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April 8, 2021 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for a multi-day zoom and asynchronous Solution Oriented Learning Storylines Writing workshop on the topic of Urban Forestry!

PEI is looking for a small team of educators with expertise in and a willingness to strengthen their understanding and skills in curriculum development, climate science solutions, instructional best practices including formative assessment, teacher professional development, Tribal, rural, bilingual and migrant education.

What is a Solutions Oriented Learning Storyline?

The project is rooted in rigorous science education while linking to local questions, problems, issues and opportunities to engage students that historically have been underserved in science. Three-dimensional storylines with anchoring phenomena, formative assessments and 7E (engage, explore, ecosystem, elders, explain -students explain not sages on stages -expand, and evaluate) activities that build towards performance expectations to ensure 3-dimensional NGSS instruction is taught, with assessments/rubrics to help teachers determine student growth. The storylines build student understanding and problem solving around local environmental challenges related to food and food sovereignty, land use and management, agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, land management and renewable energy.

Our project intends to provide educators with classroom instructional tools and professional development to effectively teach climate science through storylines. We are focusing the work on six important anchors:

  • Strategies to work with local tribes to center Indigenous ways of knowing;
  • 3-D NGSS assessment tools to demonstrate student growth;
  • Strategies and tools for formative assessment to strengthen inclusive teacher instruction for all learners;
  • Locally, relevant, place-based topics;
  • Lessons to calculate and implement solutions to draw down greenhouse gases; and
  • Strategies to elevate student voice.

Synchronous Zoom sessions:

  • March 18, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • March 25, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • April 1, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • April 8, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

In addition, participants will be expected to complete 10 hours asynchronously.

As a classroom teacher you will receive:

  • $900 stipend for your participation in all sessions and asynchronous work.
  • 18 STEM clock hours are available.

Registration is by invitation only. People interested in attending this writing workshop can contact Hattie Osborne at