Becky Bronstein, Washington OSPI OER Project, Kailyn Wentz, EarthGen Washington
Environmental Science, Ecology, Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Middle School, High School, Adult Education
  • Climate Change
  • Climate Science
  • ClimeTime
  • Lesson template
  • Professional Development
  • Science
  • Shellfish
  • climetime
  • lesson-template
  • wa-science
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs

    Education Standards

    EarthGen_Climate Science STEM Seminar Teacher Virtual Professional Development Template


    In this virtual professional development opportunity designed for teachers, participants will have a chance to authentically engage with activities and experts as they grow their understanding of how climate change has and will impact their community. Teachers analyze and interpret recent climate science data and progress understanding on the most salient climate change indicators in Washington. Additionally, teachers explore the efforts to conserve and protect a local species, its cultural significance and how these efforts are indicative of a greater effort to address climate change. Teachers leave this training with increased preparedness to leverage a local species or climate change impact in their classroom to spur action in their community. 

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    This resource is a professional development template that facilitates educator learning around climate science. Teachers explore a local species as an indicator for regional climate change impacts. This particular template showcases shellfish and sharp-tailed grouse as representative of climate change in Washington, while experiencing teaching strategies aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Presenters can reference the "STEM Seminar Slide Deck Template (Shellfish)" or "STEM Seminar Slide Deck Template (Sharp-tailed Grouse)" as a guide for three virtual sessions. Within these sessions, facilitators will find introductions to the topic, opportunities for guest speakers, data exploration activities, solutions discussions on mitigation and adaptation, and ways to take action with students. The "Data Activity Slide Deck" refers to an activity in the first session on Shellfish.