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Pacific Education Institute (PEI)

The PEI project, “Locally Relevant, 3 Dimensional Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines (SOLS),” is designed to strengthen teachers’ climate science education instruction through locally relevant projects centered on indigenous ways of knowing.

All storylines include five criteria:

  1. Center on indigenous ways of knowing;
  2. Embed 3-D NGSS assessment tools to help educators demonstrate student growth;
  3. Are place-based/locally relevant;
  4. Have students, in developmentally appropriate ways, learn the carbon cycle and be able to calculate greenhouse gas emissions and drawdown of carbon from the atmosphere;
  5. Elevate student voice in the community and beyond as they participate in solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The work is designed to have the following outcomes:

  1. Increased teacher understanding of locally relevant climate science content and research;
  2. Increased teacher comfort around, and preparation for implementing culturally responsive practice focused on Washington State indigenous people and Since Time Immemorial (STI);
  3. Increased teacher comfort and confidence using formative assessment and equitable instructional approaches to guide instruction and report student growth.

Positive Results so far:

100% Teachers who have participated in the workshops associated with the SOLS work report they are more prepared to make learning experiences inclusive for Native American students, have increased their ability to implement research-based instructional practices. 95% of teachers report they are more able to use formative assessment to monitor student growth. Before the workshops 65 % of the teachers reported that they were not confident in their ability to teach three dimensional Next Generation Science Standards about climate science, after the workshop, 82% reported they were confident or very confident.

Teacher Professional Development

3-D NGSS Storylines with assessment tools are adapted to be place-based/locally relevant helping educators demonstrate student growth. Students, in developmentally appropriate ways, learn the carbon cycle and calculate greenhouse gas emissions to drawdown those gases from the atmosphere.

The project targets rural and remote schools and districts that serve high populations of indigenous students. Additionally, statewide gatherings include equal representation of eastern and western teachers to develop storylines that can be utilized statewide and adapted for local relevancy.

Other project strategies employed include:

  • Organizing clusters of teachers at different locations.
  • Modeling to make straightforward instructional practice routines to implement 5-D NGSS
  • Engaging, including and surfacing Native experts and Tribal climate concerns as part of the science education community
  • Leveraging work in PEI’s FieldSTEM districts

Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines (SOLS)

Drafts for 10 Solutions Oriented Learning Storyline (SOLS) are in the various stages of development. Three of them have additional work completed for a formative assessment. As of April, 2019, the work is preliminary, teachers are implementing the storylines across the state.. Draft storyline will be available in June, along with examples from work with ESD 113 science kit Professional Learning Communities.

Upcoming Classes

all-day Solutions Oriented Learning Stor...
Solutions Oriented Learning Stor...
Aug 10 – Aug 13 all-day
By Invitation Only Educators will participate in a storyline writing workshop about coastal natural hazards to develop K-2, 3-5, middle school, and high school storylines. We will be working in grade level teams to write[...]

Partners & Collaborators

Braided Education Consulting
Cinnamon Bear Enos
Local Tribes
Office of Native Education
Tribal compact schools


3 day Solutions Oriented Learning Storyline (SOLS) Writing Workshops

June 20-22
Wenatchee Valley College focused on indigenous centering and writing tasks relevant to tribes – teacher evaluation data will be collected

Educators attending these workshops learn about the key components included in a “Solutions Oriented Learning Storyline”, they work in grade level groups using the SOLS template and draft a storyline. This work originally was focused on locally relevant ways to teach 3-D NGSS, for future 3 day writing workshops we will be focused on statewide storylines which will be adapted locally at 2 day SOLS workshops.

1 day Solutions Oriented Learning Storyline Workshops

Teachers attending this one day workshop are introduced to a draft Storyline and asked to teach it, they then implement in their classroom and share student work with the project so that we can calibrate our formative assessments and rubrics.

Success Stories from PEI

Distance Learning for the Birds

Distance Learning for the Birds

When ESD105 originally partnered with Pacific Education Institute and the Mount Rainier Institute to offer a professional development for secondary educators in June 2020, the idea was to take Yakima area workshop participants into the great outdoors and study the...

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Writing Solutions Oriented Storylines: Focus on Solar Energy

Writing Solutions Oriented Storylines: Focus on Solar Energy

During the week of June 22nd, 2020, 16 educators from across the state joined Pacific Education Institute staff and faculty online to write solutions oriented storylines on solar energy, for first and fourth grades and middle and high school. The goal was to create...

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