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Teachers back new MN climate education standards, but topic’s still hot

Kay Nowell is a veteran science teacher in the St. Michael-Albertville public schools. Still, she feels the need to tread lightly when the topic of climate change comes up in her classroom.

Despite the facts, teaching climate change can bring a political backlash from parents and others who doubt the science.

“That’s always in the back of my mind,” she said, “because I want to teach kids, but I don’t want to push that envelope where I’m going to get a parent phone call.”

Minnesota proposes teaching climate change as human-caused

By Cody Nelson November 21, 2018 Minnesota’s draft science education standards include language that would require state students be taught that climate change is a human-caused phenomenon — the first time in Minnesota such guidelines would finger human activity as the driver behind global warming. If approved, the standards would take effect next school year. The department […]

Minnesota schools could soon start teaching climate change as human-caused

By Adam Uren November 23, 2018 It’s part of the draft science education standards proposed by the state. Minnesota school curriculum could soon include science modules that teach climate change as a human-induced phenomenon. The proposed change has been submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education as part of the draft science education standards that is […]

Place-based Climate Education in Action

By Megan Van Loh Vol. 21 No. 3 Autumn 2018 “Getting students outside is an essential component of climate change education. We know that when students get outside they develop a sense of place, experience health benefits, connect with relevant learning experiences and focus more in school, which all lead to better overall performance.” When […]

Climate change 101: Boylen talks causes, impacts, solutions at presentation

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times August 7, 2018 Earlier this summer, Scott Boylen joined over 50 educators from around the country at the 13th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education at St. John’s University, in Minnesota. The institute was held by the non-profit Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, which empowers individuals and […]

Back to Nature in Spicer MN

By Monica March 23, 2018 On Wednesday, March 21st, 2018, 17 students and their coaches from New London Spicer High School, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City High School, and DREAM Technical Academy YES! teams came together to learn about what a prairie is, why they are beneficial to the environment, how prairies and climate change connect, and different […]

Thousands gather at the Capitol to support science

Dylan Wohlenhaus , KARE April 22, 2017 ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Earth Day, an estimated 10,000 people gathered outside of the Capitol building in St. Paul in support of science. “It’s really cool,” said 6th-grader Rachel Poppleton. “It makes you feel like you are not alone. Other people like science, too. We’re doing something. We’re not […]

NOAA establishes new panel to guide sustained National Climate Assessment

NOAA today announced the appointment of 15 members to the new Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. The committee will advise NOAA on sustained climate assessment activities and products, including engagement of stakeholders. NOAA will ensure the committee’s advice is provided to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) for […]

Duluth event to share climate change stories

By News Tribune An event to be held in Duluth tonight will aim to “explore place-based impacts, stories and solutions around one of the most defining issues of our time — climate change.” Duluth Climate Stories, a gathering organized by Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at Teatro Zuccone, […]

Climate convening comes to Albany

By Liz Vos, The Albany Enterprise Albany High School E-Club and YES! team member Anna Haynes took the stage last Tuesday night to tell the audience before her why she is a fortunate person. Haynes explained that having Minnesota as her birthplace “Minnesota is a state with amazing access to Lake Superior, the largest freshwater […]