Community-Centered Climate Change

Graduate students nature journalling in a field.

Participants will explore how local scientific phenomena can drive a Next Generation Science Standards storyline for 6-8th grade students. IslandWood educators will guide participants through an example storyline highlighting the impacts of climate change on the Snohomish – Snoqualmie River and community resilience in the face of these changes.


Using climate data, community expertise, and intersections with ELA and Social Studies standards, the course uses this example storyline to model culturally sustaining instructional strategies that connect to the interests and identities of students while building understandings about the local impacts of climate change. Participants will imagine possibilities for using this localized model in their own curricula, with support and collective learning alongside peer teachers.


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 was one of the best PD’s I have attended this year. I loved implementing the storyline at the same time as attending multiple sessions. The conversations were immediately applicable to what I was seeing in the classroom and I could adjust my teaching in the moment. The resources were all ready to use and that made it possible to implement them right away!”

– Teacher Professional Development participant