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Climate Science Education Project

ClimeTime at the NWESD

A multi-faceted approach to Climate Science education for the 2019-2020 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:

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.

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.

Teacher Workshops with Community Based Organizations

WA Green Schools, Islandwood, Padilla Bay, and a Whatcom County collaboration headed by NSEA and Re-Sources are providing climate science education opportunities for teachers in our region. As these opportunities become available, we will be sharing them through our website and through our social media feeds.

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.

Climate Science and Physical Science

Designed for high school physical science teachers, this offering is being pursued in collaboration with the University of Washington Graduate School of Oceanography. More to come as the class is defined and takes shape.

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.

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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