Climate Lessons Update – January 2016

Letter to Climate Change Educators

Warmer temperatures in the midwest, wetter conditions across much the south and west, and drier conditions in Hawaii and much of Alaska. These are the conditions we can expect this winter and into 2016. A strong El Niño event is taking shape and this winter will not be what most of us expect, especially here in the midwest. Read more about the El Niño phenomenon and how it will impact the US and the world in our latest blog.

SI2013Here at Climate Generation we like to keep up to date with the latest weather and climate news from around the world. As well as the most current in educational standards and climate literacy. We bring all of that together at our annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education. This year will mark our 11th annual Summer Institute and we are so excited to bring you another fabulous opportunity to come together to learn about climate change.

SI 2016 will be held at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Included in your registration are four days of speakers, hands-on activities, food, and supplies, including a copy of our new curriculum, Next Generation Climate for grades 6-8. Click here to read more about the Summer Institute or to register.

Kristen Poppleton & Jenna Totz

Education Program

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Generation Happenings

COP21 Education Ambassador Blogs

COP group1Our Education Ambassadors are back from Paris! Check out their blogs from Paris, view the archived webcasts, and use their insights from the COP21 climate talks in your classroom, along with our Citizen Climate curriculum.  Some of the Ambassadors will be attending and presenting at our Summer Institute in June. Sign up now for SI 2016 so you can hear them share their experiences and ask them questions!

Next Generation Climate

nextgenclimatelogoHas your state, district, or school adopted NGSS? Are you looking for new resources that help you introduce climate change in your classroom? Our new curriculum, Next Generation Climate, uses the Next Generation Science Standards as a framework and is also aligned to the Climate and Energy Literacy principles. We are so excited for you to use Next Generation Climate and let us know what you think! Next Generation Climate and our other curricula are available to download for free on our website. You can also purchase a hard copy for yourself or a set for your district. Stay tuned for an webcast overview introduction to the curriculum coming in February!

Resources

Looking Back at Past Summer Institutes: Our 2010 Public Forum with Dr. Naomi Oreskes

naomioreskesIn 2010, Dr. Naomi Oreskes, renowned climate historian and author of Merchants of Doubt, also a recent film, joined us for a reception and public forum where she spoke to over 250 people about the tactics used by corporations to confuse and misinform the public of the validity of climate science. She also captured the attention of educators at our 5th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, who were most interested in understanding climate change basics and tools to address the topic in the classroom.

A Song of Our Warming Planet

song warming climateOne great thing about the Summer Institute is that it’s not just for science teachers. We have had social studies teachers, language arts, and teachers of art. In 2014, cellist and University of Minnesota undergrad student, Daniel Crawford performed his piece that connected musical notes with the rising temperatures. Check out this incredible video of the merging of climate change and music.

Summer Institute 2012 Keynote: John Abraham

john abrahamIn 2012, and again in 2014, we were very lucky to have Dr. John Abraham deliver the Keynote address at our Summer Institute. He explains the science of climate change in an engaging way that will help both youth and adults understand what is going on and what they can do.

What We’re Reading

Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America

“The solutions Otto suggests require a great deal of dedication and optimism. Nonetheless, the problems he identifies are quite real. Fool Me Twice offers a compelling consideration of the United States’ political estrangement from science [including climate change].” -Science Magazine

Stories from the Field

After COP 21 our Director of Education took some time to think about what happens next. Read more on that in her blog.

Moments of Inspiration

At the end of COP 21 the 10 Climate Generation Education Ambassadors took some time to reflect on what this experience had meant to them and their students. Watch them all reflect in this playlist.

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