Teacher Professional Learning



Connecting Learning to Life


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Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education


Online for all grades and subjects | July 15, 16 & 18

Localizing Science Working Group


OpenSciEd and Amplify Science Educators | Kickoff on August 14 & 15

Supporting Equitable and Engaging Science Learning

Starting from a student’s experiences and community makes science meaningful and increases engagement while helping students understand how global issues like climate change are present and addressable in their lives. Our professional learning includes ready-to-use activities, strategies, and peer-to-peer conversations supporting connecting students’ funds of knowledge, families, and communities. Making those connections supports equity and increases student engagement.

Environmental Education Professional Development for teachers outside with IslandWood

“This course has made me realize, first and foremost, about the inequities and injustices in science education. I now realize I must be much more intentional in providing instruction that is accessible to all students and to be sure their voices, stories, perspectives and background knowledge are heard, considered in the planning of my curriculum and instruction and that they have equitable access to all curriculum.”

– Professional Development Course Participant

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Are you looking for a professional learning experience to rejuvenate you? We’re leading the Northwest cohort for Climate Generation‘s Summer Institute for Climate Change Education! Join us and educators from across North America for an impactful three-day online training July 15 – 16 with one regional cohort day for Washington and Oregon on July 18 via Zoom. Teachers from all backgrounds and subjects are invited to attend and learn new tools, skills, and resources to teach climate change in science, social studies, ELA, environmental studies, geography, art, math, and more.


Learn more

Teacher Working Group

Localizing Amplify Science 


IslandWood, Puget Sound ESD, and Olympic ESD have put together 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 OpenSciEd and national Amplify Science Units.


On August 7th, 2023 we began the second year of our working group to plan to build on the appendices that were created and piloted in 2022 and create a few new ones. 


Learn more about the Working Group here. 

Localizing Science Units

IslandWood has been working with the developers of Amplify Science, OpenSciEd, Educational Service Districts, teachers, and Seattle Public School’s science department to localize science units. The courses are designed to help your students make meaningful and authentic connections between the science they are doing in the classroom to their region and community.


If you are teaching a national science unit in your classroom, we have professional development designed to help you localize it.


Learn more about Localizing Science Units →

Impacting Students

Learn more about the impact of our teacher professional learning work by watching these two videos!

“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




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.

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