ESD 123 is engaging K-12 teachers in groundbreaking, place-based professional learning with a variety of community partners around climate science, 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 projects are: The NGSS STEM Leadership Network (K-12), Science Unit Foundational Workshops (K-5), STEM-It MESA (MS), Earth Systems and Changes (K-6), and Exploring Climate Science with Virtual Reality (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
- 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
NGSS STEM Leadership Network: provides professional learning to K-12 teachers to deepen their understanding of climate science and Washington State Science Learning Standards (NGSS) that build a foundation for and relate to climate science learning. It also provides educators with effective instructional practices that they can leverage with their students so that student learning based on evidence develops for all children in the K-12 system.
Earth Systems and Changes: K-6 teachers engage in Earth Science standards that provide the foundation for climate science standards and give teachers experiences in a citizen science field experience and developing phenomena and classroom tasks.
Exploring Climate Science with Virtual Reality: High school teacher learn from climate scientist and work with virtual reality scientists to develop, learn and use a climate science simulation with Oculus Go devices.
STEM-It MESA: Secondary teachers work with PNNL scientists in the field to understand the impacts of climate on rivers, salmon and natural areas and engage in a design challenge scenario to mitigate those impacts.
ESD 123 serves as the lead agency to develop and implement a statewide system evaluation of Clime Time work in order to inform our ongoing and future work in this area of learning.
Expert teachers are receiving training in facilitating new climate science related unit workshops for their K-5 colleagues in the ESD 123 region. These facilitators receive training from Carolina Biological to understand the materials and spend time developing notebooking and literacy connections, and best instructional practices for the new units.
Partners & Collaborators
Earth Systems and Changes (K-6)
One of the innovative projects in ESD 123 Clime Time is Earth Systems and Changes which is reaching 48 K-6 teachers. The project gives teachers experience with place based learning at the Mid-Columbia BONES Research Center Mammoth Dig site. There they learn about multiple ice age floods in eastern WA and the historical climate patterns they show us. They think about causes and effects, and stability and change in our region related to weather and climate. Teachers also learn about mammoths and other species present 10,000+ years ago in our region which speaks to local fossil record and use for understanding organisms and earth systems then and now. They deepened their learning about Models and Explanations and Arguing from Evidence as ways to Elicit Student Ideas (Ambitious Science Teaching) and using those practices as potential embedded formative assessment opportunities.
Exploring Climate Science with Virtual Reality (HS)
Another project for ESD 123 Clime Time that breaks new ground is Exploring Climate Science with Virtual Reality. This project brought high school teachers together from various science disciplines to give them experience with place based climate science learning with national laboratory climate scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
As a second facet of this project these teachers work with virtual reality scientists at PNNL to create and iterate a climate science simulation/game for the Oculus Go device with student and teacher feedback as guidance. Teachers use the simulation/game to provide students with an engaging support for climate science learning.
They are learning about translating their Teacher/Scientist Partnership experience to the classroom by learning to use Models and Explanations and Arguing from Evidence as ways to Elicit Student Ideas (Ambitious Science Teaching). Teachers are developing these types of experiences into their work with students as potential embedded formative assessment opportunities.
Success Stories from ESD 123
Teachers in Southeast Washington have dug for artifacts, consulted with virtual reality engineers and climate scientists, and brainstormed solutions to climate change issues, all as part of a state-wide climate science education initiative. ESD 123 has partnered with...read more
20 K-12 teachers and Informal Science Educators met at The Reach Museum in Kennewick/Richland WA to learn from U of W geology and climate scientist Heidi Roop, PNNL ecologist and data scientist, Kyle Larson and WA Green School's Becky Bronstein to learn more about the...read more
21 informal science educators from ESD 101 and ESD 123 met to learn more about climate science efforts in the region and state and their potential role in that work. Led by Elizabeth Schmitz, OSPI, Tammie Schrader, ESD 101 and Georgia Boatman, ESD 123 they spent the...read more