Incorporating the schoolyard into your classroom is an essential strategy for justice-centered and engaging science learning. Using real-world, local scientific phenomena helps connect Next Generation Science Standards to students’ existing knowledge, reflects students’ interests and identities, and affirms all students as scientists. Taking learning outdoors is also a great strategy for reducing COVID-19 risk!
In this virtual course, IslandWood educators will share tools and a ready-to-use curriculum to support community-centered science learning in your schoolyard. Following an introductory asynchronous session, participants will join IslandWood educators and fellow teachers for a synchronous session to try out a few lessons and brainstorm ways to implement an NGSS-aligned storyline that builds student understanding of the changing seasons. The storyline will integrate science standards, ELA read-alouds, and culturally sustaining activities that engage families and communities. During two online follow-up sessions, participants will engage with a small group of other teachers as a professional learning community, reflecting on their process and generating new ideas. Both course cohorts will then come together for a final session to discuss how to carry forward course lessons into future instruction.
- This course is intended for teachers of K-2 students with some flexibility in what they teach. Informal science educators are also welcome!
- If you follow a national science curriculum, we suggest that you contact us directly for individualized consultation. Email email@example.com to inquire.
- Participants can earn up to 11 STEM clock hours for this course.
- Washington State Public School Teachers will receive a $300 implementation stipend upon submission of teacher and student work and completion of assessments.
- This event is open to Washington State teachers only.
Cohort A Timeline
- Session 1: Friday, October 8 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm (Zoom)
- Session 2: Saturday, October 9 | 10:00 am – 2:30 pm (Zoom)
- Session 3: Thursday, October 28 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm (Zoom)
- Session 4: Thursday, November 18 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm (Zoom)
- Session 5: Tuesday, December 7 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm (Zoom)
- Session 6: Monday, December 13 | 12:00 – 2:00 pm (Zoom)