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October 15, 2021 @ 5:00 am - 6:30 am

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.


Please note:

  • 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 protected] 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 B Timeline:

  • Session 1: Friday, October 15 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm (Zoom)
  • Session 2: Saturday, October 16 | 10:00 am – 2:30 pm (Zoom)
  • Session 3: Tuesday, November 2 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm (Zoom)
  • Session 4: Tuesday, November 30 | 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)


Registration and more information available here!

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