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MEDIA ALERT: Teachers from 11 school districts visit Goose Point Oyster Farm to learn about impacts of climate change - 10/18/18

PHOTO OPP:  K-12 teachers touring an oyster farm – please wear waterproof boots

 

WHAT:

Teachers from 11 public school districts and one Tribal school are going to Goose Point Oyster Farm to learn how climate science is affecting oyster cultivation from both an economic and sustainability perspective. Teachers will visit the business for half a day, and spend the second half developing career-connected classroom activities to engage their students in STEM and career awareness.

The externship, led by Educational Service District (ESD) 112’s STEM experts, is part of a $3 million Climate Science grant from Governor Inslee to connect the work of scientists and the effects of a shifting climate on local businesses with classroom curriculum.

 

WHEN:

Friday, October 19, 2018
9:00 – 11:30 am

 

WHERE:

Goose Point Oyster Farm
7081 Niawiakum St Hwy #101
Bay Center, WA 98527

 

The media is invited to attend to hear first-hand how our changing climate is impacting the oyster business and to see how teacher training can bring climate science to life for SW Washington students.

 

About the Climate Science Grant

All nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) in Washington are launching programs for science teacher training around Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and climate science, thanks to grant money made available to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) by Governor Inslee. Distributed by OSPI, the ESDs are sharing $3 million from the state’s general fund for teacher professional development, development of instructional materials and student events. With an additional $1 million provided to community-based nonprofits to partner with public schools around NGSS, the $4 million appropriation makes Washington the first state in the country to dedicate significant funding for climate science education and NGSS.

With an allocation of $304,140, ESD 112’s work includes a series of free teacher trainings and seminars aimed at helping K-12 educators develop authentic learning opportunities for students; bringing current events together with science for the benefit of public education. Throughout the school year, there will be six 1-day externships for teachers developed in collaboration with local climate-related STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) businesses or organizations.

ESD 112 Uses WA State Climate Science Grant to Connect Local Businesses, Scientists, and SW Washington Schools to Teach Kids the Effects of Our Changing Climate - 10/16/18

As part of a $3 million Climate Science grant from Governor Inslee, ESD 112’s STEM experts will be taking classroom teachers this Friday to a local oyster farm to learn how climate change is impacting their business. This is just one activity to connect the work of scientists and the real effects of a shifting climate on local businesses with classroom curriculum for public schools in SW Washington. This grant, along with an additional $1 million for partnering non-profits, makes Washington the first state in the country to dedicate significant funding for climate science education and NGSS.

With an allocation of $304,140, ESD 112’s work includes a series of teacher trainings and seminars aimed at helping K-12 educators develop authentic learning opportunities for students; bringing current events together with science for the benefit of public education. Throughout the school year, there will be six 1-day externships for teachers developed in collaboration with local climate-related STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) businesses or organizations. Participating teachers will spend the first part of the day visiting the business and learning about the impacts of climate change on their work. During the second half of the day, teachers will collaborate in small grade-level teams to develop a classroom task based on their new learning.

There will also be six STEM seminars in which scientists and researchers present the impacts of climate change on their work to a group of teachers.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, October 19, 2018, 9:00 – 11:30 am: nPower Teachers externship #1, Goose Point Oysters, Naselle, WA – How our changing climate is effecting this local oyster farm (for background, watch this Smithsonian video with the owners of Goose Point Oysters: https://ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/invertebrates/facing-climate-change-oyster-farmers)
  • Monday, October 29, 2018, 8:30 – 11:30 am: STEM seminar #1, Fire and our Future, Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center and Museum, Stevenson, WA
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018, 8:30 – 11:30 am: STEM seminar #2, Coastal Hazards and a Changing Climate, Adrift Hotel, Long Beach, WA
  • More externships and seminars to be announced…

The media is invited to attend these events and follow along with how the State of Washington and ESD 112 are bringing climate science to life for SW Washington students.

Partners and collaborators for these events include Washington Green Schools, Climate Impacts Group at University of Washington, Cascade Volcano Observatory, Water Resource Center, Friends of Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge, Pacific Education Institute, Clark County Public Health, Goose Island Oysters, Mount St. Helen’s Institute, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Clark County PUD, and SW Clean Air Agency.

 

About the Climate Science Grant

All nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) in Washington are launching programs for science teacher training around Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and climate science, thanks to grant money made available to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) by Governor Inslee. Distributed by OSPI, the ESDs are sharing $3 million from the state’s general fund for teacher professional development, development of instructional materials and student events. With an additional $1 million provided to community-based nonprofits to partner with public schools around NGSS, the $4 million appropriation makes Washington the first state in the country to dedicate significant funding for climate science education and NGSS.

MEDIA ALERT: Early Care and Education Job Fair on Tuesday, October 16 - 10/12/18

WHAT:

Educational Service District (ESD) 112 and Support for Early Learning and Families (SELF) are holding an early care and education job fair. There are approximately 45 positions available, including:

  • Center Directors
  • Lead Teachers and Assistant Teachers
  • Child Care Assistants
  • Family Support Specialists

 

Individuals selected for positions will work with infants, toddlers, preschool and school-age children at locations throughout Southwest Washington.

