Olympic ESD 114
The Olympic ESD 114 ClimeTime work is focused on increasing understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards while building a vision of science instruction consistent with the Framework for K-12 Science Education. Olympic ESD serves teachers in rural and remote areas on the Olympic Peninsula working to ensure equity and access to high quality professional learning opportunities in typically underserved communities.
Teacher Professional Development
Growing Elementary Science/ Eureka Science Stories
Olympic ESD will support elementary teacher knowledge and practice through the Growing Elementary Science Project. This project works to develop deeper understanding of phenomena-based science instruction through engagement in science storyline learning model. Teachers will explore the connection between science learning and literacy skill development exploring grab-and-go science unit starters.
Elementary teachers will also experience the widely popular NSTA Eureka Science Activities and Stories biographies that connect literacy learning with science.
Middle School Science Community of Practice (OpenSciEd)
The Middle School Collaboratory project will bring together middle school teachers from around the region working on implementing newly adopted or piloted instructional materials. Teachers will work in teams to plan and reflect on the implementation of recent lessons, consider classroom instructional routines to increase student engagement, and strengthen collegial relationship through a learning network. An inter-district cohort of 20 middle school teachers will convene three times during the year to learn, reflect, and grow.
ClimeTime Formative Assessment Task Implementation
The ClimeTime Formative Assessment Task Implementation project will provide professional learning to K-12 teachers to Increase teacher understanding of how to implement common Formative Assessment Tasks. Teachers will experience the newly developed ClimeTime assessment tasks aligned to the Washington State Science Learning Standards/ NGSS to support instructional practice and increase student learning outcomes.
Success Stories from ESD 114
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)....
Washington State High School Teachers and OpenSciEd: on the cutting edge of NGSS instruction and materials
Following our state's three year participation in helping develop the nationally recognized Middle School OpenSciEd materials, Washington State high school science teachers are stepping up to aid development of OpenSciEd's open educational resource instructional...
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