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Capital Region ESD 113

Capital Region ESD 113—in conjunction with their partners— will deliver high quality professional development and materials to their region focusing on Climate Science and the NGSS Practice Argument from Evidence with K – 5 teachers and middle school and high school teams.

Teacher Professional Development

To date, ESD 113 has reached 291 K-5 teachers and 150 6-8 teachers through traditional face-to-face trainings and workshops, as well as 272 K-12 teachers through the Climate Science Canvas Course.

Climate Science Canvas Course

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 Course. This Learning Management System (LMS) provided teachers with up-to-date climate science data to analyze, and protocols for conducting a student-centered whole-class Argument from Evidence. One unique aspect of the course 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 course to their classrooms. Three cohorts were established in January, February, and March of 2019 with 80, 96, and 96 teachers enrolled respectively. The enrollees represent over 42 school districts from all nine ESDs.

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.”

Science Kit Training

Climate science training around science kits occurs in two phases. Phase One consists of an August “deep-dive” two-day training where teachers are exposed to all three science kits with a focus on climate science performance expectations. Phase Two trainings are scheduled quarterly in three sub-regions. Partnerships were established with Chehalis Basin Education Consortium, Pacific Education Institute and Washington Green Schools with a focus on problems of practice and curriculum delivery strategies.

Partners & Collaborators

Argument Driven Inquiry
Chehalis Basin Education Consortium
Tom Hathorn
Pacific Education Institute
WA GREEN Schools


Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI)

Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) is an instructional model. Participants will first learn about the limitations of typical laboratory instruction and why ADI can help students develop the knowledge and skills they need to be proficient in science. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the instructional model by participating in all eight stages with a locally relevant guiding question. Finally, participants will learn how ADI is aligned with the NGSS and CCSS for ELA.

Upcoming Classes:
ADI 101 – Introduction to Argument-Driven Inquiry for Third Grade
ADI 101 – Introduction to Argument-Driven Inquiry for Fourth Grade

Climate Science 101

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.”

Climate Science for Grades 3 – 5 Teachers Workshop

Regionally, Tom Hathorn has brought his expertise in the Next Generation Science Standards and their application to the classroom with his Climate Science for Grades 3 – 5 Teachers workshop. Teachers have the option of meeting in two established sub-regions; Lewis County and Thurston County. Currently, there are 19 and 37 teachers enrolled respectively, and they represent 13 school districts from all five counties. Each sub-region’s workshops consist of three face-to-face meetings in February, April, and June with four ZOOM check-ins between meetings. Attendees have the possibility of earning 24 STEM clock hours.

Tom Hathorn’s course is for grade 3-5 teachers who want to learn about our state’s science standards and how they support students across multiple content areas. The course will focus on two key areas of the Washington State Science Learning Standards (WSSLS): (1) distinguishing between the Earth’s climate and its weather, and (2) using the practice of argumentation to engage students in figuring out how climate works. Teachers will work together during three face-to-face workshops, and will form “think-and-practice partnerships” with a few other teachers to support ongoing collaborative discussions about engaging students in argumentation. Teachers will use tools from to identify ways that student argumentation is improving.

Success Stories from ESD 113

Species & Ecosystems

In ESD 113, on March 20th, 23 teachers learned about the climate impacts to keystone species like salmon and orcas. They read an article on the salmon/orca relationship, explored relevant data, and heard from Climate Change Coordinator for the Dept. of Fish and...

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Argument Driven Inquiry in Earth and Space Science

120 middle and high school teachers attended the Argument Driven Inquiry workshops. Participants learned the limitations of typical laboratory instruction and why ADI can help students develop the knowledge and skills they need to be proficient in science. Teachers...

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