Educational Resources

Arctic Science

#60Above60 Campaign

This international outreach campaign is a pilot project created by the Arctic PIRE team, and aims to interconnect students from classrooms in Washington DC, Alaska, Norway, Finland, Canada, Finland, and other Arctic regions. These students will use 60-second selfie videos to communicate with their peers about local issues in sustainability and urban life. Please follow the link above for more details.

ARCUS Polar Education List

The Polar Education list, with over 1,200 subscribers, provides a venue for educators, researchers, and learners to exchange information about polar education opportunities, challenges, methods, resources, important events, and other useful topics.

TeacherVision – Arctic and Polar Regions Resources

This site hosts a variety of Arctic and Polar Region worksheets, mini-lessons, and digital books. Though some content requires a subscription there are also many resources available for free.


This program holds mini-science fairs for middle school students and has some good lesson plans for polar science. Polar-ICE connects Polar scientists with broader audiences to further the impact of their research, while connecting educators and students with data and cutting edge science. Their work focuses on sharing the story of how polar science is done by highlighting the science skills and practices, exploring science data, and making meaning from scientific information.

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The Polar Hub

In addition to having a wonderful website as a resource, The Polar Hub’s partners are developing a suite of novel educational activities and products to engage adult learners and inform public understanding of and response to climate change. These include multiplayer card-games, board games, storytelling games, and many other novel educational resources.

Woods Hole Research Center

Woods Hole Research Center is an independent research institute where scientists investigate the causes and effects of climate change to identify and implement opportunities for conservation, restoration and economic development around the world. WHRC scientists conduct research from the Siberian permafrost to the Amazon rainforest. For three consecutive years, WHRC has been named the top climate change think tank in the world by the International Center for Climate Governance.


EDU-ARCTIC is an EU-funded project focused on using Arctic research as a vehicle to strengthen science education curricula all across Europe. It aims to encourage students aged 13 to 20 to pursue further education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), setting them on a path to perhaps one day work in one of these sectors. The EDU-ARCTIC project uses a mix of different tools to bring a fresh approach to teaching STEM subjects, including online webinar lessons with polar scientists (during which students enter a virtual classroom that allows them to experience polar science firsthand), a “citizen science” environmental monitoring program, teacher trainings and workshops, an online “Polarpedia” portal with loads of useful information, and a chance for students to win a trip to an Arctic research station!

Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Consortium for Ocean Leadership is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that represents more than 100 of the leading public and private ocean research and education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy. The organization also manages ocean research and education programs in areas of scientific ocean drilling, ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships.

Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere.


Global Learning

DC Public Schools Global Education

Providing the resources, expertise and opportunities necessary to ensure that every DCPS graduate is an inquisitive, informed and active world citizen, prepared for success in college, career and life in an increasingly diverse international community.

Washington International School Summer Institute for Teachers (WISSIT)

WISSIT offers annual one-week sessions for professional development over the summer. Join educators from all over the Washington, DC, area and learn alongside renowned researchers and experienced practitioners.

Project Zero

Project Zero was founded by the philosopher Nelson Goodman at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1967 to study and improve education in the arts. Project Zero’s work takes place nationally and internationally, in a variety of settings; while much of the research occurs in schools, an increasing amount is focused on businesses, cultural organizations such as museums, and online. In addition, Project Zero offers symposiums and workshops.


Experiential & Environmental Education

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.

City as our Classroom (DC Public Schools)

A group of 30 District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) teachers, parents and central office staff launched a taskforce to create “The City As Our Classroom” curriculum to support student learning. The task force reviewed the K-12 literacy, math, science, and social studies curriculum and developed a series of appropriate, meaningful experiential learning opportunities that correspond to the DCPS units of study and align with the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and DC social studies standards.

Learning Life

Learning Life is a nonprofit educational project devoted to spreading learning in everyday life.  We pursue this mission through our Citizen Diplomacy Initiative that nurtures dialogue and collaboration between families in different nations, and by printing information of public value on everyday surfaces, like napkins and coasters as well as online.



Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership of 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.

National Institute for STEM Education (NISE)

The National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) certifies teachers, campuses, and districts in STEM teaching using a competency-based, academic coach-led online learning platform in which educators produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates proficiency across 15 STEM teacher actions.

Discovery Education (DC Public School Science Curriculum)

Discovery Education’s main goal is to positively impact teaching and learning. Their staff of experts includes a Curriculum Development team whose primary mission is to safeguard the continued educational relevance and high quality of the content in Discovery Education products and services.

DC STEM Network and Tools

Browse DC’s STEM resources by grade band, audience, subject area, and resource type! Their resource database is updated regularly, so check back often.

ScienceNet Links

Science NetLinks is a premier K-12 science education resource produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At Science NetLinks, you’ll find teaching tools, interactives, podcasts, and hands-on activities, and all of it is free!

TedEX – Teaching and Learning

A new curated digital collection of videos and learning resources for teachers everywhere

DC Public School Cornerstones (Login Required)