Environmental Education Professional Development

Teacher
Professional
Development

 

Real Strategies for Connecting
Science Learning to Life

 

 

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Supporting Equitable and Engaging Science Learning

Our professional development opportunities are designed to support powerful learning experiences that connect to students’ lives and communities. In this time of increasing awareness and activism, we are joining with teachers in working to address the vast racial, economic, and environmental disparities in our communities and classrooms.

 

Through our courses, workshops, and focused 1:1 supports (including individualized planning sessions), we hope that you’ll join us in creating community, sharing resources, and building a way forward together within the unpredictable landscape of remote teaching and learning, collective anti-racist action, and a growing commitment to addressing climate change through an intersectional lens.

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A group of teachers collaborate on creating a stormwater model during an Environmental Education Professional Development session with IslandWood

Courses

Our courses are primarily intended for teachers and educators who teach science to K-12 graders. Each course takes place over three months, and includes multiple large and small-group sessions. Upon completion of each course, teachers will earn a stipend and STEM Clock Hours!

 

Registration is now open for Community Science, our upcoming professional development course!

 

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Workshops

Our workshops are primarily intended for teachers and informal educators who teach science to elementary and middle schoolers (Teacher Philosophy & Positionality is aimed at K-12 grade teachers). Other grade levels may attend but could find the examples less relevant to their students. Unlike our courses, workshops can be taken individually and do not need to be completed in a series.

When | October 24 from 10am – 12pm

 

Who | K-8 Grade Teachers

 

Clock Hours | Teachers who complete this workshop can earn up to 2 STEM clock hours.

 

Have you ever wondered what neighborhood assets, opportunities, and problems could help make science more relevant and engaging for your students? In this workshop, you’ll gain strategies for helping your students investigate and map their own communities, including local ecosystems, water flow, patterns, and changes over time. You’ll also gain ideas for how you and your students can use this information to contribute to local ecosystem mapping efforts!

 

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When | November 21 from 10am – 12pm

 

Who | K-12 Grade Teachers

 

Clock Hours | Teachers who complete this workshop can earn up to 2 STEM clock hours.

 

The workshop will center on a key aspect of being an effective, inclusive educator: self-exploration and reflection. We will use concepts from education and social justice scholarship to discuss how our identities impact our teaching, explore our approach to education and passion for this work, and clarify our role in creating equitable learning opportunities for our students.

 

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Our staff are collaborating with teachers in the Olympic, Puget Sound, and southern Northwest ESDs to support them with incorporating local phenomena, field experiences, and community assets into their curriculum.

 

These sessions are often an extension of the work started in a workshop but don’t have to be. Serving teachers at their schools helps address equity issues for those who do not otherwise have opportunities for nearby teacher training.

 

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & COURSES

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP: MAPPING COMMUNITY ASSETS

October 24 @ 10:00 am

October 24 @ 12:00 pm

Location: Online

 

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TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: COMMUNITY SCIENCE COURSE

November 14 @ 10:00 am

November 14 @ 2:30 pm

Location: Online

 

Learn More →

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Focused Supports

OSPI Climetime is funding focused supports for teachers to assist with incorporating local phenomena, field experiences, and community assets into their curriculum. Support can include one or more of the options below.

 

For more information and to register, please email Brad Street at brads@islandwood.org.

“The workshop is a great way to deepen understanding of the NGSS and to recognize opportunities to connect learning to local phenomena.”

– Kristen Soltman, teacher at Louisa Boren STEM K-8

Environmental Education Professional Development for teachers outside with IslandWood

OUR IMPACT

TAKING LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

85% of teachers report they are more likely to use the schoolyard as a classroom two months after participating in our series.

A LASTING IMPACT ON TEACHERS

73% of teachers report a lasting impact on their teaching, such as increasing inquiry-based learning and making connections to the community and larger systems.

Our teacher professional development opportunities are made possible thanks to generous support from King County and a grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Registration is now open for our Community Science course, beginning November 14!

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