saturday, February 27, 2016 8:30 AM (PST) • North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center, 905 W. 9th, Port Angeles, WA 98363
Saturday, February 27, 2016 8:30 AM (PST) • ESD 112 2500 NE 65th Ave Vancouver, WA 98661
Saturday, March 12, 2016 8:30 AM (PST) • Sumner School District Central Office 1202 Wood Avenue, Sumner WA 98390
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