Climate Lessons Update – November 2018

Letter to Climate Change Educators

We’re excited to announce that our 14th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education is open for registration! After 14 years of building a nationwide network of climate change educators, the time has come to take the Institute on the road. We couldn’t be more lucky to partner with Lowell School in Washington D.C. who has worked with us for the last two years to integrate climate change across the full year of their humanities curriculum. The causes, impacts, and solutions to climate change lie in both human and scientific dimensions and because climate change is inherently interdisciplinary, it is an essential component of a comprehensive education that includes the humanities.

To build towards our Institute, we are releasing new content in the coming months that highlight the humanities, which includes reading, writing, social studies, geography, political science, history, economics, English, and the arts. Read more about teaching humanities-based climate change education in our Humanities Position Statement. This month we are pleased to share our Climate Fiction and Non-Fiction Reading Guide created to help educators bring climate change into their English/Language Arts classes, book clubs, science classes, and beyond in a meaningful way.

In closing, we hope you all head to the polls as a #ClimateVoter. As an educator you understand climate change, but more importantly, you sit in classrooms with the next generation that will inherit the damage being done to our environment. We need you to bring your voice to the discussion and make sure voters cast their ballot for climate action, climate change education in the classroom, and a better future for your students. Find your polling place here and information on climate friendly candidates here.

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Jenna Totz
Climate Change Education Manager
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New Humanities Resources

We are excited to announce the launch of our new humanities-based resources! You can now download—for free—Climate Fiction and Other Important Readings to Support Climate Change Education. This document is a reading guide for educators to bring climate change literature to their students of all ages. Click here to download this resource and see the other humanities resources being released this month and next.

#TeachClimate Network

Join the #TeachClimate Network to share challenges and successes of implementing climate change education, discuss climate change fiction (cli-fi) books, and talk to other educators from around the country. We meet monthly online via Zoom. Join us on Monday, November 19th at 7:00pm CST when we discuss We Rise: The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. This network, along with our Summer Institute, is supported by Avangrid Foundation.


Minnesota Educators: Provide Feedback for the First Draft of 2019 Science Standards

Your feedback is requested for the First Draft of the 2019 Minnesota Science Standards! The Standards Review Committee will publish the First Draft on November 8th and the feedback period will be Nov. 9 – 26th.  The draft and link for a feedback survey will be provided on the MDE Science page. You can complete the survey as an individual or as a group. There are also MN Dept. Of Education Town Hall meetings coming up this month. These meetings will include general discussion about the draft.

Want to Share Your Story with NBC?

NBC News has contacted us and is interested in stories you have to share about obstacles or opposition to teaching climate change. These could be your own personal experiences or experiences of your school or district. Please email if you have a story to tell.

Student Writing Award

The One Earth Award provides four students whose creative works encourage the awareness of, and meaningful responses to, pressing issues of human-caused climate change with $1,000 scholarships. To learn more or apply for the One Earth Award, check out the Scholastic website.

What We’re Reading

We Rise: The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet to prepare for our #TeachClimate Network meeting on Nov. 19th at 7:00 pm CST.

Stories from the Field

The End We Start From blog by Betsy Wilkening, #TeachClimate Network Educator

Be Bold: Lessons from Drawdown Learn by Jenna Totz, Climate Change Education Manager

Moment of Inspiration

A 16-year-old indigenous change agent, environmental activist, public speaker, eco hip-hop artist, and the Youth Director of Earth Guardians– Xiuhtezcatl (Pronounced “Shu-tez-caat”) is a powerful voice on the front lines of the youth-led climate movement. Use this video to inspire your students or to motivate yourself to read Xiuhtezcatl’s book, We Rise, and join our #TeachClimate Network call on November 19th.





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