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Climate Change Education Gains New Advocate

The big news in the world of climate change education this week has been the National Center for Science Education’s new climate change education initiative.  “Long respected for its work in defending and supporting the teaching of evolution in the public schools…NCSE launched this new initiative to defend and support the teaching of climate change.” […]

What Does Extreme Weather Mean for Climate Change Educators?

Over the last month it has been hard to miss the news reports, blogs and editorial commentary on the extreme weather events that have been sweeping the country.  Tornadoes, flooding, and above normal temperatures have caught the media and the nation’s attention and looking for answers, inevitably the question has risen, “is THIS climate change?”, […]

Concepts in climate education

Every fall I teach an online course for graduate students in education at Hamline University called Communicating Climate Change in the Classroom.  The goal is that in four short weeks students will walk away with the knowledge, skills and comfort to teach climate change in their classroom.  This time constraint, as well as the need […]

Climate Change and Migration

As those of us in Northern regions bid farewell to migratory species for the winter, and those of you in Southern regions are welcoming our summer wildlife, the topic of migration seemed like pertinent topic to write on today.  Climate change is clearly impacting migratory species.  Robins are being seen in the Arctic regions, and […]

“Translating” Scientific Articles To Your Students

Finding ways to make scientific research accessible  to the non scientist is important, if not essential, especially on topics related to environmental issues. I thought I’d take today to review one of my favorite educational tools that makes science accessible to middle schoolers, The Natural Inquirer. The Natural Inquirer is a middle school science education […]

Fill Your Notebooks!

During Dr. Naomi Oreskes’s public forum a few weeks ago, she spoke about how she answers the question, “What can I do to help fight climate change? Should I buy a new hybrid car?” Dr. Oreskes said that she instantly responds that the best car is the car you already have. The amount of waste […]

Back To School Blog

Climate Lessons Blog is back online after a successfully busy month of August planning, implementing and decompressing from our Fifth Annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education. To experience the Institute virtually you can visit the Summer Institute 2010 page which is still be updated with lots of videos of the Institute and interview with […]

Summer Institute 2010 – Goes Back to Basics

Summer Institute 2010 Recap Our 2010 Summer Institute for Climate Change Education marked our fifth year of offering in-person professional development workshops for educators. This year we took time to “Go Back to the Basics.” This year’s Institute featured keynote speakers, Dr. Naomi Oreskes, climate historian and author of Merchants of Doubt; University of Minnesota […]

Five Reasons Why…

Throughout the last few months we have been busy planning for our Fifth Annual Institute for Climate Change Education on August 12 from 8:30-4:30(CST) at the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus.  Here are five reasons why we think you should join us, whether in person or virtually via webinar! 1. Our keynote speaker is […]