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Supporting Equitable and Engaging Science Learning

Our professional development opportunities are designed to support powerful learning experiences that connect to students’ lives and communities. In this time of increasing awareness and activism, we are joining with teachers in working to address the vast racial, economic, and environmental disparities in our communities and classrooms.


Through our courses, workshops, and focused 1:1 supports (including individualized planning sessions), we hope that you’ll join us in creating community, sharing resources, and building a way forward together within the unpredictable landscape of remote teaching and learning, collective anti-racist action, and a growing commitment to addressing climate change through an intersectional lens.


Interested in our upcoming professional development courses and workshops? Please fill out this brief survey to let us know your preferences and get notified when registration opens!


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[Image description: A group of teachers collaborate on creating a stormwater model during a teacher professional development session.]


Our courses are primarily intended for teachers and educators who teach science to K-12 graders. Each course takes place over three months, and includes multiple large and small-group sessions. Upon completion of each course, teachers will earn a stipend and STEM Clock Hours!


Applications for our upcoming Science in Your Neighborhood are now open! Please fill out this brief survey to register.


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Our workshops are primarily intended for teachers and informal educators who teach science to 2nd-8th graders (Urban Water Systems is aimed at 4th-12th grades). Other grade levels may attend but could find the examples less relevant to their students. Unlike our courses, workshops can be taken individually and do not need to be completed in a series.

When | October 3 from 10am – 12pm


Who | K-5 Grade Teachers


Clock Hours | Teachers who complete the course can earn up to 2 STEM clock hours.


We interact with water systems every day, but don’t often think about how the water on our streets, under our streets, and in our homes is connected and impacts our regional ecosystem and how climate change will impact those systems we depend on. Join IslandWood staff in uncovering the often-hidden water systems in our region and then work with other teachers on how you might integrate this content and related phenomena into your teaching.


Priority registration for this workshop will be given to participants in our fall Science in Your Neighborhood course, but we expect there will be additional spaces available. If you are interested in attending, please provide your name and contact information here.

Our staff are collaborating with teachers in the Olympic, Puget Sound, and southern Northwest ESDs to support them with incorporating local phenomena, field experiences, and community assets into their curriculum.


These sessions are often an extension of the work started in a workshop but don’t have to be. Serving teachers at their schools helps address equity issues for those who do not otherwise have opportunities for nearby teacher training.


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August 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am

August 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Location: Brightwater Center 22505 State Route 9 Woodinville, WA 98072


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August 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am

August 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Location: Brightwater Center 22505 State Route 9 Woodinville, WA 98072


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Focused Supports

OSPI Climetime is funding focused supports for teachers to assist with incorporating local phenomena, field experiences, and community assets into their curriculum. Support can include one or more of the options below.


For more information and to register, please email Brad Street at brads@islandwood.org.

“The workshop is a great way to deepen understanding of the NGSS and to recognize opportunities to connect learning to local phenomena.”

– 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.

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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Registration is now open for our upcoming Science in Your Neighborhood course!