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.