Professional Development Opportunities

Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Co-Creating a Sustainable Economy

Location: Spokane Convention Center
Registration: Pre-registration is closed. Registration available on-site.
Expected to draw approximately 2,000 participants, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE’s) annual conference is the largest stage in North America to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions that advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities. We invite you to join us in Spokane, Washington from Oct. 27 – 30 to share your knowledge, achievements and ideas.

With a theme of Co-Creating a Sustainable Economy, AASHE 2019 is tackling the root cause for the continued rise in carbon emissions: our dysfunctional economic system. The conference seeks to showcase and strengthen higher education’s contributions to the movement for a sustainable economy, which we see as inclusive of the exciting work happening under a variety of other names such as the solidarity economy, wellbeing economy, circular economy, post-growth economy, regenerative economy and restorative economy.

Urban Environmental Education online course

Dates: Nov 5- Dec 10, 2019
Organization: Cornell University
Everybody is welcome to join this course! Urban environmental education includes any learning practices that foster individual and community well-being and environmental quality in cities. You will learn about the urban context, theoretical background, educational settings, participants, and effective educational approaches of urban environmental education. This course provides outstanding course materials, webinars, and networking with peers from around the world. Learn with us!

Investigating Crayfish & Freshwater Ecosystems

Free Virtual Training

Online Crayfish Observation Training to prepare for The River Mile Network Crayfish Study

Learn to engage grade 2-12 students in fascinating crayfish studies in this hands-on training. Gain confidence to participate with The River Mile Network's Crayfish Study to support important research by scientists and wildlife managers.

More details about the Crayfish Study are here, including the supporting curriculum and presentations. A small number of printed copies of the curriculum are available once you are registered for the virtual training, or you will receive a copy as part of any crayfish in-person training.

E3 Ellensburg 2019 Integrating Environment, Equity and Economy in Education

Organizations: E3 Washington & KEEN (Kittitas Environmental Education Network)
Date: October 5-6
Location: Lazy F Ranch in Ellensburg, WA

Join us for the Washington Statewide Environment and Sustainability Education Conference.
Strands include:
- environmental and sustainability education (ESE);

- justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI); and

- educating for a green economy (EGE)

The Discomfort Zone: Creating Space for Teaching Complex Topics

Content provided by Newsela.

This webinar takes place on Oct. 10, 2019 @ 11AM Pacific Time (2 p.m. Eastern Time)
Register for this webinar for free.

Complex topics belong in classrooms and schools—but educators often feel unprepared to address them there.

That’s what we learned from a summer 2019 survey by EWRC of over 1,000 teachers, principals, and district leaders. They overwhelmingly believe that learning about complex topics is important for a variety of reasons, including preparing students to participate in a democratic society, and improving critical thinking. Yet most say teachers are simply not well-prepared to address complex topics, and that their instructional content options are not up to the task. In fact, only 10 percent of educators give their instructional content an A when it comes to complex topics. Hear from district leader Danielle Mastrogiovanni (New Brunswick, N.J.) and ELA teacher Patrick Harris (Detroit, Mich.), along with Jamie Richard of Newsela on how the right instructional content helps create the spaces they (and their students) seek to tackle complex topics in the classroom.


Danielle Mastrogiovanni, supervisor of humanities, New Brunswick Public Schools, New Brunswick, N.J.
Patrick Harris, 6th and 7th grade ELA teacher, Detroit Achievement Academy, Detroit, Mich.
Jamie Richard, marketing manager, Newsela

Certificate in Grantwriting
2-Day Course - Comprehensive Grantwriting

Dates: Oct. 10-11, 9am-3pm each day
Cost: $465 for the Certificate in Grantwriting, which includes the two day class and individual assessment.
Yakima Valley Community Foundation
Location: 111 University Parkway, Suite 102; Yakima, WA 98901

The Certificate in Grantwriting is a two-step process. First, complete the two-day class, then undergo an individualized assessment of your knowledge and skills. The total investment for both the two-day class and the assessment is $465. You may also take the class without the assessment for $220.

This class is sponsored by the Yakima Valley Community Foundation!

NSTA Area Conference

Seattle Dec 12–14, 2019

THEME: Fostering a Culture for Science

Go to our website for more detail on the strands

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Specific program/theme questions

From John McNamara, WSTA President Elect   
Bob Sotak, WSTA Past President,