April 13, 2019

Walla Walla University Rosario Beach Marine Station

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Explore the Salish Sea Educator Workshop

For Skagit, Island, and San Juan County-area Classroom Teachers and Marine Educators

Written by SeaDoc Society Science Director Joe Gaydos.

Want to host or attend a workshop?

We will be holding workshops in the Salish Sea throughout 2019. Would you like to attend or host one? Contact Mira Lutz Castle at mdlutz@ucdavis.edu.

Kelp forest and great blue heron from Rosario Headland

Kelp forest and great blue heron from Rosario Headland

The SeaDoc Society presents a free, one-day workshop for tooling up to teach Next Generation Science Standards-linked Salish Sea Curriculum. Earn 8 Washington State-approved TPEP and STEM Clock Hours.

What do you get when you bring classroom teachers and marine educators and scientists to the beach for the day? A sea-wide network of experts, collaborating to raise ocean-literate Salish Sea youth.

You are invited to an interactive educator workshop to support our common goal of healing the Salish Sea by inspiring a lifetime of ocean literacy and stewardship in the next generation. Participants who sign up before April 1st will receive a copy of Explore the Salish Sea prior to workshop.

This workshop is being held at the Walla Walla University Rosario Beach Marine Station and participants will have the opportunity to spend some time in the tidepools of Deception Pass State Park.

In this workshop, you will…

  • Receive hands-on, NGSS-linked Salish Sea-based lesson plans for your students, based on the best-selling book, Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids

  • Receive an example Teacher/Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP) inquiry to measure the efficacy of implementing SeaDoc Youth Education strategies in your science lessons

  • Earn 8 Washington State-approved TPEP and STEM Clock Hours

  • Receive a free copy of Explore the Salish Sea, A Nature Guide for Kids for yourself

  • Receive free class sets of the new Explore the Salish Sea books for 4th - 8th graders in Title I schools

  • Connect with nearby marine science and stewardship experts who may visit your classroom or support a field experience, or with classroom teachers to support their students’ marine ecosystem education

  • Enjoy a delicious lunch provided by SeaDoc!


April 13, 2019

8:00am - Check-in, coffee and light snacks, visiting, clock hour forms

8:30 - Samish Welcome and Ko-kwal-alwoot Introduction to SeaDoc, Explore the Salish Sea, and workshop goals

9:10 - Begin NGSS-linked lesson with slides, activity, and The Real Process of Science

10:00 - Break

10:10 - Optional field trip to gather data (floating dock, Rosario Beach Deception Pass State Park).

11:00 - Easy data analysis using Excel or Google Sheets

11:35 - Catered lunch on-site

12:15 - Premier unveiling of a new SeaDoc project, Survive the Sound game, and Connecting classes with local marine experts

12:50 - Break

1:00 - Effective science communication : QCEE forum

1:40 - How to align science lessons with NGSS by Disciplinary Core Idea, Practice, and Cross-cutting Concept

2:20 - Working groups: design an NGSS-based lesson for one chapter in Explore the Salish Sea

3:45 - Lesson presentations/idea sharing/feedback

4:20 - Workshop evaluations, clock hour reminder, Thanks

4:30 - Adjourn

Workshop Goals

  1. Registrants will be able to implement the SeaDoc Youth Education Program’s Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS)-aligned Salish Sea curriculum and to design an NGSS-linked lesson plan after experiencing a hands-on example lesson and a guided demonstration of how to navigate the NGSS and build a NGSS-based lesson.

  2. Participants will be able to lead an authentic scientific investigation which can be replicated for their students after conducting an authentic inquiry with their Workshop Working Groups.

  3. Registrants will build a supportive network of classroom teachers and marine experts, offering stewardship opportunities within their local communities.


SeaDoc Society’s Education Coordinator, Mira Lutz Castle, M.S., comes from fourteen years in K-12 Science teaching and NGSS-aligned curriculum-development in the Anacortes School District, four years of Biology and Environmental Science laboratory instruction and Public Education Program development for Western Washington University (WWU), and two years of public education as an Interpretive Ranger for Washington State Parks.

A Viking at heart, Mira attended WWU for her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Marine Emphasis, Teaching Certification, and Master of Science in Marine and Estuarine Science, researching blue carbon in Salish Sea eelgrass meadow ecosystems. She’s an avid Scientific Diver and loves to play outside with her family throughout the Salish Sea watershed. Collaborative support for NGSS-training will be provided by the NW Educational Service District’s Brian MacNevin, the Skagit County Marine Resources Committee, and the Western Washington University Shannon Point Marine Center.

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