Localizing Science Units

IslandWood has been working with teachers, curriculum developers, Educational Service Districts, and District Science Leads on ways to “localize” national science units. We are helping teachers and their students make meaningful and authentic connections between the science they are doing in the classroom, the student’s communities, and our region.


We have a variety of professional learning workshops to meet your localizing needs and a working group you could join to be a part of developing localizing materials. Scroll down to learn more!

Free Upcoming Courses and Workshops

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Introduction to Localizing National Science Units

Workshop for K-8 Grade Teachers  |  March 6

Introduction to Localizing OpenSciEd for Secondary School Teachers

Workshop for 6-8 Grade Teachers  |  March 18

Localizing Your OpenSciEd Secondary School Science Unit

Workshop for 6–8 Grade Teachers | April 27

Localizing Science Working Group

Developing materials for OpenSciEd and Amplify Science Units


IslandWood, Puget Sound ESD, and Olympic ESD are bringing together experienced teachers, TOSAs and District Science Leads to develop localizing materials for OpenSciEd and Amplify Science units they are teaching or supporting in the 2024-2025 school year. The work includes a summer retreat on our Bainbridge Island campus, free professional learning, a $600 stipend, and STEM + Equity Clock Hours.


We are currently accepting applications to join next year’s working group, and would love for you to join us!


Learn more about the Working Group here.