STEM Professional Development

Teacher
Professional
Development

 

Real Strategies for Connecting
Science Learning to Life

 

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Upcoming Courses & Workshops

Supporting Equitable and Engaging Science Learning

Made possible through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) ClimeTime initiative, IslandWood’s free professional development courses allow teachers to fulfill their STEM Clock Hour requirements while gaining culturally responsive, ready-to-use strategies to deepen students’ climate literacy, inspire environmental stewardship, and connect science learning to students’ lives and identities. We hope to join K – 8th grade teachers in addressing the vast racial, economic, and environmental disparities in our communities and classrooms to create a world where every student is able to thrive.

Free Upcoming Courses and Workshops

Seasonal Change in the Schoolyard

Pre-K – 2nd Grade Teachers | Oct 5 – Nov 18

Community-Centered Climate Change

6th – 8th Grade Teachers | Jan 18 – Feb 15

Schoolyard Science Storyline: What Makes a Weed a Weed?

3rd – 5th Grade Teachers | Mar 22 – Jun 2

Teacher Working Group

Localizing Amplify Science

 

IslandWood, Puget Sound ESD, and Olympic ESD are looking for experienced K-8 teachers, TOSAs and District Science Leads to be a part of a year-long working group that will develop materials to support local connections in Amplify Science Units. STEM clock hours, a stipend, and a summer stay at IslandWood are included in the Working Group!

 

K-8th Grade Teachers | August 2022 – July 2023

 

Learn more about the Working Group here. 

“I would recommend Islandwood as partners in developing science units because of their focus and expertise in bringing in local phenomena, connecting with science standards, and the wealth of resources they provide.

Their emphasis on hands-on, outdoor learning experiences engage all students and help them see themselves as scientists who can make their own claims using evidence in their environment to support their ideas. Students are not just engaged during the lesson or unit, but develop a curiosity about the world around them and the changes they observe to become lifelong learners who see the world through the lens of a scientist .

This is not a one and done experience, but carries the learning throughout the year. It got me thinking about how I can use students’ home environments to help them discover natural phenomena and develop their own scientific questions to explore and research based on what they are curious about.”

– Chantal F., Teacher, Emerald Heights Elementary School

OUR IMPACT

INCREASING CLIMATE LITERACY.

 

91% of teachers reported feeling more prepared to incorporate climate science into their teaching after participating in our professional development, up from just 41% prior to participation.

SUPPORTING JUST AND EQUITABLE EDUCATION FOR ALL STUDENTS.

 

96% of teachers reported increased confidence in their ability to support equitable and just science education, up from 46%.

WHEN STUDENTS SEE THEMSELVES REFLECTED IN THEIR EDUCATION, THEY THRIVE.

 

After participating in our professional development workshops, 96% percent of teachers reported an increased ability to connect to their students’ interests and identities, up from just 56% before. Learning that connects to students’ lives fosters deeper engagement, honors multiple ways of knowing, and helps students synthesize information better.

30+ SCHOOL DISTRICTS. 100+ SCHOOLS. 300+ TEACHERS. 8,000+ STUDENTS.

 

Each year, our teacher professional development courses create an exponential ripple of positive change and care for the environment.

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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