Professional Development




    Project WET Training for Snohomish, King and Camano Island teachers

    Organization: Snohomish Conservation District
    Date: June 25, 2018
    Location: Brightwater 22505 WA-9, Woodinville, WA

    Workshop Highlights:

    • Take a guided tour of the Brightwater Treatment Facility.
    • Receive hands-on demos to become trained in Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Curriculum.
    • Take home the Project WET 2.0 curriculum guidebook (with hundreds of lessons) and gain exclusive access to the online teacher portal - full of resources that you can use in your classroom. 
    • Get connected with your local Conservation District and learn about local initiatives to protect waterways and Puget Sound.

    Eligibility: Snohomish, King and Camano Island teachers
    Register online:

    Foundations of Inquiry

    Organization: Woodland Park Zoo
    Location: Seattle, WA
    Dates: Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13, 2018 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
    Registration: Online registration opens March 1, 2018
    Registration due dates: March 30, 2018 (for those taking the course for credit); July 2, 2018 (for all others).

    Course fee for 3 graduate credits: $1,425 Miami University / Woodland Park Zoo course fee covers the cost of credit and course administration for 3 graduate semester credits, including zoo admission, materials and snacks.

    Course fee for 30 STEM clock hours/audit: $390 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and Washington state-approved STEM clock hours.

    This course will engage participants in exploring the foundations of inquiry-based teaching and learning while gaining a new familiarity with Woodland Park Zoo as an informal science education setting. Through making observations on zoo grounds, developing comparative questions, creating scientific investigations and communicating results, participants will experience the full inquiry process and will learn how to facilitate this process with their audiences. Course activities will demonstrate the applications of inquiry in the classroom, on zoo grounds, in the schoolyard and other outdoor settings. We will also discuss case studies that illustrate the effectiveness of inquiry in improving science learning and engaging people as leaders in their communities. Through this course, participants will develop the investigation, critical reflection, and collaboration skills needed to lead and assess inquiry‐driven learning for diverse communities. Those participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late May through early August.

    Northwest Wildlife Conservation: Restoring Habitats and Species in Washington's Northwest Coast Ecoregion
    , Monday, August 6 to Friday, August 10, 2018
    Course fee for 30 STEM clock hours/audit: $705  (off-site course see details)

    Next Gen Science @ Woodland Park Zoo, Tuesday, August 21, 2018
    Course fee for 6 STEM clock hours/audit: $78

    Padilla Bay: Teachers on the Estuary

    Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
    10441 Bayview-Edison Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273-9668

    Using the Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequences as a framework, this workshop adds an estuary twist.

    • field investigations in mudflat and eelgrass meadow
    • explorations of local online data
    • activities from NOAA’s Estuaries 101 online curriculum
    • in-depth study of NGSS Practices of Science

    Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequences are in-depth curriculum units that deliver rich science content correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards, with an emphasis on the Practices of Science. The Grades 3–5 Sequence engages students in exploring ocean currents, habitats, organism diversity, food webs, and human interconnections with the ocean. The Grades 6-8 Sequence explores ocean-atmosphere interactions, carbon flow, and causes and effects of climate change.

    Participants receive:

    • Ocean Sciences Sequence curriculum - $200 value
    • 20 Free WA State clock hour credits
    • Lunch and refreshments
    • Inexpensive overnight accommodations available in Padilla Bay’s guesthouse

    Farmer Frog EXTERNSHIPS For teachers

    Organization: Farmer Frog
    Dates: July 10-13, July 17-20, 2018

    Farmer Frong offers summer externships for teachers who want to earn summer clock hours. Participants spend two weeks at our school gardens and farm sites. As they work with our families and urban farmer educators, they experience Farmer Frog’s SOIL to STEM model and see how school gardens can be integrated into an individual school’s curriculum to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEM/STEAM).

    Teachers can earn at least 56 clock hours.

    Subjects we cover include:

    • using the ecosystem as a partner
    • crops for shade and sun, summer and winter
    • seeds and the meaning of GMO, hybrid, cloned, and heirloom
    • intensive gardening, companion planting, polyculture, underplanting, and overseeding...

    Systems Thinking: Developing Capacity for Thinking, Leading and Learning

    July 24 @ 8:00 am–July 26 @ 4:00 pm PDT

    Organization: The Waters Foundation
    Location: Puget Sound ESD, Renton WA
    Cost: $599

    Objectives: This three-day workshop will provide an introduction to systems thinking Habits, concepts and tools that can be directly applied to leadership development, organizational learning and district and school improvement.

