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Puget Sound ESD works with school district partners to support teachers who provide each of their students, especially those underserved in our current science learning systems, with relevant, phenomena-driven learning opportunities. We work to ensure that young people see themselves as knowers of critical climate science concepts and as solvers of important problems within their own and the wider community. To that end, we provide multi-day, teacher learning opportunities focused on teaching innovations associated with NGSS. We then follow these institutes with opportunities for teachers to reflect on their own classroom practice and their students’ experiences.

Teacher Professional Development

Collaborating for Ambitious Science Teacher Learning (CASTL)

CASTL is a partnership between Puget Sound ESD, Northwest ESD and Olympic ESD to engage teachers in the Ambitious Science Teacher (AST) framework and support their implementation of the AST practices through the examination of student work. CASTL Institutes are facilitated by teacher leaders who participated in a three-year, Math-Science Partnership grant focused on the AST framework. Teachers’ attending CASTL’s three-day institutes express gratitude for the opportunity to experience the NGSS through a local, climate science-related phenomena and work to apply this new understanding to an upcoming unit with students. They return for Reflective Planning Days where they examine student work to inform the next student learning activity.

Puget Sound Science Leadership Collaborative

The Science Leadership Collaborative is a partnership between Puget Sound ESD, the North Sound LASER Alliance and the South Sound LASER Alliance. District science leaders come together several times a year to work together around common interests (e.g. instructional practices, cultural competence, curriculum-assessment resources). Climate justice and Climate Proviso resources are being shared at this year’s meetings. Compelling phenomena in this work include “Why do people living less than one mile apart have nearly a 10-year difference in life expectancy?” and “How could the immigration of Europeans to the Americas have contributed to the Little Ice Age?”

Check out the SLC website to see how climate science is being integrated into their shared work.

Partners & Collaborators

  • University of Washington Ambitious Science Teaching group
  • PASTL Teacher Leaders
  • South Sound and North Sound LASER Alliances
  • Washington Green Schools
  • IslandWood

PD in Schools

Collaborating to Inform Instructional Materials Adoption - Chief Leschi Tribal School

Students in Chief Leschi School (CLS) are learning to navigate life in two worlds–their tribal heritage in the context of a white-dominated urban environment. Professional learning supported by the Climate Science Proviso helps Chief Leschi teachers connect the values and environmental concerns of the Puyallup Tribe with the concepts and teaching innovations of the NGSS.

Please visit this website to follow the work of the Chief Leschi learning community.

Climate Science for HS Chemistry & Physics

This hybrid course includes three in-person sessions plus four online sessions over Zoom video conferencing. These teachers are working to understand the nature and distribution of the public’s ideas about climate science. An initial survey of their own students thinking about the Earth’s atmosphere” revealed interesting patterns of student beliefs and concerns. Students want to know the truth, they want to know what can be done, and they want to know why more hasn’t already been done. These teachers are working hard to help their students answer their own questions.

Success Stories from Puget Sound ESD

Collaborating for Ambitious Science Teaching (CASTL)

CASTL teachers attended a three-day institute (June 30, 31 and Feb 7) exploring climate impacts on the Southern Resident Killer Whales to better understand the teaching innovations needed to support students with the Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers then...

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Climate Change and Human Health

In late March, a dozen teachers from Puget Sound ESD gathered at the Tacoma Nature Center to learn about how human health is impacted by climate change locally. After grappling with some of the latest data on regional air quality and climate change, teachers engaged...

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Floods & Droughts

In ESD 121, on March 22, 2019, fourteen teachers gathered at the WSU Stormwater Center to learn about how climate is impacting floods and droughts in the region. Teachers received a tour of the campus fish lab where scientists explore the impact of stormwater...

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