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WA Only: PEI FREE Field Experiences Workshop

I have had the pleasure of learning with the talented folks at Pacific Education Institute (PEI) for several years now. I’ve even had the honor of collaborating with them on developing materials and delivering professional development. So I wanted to take the opportunity to push out information for a FREE workshop series from PEI on Designing High Impact Field Experiences. I highly recommend any professional learning from PEI. Unfortunately I’m already booked on one of these evenings, otherwise I would see you there.

Information:

  • Online via Zoom
  • March 16th and March 29th via Zoom with 2 hours of asynchronous work
  • Zoom sessions 4-6pm
  • 6 STEM Clock Hours
  • Click HERE for more information and to register

FREE Webinar: Pedagogical Commitments for Climate Justice Education

The Climate Teacher Ed Collaborative (@ClimateEdTools) is hosting multiple monthly FREE online webinars. The first is titled Pedagogical Commitments for Climate Justice Education on February 11th, 2022 from 11am-noon PST. Dr. Fikile Nuxalmo and Pablo Montes will be sharing about their NSTA publication on Pedagogical Commitments for Climate Justice Education. I just signed up and hope to see other colleagues there too.

If you are interested you can register HERE.

https://t.co/Sm9ycFkvW7

River Runner Simulation

Here’s a fun simulation for a Tuesday. Visit River Runner and then click anywhere on the map to place a single raindrop. The simulation then shows you where the raindrop ends up. Enjoy.

Talk Science: Resources for Empowering Conversations about Climate Change

Talk Climate is an ambitious set of resources designed to empower schools, homes, communities and workplaces to engage in productive conversations about our changing climate.

The core resources are divided into 5 age-based categories:

Each age-group page provides a detailed list of resources including videos, books, articles, and other organizations to connect with.

You will also find climate resources for education, environmental justice, faith and spirituality, healthcare, mental health and science.

Talk Climate a site you must add to your climate change bookmarks. Enjoy!

5 Fun Physics Phenomena

Just something fun from Veritasium today.

Video: There’s Hope in the Latest Climate Report

See the video below by SciShow titled There’s Hope in the Latest Climate Report.

Video: How We Fix the Climate

If you have spent any time with the release of the IPCC 6th Assessment Report on Climate Change there is a chance that you came away with a “doom and gloom” feeling about the future of our planet. In an effort to offset this, I plan to share some resources in the coming weeks that might help us feel inspired, empowered, hopeful, knowledgable and ready to tackle the climate-related problems in front of us.

Below is a video by Hank Green titled How We Fix the Climate. Enjoy.

Taking Stock of Science Standards Implementation Summit (Oct. 14-15)

The Board on Science Education for the National Academies is providing a 2-day event on October 14-15, 2021. The meeting is open to the public and you can attend in person or virtually. The focus will be on examining the current state of science standard implementation across the country and will also dig into possible next steps and ways to improve implementation efforts.

Click HERE for more information and to register for the event.

When you register you will be given choices for breakout sessions on each day.

October 14:

  • Early Elementary
  • Upper Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Informal Education

October 15:

  • Preschool to Elementary Transition
  • Curriculum and Instructional Materials
  • Formative Assessment
  • Instructional Practices

Fred Hutch: Socially Relevant Biology Lessons

Fred Hutch has an excellent assortment of socially relevant secondary life science lessons on their Science Education Partnership page. You will find units on:

  • DNA Exonerations
  • Race, Racism, and Genetics
  • COVID 19 Testing and Inequalities
  • Elephant Conservation

In my work, I find that some folks need examples of what social justice learning might look like in relationship to science. These units provide thoughtfully constructed learning experiences from experts in life sciences.

Click the screenshot below (or HERE) to learn more about these units of instruction.

IPCC 6th Assessment Report on Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released their 6th assessment report on climate change. Click HERE to visit the homepage on the report. You will find a summary for policy makers, an interactive atlas, FAQs, regional reports, outreach materials and the full report. I think it’s past time that all of us as science educators and leaders build our understanding of climate change…even if it’s “not my content area”.