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 six main projects are: Open Sci Ed (MS), STEM-it Career (HS),Climate Science for Early Learners (PRE-K), STEM-It MESA (MS & HS), Using NGSS to Investigate STEM in Systems (HS), and WSSLS/NGSS Elementary Facilitator Seminars.
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
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.
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 the Renewable energy that Energy Northwest generates for the Pacific Northwest and the 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.
Climate Science for Early Learners: Increase early learning teachers understanding of how to incorporate the Washington State Environmental and Sustainability standards with the youngest learners.
WSSLS/NGSS Elementary Facilitators Seminars: Elementary teacher trainers will take a deep dive into elementary curriculum and focus on formative assessment opportunities.
Using NGSS to Investigate STEM in Systems: This a Regional Partnership project with ESD in Pasco, Spokane, Wenatchee, Yakima and the Institute for System Biology. Together teachers will learn more about interdisciplinary STEM concepts and the skills of research and systems biology, Systems thinking, collaboration, inquiry-based experimentation and problem-solving.
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.
Expert teachers are receiving training in OPEN SCI ED, Smithsonian Science, and Institute for Systems Biology Modules on Systems and The Invisible Forest.
Success Stories from ESD 123
The Washington state program ClimeTime, which is facilitated by the state’s nine Education Service Districts (ESDs) and community partners, was recently cited as a popular and effective model for educator education in climate science. The Journal of Science Policy and...
High School teachers from Eastern Washington started the new year off with a bang! On January 5th teachers came to learn about the systems and the “Invisible Forest”. The evening started with Anne Thompson. Anne is a Research Assistant Professor in the Biology...
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