ESD112 ClimeTime Projects
The ESD 112 plan for ClimeTime includes a variety of offerings in teacher professional development, development of instructional materials, and student events. Their goal is to engage teachers in exploring ways climate change is impacting their local community so they can provide students with authentic, climate-related problem-solving experiences.
Teacher Professional Development
Throughout the year, multiple opportunities are offered for teachers to engage in professional learning around NGSS and climate science.
- Six nPower Externships developed in collaboration with local businesses and organizations. Teachers visit businesses and learn how climate change is impacting their work, then participate in grade-level team collaboration to develop a classroom task based on what they’ve learned.
- Six STEM Seminars where scientists and researchers present the impacts of climate at related locations in our region.
- Other Events/Trainings, including a 3-day Summer Science Symposium and a national pilot of research-based, NGSS-aligned middle school science curriculum
Multiple opportunities to identify, modify, or develop climate-related classroom tasks and rubrics through the Science Leadership Network and nPower Teachers in STEM.
Student Engagement Activities
Student events with an explicit connection to climate science, including an interactive day for 4th-8th grade girls, highlighting women in climate-related careers.
Success Stories from ESD 112
Educators learned why we had such an extreme heat wave this past summer, as they heard from Robin Fox, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Spokane. Chelsea Freeman teaches high school in Tonasket, an agricultural community hit especially hard by the...
Attendees of the latest cohort of the Climate Justice League left their November 6 kickoff meeting inspired. “The idea that one person can make a difference has been an inspiring addition to this learning experience, and I am motivated in figuring out how I can be a...
Regional Science Coordinators are growing and supporting OpenSciEd use amongst middle school science teachers
Between 2018 and 2021, Washington State Regional Science Coordinators and a tea of dedicated middle school science teachers engaged in field testing OpenSciEd instructional units to help inform the development of a complete Grades 6-8 open educational resource (OER)....