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Welcome to the Summer Institute for Climate Change Education! Hosted in partnership with NOAA’s Climate Office and The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program. 

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Tuesday, July 27
 

6:00pm CDT

Reception for Leaders of Color
The Leaders of Color Reception is a Pre-Institute virtual gathering intended to welcome and create space for formal and non-formal educators of color who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) to meet each other and build community. Attendees will have opportunities to share, listen and learn from one another’s experiences in small groups, strengthen connections and talk about ways that bring joy and healing.

Attendees who self-identified as Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) on their Summer Institute for Climate Change Education registration will receive a personal invite for the Leaders of Color Reception from Jothsna Harris (jothsna@climategen.org) - If you do not receive a personal invite by Monday, July 19th, feel free to contact Seth Spencer (seth@climategen.org).


Dominique Diaddigo-Cash will be the lead facilitator for this event.

Speakers
avatar for Dominique Diaddigo-Cash

Dominique Diaddigo-Cash

Dominique is a community organizer and restorative justice practitioner based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.
avatar for Jothsna Harris (she/her)

Jothsna Harris (she/her)

Director of Community Engagement, Climate Generation
Jothsna leads Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy’s Community Engagement program. Jothsna is skilled at building community resilience and capacity through fostering multi-stakeholder alliances and connects people together through the power of storytelling. Jothsna’s work... Read More →


Tuesday July 27, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Willow
 
Wednesday, July 28
 

9:00am CDT

Welcome and Keynote
Welcome & Opening Statements (30 minutes)
Welcome to the kick-off to the Summer Institute for Climate Change Education! In this energizing opening, meet the organizations and people behind the Summer Institute, learn about the Institute’s community and see a map of all participants, and get excited for 3 days of climate change education.
For the last 16 years, Climate Generation has been hosting the annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, recognizing the critical role educators play as messengers of climate literacy, and that climate change education is part of the solution. Similarly, The Wild Center has been hosting Youth Climate Summits, recognizing that youth are among our most powerful advocates. Additionally, the NOAA Climate Program Office has been leading climate literacy efforts for the nation for the last decade and a half.
Meet our partner organizations before the Institute by watching these videos: Climate Generation, The Wild Center's Youth Climate Program & NOAA.
We are also joined this year by 13 regional cohort leaders from across North America. Meet. Get to know them by reading this blog.

Keynote Presentation: Raven Baxter (45 minutes)
Title: Finding Your Voice in Advocacy for Self and for Planet
Educators play a key role in demonstrating self-advocacy as well as advocacy for the future of our planet. Dr. Raven Baxter speaks on her experiences in finding her way in STEM and learning how to use her voice to impact change and raise awareness around issues impacting the STEM community and beyond. Dr. Baxter shares potential practices for educators to engage in that may help students develop unique and strong voices.

Intention Setting for the Summer Institute (30 minutes)
Join us for a brief introduction to Climate Change Education and how the Summer Institute is designed to meet your goals as an educator. Hear more details on the many opportunities available to you within the Summer Institute and how you can get the most out of your experience.


Speakers
avatar for Raven Baxter (she/her)

Raven Baxter (she/her)

STEM Educator, Founder and Owner of STEMbassy, Black in Science Communication and Smarty Pants
Dr. Raven Baxter, also known as Dr. Raven the Science Maven, is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed science educator and molecular biologist creating science spaces that are inclusive, educational, and real. She is known for her unique musical teaching practices, com... Read More →
avatar for Frank Niepold (he/him)

Frank Niepold (he/him)

Climate Education Coordinator, NOAA’s Climate Program
Frank Niepold is the Climate Education Coordinator at NOAA’s Climate Program Office in Silver Spring Maryland, Climate.gov Education section lead, co-chair for the CLEAN Network, the U.S. Climate Action Report Education, Training, and Outreach chapter lead for the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Education and Youth delegate for the United States at the 2015 Conference of Parties (COP... Read More →
avatar for Jen Kretser

Jen Kretser

Director of Climate Initiatives, Wild Center
Jen Kretser is the Director of Climate Initiatves at The Wild Center and has been with the museum for 13 years working in education, program and exhibition development, and strategic initiatives include leading the Adirondack Youth Climate Program. Jen previously served as Director... Read More →
avatar for Lindsey Kirkland (she/her)

Lindsey Kirkland (she/her)

Climate Change Education Manager, Climate Generation
Lindsey supports on-going climate change education programs for K-12 educators and public audiences. As the education manager, she also develops a vision for and provides strategic coordination for programs focusing primarily on professional development for teachers and informal educators... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 9:00am - 10:55am CDT
Crowdcast https://www.crowdcast.io/e/SICCE2021-opening

11:00am CDT

Participant Mixer
Developing a sense of community and belonging is invaluable to our work at the Summer Institute, and we love to network with our peers and colleagues from across North America!
Join us for a fun, high energy networking experience and get to know your fellow climate change education leaders. All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for a room. Please attend the room that you are assigned.