    Participants will:

    • Learn and be able to apply the 14 Habits of a Systems Thinker.
    • Increase understanding of how mental models are developed over time and how to productively utilize the diverse perspectives people hold about systems of interest.
    • Identify the causal interdependencies that influence the behavior of complex systems and use that deeper understanding to effectively identify leverage actions.
    • Develop insights about short-term, long-term and unintended consequences of decisions and actions.
    • Each create a plan to apply systems thinking to the achievement of workplace goals

    Positive Discipline in the Classroom

    Organization: By Sound Discipline
    Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, August 14th and 15th (8:00am – 4:30pm)

    Location: 2100 Building – 2100 24th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98144
    Cost: $425 General Admission

    The course is appropriate for teachers, administrators, counselors, paraprofessionals and youth development program providers.
    Create a classroom/school environment where students feel encouraged and engaged in learning, solve their own friendship issues, and feel a sense of connection, value and challenge.  As an educator you will feel a sense of accomplishment and find your “calm” once more.
    Participants will learn the basics of Positive Discipline and will acquire many tools with which to implement this approach. The course is taught experientially so that there is time to practice new tools.

    Credit and Clock Hours:  This workshop is eligible for 1 credit ($55) or 15 clock hours ($20) through Seattle Pacific University.  The link to register and pay will be sent to you in an email about a week before the workshop. Be sure to watch for the email and use the link provided to register by the deadline if you need credit or clock hours.

    The Positive Discipline Association offers need-based scholarships. You must apply by the Early Bird Registration deadline. More information:

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    NAAEE National/International Conference in Spokane WA
    Environmental Education: A Force for the Future
    Location: Spokane WA Conference Center
    Dates: October 10-13, 2018

    Choose from a wide variety of concurrent sessions in six strands:
    • Building Leadership for Environmental Literacy
    • Connecting with Nature
    • Conservation and Environmental Education
    • Educating for Sustainable Communities
    • Green Schools and Career-Connected Learning
    • Linking Research and Practice to Increase Impact

    NAAEE Conference Schedule at a Glance

    Wednesday, October 10
    • Pre-conference workshops* (full day and half day)
    •  Pre-conference field trips*
    • Opening Reception, including Share Fair, authors’ Corner and exhibit Fair (starts at 5:00 PM)
    • Conference Opening with Keynote Speaker: Brady Pinero Walkinshaw

    Thursday, October 11
    • Concurrent sessions
    • Plenary Panel: Democracy, Civic Engagement, and Environmental education with David Orr
    • Exhibit Fair Luncheon, including affiliate Welcome
    • Poster Session
    • HMI BioInteractive Short Film Screening
    • Spokane Suds Stroll*
    • Free night: Enjoy Spokane!

    Friday, October 12
    • Concurrent and plenary sessions
    • Exhibit Fair
    • eePRO Groups Brown Bag Lunch
    • Annual Gala and Auction

    Saturday, October 13
    • Concurrent sessions
    •  Awards Luncheon
    • Closing Panel: EE 30 Under 30 Honorees

    Sunday, October 14
    • Post-conference field trips*

    Act Now to purchase Exhibit Space or Ad Space on the NAAEE Conference program.

    Want to Volunteer?
    Volunteers have two options for reducing conference registration rates: work a four-hour shift and attend the rest of that day for free (Thursday or Friday only),or volunteer for eight hours over the course of the conference and earn free registration. Meals are not included. Contact us at Volunteer registration opens in July.
         Mark your calendars or sign up early......consider joining the E3 Climate Science and Green Jobs workshops and receptions on Friday October 12. This conference is going to be an amazing opportunity for environment and sustainability educators to gather and learn in Spokane.

    Community-Based Social Marketing Workshops

    Organization: Community Based Social Media
    Date: October 22-25, 2018
    Location: Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle WA
    Cost: $545-1,161

    The cornerstone of sustainable and healthy communities is behavior change. Sustainability requires that individuals and businesses engage in diverse actions, such as reducing waste, increasing water and energy efficiency, altering transportation habits, and protecting native species. Healthy lifestyles require individuals to make smart food choices, exercise, avoid smoking and excessive sun exposure, and engage in a myriad of other actions.

    Research demonstrates, however, that the traditional approach of using ads, brochures or websites to encourage behavior change simply doesn’t work. A new approach, community-based social marketing, is now being used effectively in numerous programs across the globe. We invite you to attend a workshop with the founder of community-based social marketing, Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr, as the training provided will fundamentally change the way you think about program delivery.

    To register