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January 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm


Collaborate with IslandWood staff and other teachers to make science engaging and meaningful for your 6th-12th grade students.


Please note that we have rescheduled this course to begin in January 2021, with our first large group session kicking off on January 16th.


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


During this course, you will explore with IslandWood staff and other teachers how local phenomena and investigations in YOUR community can be centered in a Next Generation Science Standards storyline to connect to the interests and identities of your students and support understanding of the impact of climate change. We will use an example phenomenon storyline to explore possibilities during our large group session in January. Two small group follow up sessions will provide the opportunity to develop and discuss with other teachers what a hyperlocal storyline approach could look like for your students.


By the end of this course participants will…

  • Understand how local phenomena interact with the Next Generation Science Standards, climate change, ecosystems and people in a community.
  • Experience how local phenomena and field investigations can build scientific understanding.
  • Understand how centering local phenomena in curriculum increases learning equity and supports student engagement.
  • Work together to develop and implement ideas for incorporating local phenomena and their communities as a part of NGSS curriculum.
  • Develop tools to increase students’ understanding of climate change and capacity to think about climate change solutions.


The course includes: An asynchronous session to complete before January 12th, followed by an online session on Saturday, January 16th from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm (this session includes an hour-long break for lunch). You will then collaborate with a smaller teacher team to develop, adapt, and discuss implementation of activities in two subsequent online meetings.


Additional Details:

  • This course is intended for educators who teach science to secondary students. Informal educators who work with secondary students are also welcome!
  • Teachers can earn up to 9 STEM Clock Hours. Teachers will need to claim and pay for the clock hours after the course is complete on PDEnroller.
  • Washington State Public School Teachers who complete the course will receive a $380 stipend upon submission of teacher and student work and completion of assessments. This stipend will be paid by the Olympic ESD from OSPI ClimeTime funds.
  • There is a $20 fee to register for the course, but it will be refunded to teachers who attend the first whole group session.
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