Professional Development

Free workshops and trainings for educators. Earn clock hours and get support teaching students about topics that matter.

As a Washington state clock hour provider, RE Sources offers professional development to Whatcom County educators through our Sustainable Schools program. We want teachers and students alike to see firsthand that together our actions make a difference.

Upcoming Workshops for Educators

Whittling Away Waste: Climate solutions at your school

When: February 1st from 6:30-7:30 pm via Zoom
Who: 3rd-8th grade educators, students, parents, custodians, food workers, paraeducators and community members in Whatcom County
Clock hours: 1

Join our interactive virtual event to learn about the climate and health impacts of landfills, and get ideas from actions schools are taking around the country to reduce plastics, increase recycling, and stop wasteful practices. We will also share tools to form a Green Team at your school who can take on projects like the ones other schools have done! Please register by January 28th.

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ClimeTime: Teaching Outdoors 101 (Using the outdoors and teach climate change). 4 STEM & 1 Equity clock hours

Self-paced course on Canvas open November 30th, 2021 until April 30th, 2022. Receive $100 stipend upon completion!

Calling all 3rd-8th grade educators in Whatcom: Gain skills to incorporate the outdoors and climate-related lessons with students. Join the Teaching for the Climate Collaborative’s fourth year for a self-paced online course! Participants will gain skills to incorporate the outdoors and climate related lessons with students. Time commitment: Approx. 3 hrs of learning in Canvas plus 2 hrs implementing and assessing a lesson with students. More info on this flier.

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Coho Conundrum: Stormwater and Salmon

When: Saturday, March 5th 9 am-4 pm (with breaks)
Who: Middle and upper elementary schools educators
STEM clock hours: 8
Where: NSEA Campus
Instructors: Pollution Prevention Specialist, Kirsten McDade, and Education Specialist Sasha Savoian

Note: This training will be IN PERSON. We are requiring proof of vaccination for COVID-19 and reserve the right to reschedule in an alternative format if circumstances require. If your circumstances disallow you to be vaccinated, please contact us individually (kirstenm@re-sources.org).

Coho Conundrum is a 3 part professional development series designed to help Middle and Upper Elementary educators looking to bring real-world issues into their classrooms. This series will focus on a local anchoring question: Why are Coho Salmon dying? Educators (playing the part of a student), will walk through multiple sequential transferable lessons with content relating to salmon lifecycle, water quality, and human impacts on the environment. Lessons incorporate hands-on experiments, data analysis, modeling, mapping and tips to implement. Educators will spend time in multiple learning environments. This series is designed to support 3-D NGSS performance expectations for the middle school grade band, though the material can be altered to reach upper elementary as well. Much of the course will be offered in an outdoor setting.

Participants will:

  • Earn 8 STEM clock hours
  • Learn to bring real-world local phenomena into their classrooms
  • Gain expertise in understanding the different types of contaminants in water and how this affects not only salmon but orcas and eventually human health.
  • Be exposed to different hands-on tools and experiments that can be transferred to classroom use.
  • Learn how to engage their students to take what they are learning and put it into action.
  • Collaborate with colleagues

As always, our programs are free. For more information and to register for Coho Conundrum please click here to register by Friday, February 25th! Or contact Kirsten at kirstenm@re-sources.org

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ClimeTime: Teaching Outdoors 101 (Using the outdoors and teach climate change). 4 STEM & 1 Equity clock hours

Self-paced course on Canvas open November 30th, 2021 until April 30th, 2022. Receive $100 stipend upon completion!

Calling all 3rd-8th grade educators in Whatcom: Gain skills to incorporate the outdoors and climate-related lessons with students. Join the Teaching for the Climate Collaborative’s fourth year for a self-paced online course! Participants will gain skills to incorporate the outdoors and climate related lessons with students. Time commitment: Approx. 3 hrs of learning in Canvas plus 2 hrs implementing and assessing a lesson with students. More info on this flier.

Register for the series

 

ClimeTime: Teaching for the Climate 201 ( 9 STEM & 1 Equity clock hours)

Registration closes  March 5th, 2022  at 5pm Receive a $200 stipend upon completion of all three parts of the course!

While the 101 course built foundational skills in teaching outside, 201 will dive deeper to gain the resources to incorporate local climate-related science and Indigenous perspective into outdoor teaching with students. This course is open to K-8th grade Whatcom County educators who have some experience with teaching outdoors and NGSS.

The course includes the following parts:

  • Choose one day of in-person field instruction (locations TBD):
    March 19th, 9am-3pm (lessons focused on flooding and drought) OR
    March 26th, 9am-3pm (lessons focused on marine food webs)
  • Implement a lesson with your students after the in-person session
  • Meet virtually on May 4th (4pm-6pm via Zoom link to be shared) after implementing the lesson with students to connect with and learn from your colleagues

Note that to register this year, you will need an account with PD Enroller.

Register for March 19th

Register for March 26th

We hope to see you there – please don’t hesitate to reach out to Priscilla Brotherton with any questions!

Tracking Energy: Seed to Table to Compost

When: April 18th, 19th and 20th from 4:30-6:30 pm
Who: Whatcom County educators for grades 3 through 8
Where: RE Sources main office, 2309 Meridian St, Bellingham WA 98225
STEM Clock hours: 6
Instructors: Education Specialist Sasha Savoian

Note: This training will be IN PERSON. We are requiring proof of vaccination for COVID-19 and reserve the right to reschedule in an alternative format if COVID-19 circumstances require. If your circumstances disallow you to be vaccinated, please contact us individually.

