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March 8, 2023 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Experience how local scientific phenomena can drive a Next Generation Science Standards storyline for 6-8th grade students, support equity and justice, and lead to climate action.

Brad Street


IslandWood educators will guide participants through an example storyline highlighting the impacts of climate change on the Snohomish River watershed and community resilience in the face of these changes. Using climate data, regional climate models, community expertise, and intersections with ELA and Social Studies standards, the course models an instructional framework designed to connect to students and their communities while building understandings about how local communities are responding to climate change. Participants will collaborate with other teachers on using this framework to localize their own curricula with student-centered science instruction.

“This course was very thoughtful and intentional about connecting science education to local communities, social and environmental justice which is a very necessary direction that we need to go. It’s shown me how I can help connect and support students of different learning, gender and racial backgrounds to science in meaningful, relevant ways. Especially during a crazy, Covid-driven year, this was very revitalizing to my teaching.” – Annie McElroy at Snoqualmie Middle School

There are both online and in-person option for the 2nd session of the course. All other sessions will be online. The optional in-person session will be at Oxbow Farms on the Snoqualmie River.

This course is intended for teachers of 6th-8th grade students. Informal science educators also welcome!

Event Notes:
You will be sent a survey before the course to confirm your registration, gather some additional information, and secure a spot at the in-person session.

This course is a repeat of IslandWood’s “Community-Centered Climate Change” course taught last Winter 2021-22. If you took this course in a previous year, consider contacting about being a teacher facilitator.

Funding is provided by the Washington State Legislature through the ClimeTime proviso and is available to Washington State teachers only.

STEM Clock Hours:
12 STEM clock hours ($3 per clock hour)

Up to $300 upon submission of teacher and student work and completion of assessments.


Wed, January 18, 2023
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Sat, January 21, 2023
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center  OR
Sat, January 28, 2023
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Wed, February 1, 2023
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Wed, February 8, 2023
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Wed, February 15, 2023
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Wed, March 8, 2023
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Wed, March 8 2023
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
(all asynchronous work due)

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