Prepare your students to be global citizens. Connect the dots between climate change and economic, social, and political dimensions. Use literature and language as a bridge to understand the complexities of climate change.

Content will be focused on grades 6-12 teachers in social studies (history, geography, civics, economics) and ELA subjects.


  • Participants will receive a free copy of our new humanities resources––including book guides and curriculum to support climate fiction novels (supported by C3 Social Studies Standards and ELA Common Core)
  • Participate in the World Climate Simulation–a role-playing exercise of the UN climate change negotiations
  • Join the day-long field trip around Washington D.C. featuring sites in their climate action plan showing local solutions
  • Dive into Drawdown–100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming–and hear from Senior Fellow, Mamta Mehra, on her research and contribution to this resource
  • Test your wits at climate change trivia night at a local brewery


Mamta Mehra, PhD is the senior fellow at Project Drawdown, and has more than nine years of professional experience working on climate adaptation and mitigation related to agriculture and land use

John Cook, Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University and founder of the website, Skeptical Science


Date: August 5-7, 2019
Location: Lowell School, Washington, D.C.
Registration: $150


20 hours of Continuing Education
2 Graduate Credits (optional)

Scholarships Available: Apply now
We are committed to making the Summer Institute inclusive and accessible to all teachers. Priority is given to people of color, teachers in underserved districts, and those who teach social studies and ELA.

Co-hosted by the Lowell School, with support from the NOAA Climate Office

Curious about past Summer Institutes? Check out last year’s recap page here.