The ClimeTime initiative provides grants to professional learning partners who train science teachers to use the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), specifically the climate science learning standards (Senate Bill 5092, Section 522). Funding flows through all nine educational service districts (ESDs), tribal schools, community-based nonprofit organizations (CBOs), and community-based nonprofit tribal education organizations (CBTEOs).
The Washington State Legislature confirmed its commitment to climate science teacher training by allocating $6M for the 2022–23 biennium, in addition to the $10M allocated in 2018.
2022-23 Grant Opportunity
The ClimeTime School Program prioritizes project plans that support anti-racism efforts, and increasing student equity and inclusion, professional learning and student engagement in communities historically underserved by science education, innovative project designs for climate science, and more!
Grant awards will be in the range of $25,000 to $35,000 per project.
- APPLY: Form Package 243 via iGrants
- 2022-23 Grant Opportunity Overview
- Washington State Science Learning Standards (Next Generation Science Standards)
- Environmental and Sustainability standards
- OSPI’s ClimeTime Proviso Report 2019–20
Washington faces serious impacts to its snowpack, infrastructure, and water supplies as the climate changes and temperatures climb. Protecting our state's fish, farms, and communities from the impacts of climate change is a priority for Ecology. To take meaningful steps toward addressing climate change, states, cities, counties, and private businesses and organizations need to collaborate to find solutions.
-State of Washington Department of Ecology
Professional Learning Opportunities
- Puget Sound ESD (PSESD) Climate Science Professional Learning Opportunities
- Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment’s Professional Learning Opportunities and Events
Below is a sampling of a few national resources that aren't comprehensive.
- Talk Climate
- NGSS Resource Library
- State of Washington Department of Ecology
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Indigenous Environmental Network
- Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Office of the Insurance Commissioner – Climate Summit 2021
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
- Weather and Regions Lessons
- ClimeTime Assessment Resources
- Statewide Partnerships Lead to Green Chemistry and Sustainable Design Workshop Series | ClimeTime
- Washington State High School Teachers and OpenSciEd: on the cutting edge of NGSS instruction and materials
- Where have all the Glaciers Gone?
- OER Commons ClimeTime Collection
- Using Public Health Data in the Science Classroom
- Using Air Quality Phenomena to Engage in Ambitious Science Teaching Practices
- NGSS in Action: Engineering in your Community (Workshop 3 of 4) | OER Commons
- Climate Science and Human Sustainability Wakelet
- Live Interactive Maps, Data, Simulations, and Videos
Students and educators can feel daunted by the many challenges posed by climate change. This section provides a sampling of resources to support classroom learning.
- Resources on Hope for Climate Science
- Community Science | ClimeTime
- The All We Can Save Project: Resources for Working with Climate Emotions
- 140 Seconds of Optimism