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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. A focus of this project is on building relationships with teachers, assess needs, and connect services in a directed way to meet identified professional learning needs.

Teacher Professional Development

Growing Elementary Science

Olympic ESD will convene a cohort of 35 elementary teachers in the Growing Elementary Science Project. The Growing Elementary Science project is comprised of 35 K-5 teachers from school districts throughout the Olympic ESD Region. Teachers work in collaborative teams to modify an existing science unit to create a cohesive storyline with a compelling and puzzling phenomenon anchored to a schoolyard garden context. Project activities include face to face professional learning sessions beginning in October and wrapping up in April. Teachers will be provided with ongoing support to plan and implement a science unit, learning sessions at an established schoolyard garden and the Bainbridge Island Islandwood Camps.

A central focus of the project will be to increase student and teacher interest and engagement in science teaching and learning.

Middle School Science Collaboratory

Collaborate-Implement-Reflect
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 relationships 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.

Instructional Materials

OpenSciEd Project

OpenSciEd project for middle school science teachers where they have increased their pedagogical understanding of science teaching through engagement in the Science Storylines instructional approach. Teachers learn instructional routines to support better access and engagement to rigorous science content for their students. The focus on the professional learning will be on teachers using student ideas to drive instruction through classrooms that support academically productive talk. Teachers will begin the second year of the pilot project learning about and implementing two new units.

Growing Elementary Science

Teacher professional learning through modification of existing units to better align with the Washington Science Learning Standards and vision in the Framework for K-12 Science Education. Teachers working to identify locally relevant and engaging phenomena connected to the schoolyard garden context to provide greater cohesion among unit lessons.

Partners & Collaborators

Washington Green Schools
Islandwood
Pacific Education Institute
Northwest ESD 189
Puget Sound ESD

Success Stories from ESD 114

Olympic ESD 114 Elementary Storylines Project Hub #3

Olympic ESD 114 Elementary Storylines Project Hub #3

On March 12th and 13th, eighteen elementary school teachers learn about NGSS 3D assessment and utilizing FA tasks within the context of a research-based informal formative assessment cycle. The event was designed and delivered by ESD 114 and Pacific Education...

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Thermal Energy OpenSciEd

Thermal Energy OpenSciEd

On February 25-26, 6th grade teachers from three school districts on the Olympic Peninsula participated in learning about a new OER sixth grade unit called Thermal Energy. Teachers will be piloting the unit in their classrooms this coming spring. The number of...

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