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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.
of teachers who participated in IslandWood professional development said they were likely or very likely to incorporate their schoolyard or local community into their classes next year.
of teachers felt more prepared to incorporate climate science into their teaching, up from just 41%.
of teachers reported increased confidence in their ability to support equitable and just science education, up from just 46%.
of teachers reported feeling knowledgeable about NGSS, up from 74%.
Registration is now open! Click on the cohorts below to register. Please note that there are two virtual cohorts available for this course. Choose the one that best aligns with your schedule!
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.
There are three cohorts available for this course – two hybrid and one virtual. Please choose the one that best aligns with your schedule and needs!
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During this course, participants will explore how to center investigations of local scientific phenomena in a Next Generation Science Standards storyline. IslandWood educators will offer instructional strategies and climate and community data to help teachers connect to the interests and identities of students and support understanding of the impacts of climate change. In collaboration with with fellow teachers, participants will imagine possibilities for this learning in their own classroom through brainstorming phenomenon-based storylines.
Following an introductory asynchronous session, participants will join IslandWood educators and fellow teachers to try out a few lessons and plan for implementing community-based science strategies with their own students. During two follow-up sessions, participants will engage in a small-group professional learning community with other teachers to reflect on their process and generate new ideas. Participants from cohorts across the region will then meet for a final session to discuss their experiences and share learnings that can be carried forward into future science instruction.
This course is intended for teachers of 6th-8th grade students with some flexibility in what they teach. Informal science educators are also welcome!
After completing the course, teachers will need to claim and pay for clock hours at www.PDEnroller.org.
Washington State public school teachers will receive a $300 implementation stipend upon submission of teacher and student work and completion of assessments.
October 8 @ 12:00 pm
October 8 @ 1:30 pm
– Kristen C., Teacher and IslandWood Professional Development Participant
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.
96% of teachers reported increased confidence in their ability to support equitable and just science education, up from 46%.
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.
Each year, our teacher professional development courses create an exponential ripple of positive change and care for the environment.
– Chantal Fleck, 2nd and 3rd Grade Teacher, Emerald Heights Elementary School
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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IslandWood acknowledges that we live and work on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people, who have been stewards of this region's land and waters since time immemorial, and who continue to protect these lands and waters for future generations, as promised by the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855, the Treaty of Point No Point of 1855, and the Treaty of Medicine Creek of 1854.
While the majority of our work takes place on Suquamish (suq̀ʷabš) and Duwamish (dxʷdɐwʔabʃ) land, we also conduct programs on the land of the Snohomish (sduhúbʃ), Puyallup (spuyaləpabš), Muckleshoot (buklshuhls), Skokomish (sqoqc’bes), and S’Klallam (nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əm) peoples.
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