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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

OpenSciEd Piloting

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. These same excited teachers will continue their learning during the 2019-20 school year as they learn about and implement two new units.

Pedagogical Projects

Collaboration for Ambitious Science Teaching and Learning (CASTL)

New teachers were welcomed into the second year of our CASTL group. These 28 educators began their learning this past August during our CASTL Summer Institute. Participants engaged as learners in three-dimensional learning around a climate science phenomenon while also expanding their pedagogical content knowledge around equitable engagement and support of students learning over time. This new cadre of teachers will join PASTL/CASTL alumni in three reflective planning days throughout the year where they will bring back student artifacts and examine them critically to look for opportunities to improve student engagement and deepen student thinking.

Teacher Workshops with Community Based Organizations

WA 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)

Working with the NWESD Early Learning Department and Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers, NWESD developed learning opportunities that align with NGSS Kindergarten standards and help Pre-K and K students develop content knowledge and science and engineering practices that support core climate science ideas through play; and our design team shared those instructional materials with local teachers. We will continue this work in 2019-20 both locally and statewide. Locally, NWESD host workshops for regional teachers to learn about the materials and take them back to their buildings to implement with children. Statewide, NWESD will facilitate four train-the-trainer workshops in other ESD regions allowing their early learning staff to carry this work forward in their regions. We will also be hosting online meetings for teachers to come together and share successes as well as to share their own innovations and potential changes to the activities. Registration open for the November 5, 2019 session.

Science Discipline and Cultural Content Knowledge Projects

All I Need to Know to Understand Climate Science I Learned in High School Chemistry

NWESD is excited to partner again with the UW College of Oceanography professors and graduate students to provide learning experiences from graduate level oceanography courses and current research practices. High school teachers will be invited to learn about ocean acidification and build a spectrophotometric device, modeled after those used in current ocean research, to measure pH. Each participant will take home a device that can be built by students in their science classrooms.

Climate Science and Physical Science

Designed for high school physical science teachers, this offering is being pursued in collaboration with the University of Washington Graduate School of Oceanography. More to come as the class is defined and takes shape.

Culture, Science and Indigenous Ways of Knowing: An Introduction

Western science is a product of Western culture. How might that inhibit or exclude students with other cultural backgrounds from learning? How do we employ instructional practices that welcome and develop authentic interest in STEM fields? What is meant by Indigenous Ways of Knowing? NWESD will be working in collaboration with Falcon Cultural Resources in facilitating this workshop. Participants will experience practices that can be used in the classroom and learn about Indigenous Ways of Knowing. Watch our website for course dates.

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.

Upcoming Classes

Dec
3
Tue
2019
8:30 am Stories of Us and the World: How... @ NWESD Region
Stories of Us and the World: How... @ NWESD Region
Dec 3 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
To solve the problems of tomorrow, we need all students to invest in understanding their relationship to our climate and see themselves as active, empowered citizens of our world. Facts and data alone seldom help people find[...]
Jan
15
Wed
2020
9:00 am Teaching for the Climate @ Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
Teaching for the Climate @ Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
Jan 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
A 4-part series will be hosted by a collaboration of outdoor educators from local nonprofits to assist educators in ways to incorporate the NGSS and climate science into lesson planning, and how to better utilize[...]
Feb
8
Sat
2020
9:00 am Teaching for the Climate @ Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
Teaching for the Climate @ Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
A 4-part series will be hosted by a collaboration of outdoor educators from local nonprofits to assist educators in ways to incorporate the NGSS and climate science into lesson planning, and how to better utilize[...]

Partners & Collaborators

UW School of Oceanography
WA Green Schools

Classes

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.

OpenSciEd Piloting

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

CASTL Reflective Planning Day #1

CASTL Reflective Planning Day #1

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...

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Stories of Us and the Environment

Stories of Us and the Environment

Last week the NWESD 189 held the first of a two-part ClimeTime class called “Stories of Us and the Environment." This class focused on the intersection of ELA and science, specifically through the lens of narratives that we all have inside of us. A group of mostly K-5...

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