Computer stations will be set up at the job fair for interested parties to apply on-site. Background checks will be conducted as part of the hiring process.

 

WHEN:

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:

ESD 112
2500 NE 65th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98661

Drug Take-Back Events Collect Unwanted Medications in Three SW WA Counties - 10/11/18

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the country.? An estimated 54 million people over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in their lifetime. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), more people report using controlled prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine combined. Which is why safe medicine take-back programs, like those scheduled on October 27th, are needed to get potentially dangerous leftover drugs out of our homes. 

Residents in three SW Washington counties can safely dispose of all unused medications at seven free collection events.   All events will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27th, at:  

  • Clark County (4 sites): 
    • PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care, 33rd & Main (S. Back Lot), Vancouver 
    • Kaiser Permanente Cascade Park, 12607 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver 
    • Battle Ground Police Department, 507 SW 1st St., Battle Ground 
    • Washougal Silver Star Search & Rescue, 1220 A St., Washougal 
  • Skamania County (1 site): 
    • Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, 200 NW Vancouver Ave., Stevenson 
  • Klickitat County (2 sites): 
    • West County Take Back Site: Skyline Hospital, 211 NE Skyline Dr., White Salmon 
    • NEW event site: East County Take Back Site: Klickitat County Courthouse, 205 S. Columbus Ave., Goldendale 

Unused medicines left in the home increase opportunities for drug abuse and accidental poisoning.  Most people who misuse medications, including teens, get the drugs from a friend or relative, often without their knowledge, rather than from a drug dealer. Painkillers make up the largest share of misused prescription drugs, and more than half (53 percent) of prescription opioid users got their last painkillers from a friend or relative, with 40 percent paying nothing for the pills. 

Medications can contaminate our drinking water and should not be flushed down the toilet or put in the trash. Drug Take Back events and programs dispose of medications properly and safely through the DEA.  

The October 27th collection event is funded in part by Washington State Health Care Authority (WA-HCA), and organized thanks to many community partnerships including Clark County Public Health, Clark County Green Neighbors, Kaiser Permanente, PeaceHealth, Battle Ground Police Department, Vancouver Police Department, Washougal Police Department, La Center Police Department, Ridgefield Police Department, Washougal Silver Star Search and Rescue, Skyline Hospital, Klickitat County Courthouse, Bingen-White Salmon Police Department, Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, Goldendale Police Department, CPAKC, Walgreens, Connect Evergreen, La Center United, Prevent Coalition, Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance, Unite! Washougal Community Coalition, Connect Evergreen, West Van for Youth, One Prevention Alliance, KLASAC, Our Klickitat Coalition, and U.S. Dept. of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.  

In April 2018, six collection events in three SW WA counties collected more than 4,800 pounds of medications from nearly 1,500 participants. If you’re unable to attend this event, there are disposal options available year round at several collection sites across Clark, Skamania and Klickitat Counties. Controlled substances, such as painkillers and tranquilizers, can be taken to participating law enforcement agencies and participating pharmacies. Non-controlled substances, such as over-the-counter medications and sharps, can be taken to local participating transfer and recovery centers. Visit www.takebackyourmeds.org for more details on where to drop off your medications.  

All unwanted medications (controlled and non-controlled) will be accepted at the October 27th events. Only two Clark County event collection locations, Kaiser Cascade Park and PeaceHealth SW Urgent Care, will be accepting Sharps and syringes for disposal. For more information about the event, call Clark County Public Health at (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352, or contact the Prevent Coalition at eventcoalition@esd112.org" target="_blank">preventcoalition@esd112.org

 

Early Care and Education Job Fair Held in Vancouver in Mid-October - 09/27/18

Join a team that helps build a foundation of success for children in our community. Educational Service District (ESD) 112 and Support for Early Learning and Families (SELF) will hold an early care and education job fair on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 4-6 p.m., at ESD 112 in Vancouver.

 

Specific positions being recruited for include:

  • Center Directors
  • Lead Teachers and Assistant Teachers
  • Child Care Assistants
  • Family Support Specialists

 

Individuals selected for positions will work with infants, toddlers, preschool and school-age children at locations throughout Southwest Washington.

 

Computer stations will be set up at the job fair for interested parties to apply on-site. Background checks will be conducted as part of the hiring process.

 

Event Details:

Early Care and Education – Job Fair

Tuesday, October 16, 4-6 p.m.

ESD 112 Conference Center

2500 NE 65th Ave., Vancouver, WA

 

About Early Care and Education and the Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium (SWCCC)

In 1989, Clark County’s business, education and civic leaders joined Educational Service District 112 to take an extraordinary step: they launched the first of what has now become the largest community-run child care system in the United States. Today, this effort is recognized as one of the “best and brightest” examples of local, state and federal government programs addressing one of today’s toughest issues: child care. The Consortium operates 40 centers in Clark and Cowlitz Counties serving 2,200 children and 1,700 parents utilizing more than 300 employees.