How does something as precious as rain become an environmental hazard? When roads and roofs keep it from soaking into the ground, rain flows through gutters and storm drains into our waterways, picking up pollutants, such as lawn fertilizers, oil, and even sewage, along the way.
Washington State formally adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2013, but to many teachers, they still feel new. With an increased emphasis on engineering, the standards call for students to study natural phenomena and to use their scientific understanding to solve problems in their communities.
The fourth graders at John Rogers Elementary School in North Seattle had found their problem site: the parking lot behind their school. Just one rainfall could turn it into a giant pool of water.
In early May, we hosted a fundraising event on our campus called Dinner in the Woods. This annual tradition was filled with encouraging conversations, heartfelt reflection, and inspiring speeches, one of which we are sharing here.
There we were: three people of color trekking through what looked to be an enchanted forest, welcoming us with assortment of tree branches covered in moss and carved paths. To get here, we had traveled our own long paths both literally and figuratively. My daughter and I are from Chicago and Tiffany from New York City.
On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, more than more than 200 community and business leaders gathered in downtown Seattle for Waking the World – an annual benefit breakfast in honor of educators who are getting kids into the outdoor classroom and empowering the next generation of environmental and community stewards.
During a recent school program at King County's Brightwater Education Center I asked a classroom of students from Discovery Elementary, “What happens in a big rain storm at your school or in your neighborhood?” Discussions at tables were especially lively
I remember years ago as a 3rd grade teacher, I was so concerned about classroom safety that I spent my first months teaching students how to sit quietly at their desks. I was so nervous about losing control of the class, that I deprived them of real learning.
I am delighted to share some fantastic news. IslandWood was recently selected as a recipient of the 2013-2014 Science Champions Science Education Awards presented by Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER), a program co-led by Pacific Science Center, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.