CLEAN Resources to Support WA ClimeTime

CLEAN Network webinar
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 16:00

May 2, 2019 4:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

This webinar introduces teachers to CLEAN and offers an interactive tutorial of how it can help teach about climate and energy in the classroom. CLEAN has a collection of quality resources teachers can use as well as guidance for teaching about climate and energy topics. CLEAN is aligned with NGSS and has resources to help teachers create 3D learning units. This webinar is designed to target teachers in Washington state and help them navigate the new statewide climate education initiative. Deb Morrison from the University of Washington and Katie Boyd from CLEAN will lead the webinar and provide time for teachers to explore CLEAN for themselves through engaging activities.  

About the CLEAN Project

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Portal was launched in 2010 as a National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Pathways project. It is led by the science education expertise of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College. As of 2012, CLEAN has been syndicated to NOAA's climate.gov portal.

CLEAN's primary effort is to steward the collection of climate and energy science educational resources and to support a community of professionals committed to improving climate and energy literacy.

The three key components of the CLEAN project are:

  1. The CLEAN Collection of Climate and Energy Science resources- high-quality, digital resources---including learning activities, visualizations, videos, and short demonstrations/experiments---geared toward educators of students in secondary through undergraduate levels.

  2. Guidance in Teaching Climate and Energy Science – pages designed to help educators understand and be equipped to teach the big ideas in climate and energy science.

  3. The CLEAN Network – a community of professionals committed to improving climate and energy literacy.

About ClimeTime

The 2018 Washington State Legislature allocated $4,000,000 of the general fund in Fiscal Year 2018–2019 to provide grants to education service districts (ESDs) and community based organizations (CBOs) for science teacher training in the Washington State Science Learning Standards (WSSLS) (Next Generation Science Standards—NGSS) including climate science education standards (ClimSciEd) (ESSB 6032, Section 501, p. 300 (68)).

Now named ClimeTime, this initiative has quickly become a state-level network building the capacity of science teachers in Washington State. OSPI manages the network and the grant funding as provided by the Washington State budget proviso of $4 million. This funding flows through all nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) in Washington ($3 million) and seven community-based organizations (CBOs) ($1 million), which are launching programs for science teacher professional learning around Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and climate science education.