This video-based professional learning from OSPI and AWSP supports principals and educational leaders in developing an understanding of the importance of the Next Generation Science Standards and how to lead implementation efforts. This video, funded through the ClimeTime legislative proviso, includes learning tools and resources, a facilitation guide, and is freely available on AWSP’s website.
Grants, Resources, and Supports
Crayfish Permits – OSPI and the Department of Fish and Wildlife are no longer providing crayfish permits.
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 math, science, and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill.
Schools and districts with a strong emphasis on sustainability are invited to apply for the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools Award. Schools and Districts must be making significant strides in 3 main pillars:
Pillar 1: Reducing environmental impact and costs.
Pillar 2: Improving the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff.
Pillar 3: Providing effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.
National Youth Science Camp – Applications close February 28, 2020
National Youth Science Camp is an annual program available to two high school seniors per state. Recipients are selected by a committee formed by the governor based on academic proficiency in the sciences, leadership qualities, and intellectual curiosity. For more information visit the National Youth Science Camp website. You can view a sample national youth science camp application essay from one of Washington's previous nominees.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors for America's teachers of mathematics and science. These awards recognize and honor K-12 teachers for their outstanding work in the classroom and also as leaders within their schools and communities.
Samsung and its partners are asking teachers to participate in its annual contest to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, a key academic challenge in our country.
Mission 7 to the International Space Station.
WSSEF is open to all public, private, online and home schooled students in grades 1-12 in the state of Washington. Over $1,000,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded last year to "Promote Future Scientists and Engineers."
All K-12 students from both public and private schools in Pierce and Thurston counties are invited to participate. There is no registration fee.
The American Geological Institute invites students and the public to take part in Earth Science Week. Earth Science Week encourages people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences. For more information visit the Earth Science Week Web site.
This resource encourages K-12 educators to use consistent and clear prompts structured around the crosscutting concepts to provide a common scientific language that students and teachers use as they engage in the formative assessment process.
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) DataStreme Project is a free professional development program for in-service K-12 teachers, in which they gain considerable subject matter content and confidence in Earth and Space Science instruction.
A compilation of monthly articles from EARTH magazine. Rather than focusing on visual and physical properties, this book explores minerals' myriad uses in scientific research, manufacturing, medicine and many commercial applications.
Reports & Papers
The new 2012 Laboratory Waste Management Guide has been released by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County. The new version has been significantly expanded and refined since the last edition was published in 2006.
Classroom Safety Guidelines: Section K of the Department of Health and OSPI Health and Safety Guide (PDF, 6 pages)