Professional Development for Educators


OHSU Brain Awareness Teacher Workshop in La Grande onApril 21st: Register today! Are you a teacher or other professional who would like to gain insight into the role neuroscience plays in the classroom? If so, Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center invites you to the OHSU Brain Awareness Teacher Workshop Livestream on Saturday, April 21st from 8:45 AM to 1:00 PM. The workshop will be livestreamed to OHSU School of Nursing on the Eastern Oregon University campus in La Grande, so no travel to Portland is required! Cost: $10 (includes light breakfast and class materials)Only 24 spots are available!
 Livestream Location: Badgley Hall 304, Eastern Oregon University campus Register by April 16th! (Window may close earlier if all slots fill).  Sign up HERE!

Engineering Workshops: The daVinci project.  June 5 deadline to apply, see details here.

GO Real Life Math is a professional development program for math teachers. Twenty teachers in the GO-STEM region are working together and with STEM professionals during the 2016-2017 school year to develop lessons for students in grades 7-10. These lessons teach math skills through real-world applications and challenges.  See

NGSS and STEM Workshops. GO-STEM can provide workshops to support teachers to develop lessons that meet Next Generation Science Standards and integrate STEM into curriculum. See

Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute (CCSI) is now accepting applications from regional high school students and teachers to attend the week-long residential field studies program held June 1722, 2018 at Cottonwood Canyon State Park.

CCSI began in 2015 as a collaborative project with partners from Oregon State Parks, Greater Eastern Regional Solutions and Eastern Oregon University. Beginning this year, EOU has taken a lead role in coordinating the program.

Check out the website ( to learn more about the projects that will take place this year and to access the application portal. Please forward this opportunity to any students or teachers who would be interested.


For the Love of Math

Some people would not place the words Math and Love in the same sentence but this situation is likely to change in the future. Teachers in eastern Oregon are working hard to change the way we think about math. Through a STEM Innovation grant from Oregon Department of Education, GO-STEM partners will lead a second year of Math in Real Life. This grant gets teachers together on teams to discuss and learn from one another and implement new methods for math teaching and assessment in our secondary classrooms.

Math is no longer the boring or scary subject you might remember.

Not only are teachers helping students make connections to real-life applications but they are also supporting students to see the beauty and creativity that mathematicians have always known. There are many resources being developed to help teachers reduce math anxiety and build a positive culture in the math classroom. If you are interested in helping change the way we think about math, check out these resources below!

Secondary math teachers throughout the region are invited to participate in the Math in Real Life during 2018-2019. Teacher teams are being formed right now with a kick-off event planned for February 2018. Please contact Beccy Nordtvedt at Wallowa ESD for more information about the upcoming series.