55% of teachers surveyed in a national survey conducted by NPR in 2019 said they do not cover climate change in their own classrooms, or even talk to their students about it because it’s outside their subject area, they don’t have the materials, or don’t feel they know enough about the subject to teach it. Yet 80% of parents in the U.S. support teaching climate science.
RE Sources is part of a statewide network of support for climate science learning, called ClimeTime, that exists to provide the tools and resources to help teachers and their students understand climate science issues affecting Washington communities.
The program is implemented by our Sustainable Schools team in partnership with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in collaboration with Northwest ESD 189, who serves 35 districts in Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom Counties. RE Sources and its partners Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Wild Whatcom, and Common Threads Farm are working to serve the teachers of Whatcom County. Through teacher trainings, we encourage place-based, outdoor learning that teaches resilience, respect, and conservation of nature, while connecting to state teaching standards (Next Generation Science Standards). Our goal is to strengthen teachers’ confidence and resources to teach about the challenging topic of climate science, and to promote environmental stewardship.
We believe in supporting our teachers, providing professional development, and generating science-based, classroom-ready curriculum they can use to talk to their students about climate change — tools they can integrate easily into their existing curriculum and meet state standards.