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ESD 123

ESD 123 is engaging K-12 teachers in groundbreaking, place-based professional learning with a variety of community partners around climate science, career connections, human impacts and resources. These transformative experiences for teachers will translate into authentic learning for their students.

There are five focused projects encompassed in the ESD 123 Clime Time Projects. The five main projects are: Open Sci Ed (MS), STEM-it Career (HS), Climate Science for Early Learners (PRE-K), Teacher/Scientist Partnerships (MS & HS), Using NGSS to Investigate STEM in Systems (HS).

Each project incorporates:

  • The integration of climate science as a focus or vehicle for learning
  • Deepening educator learning around Eliciting Student Ideas (Ambitious Science Teaching)
  • Experiencing, identifying, and capitalizing on local place-based phenomena to engage student learning
  • Exposing teachers and students to local educational and career opportunities in the ESD 123 region.
  • Developing and implementing Models and Explanations and/or Arguing from Evidence as Classroom Formative Assessment Tasks

In order to provide equitable access for educators and ultimately for their students the Theory of Action for ESD 123 Clime Time is that targeted recruitment of underserved and underrepresented student populations teachers such as those that teach alternative education, English language learners, indigenous peoples, and migrant education students will increase the probability that more of those students will have access to climate science learning and experience effective instruction.

Teacher Professional Development

SEL Support through Science and Literacy – Equity for all: In this course 3rd Grade through High School educators will explore Washington State’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Participants will engage in an integrated science and ELA lesson that will demonstrate equitable strategies to reach all learner’s SEL needs.

STEM-it Career: STEM-it Career Teacher Experience is a partnership project with Mid-Columbia STEM Network where a cohort of high school teachers will be provided the opportunity to learn about local education, career and job connections for their students.

Open Sci Ed: Middle School teachers will be piloting Open Sci Ed, Open Educational resources with students and gaining professional development in Phenomena Based Instruction.

Community Based Organization Partnerships: Earth Gen and Pacific Education Institute partner with ESD 123 to bring local relevant phenomena to teachers. This year the focus will be on solar energy, climate justice, and wildfires.

Systems Evaluation

ESD 123 serves as the lead agency to develop and implement a statewide system evaluation of Clime Time work to inform our ongoing and future work in this area of learning.

Instructional Materials

Expert teachers are receiving training in OPEN SCI ED, Smithsonian Science, and Washington State’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards.

Upcoming Classes

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Partners & Collaborators

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Mid-Columbia STEM Network
Washington Green Schools
Pacific Education Institute
Institute for Systems Biology

Success Stories from ESD 123

Local Phenomena Mystery and Othello 6th Graders

Local Phenomena Mystery and Othello 6th Graders

On a chilly November afternoon, 6th Grade students walk in to in Mrs. Fought's science class with a new mystery to figure out! Mrs. Fought starts by telling a story of some mysterious bones that have been discovered in Kennewick, Washington, just a hour away from...

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SEL Support through Science and Literacy Equity for all

How do you support students with Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and still teach content? You integrate! Lorianne Donovan, ESD 123 Regional Science Coordinator and Lindsey Fangman, ESD 123 Regional Literacy Coordinator spent the summer working to solve this problem....

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