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 Supporting Teachers with Real-World Science for Students

​A San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) science curriculum expert is helping teachers connect science topics to classroom experiences that stick with students.  

Environmental Literacy Coordinator Crystal Howe wrote an article that was recently published in the California Association of Science Educators journal collaboration with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Her article, Lesson Series Companion to How We Know Human CO2 Emissions Are Causing Climate Change, highlights data about the role humans play in climate change in high school chemistry courses. 

“Bringing current science into the classroom is one of the best parts of my work,” Howe said. “Climate change is no longer a concern for the future, it is here and our students are asking for support from their teachers to learn and take action on climate issues.” 

The journal is intended to support classroom teachers and other science educators so they can better meet the California Next Generation Science Standards.  

“Teachers need current, accurate science about our climate and they need tools to teach a topic that is considered controversial in some areas,” Howe explained.  

SDCOE’s science team works closely with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists on projects that focus on bringing real-world science to classrooms in San Diego County. The suite of environmental phenomena resources on the SDCOE Science Resource Center website is an example of that partnership.  

“Being included in this journal highlights our organization’s focus on educational equity and social justice through the lens of science and environmental literacy,” said SDCOE Curriculum and Instruction Senior Director Dr. Shannon Baker. “We want all students to have access to high-quality instruction inside and outside of the classroom, as well as feel prepared for their future.”