Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines (SOLS) is a state-wide project linking Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and climate science under Washington State’s Clime Time project. This work is facilitated by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in collaboration with the UW Institute for Science + Math Education. Pacific Education Institute is one of 16 grantees being supported to develop instructional materials, design related assessment tasks and evaluation strategies, and facilitate student events.
The Solutions Oriented Learning Storylines (SOLS) project is designed to strengthen teachers’ climate science education instruction through locally relevant projects centered on indigenous ways of knowing.
All storylines include five criteria:
- Center on indigenous ways of knowing;
- Embed 3-D NGSS assessment tools to help educators demonstrate student growth;
- Are place-based/locally relevant;
- Have students, in developmentally appropriate ways, learn the carbon cycle and be able to calculate greenhouse gas emissions and drawdown of carbon from the atmosphere;
- Elevate student voice in the community and beyond as they participate in solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The work is designed to have the following outcomes:
- Increased teacher understanding of locally relevant climate science content and research;
- Increased teacher comfort around, and preparation for implementing culturally responsive practice focused on Washington State indigenous people and Since Time Immemorial (STI);
- Increased teacher comfort and confidence using formative assessment and equitable instructional approaches to guide instruction and report student growth.