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Climate Science Education Project

Climate Science Education Project

A multi-faceted approach to Climate Science education for the 2018-2019 school year

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*The Climate Science Education Project will include No-Cost education opportunities made possible through Washington State Legislature’s statewide Climate Science Proviso. This project is being implemented statewide as a collaborative effort by the
Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) to improve systems of support around climate science education for targeted and comprehensive schools.

The NWESD Climate Science projects are local partnerships with our regional community-based organizations who are already providing climate science curricula in a field-centered experiential way. Our aim is to enhance the work of northwest regional  science educators building climate science into our work with Science Fellows, and the NWESD Science Materials Center.

The NWESD Climate Science Education Project includes the following opportunities:

  • Amplify Piloting Project (Grades K & 3) – The Science Materials Center will enhance a pilot project and recruit teachers to promote climate science kits from Amplify Science.
  • Open SciEd (Grades 6-8) – Teachers in our region will pilot the OpenSciEd materials being developed with support from Carnegie. Eventually encompassing a K-12 suite of OER instructional materials.
  • STEM Speaker Series (Grades 9-12) – We will offer six, 2-hour speaker events. Come to hear local researchers and scientist speak about climate science specific to high school teachers. Each session will include a 1-hour presentation followed by guided conversation to highlight connections to both the NGSS and to local phenomena.
  • CASTL (Grades K-12) – This network focus on equitable access to science learning through job-embedded collaborative learning and implementation of the Ambitious Science Teaching practices.
  • Climate Science Learning Network (Grades K-5) – This project will engage teachers in learning about explanatory modeling in climate science.
  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing Science (Grades K-12) – For natural sciences to be accessible to all students, we need to understand their cultural ways of knowing. Teachers will learn the importance of meeting students at the intersection of their cultural and climate science.
  • Field Experience in Climate Science (Grades K-12) – Teachers will have opportunities to experience climate science in the field with community-based organizations who provide these experiences for their students.
  • Early Learning Climate Science (Grades PreK-K) – Teachers will design learning opportunities that align with Next Generation Science Standards kindergarten standards and help Pre-K and K students develop content knowledge and science and engineering practices that support core climate science ideas through play.
  • Engineering for Climate Science (Grades K-5) – Learn about connections between the Washington State Science Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards and focus on climate science disciplinary core ideas and provide connections to best practices.