Northwest ESD is approaching equity in access to climate science learning through the spheres of P-K learning, indigenous ways of knowing science and pedagogical tools that engage all learners.
The NWESD has created multiple entry points for teachers and administrators to the body of work that will now constitute WA STATE ClimeTime. At the elementary level, pre-K and K teachers have created sharable lessons. The NWESD SMC has piloted (and chose) materials for adoption by their member districts.
NWESD has also collaborated with CBOs and other ESDs to create materials and processes that can be used as part of professional learning.
Materials Support Projects
Eight dedicated teachers piloted two units of the OpenSciEd Grades 6-8 Open Educational Resources (OER) materials developed with support from the Carnegie Institute. Data is being collected not only on teacher experiences, but also around student experiences using these materials. Our intrepid teacher cohort is completing their piloting of materials during the 2020-21 school year and we hope to be able to engage high school teachers in similar work beginning in June 2021.
Teacher Workshops with Community Based Organizations
EarthGen (formerly Washington Green Schools), Islandwood, Padilla Bay, and a Whatcom County collaboration headed by NSEA and Re-Sources are providing climate science education opportunities for teachers in our region. As these opportunities become available, we will be sharing them through our website and through our social media feeds.
Early Learning Climate Science (PreK to K)
The NWESD’s Early Learning Department and Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers developed play-based units and trained teachers across the state in their use. This year, responding to feedback from participants, we are translating those materials into Spanish and will be introducing them in a webinar format that can be accessed asynchronously.
Science Discipline and Cultural Content Knowledge Projects
Climate Justice League
Building on the success of this program with teachers in ESD 112’s region, we are partnering with EarthGen (formerly Washington Green Schools) and Puget Sound ESD to support a small group of teachers who want to learn more about climate science and the effects of climate change on historically under-represented communities. Participants will plan for engaging students in the social justice side of climate learning and will share their learning with each other.
Stories of Us and the World: How We See Ourselves in Relation to Our Environment
English Language Arts are a vital backbone of learning science. To solve the problems of tomorrow, all students must understand their relationship to our climate and see themselves as active, empowered citizens of our world. In this two-day workshop, teachers investigated how first-hand knowledge and experiences with climatic events put migrant students in a position to lead in learning about climate science. Participants learned strategies that support inclusion, empowerment, and participation in climate science and literacy learning. On the second day of the workshop, participants came back to share student artifacts and to learn from each other’s experiences.
Partners & Collaborators
UW School of Oceanography
WA Green Schools
Indigenous Ways of Knowing Climate Science in the NWESD Region
The STEM teaching tools from the UW Institute for Science and Math Education are providing the foundation for our work with tribal elders in the NWESD region. In designing this place-based instruction for teachers, we acknowledge the dual citizenship of our tribal students and tie tribal students’ understanding of climate science to their tribal origins. A big part of this for our non-tribal teachers is learning to get our students outside into their environments. Curriculum for this teacher workshop is currently being developed, pending deployment in spring of 2019.
Field Experience in Climate Science
Our community-based partners’ field experiences are being scheduled. Teachers will have access to substitutes for their own “learning outdoors” which will primarily happen in Spring 2019.
All I Need to Know to Understand Climate Science I Learned in High School Chemistry
University of Washington College of Oceanography professors and graduate students will provide learning experiences aligned to introductory oceanography courses and current research practices. Participants will learn current climate science taught at UW and build a spectrophotometric device, modeled after those used in current ocean research, to measure pH. Each participant will take home a device that could possibly be built by students in their science classroom.
Eight excited teachers are piloting their first unit of the OpenSciEd Grades 6-8 Open Educational Resources (OER) materials developed with support from the Carnegie Institute. Data is being collected not only on teacher experiences but also around student experiences using these materials.
Climate Science – FREE Canvas Course
In this course, designed in collaboration with ESD113, attendees will learn a protocol for conducting student-centered, whole-class discourse. Structured as three one-month cohorts and divided into grade bands, the protocol, along with the skills and knowledge learned will be transferrable to other content areas beyond science. In this context of the course, participants will apply the protocol to a climate science topic. With regard to NGSS alignment, the course focuses on the practice of “engaging in argument from evidence.” Registration and information through ESD 113.
Collaboration for Ambitious Science Teaching and Learning (CASTL)
Following their Summer Institute, two new cadres of 56 teachers are using 3-D instruction around climate science phenomenon in their classrooms. These teachers came back together in fall 2018 to review their students’ work and reflect on their students’ learning. As the work progresses, teachers will continue to monitor student progress and come back together with their colleagues to adjust their units.
Stories of Us and the World: How We See Ourselves in Relation to Our Environment
English Language Arts are a vital backbone of learning science. To solve the problems of tomorrow, all students must understand their relationship to our climate and see themselves as active, empowered citizens of our world. In this two-day workshop, we will investigate how first-hand knowledge and experiences with climatic events put migrant students in a position to lead in learning about climate science. Participants will learn strategies that support practices for inclusion, empowerment, and participation in climate science and literacy learning. On the second day of the workshop, participants will come back to share student artifacts and to learn from each other’s experiences. This event is scheduled for January 29 and February 25, 2019. Event ID: #84642
Piloting K and 3rd Grade Amplify Kits
In early October, 52 elementary teachers across nine school districts in the NWESD Science Materials Cooperative received instruction on the use of Amplify Science Kits. Twelve of these teachers are piloting climate science based units. Data is being collected not only on teacher experience but also around student experience using these materials.
Climate Science for Pre-K and K
A design team of Pre-K and K teachers met for professional learning around NGSS, 3-D learning, and science phenomenon. As part of this grant opportunity, these teachers received science materials and, at the end of January 2019, each participating teacher came back to the group to share samples of student work and units of instruction. From these units and ideas, a professional development day is being designed that will take place on April 22, 2019. Registration can be found here.
Success Stories from NWESD
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...
Adults usually try to reduce kids’ screen time, but when COVID-19 closed schools to in-person learning last spring, schools had no choice but to move classes online. With little experience in remote instruction, teachers have been challenged to get kids actively...
This summer, NWESD welcomes 28 new teachers into our Ambitious Science Teaching network by engaging them in ocean acidification as a context to learning about explanatory modeling. On October 15th, our 28 summer participants joined many of our alumni to learn about...