The focus of the work within the ClimeTime Proviso has been to leverage an existing collaborative effort of 21 School Districts and 3 private schools that are members of the ESD 105 Science Cooperative to implement NGSS-aligned instruction for the vast majority of the region’s K-5 students.
ClimeTime Proviso work was directed toward support for professional learning to implement new NGSS-aligned materials from The Smithsonian. These materials were chosen in 2017-18 after a thorough region-wide pilot that included existing Science Master Trainers, volunteer Teacher Leaders, and Building and Central Office Administrators from Science Cooperative member districts and schools. The members of the Science Cooperative requested a four year transition to the new curriculum. Therefore the roll out of new units was organized into four “Phases” beginning with the 2018-19 school year.
K-5 STEM Leadership Network
These professional learning events are open to all K-5 teachers in the ESD 105 region. Topics focus on broader innovations of the Next Generation Science Standards and the context of the K-5 classroom. For 2018-19 Learning Targets focused on the practice of engaging in argument from evidence and core ideas from Climate Science standards. The design of K-5 STEM Leadership Network events models the integration of math and science.
Supporting 6-12 Science – Science Leadership Network
These professional learning events are open to all of the region’s Middle school and High school science. Topics have previously focused on the broader innovations of the Next Generation Science Standards. For 2018-19, Learning Targets focused on the practice of engaging in argument from evidence and core ideas from Climate Science standards. ESD 105 is collaborating with Argument Driven Inquiry and Mt. Rainier Institute’s Director, John Hayes to co-facilitate the sessions.
In July, 2018, Science Master Trainers and 7 new “Apprentice Trainers” met for three days to develop facilitation materials for a six hour “Foundational Professional Learning” session for “NGSS Phase 1” comprised of Smithsonian Science for the Classroom units for grades 1-5 that focus on Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science.
The Master Trainers and apprentices collaborated with ESD 105’s STEM Resource Center to modify kit materials to optimize classroom instruction. Enhancements were made to equipment, materials, and inventory sheets to decrease prep time and streamline materials management for teachers.
Partners & Collaborators
Mt. Rainier Institute
Yakima Area Arboretum
Science Cooperative NGSS Phase 1: Instructional Support Web Pages
Preparing for NGSS Phase 2
Five new units will be implemented during the 2019-20 School year as NGSS Phase 2:
- Kindergarten – “Weather and Sky”
- 3rd Grade – “How Does Weather & Climate Affect Our Lives?”
- 4th Grade – “What Is Our Evidence That We Live On a Changing Earth?”
- 4th Grade – “How Does Motion Energy Change in a Collision?”
- 5th Grade– “How Can We Use the Sky to Navigate?”
To prepare to design the professional learning needed for NGSS Phase 2, Science Master Trainers and volunteer teacher leaders received training use the units in their classrooms. On May 30, 2019, Master Trainers and teacher leaders will return to reflect on their use of the NGSS Phase 2 units and set specific learning targets for NGSS Phase 2 professional learning.
Success Stories from ESD 105
Standing in the shadows of giant wind turbines, it’s hard not to be awestruck. For Yakima-area teachers, a field trip to the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility outside Ellensburg not only inspired wonder, it connected them with local resources to engage their students...
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...
Many elementary educators do not enter teaching with a deep background in science, a situation that can result in discomfort and a lack of confidence when teaching science. This project set out to support elementary teachers by providing high quality, hands-on professional learning that is critical to cultivate teachers’ confidence and enthusiasm for science.