With the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards, teachers are being called upon to connect classroom science learning to students’ lives and communities. Our Teacher Professional Development Workshops and School-Based Supports – NGSS In Action: Science and Engineering in your Community – gives teachers strategies to do just that.
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This year, OSPI Climetime is funding school-based supports for teachers with planning and assistance in incorporating local phenomena, field experiences, and community assets into their curriculum. Teacher teams are encouraged (but not required) to sign up. Support can include one or more of the below.
– Kristen Soltman, teacher at Louisa Boren STEM K-8
85% of teachers report they are more likely to use the schoolyard as a classroom two months after participating in our series.
73% of teachers report a lasting impact on their teaching, such as increasing inquiry-based learning and making connections to the community and larger systems.
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