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Pacific Education Institute (PEI)

Pacific Education Institute’s project, “Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines (SOLS),” is designed to strengthen teachers’ equitable climate science instruction through locally relevant storylines.

All storylines include six criteria:

  1. Strategies to work with local tribes to center Indigenous ways of knowing;
  2. 3-D NGSS assessment tools to demonstrate student growth;
  3. Strategies and tools for formative assessment to strengthen inclusive teacher instruction for all learners;
  4. Locally, relevant, place-based topics;
  5. Lessons to calculate and implement solutions to drawdown greenhouse gases and,
  6. Strategies to elevate student voice

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 for diverse student groups ((e.g. Indigenous, multilingual learners, English language learners, migrant, rural, students of color),
  3. Increased teacher comfort and confidence using formative assessment and equitable instructional approaches to guide instruction and report student growth.

Positive Results so far:

Before the workshops 62% 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 86% reported they were confident or very confident. 89% of 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 and have increased their ability to implement research-based instructional practices. 88% of teachers report they are more able to use formative assessment to monitor student growth. 

Teacher Professional Learning

Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines (SOLS) with assessment tools are adapted to be place-based and locally relevant while helping educators demonstrate student growth of NGSS. 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. In 2020-2021 school year, PEI will also include strategies to work with and support bilingual and migrant students. Additionally, statewide writing workshops include representation of educators from varied backgrounds across Washington to ensure that storylines can be utilized statewide and further adapted for local relevancy.

Other project strategies employed include:

  • Engaging local business, organization and agency professionals in regional workshops
  • Modeling 3-D NGSS and culturally responsive instructional practices
  • Engaging, including and elevating Indigenous experts and Tribal climate concerns as part of the science education community
  • Leveraging work in PEI’s FieldSTEM districts to increase access to climate science education

Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines (SOLS)

There are currently 15 published storylines available through the Washington Open Educational Resource Commons (OER) and on the PEI website; of these eight storylines are being translated into Spanish and will be published in Spring 2021. In the 2020-2021 school year, eight new storylines are in development and will be published Spring 2021.

Upcoming Classes

all-day SOLS: Regenerative Agriculture (...
SOLS: Regenerative Agriculture (...
Jun 23 – Jun 25 all-day
PEI is looking for a small team of educators with expertise in writing and a willingness to strengthen their understanding and skills in curriculum development, climate science solutions, instructional best practices; including formative assessment, teacher[...]
all-day SOLS: Food Waste (Asynchronous)
SOLS: Food Waste (Asynchronous)
Aug 2 – Aug 31 all-day
Attention K-12 Washington State Formal Educators! Join Pacific Education Institute (PEI) and our ClimeTime partners to take a deep dive into food waste in Washington state. Participants will learn about the Solutions Oriented Learning Storyline[...]

Partners & Collaborators

Cinnamon Bear
Lourdes Flores Skydancer
Indroneil Ganguly
Department of Natural Resources
ESD 105, 113, 123, and 171
Mount Rainer Institute
Olympia Community Solar
Sally Brownfield
Itsa Shash
Port Blakely
Stevens County Conservation District
Lamb Weston
Green Bow Farms
Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group
Anderson Hay
City of Vancouver
Muckleshoot Tribal School


Success Stories from PEI

Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines: Urban Forestry workshop

Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines: Urban Forestry workshop

During the month of May 2021, 27 educators from eight districts across the state attended a three-day online workshop, Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines: Urban Forestry, with Pacific Education Institute’s FieldSTEM Coordinators Molly Griffiths and Megan Rivard...

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