Climate Lessons Update – September 2017

Letter to Climate Change Educators

Here we go! Another school year is underway and we are thrilled to help you #TeachClimate with your students this year. We are so excited to tell you about all we have to offer. Check out our professional development opportunities; including single-day workshops, multi-day trainings, and a new virtual educator network!

We also have free resources for your classroom. Our curricula suite features lessons to teach the greenhouse effect, complete an energy audit in your school, and help your students journal about phenology in your schoolyard.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions about opportunities and implementing climate change lessons with your students. We are here to help!

Kristen Poppleton & Jenna Totz
Education Program
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Climate Generation Happenings

#TeachClimate Network and Bookclub

Do you want to virtually network with peers interested in climate change education? Do you want to read more climate change books, but need some motivation? Well, here it is! We are starting a monthly online network and book club! Join us to either discuss the chosen book or talk informally about teaching climate change. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 20th at 7:00pm CDT. We will have time to meet each other and have a discussion about extreme weather, hurricanes and how you might teach about it in your classroom. Bring your own ideas or examples and check out this great rundown from Climate Central. Sign up and learn more here. We will discuss book ideas and have time for informal discussion.

Professional Development Opportunities

Attend our one-day Climate Change and the Mississippi River Workshop with the National Parks Service, Mississippi Park Connection, Fort Snelling State Park, and Climate Generation. Join us on December 9 at Fort Snelling State Park, St. Paul, MN.

Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing science, critical thinking, and problem solving about climate change into the classroom! Sign up now for our Institute for Climate Change Education: June 26–28, St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN.

Follow our Window Into COP23 delegation

We are excited to support a multi-sector delegation of Minnesota leaders to COP23. These Minnesotans represent education, law, philanthropy, youth, elected officials, and indigenous communities. Through regular blogs and webinars these leaders will reflect on key questions for their sector. As a member of the U.S. Climate Alliance, Minnesota is now a player on the international stage and we invite you to follow our delegation as they share their perspectives and expertise from Bonn, Germany November 6–17, 2017. You will receive regular updates that include blogs and a schedule of web events to hear from our delegates live from Bonn. Sign up to receive updates from our Window Into COP23 delegation.

Free registration for NSTA Conference in Milwaukee!

Climate Generation will be exhibiting at the regional NSTA Conference in Milwaukee, WI this fall. With our registration we will receive extra entries to the conference that will take place November 9–11. Would you like to attend for free? Help us exhibit a minimum of 7 hours and receive a conference registration. Please email jenna@climategen.org if you are interested in attending for free.

Resources

Climate Generation Curricula Suite

Did you know we have free climate change resources for educators? Click here to see our curricula suite, featuring curriculum that support the Next Generation Science Standards, engage students in energy education, and gets them ready for COP23.

Climate Generation Co-Mentorship Toolkit

Climate Generation’s Co-Mentorship Toolkit provides a set of guided activities to support self-reflection and strategic conversation, in a context where both participants are valued as teachers and learners.

What We’re Reading

The Strange Future Hurricane Harvey Portends

Stories from the Field

This summer, we partnered with the Minnesota Department of Commerce State Energy Office to offer an internship program. Here are reflective blogs from two interns: Marisa and Olivia.

Moment of Inspiration

Don’t forget Climate Generation has an entire library of videos to use for your own professional development and in your classrooms.

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