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

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

August 3rd, 4th, and 5th at 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Rescheduled! New dates: October 6th, 13th, and 20th from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Calling all middle and upper elementary schools educators in Whatcom: Sign up for Coho Conundrum, a free, in-person three-part professional development series designed to help educators looking to bring real-world issues into their classrooms. Deadline to apply: October 1st.

Register for the series

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. Register by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29th!

Register for the series

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

 

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Past Offerings

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

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

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