Tracking Energy is a 3-part professional development series designed to help educators understand food systems; growing, producing, processing and disposing of food. And help students draw connections to climate change and food justice issues. This series will focus on the question: What are we throwing away when we throw away food? Educators (playing the part of a student), will walk through multiple sequential transferable lessons that incorporate creating and revising models, data collection and analysis, and designing solutions. Educators will spend time in multiple learning environments. This series is designed to support 3-D NGSS performance expectations for the 5th-grade band endpoint, though the altered material will be demonstrated to reach middle school.

The lessons in this course are sequential and build off knowledge learned in previous lessons. Attendance for all three days is requested.

As always our programs are free! Please register here by Tuesday, April 12th. Contact Sasha Savoian at sashas@re-sources.org if you have any questions.

What teachers are saying:

“Students truly care about the environment and protecting it! This class provides great lessons to work towards solutions.” – teacher, Tracking Energy Fall 2021 participant

“The resources and lessons were relevant and ready to use! yay! I was pleased and my expectations were exceeded-well done!” – teacher, Tracking Energy Fall 2021 participant

Register Now by April 12th

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Past Offerings

In the past, RE Sources’ Sustainable Schools program has also offered these professional development opportunities:

Coho Conundrum: Stormwater and salmon (8 STEM clock hours)

October 6th, 13th, and 20th from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

For all middle and upper elementary schools educators in Whatcom: Coho Conundrum is a free, in-person three-part professional development series designed to help educators looking to bring real-world issues into their classrooms.

This series will focus on a local anchoring question: Why are Coho Salmon dying?  Educators (playing the part of a student), will walk through multiple sequential transferable lessons with content relating to salmon lifecycle, water quality, and human impacts on the environment. Lessons incorporate hands-on experiments, data analysis, modeling, mapping and tips to implement both virtually and in-person. Educators will spend time in multiple learning environments. This series is designed to support 3-D NGSS performance expectations for the middle school grade band, though the material can be altered to reach upper elementary as well. Much of the course will be offered in an outdoor setting.

Participants will:

  • Earn 8 STEM clock hours
  • Learn from a scientist, teacher and local resource, Kirsten McDade
  • Learn to bring a real-world local phenomena into their classrooms
  • Gain expertise in understanding the different types of contaminants in water and how this affects not only salmon but orcas and eventually human health.
  • Be exposed to different hands-on tools and experiments that can be transferred to classroom use.
  • Learn how to engage their students to take what they are learning and put it into action.
  • Collaborate with colleagues

Locations: TBD; Sign up to make sure you hear first!

The lessons in this course are sequential and build off knowledge learned in previous lessons. Attendance for all three days is requested. If your schedule doesn’t permit, we hope to offer this course again.

As always, our programs are free. For more information, contact Kirsten at kirstenm@re-sources.org

This training will most likely be in-person. We are requiring proof of vaccination for COVID-19 and reserve the right to reschedule in an alternative format if circumstances require. If your circumstances disallow you to be vaccinated, please reach out to Kirsten at kirstenm@re-sources.org.

Tracking Energy — Seed to Table to Compost (6 STEM clock hours)

November 8th, 9th and 10th from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: 
RE Sources main office, 2309 Meridian St, Bellingham WA 98225

Calling all 3rd through 8th grade educators in Whatcom County: Tracking Energy is a three-part professional development series designed to help educators understand food systems; growing, producing, processing and disposing of food. Learn to help students draw connections to climate change and food justice issues.

This series will focus on the question: What are we throwing away when we throw away food? Educators (playing the part of a student), will walk through multiple sequential transferable lessons that incorporate creating and revising models, data collection and analysis, and designing solutions. Educators will spend time in multiple learning environments. This series is designed to support 3-D NGSS performance expectations for the 5th grade band endpoint, though the altered material will be demonstrated to reach middle school.

The lessons in this course are sequential and build off knowledge learned in previous lessons. Attendance for all three days is requested. This opportunity is a collaborative effort of RE Sources and Common Threads Farm.

Date/Time: November 8, 9 and 10, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Location: RE Sources main office, 2309 Meridian St, Bellingham WA 98225
Platform: Synchronous – In-person unless public health concerns require virtual
STEM Clock hours: 6
Cost: Free!
Participants: Whatcom County educators for grades 3 – 8
Instructors: Sasha Savoian, Chelsea Hilmoe and Jenna Deane

Register here by 5:00 pm, Friday, Oct. 29. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required and we are asking that you please wear masks to ensure everyone’s safety.

Questions? Contact Sasha at SashaS@re-sources.org

Solution and Action Based Learning

When: Tuesday March 23th 4-5:30 pm
Who: 3rd-12th grade teachers [informal educators welcome]
Where: Online training
Clock hours: 1.5 hours

When students learn about environmental, social, or civic topics the next question is, “now what”? This training is for classroom teachers and club advisors that are looking for ways to engage students in solutions based learning in-person or online. Action projects can begin or end a unit, can be woven into art, language, history, science, or focus a social action, leadership, or environmental club. Join our Sustainable Schools Education Specialists to learn about resources, activities, and guidelines for projects your students can engage in that helps solve problems. From Community science to letter writing this training will give practical resources and a time for teachers to share their own resources and ideas with each other.

Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize different levels of stewardship and action
  • Take learning beyond doom and gloom and offer students real solutions

Participants will leave with practical resources and ways for students to engage