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Capital Region ESD 113

Capital Region ESD 113 – in conjunction with their partners – will deliver high quality professional development and resources to their region’s 45 school districts focusing on Climate Science and the Next Generation Science Standards. Our statewide goal, engage teachers in authentic place-based experiences that explore ways in which climate change is impacting our unique communities.

Teacher Professional Development

To date, ESD 113 has reached 438 K – 5 teachers, 210 middle school teachers, and 161 high school teachers through the following delivery methods: traditional face-to-face workshops, hybrid workshops with a mix of face-to-face and virtual meetings, and online Learning Management Systems.

Statewide – Climate Science Canvas Courses

As part of the statewide Climate Science effort, Capital Region ESD 113 took on the challenge of designing, implementing, and moderating the Climate Science Canvas Courses. This Learning Management System (LMS) provided teachers with up-to-date climate science data to analyze and protocols for conducting student-centered lessons. One unique aspect of the courses is the ability of K–12 teachers to contribute to discussion boards. Teachers can provide each other insights and helpful hints to apply what they have learned as a result of working through the courses.

One teacher said about the course, “This course allowed me to see that even my little learners can participate in respectful arguments about climate and the impact human activities have on the climate and the world around them. They learned to take turns listening to other students arguments even if they are different than theirs.”

Regional – Climate Science Series

Pacific Education Institute, Washington Green Schools, and Tom Hathorn will each facilitate a grade band of teachers through a series of face-to-face meetings and ZOOM check-ins. These workshops are designed to introduce teachers to grade appropriate, locally relevant 3-D NGSS based activities that focus on climate science. Teachers will gain experience weaving the practices, disciplinary core ideas and cross cutting concepts around a local climate-based phenomenon.

Chehalis Basin Education Consortium (CBEC) will facilitate the Climate Fellows program to approximately 25 local 4th – 12th grade teachers. These quarterly meetings provide teachers with extra support from the program coordinator, additional budget for classroom and field experiences, and curriculum resources in order to effectively teach climate science in both their classrooms and outside.

Climate Science for Adjudicated Youth

CBEC organizes and facilitates 24 visits to the Thurston County and Lewis County Detention Centers. These Climate Science presentations are led by local environmental professionals and include such topics as disaster preparedness, composting, carbon footprints, salmon, and ocean acidification. Expected outcomes for the adjudicated youth: gaining understanding of local environmental phenomena and concerns resulting in increased environmental stewardship, green job awareness and critical thinking and scientific skills that will help them meet state standards.

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Partners & Collaborators

Chehalis Basin Education Consortium
Tom Hathorn
Pacific Education Institute
WA GREEN Schools


Climate Science 1.0

Canvas Course Climate Science 101 attendees will learn a protocol for conducting student-centered, whole-class discourse. The protocol, along with the skills and knowledge learned, will be transferable to other content areas beyond science. In this context of the course, the protocol will be applied to a climate science topic. With regard to NGSS alignment, the course focuses on the practice “Engaging in Argument from Evidence” within the dimension “Science and Engineering Practices.”

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Climate Science 2.0

Course expected to launch by winter of 2020

Climate Science Series for Grades 3-5 Teachers

Join ESD 113 and Pacific Education Institute (PEI) to take a deep dive into the role of Washington’s forest in climate change resiliency. Participants will learn about utilizing science notebooks, field experiences, locally relevant phenomena and climate science data to bring valuable lessons that elevates student voice to the learning environment. Educators will have dedicated time to research phenomena, collaborate and create lessons to meet the needs of their students and the Next Generation Science Standards. This workshop is part of a blended learning series.

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Climate Science Series for Grades 6-8 Teachers

Join ESD 113 and Washington Green Schools to take a deep dive into the following Climate Science topics. This will be a blended learning experience with some meetings occurring at the ESD, other meetings occurring out in the field, and a few online check-ins.

October: Floods and Droughts
November: Coastal Hazards
March: Species and Ecosystems

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Climate Science Series for Grades 9-12 Teachers

How do high school students’ ideas about climate science compare to the general public? HS Science teachers will be engaged in phenomena and problems that integrate core ideas of Earth Systems Science (ESS2, ESS3), Physical Science (PS1, PS3, PS4), Life Science (LS2, LS3, LS4), and Engineering (ETS1). Numerous resources will support face-to-face and online teacher learning, as well as the adaptation to three-dimensional learning tasks. Equity for students takes a central role in this course: challenge students with local environmental justice problems, and inspire them to pursue STEM-related careers in the context of regional workforce projections. Please join Tom Hathorn as he dives into these topics and more.

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Success Stories from ESD 113

Climate Science Series for Grades 3-5: April/May Canvas Course

Climate Science Series for Grades 3-5: April/May Canvas Course

During the months of April and May 2020, seven teachers from around the ESD 113 region completed the third part of the Climate Science Series for Grades 3-5. This was planned to be an in-person session but was quickly turned into a Canvas course due to Covid-19. The...

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Climate Science Series for Grades 3-5: March Event

Climate Science Series for Grades 3-5: March Event

On March 4th, Hattie Osborne of Pacific Education Institute met with 23 third through fifth grade educators from across the ESD 113 region to continue learning about forests, climate change and climate science resources. To begin the day, teachers discussed phenomena...

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