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Climate Science Education Project

ClimeTime at the NWESD

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


NWESD is excited to partner with OSPI, the Association for Educational Service Districts (AESD), and community based organizations to continue our learning about climate science. This second year of climate science education programming will allow us to further reach Pre K – 12 educators within our region as well as provide support for outreach across the state.

The NWESD Climate Science Education Project includes the following opportunities:

Climate Science for Pre-K and K
Working with the NWESD Early Learning Department and Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers, NWESD developed learning opportunities that align with NGSS 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; and our design team shared those instructional materials with local teachers. We will continue this work in 2019-20 both locally and statewide. Locally, NWESD host workshops for regional teachers to learn about the materials and take them back to their buildings to implement with children. Statewide, NWESD will facilitate four train-the-trainer workshops in other ESD regions allowing their early learning staff to carry this work forward in their regions. We will also be hosting online meetings for teachers to come together and share successes as well as to share their own innovations and potential changes to the activities. Registration open for the November 5, 2019 session.

Culture, Science and Indigenous Ways of Knowing: An Introduction
Western science is a product of Western culture. How might that inhibit or exclude students with other cultural backgrounds from learning? How do we employ instructional practices that welcome and develop authentic interest in STEM fields? What is meant by Indigenous Ways of Knowing? NWESD will be working in collaboration with Falcon Cultural Resources in facilitating this workshop. Participants will experience practices that can be used in the classroom and learn about Indigenous Ways of Knowing. Watch our website for course dates.

Collaboration for Ambitious Science Teaching and Learning (CASTL)
New teachers were welcomed into the second year of our CASTL group. These 28 educators began their learning this past August during our CASTL Summer Institute. Participants engaged as learners in three-dimensional learning around a climate science phenomenon while also expanding their pedagogical content knowledge around equitable engagement and support of students learning over time. This new cadre of teachers will join PASTL/CASTL alumni in three reflective planning days throughout the year where they will bring back student artifacts and examine them critically to look for opportunities to improve student engagement and deepen student thinking.

All I Need to Know to Understand Climate Science I Learned in High School Chemistry
NWESD is excited to partner again with the UW College of Oceanography professors and graduate students to provide learning experiences from graduate level oceanography courses and current research practices. High school teachers will be invited to learn about ocean acidification and build a spectrophotometric device, modeled after those used in current ocean research, to measure pH. Each participant will take home a device that can be built by students in their science classrooms.

OpenSciEd Piloting
Eight dedicated teachers piloted two units 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. These same excited teachers will continue their learning during the 2019-20 school year as they learn about and implement two new 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, teachers investigated how first-hand knowledge and experiences with climatic events put migrant students in a position to lead in learning about climate science. Participants learned strategies that support inclusion, empowerment, and participation in climate science and literacy learning. On the second day of the workshop, participants came back to share student artifacts and to learn from each other’s experiences.

ClimeTime is a statewide initiative of the Washington Governor, the Washington State Legislature, OSPI, and the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD). Participation is paid for by the Washington State Legislature’s 2018 Climate Science Proviso.

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