This event is hosted in partnership with NOAA’s Climate Program
Join us for a three-day conference on climate change education built by educators and climate change professionals from across North America! Gain the skills, tools, and resources to teach climate change in all subject areas.
“Finding our Collective Strength”
This energizing experience will connect you to an engaged and authentic community seeking to build collective strength to inspire hope and action in our communities.
What do I get from the Summer Institute?
Dive into resources and curricula to bring climate change concepts into all subject areas and educational settings. Leave with new tools and strategies for approaching climate change with students.
Explore equitable solutions to climate change, connect with climate leaders in your region, explore the intersections between climate justice and social justice, and learn how to engage your students in climate action in your community.
Be inspired by experienced climate change educators and reimagine your classroom as a space for place-based learning and culturally responsive teaching that connects your students’ home and school lives using real-world contexts.
The Summer Institute for Climate Change Education is structured to allow time for learning and networking. During the first two virtual days hosted by Climate Generation, educators can select from concurrent workshops.
During the third day, educators will attend a cohort workshop facilitated and hosted by a regional cohort leader to focus on place-based climate change education and the need for ongoing support throughout the year. Cohort days may be in-person or online, depending on educator and cohort leader needs in that region. Each group of 20-50 educators will explore local impacts, actionable solutions, connections to local experts, and planning and networking. More details about dates and locations for each cohort group are listed on the registration page.
Intermittent breaks and a short lunch break will be provided throughout the Institute. However, we expect attendees to monitor their own schedules and to take breaks, eat, and attend to family matters whenever necessary.
The Summer Institute planning team is hosting collaborative conversations with 13 regional cohorts to develop the framework, themes, and workshops of the Institute. Central to the goals of the Summer Institute are providing educators with workshops that center climate change solutions, interdisciplinary education, intergenerational exchange and justice-centered lessons and actions in every workshop.
These cohort leaders will lead the final day of the institute, occurring on either July 20th, 21st, or 22nd, focusing on localized climate change impacts and solutions. The specific ‘cohort day’ date depends on what works best for the leading organizations — details are in the registration form.
Institute Themes and Concepts
Climate Change Observations and Data
Dive into how we study and understand climate change, including learning about the ways Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Western Science support one another, practicing NGSS skills like identifying indicator data and methods of observation, and infusing phenomena-based teaching and learning into the classroom.
Climate Change Communication
There are many ways to communicate about climate change solutions and climate science: through personal storytelling, the arts, and one-to-one conversations. Hear from educators and communication professionals on how to frame climate to create an empowered community in your classroom and beyond.
Equity and Justice
A look into the intersections between social justice and climate change, including environmental justice, energy sovereignty, and anti-racism. Educators will receive suggestions for making education more equitable and inclusive for all learners and framing climate change lessons with a justice lens.
Power of Education
Education is a climate solution! Interdisciplinary climate change education is key to developing students’ climate literacy and socioemotional skills, encouraging critical thinking, and supporting youth’s power to act on solutions. Celebrate the many ways educators contribute to climate change solutions and learn how to engage deeper in these many roles.
Overcoming Barriers to Teaching
Discuss the barriers to climate change education, including misinformation, lack of media literacy, lack of administrative or community support, racism, climate grief and anxiety, and the pandemic, and hear from those who have overcome these barriers.
To get an idea of the overall structure of the event, check out the 2021 Summer Institute agenda.
Technology Details and Needs
In order to participate fully in the virtual experience, we require each participant to have a computer with access to the internet, microphone, and camera. You will need to access Zoom as the video conferencing platform. Pre-Institute tutorials and training on how to use the virtual platforms will be available.
Live closed captioning will be provided. Video recordings of all sessions, pending presenter and participant approval, will be provided after the Institute.
More information about technology details for in-person work will be provided by cohort leaders if applicable.
Date: July 18 & 19, 2022, plus one day on July 20th, 21st, or 22nd
Times: 10am CT to 6pm CT on July 18 & 19, times T.B.D. for cohort days
Location: Virtual with possibility of one in-person day
More detail about the dates and locations of regional cohort schedules are on the registration page.
- 20 Hours of Continuing Education
- Membership to Climate Generation’s Teach Climate Network; includes ongoing support throughout the year through teaching tips, resources, training, and online community networking with educators
- Access to the Teach Climate Network Hub, an online platform for members to connect and learn
- Monthly Teach Climate Tips in your inbox
- Resources and curriculum to help you teach climate
We are committed to making this training inclusive and accessible to all teachers. Climate Generation offers full scholarships for a number of attending educators. Scholarship priority is given to People of Color and teachers in underserved districts. See details on how to be considered for the scholarship on the registration page.
Graduate Credit Optional
This event is offered in partnership with Hamline University. It can be taken as a stand alone course or as a part of their new Climate Literacy Certificate. Course description and requirements are listed in detail here. Graduate credit fees are in addition to Institute registration fees. Educators must register for Hamline credit on their own by submitting this form to Hamline University directly. Alternatively, educators can submit this Google form electronically.
Climate Generation is a proud recipient of the National Council of Science Educators’ 2021 Friend of the Planet Award