Helping K–12 educators develop authentic climate science learning opportunities for students
About the Climate Science Grant
All nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) in Washington are launching programs for science teacher training around Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and climate science, thanks to grant money made available to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) by Governor Inslee. Distributed by OSPI, the ESDs are sharing $3 million from the state’s general fund for teacher professional development, development of instructional materials and student events. With an additional $1 million provided to community-based nonprofits to partner with public schools around NGSS, the $4 million appropriation makes Washington the first state in the country to dedicate significant funding for climate science education and NGSS.
The ESDs have collectively branded this program as “ClimeTime” to use across all programs statewide. ESD 112’s work includes:
Teacher Professional Development
Throughout the year, there will be multiple opportunities for teachers to engage in professional learning around NGSS and climate science.
Development of Instructional Materials
Throughout the year, teachers will have many opportunities to identify, modify, or develop climate-related classroom tasks and rubrics for their grade band.
Several student events will have an explicit connection to climate science.
Trainings & Seminars
ClimeTime at ESD 112 includes a series of teacher trainings and seminars aimed at helping K-12 educators develop authentic learning opportunities for students; bringing current events together with science for the benefit of public education.
Throughout the school year, there will be six 1-day externships for teachers developed in collaboration with local climate-related STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) businesses or organizations. Participating teachers will spend the first part of the day visiting the business and learning about the impacts of climate change on their work. During the second half of the day, teachers will collaborate in small grade-level teams to develop a classroom task based on their new learning.
There will also be six STEM seminars in which scientists and researchers present the impacts of climate change on their work to a group of teachers.
ESD 112 ClimeTime Projects
This workshop, for teachers grades 3-12, focuses on ways to bring indigenous cultures and western science into the classroom. Teachers examine best practices for culturally informed climate science and environmental education.
Nine regional Middle School teachers are participating in a national pilot of research-based, NGSS-aligned middle school science curriculum that will be distributed as Open Educational Resources (OER).
This 3-day regional STEM Symposium offers classes on a variety of STEM topics including Computer Science, Formative Assessment, Environmental Education, Early Learning, Math/Science Integration, and ELA/Science Integration. Over 190 teachers from 27 districts participated at the latest symposium.
The nPower Teachers project hosts a series of teacher externships throughout the region. These externships are 1-day workshops developed in collaboration with local climate-related STEM businesses and/or organizations. nPower workshops provide opportunities for career-related learning in the classroom through the development of classroom tasks with an authentic connection to STEM careers.
The STEM Seminars invite scientists and researchers to present to a group of teachers, sharing research or the impacts of climate change on their work. During the second half of the day, teachers collaborate in small grade-level teams to develop a classroom task and rubric based on their new learning that addresses climate-related PEs at their grade band. The STEM Seminar workshops provide a connection to scientific practice in the classroom through the development of classroom tasks that integrate current data and research.
Teachers are invited to attend an evening workshop to learn how to turn their traditional Science Fair into an innovative, students-centered STEM Fair. The STEM Fair planning team from Harney Elementary will share their development process and planning resources that they have developed over the past few years to facilitate the Harney STEM Fair.
In March, 2019, regional 4th-8th grade students are invited to participate in a fun, interactive day of STEM activities and presentations for girls, highlighting women in climate-related careers.
The Watershed and Climate Congress invites students to share learning about climate-related projects and regional STEM Fairs.
Throughout the year, there are multiple opportunities for regional teachers to participate in Climate Science and NGSS professional development opportunities. Some of these examples include:
- Science Leadership Network Meetings
- Argument-Driven Inquiry workshop
- Science Fellows Convening
- Climate Science and the NGSS Teacher Workshop
Our Integrated Curriculum Specialist works with teams of regional teachers to develop storylines for our Earth and Space science kits that highlight opportunities for climate-related learning.
- Washington Green Schools
- Climate Impacts Group at University of Washington
- Cascade Volcano Observatory
- Water Resource Center
- Friends of Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge
- Pacific Education Institute
- Clark County Public Health
- Goose Island Oysters
- Mount St. Helen’s Institute
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Clark County PUD
- SW Clean Air Agency