Wednesday July 28, 2021 11:00am - 11:45am CDT
Spruce

11:00am CDT

Participant Mixer
Developing a sense of community and belonging is invaluable to our work at the Summer Institute, and we love to network with our peers and colleagues from across North America!
Join us for a fun, high energy networking experience and get to know your fellow climate change education leaders. All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for a room. Please attend the room that you are assigned.

Wednesday July 28, 2021 11:00am - 11:45am CDT
Sequoia

11:00am CDT

Participant Mixer
Developing a sense of community and belonging is invaluable to our work at the Summer Institute, and we love to network with our peers and colleagues from across North America!
Join us for a fun, high energy networking experience and get to know your fellow climate change education leaders. All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for a room. Please attend the room that you are assigned.

Wednesday July 28, 2021 11:00am - 11:45am CDT
Oak

11:00am CDT

Participant Mixer
Developing a sense of community and belonging is invaluable to our work at the Summer Institute, and we love to network with our peers and colleagues from across North America!
Join us for a fun, high energy networking experience and get to know your fellow climate change education leaders. All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for a room. Please attend the room that you are assigned.

Wednesday July 28, 2021 11:00am - 11:45am CDT
Maple

11:00am CDT

Participant Mixer
Developing a sense of community and belonging is invaluable to our work at the Summer Institute, and we love to network with our peers and colleagues from across North America!
Join us for a fun, high energy networking experience and get to know your fellow climate change education leaders. All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for a room. Please attend the room that you are assigned.

Wednesday July 28, 2021 11:00am - 11:45am CDT
Sycamore

11:00am CDT

Participant Mixer
Developing a sense of community and belonging is invaluable to our work at the Summer Institute, and we love to network with our peers and colleagues from across North America!
Join us for a fun, high energy networking experience and get to know your fellow climate change education leaders. All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for a room. Please attend the room that you are assigned.

Wednesday July 28, 2021 11:00am - 11:45am CDT
Fir

11:00am CDT

Participant Mixer
Developing a sense of community and belonging is invaluable to our work at the Summer Institute, and we love to network with our peers and colleagues from across North America!
Join us for a fun, high energy networking experience and get to know your fellow climate change education leaders. All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for a room. Please attend the room that you are assigned.

Wednesday July 28, 2021 11:00am - 11:45am CDT
Acacia

11:00am CDT

Participant Mixer
Developing a sense of community and belonging is invaluable to our work at the Summer Institute, and we love to network with our peers and colleagues from across North America!
Join us for a fun, high energy networking experience and get to know your fellow climate change education leaders. All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for a room. Please attend the room that you are assigned.

Wednesday July 28, 2021 11:00am - 11:45am CDT
Alder

11:00am CDT

Participant Mixer
Developing a sense of community and belonging is invaluable to our work at the Summer Institute, and we love to network with our peers and colleagues from across North America!
Join us for a fun, high energy networking experience and get to know your fellow climate change education leaders. All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for a room. Please attend the room that you are assigned.

Wednesday July 28, 2021 11:00am - 11:45am CDT
Hemlock

11:00am CDT

Participant Mixer
Developing a sense of community and belonging is invaluable to our work at the Summer Institute, and we love to network with our peers and colleagues from across North America!
Join us for a fun, high energy networking experience and get to know your fellow climate change education leaders. All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for a room. Please attend the room that you are assigned.

Wednesday July 28, 2021 11:00am - 11:45am CDT
Wattle

12:00pm CDT

Global Climate Change Education: A United Nations Perspective
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Participants will gain insight on how climate change education is discussed and being addressed globally with a focus on the upcoming COP26 (United Nations Climate Change Negotiations) in Glasgow, the UN’s Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE), and the Sustainable Development Goals(SDG). Climate Generation will be supporting a delegation to COP26 and will share resources to follow the delegation and bring it into your classroom.

Information on Climate Generation's delegation can found at www.climategen.org/cop26, ACE https://unfccc.int/topics/education-youth/the-big-picture/what-is-action-for-climate-empowerment, and SDGs https://sdgs.un.org/goals.

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Poppleton

Kristen Poppleton

Senior Director of Programs, Climate Generation
Kristen develops a vision for and provides strategic coordination, oversight and support for all Climate Generation programs focusing on youth, policy, educator and influentials engagement. She served on the recently disbanded Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CDT
Spruce

12:00pm CDT

Affinity Space for Leaders of Color
This session is intended to create space and opportunity for teachers who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) to eat lunch together, share with and learn from one another’s experiences, strengthen relationships and identify strategies for supporting teachers of color more effectively.

