In this online course, participants will develop a professional learning community with IslandWood staff and educator peers to build on collective expertise and practice bringing science alive for your students. Learn how to use local phenomena, a concept at the center of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), to guide lesson/unit planning and delivery both in science and across disciplines. Develop strategies for empowering students to identify local phenomena that is interesting, relevant, and draws on the strengths of their own communities. Integrate the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices into exploration of your schoolyard or your student’s neighborhoods to respond to the context of remote teaching and learning. Finally, engage in critical dialogue and reflection on how making science local is a part of equity, justice and anti-racism in education.
The course will include two introductory workshops (August), three small group working sessions (September-November) and a final sharing session to learn from the work of other groups (December).