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Climate Change Impacts and Water Supply

Online practicum for problem-based learning exploring local policies, plans and performance data related to the following phenomena: “We drink snow in August?” July 21-23, 8:00-12:00 For secondary teachers in all disciplines. Teams strongly encouraged. 12 STEM Clock Hours.

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Climate Change Impacts and Water Supply
Climate Change Impacts and Water Supply

Time & Location

Jul 21, 2020, 8:00 AM PDT

Zoom Meeting

About the Event

Our exploration includes lesson ideas on how to read graphs and tables on snowpack data trends from Cascade SNOTEL Stations and how our assumptions about water supply, weather patterns, and the water cycle will impact ecological and economic systems. Lists of inspiring ideas for student impact projects on climate change and water supply will be shared along with instructional strategies for coaching effective project design. We will emphasize the authentic integration of meeting academic standards in context of meeting local community performance measures. Read on for Learning Outcomes..

The Lab features interaction with technical experts from local government, academia, industry, and the nonprofit sector, and supports intergenerational learning by engaging a team of highly capable students from the Sustainability Ambassadors Youth Leadership Program. This is not a workshop or a training. It’s a lab. The learning environment is problem-based, collaborative, and applied to increasing rigor in the classroom by tracking impact in the community.

EXPERIENTIAL AGENDA (It’s a Lab!) Our daily work will include…

  • Explore distance learning strategies around problem-based design
  • Integrate NGSS, authentic STEM experiences, and career pathways
  • Integrate literacy, history, civics, economics, and geography
  • Integrate systems thinking: climate, water supply, ecology, economy, equity


  1. Demonstrate an understanding of Educating for Sustainability. (Problem solving for  positive ecological, economic, and equitable outcomes across systems and for all people.)
  2. Develop, adopt, or refine one or more lessons that authentically integrate academic standards in context of local community performance measures. (Emphasis on students designing impact projects that meet academic standards in context of community performance measures.)
  3. Apply STEM literacy across disciplines and promote college/career pathways to inspire students.

Questions?  Email: Peter Donaldson

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