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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


*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.

Upcoming Professional Learning & Events

The NWESD Climate Science Education Project includes the following opportunities:

Indigenous Ways of Knowing Climate Science in the NWESD Region
The STEM teaching tools from the UW Institute for Science and Math Education are providing the foundation for our work with tribal elders in the NWESD region. In designing this place-based instruction for teachers, we acknowledge the dual citizenship of our tribal students and tie tribal students’ understanding of climate science to their tribal origins. A big part of this for our non-tribal teachers is learning to get our students outside into their environments. Curriculum for this teacher workshop is currently being developed, pending deployment in spring of 2019.

Field Experience in Climate Science
Our community-based partners’ field experiences are being scheduled. Teachers will have access to substitutes for their own “learning outdoors” which will primarily happen in spring 2019.

All I Need to Know to Understand Climate Science I Learned in High School Chemistry
University of Washington College of Oceanography professors and graduate students will provide learning experiences aligned to introductory oceanography courses and current research practices. Participants will learn current climate science taught at UW and build a spectrophotometric device, modeled after those used in current ocean research, to measure pH. Each participant will take home a device that could possibly be built by students in their science classroom.

OpenSciEd Piloting
Eight excited teachers are piloting their first unit of the OpenSciEd Grades 6-8 Open Educational Resources (OER) materials developed with support from the Carnegie Institute. Data is being collected not only on teacher experiences but also around student experiences using these materials.

Climate Science – FREE Canvas Course
In this course, designed in collaboration with ESD 113, attendees will learn a protocol for conducting student-centered, whole-class discourse. Structured as three one-month cohorts and divided into grade bands, the protocol, along with the skills and knowledge learned will be transferrable to other content areas beyond science. In this context of the course, participants will apply the protocol to a climate science topic. With regard to NGSS alignment, the course focuses on the practice of “engaging in argument from evidence.”
Registration and information through ESD 113.

Collaboration for Ambitious Science Teaching and Learning (CASTL)
Following their Summer Institute, two new cadres of 56 teachers are using 3-D instruction around climate science phenomenon in their classrooms. These teachers came back together in fall 2018 to review their students’ work and reflect on their students’ learning. As the work progresses, teachers will continue to monitor student progress and come back together with their colleagues to adjust their units.

Stories of Us and the World: How We See Ourselves in Relation to Our Environment
English Language Arts are a vital backbone of learning science. To solve the problems of tomorrow, all students must understand their relationship to our climate and see themselves as active, empowered citizens of our world. In this two-day workshop, we will investigate how first-hand knowledge and experiences with climatic events put migrant students in a position to lead in learning about climate science. Participants will learn strategies that support practices for inclusion, empowerment, and participation in climate science and literacy learning. On the second day of the workshop, participants will come back to share student artifacts and to learn from each other’s experiences. This event is scheduled for January 29 and February 25, 2019. Event ID: #84642

Piloting K and 3rd Grade Amplify Kits
In early October, 52 elementary teachers across nine school districts in the NWESD Science Materials Cooperative received instruction on the use of Amplify Science Kits. Twelve of these teachers are piloting climate science based units. Data is being collected not only on teacher experience but also around student experience using these materials.

Climate Science for Pre-K and K
A design team of Pre-K and K teachers met for professional learning around NGSS, 3-D learning, and science phenomenon. As part of this grant opportunity, these teachers received science materials and, at the end of January 2019, each participating teacher came back to the group to share samples of student work and units of instruction. From these units and ideas, a professional development day is being designed that will take place on April 22, 2019. Registration can be found here.