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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.

Upcoming Classes

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Partners & Collaborators

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


Climate Science 1.0: Engaging in Argument from Evidence for K-12 Teachers

Learn strategies and tools to support a shift in teacher-centered discussions towards a student-centered whole-class discourse. We will explore one of the Next Generation Science Standards’ (NGSS) Science and Engineering Practice of Engaging in Argument from Evidence. This practice can be done in any grade level and with any content focus. For our purposes we will choose climate science as a vehicle for conducting a student-centered whole-class discourse. Strategies for in-class and remote learning are provided.

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Climate Science 2.0: Analyzing and Interpreting Data for K-12 Teachers

Learn a protocol for organizing and interpreting data through tabulating, graphing, and statistical analysis. 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 “Analyzing and Interpreting Data” within the dimension “Science and Engineering Practices.”

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Climate Science Series for Grades 3-5 Teachers

ESD 113 Regional Science Coordinator will continue their partnership with Pacific Education Institute and facilitate virtual and face-to-face meetings for educators in grades K-3. The workshops will 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 utilizing science notebooks around a locally relevant place-based climate science phenomenon.

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Climate Science Series for Grades 6-8 Teachers

ESD 113 Regional Science Coordinator will continue their partnership with Washington Green Schools and offer teachers access to high quality instructional materials that focus on climate science and are aligned with the NGSS. Many teachers are unaware of research-based instructional practices or instructional models that they can use to create instructional materials and a learning environment where students have an opportunity to use the core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and practices of science to make sense of climate-related natural phenomena.

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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? In this online PD course, 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.

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STEM Canvas Course: Crafting 3D Formative Assessment Items

Build your 3D assessment design capacity by following a step-by-step process using supporting tools to design formative assessment items—before piloting them in their classrooms. The approaches learned in this course can be used with any science curricula, at any grade level, and across all domains of science and engineering. The design for this course was adapted from the Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education: Resource D developed by Phil Bell and Deb Morrison.

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Success Stories from ESD 113

Climate Science Learning for K-3 Teachers- Part 2

Climate Science Learning for K-3 Teachers- Part 2

During the 2020-2021 school year 28 educators from the ESD 113 region met over the span of five sessions to learn more about climate science, teaching students outdoors and crafting 5E lessons. Information about the first three sessions of this series can be seen in...

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ClimeTime cited in leading science journal

ClimeTime cited in leading science journal

The Washington state program ClimeTime, which is facilitated by the state’s nine Education Service Districts (ESDs) and community partners, was recently cited as a popular and effective model for educator education in climate science. The Journal of Science Policy and...

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