K4C Curriculum Design Lab
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About the Event
Problem Statement: What are the easiest, most impactful actions we can take to advance the goals of our city’s Climate Action Plan? Does our city have one? How are cities collaborating?
Why you should attend…
- You want to teach about climate issues in a positive, locally relevant way.
- You love it when your students are authentically engaged.
- You find it messy but thrilling to guide students without knowing all the answers.
- You value a sustainable future.
About the Lab: K4C stands for King County Cities Climate Collaborative which includes (so far!) 17 cities committed to helping each other set goals and meet targets to reduce their GHG emissions. What are these goals? What kinds of Impact Projects can students design to meet academic standards in context of local climate action plans? How are equity outcomes integrated into these plans? Who is leading? Who is left out? Who is not yet participating (yet!)? Climate action plans are a perfect, local living textbook, making teaching fun and learning real, inspiring both agency and civic responsibility. In this Lab, you will learn how your city is addressing climate change and how to support problem-based, place-based learning pathways across multiple academic disciplines, from NGSS/STEM to Common Core, civics to equity and social justice.
PRACTICE The fundamentals of problem-based, place-based learning
ANALYZE Climate science in context of local government policymaking
APPLY Systems thinking to identify actions, track impact, report to stakeholders
COACH Student Impact Projects aligned with city climate action plans
DESIGN Lessons for application in your classroom
EXPLORE Career profiles of people who are working on solving this problem
Associated Standards and Frameworks
- OSPI - Environmental Sustainability Standards
- NGSS - High School Human Sustainability Standards
- OSPI - Social Studies Standards for Civics, Economics, Geography, History,
- College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies
- Common Core State Standards - English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics
Funded in part by King County Wastewater Treatment Division and The Russell Family Foundation