More information coming soon.

Speakers
avatar for Jothsna Harris (she/her)

Jothsna Harris (she/her)

Director of Community Engagement, Climate Generation
Jothsna leads Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy’s Community Engagement program. Jothsna is skilled at building community resilience and capacity through fostering multi-stakeholder alliances and connects people together through the power of storytelling. Jothsna’s work... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CDT
Fir

12:00pm CDT

Climate Grief and Self-Care
The impacts from climate change are all around us. From catastrophic flooding and heatwaves to global pandemics, extreme events will continue to increase in both frequency and intensity. The ongoing news cycle’s around loss of biodiversity, catastrophic hazard events, racial injustice, and ongoing destruction of our planet can feel overwhelming and often hopeless. This session centers on recognition and understanding of individual and collective grief and identifies methods to facilitate positive perspective and impact at multiple levels. It will outline opportunities for both educators and students to integrate self-care while remaining effective agents of change.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Baja (she/her)

Kristin Baja (she/her)

Program Director of Climate Resilience, USDN
Baja is USDN’s Program Director for Climate Resilience. She is responsible for helping local governments identify strategic ways to advance equity-centered climate resilience and build their capacity to take proactive action. Baja supports members and partners in working at the... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CDT
Sycamore

12:00pm CDT

Open Discussion: Working and Living During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Do you feel a bit dazed after making it through the past school year? We are all right there with you, and we know it will take time to process and recover from the stress, grief, and chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic. This casual, conversation-based session will provide a confidential space for teachers to debrief this past year, reflect on our experiences, and begin to heal before diving into a new school year.

Feedback Survey
Please provide feedback to the presenter after the session using this form.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Griffin

Erin Griffin

Youth Climate Program Manager, The Wild Center
As the Youth Climate Program Manager at The Wild Center, Erin works to empower students to take climate action and supports Youth Climate Summits in locations around the country and the world. Erin also deisgns and implements youth leadership programming and teacher professional development... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CDT
Maple

12:00pm CDT

Somatic Movement: Manage Your Internal Ecosystem
As an educator you are an expert of our planet’s ecosystem, but are you an expert of your internal ecosystem? Each year, does your body feel stiffer? Do you have a growing sense of urgency? Would you like know how to manage this on your own? You can take care of YOU with somatic movement. Erin Girzone will teach you how to let go of habitual ways of moving and thinking so you can access more ease. With this new foundation of self-awareness you will not only improve how you move, but how you think and feel. Personally and professionally your capacity for stability, creativity and connection will expand.

Participants should have: a chair, comfortable and quiet place to lay down on the floor, a couple of pillows or blankets to support the body as needed.

Feedback Survey
Please provide feedback to the presenter after the session using this form.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Girzone (she/her)

Erin Girzone (she/her)

Founder of the Good Health is a Habit Wellness Studio, Certified Yoga Teacher & Personal Trainer, Essential Somatics® Movement Teacher in-training, Good Health is a Habit Wellness Studio


Wednesday July 28, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CDT
Oak

12:00pm CDT

Anti-racist Education for White Educators
Limited Capacity seats available


This session will be a space for white participants to share what we are grappling with in regards to anti-racism. All experience-levels welcome! All questions welcome! One reason for white folks to meet separately is to process questions & feelings we have about race & racism without putting a burden of teaching or emotional labor on our peers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). There is a simultaneous session for BIPOC leaders. In this discussion session, we will explore how white educators can support their BIPOC colleagues. 
Resource links


Speakers
avatar for Seth Spencer (he/him)

Seth Spencer (he/him)

Teach Climate Network Coordinator, Climate Generation
Seth joined Climate Generation in 2020 and coordinates the Teach Climate Network, helping the education program to create powerful professional development opportunities for educators across the country. He recently returned to his home state of Minnesota after five years in coastal... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Goodspeed

Sarah Goodspeed

Senior Youth & Policy Manager, Climate Generation
Sarah joined Climate Generation as Youth and Policy Manager in January 2018 to lead our policy campaigns, workforce development initiatives, and integrate our robust youth engagement across programs. She brings more than a decade of experience with environmental nonprofits and government... Read More →
avatar for Sabine Peterka (she/her)

Sabine Peterka (she/her)

Summer Institute Specialist, Climate Generation
Sabine joined Climate Generation this summer to support the Summer Institute. She graduated from Macalester College in May of 2021 with a major in Environmental Studies and minors in Geography and Music. She has experience in environmental education and agriculture and is especially... Read More →
avatar for Marie Fargo (she/her)

Marie Fargo (she/her)

Climate Change Instructional Resources Coordinator, Climate Generation
As Instructional Resources Coordinator, Marie provides formal and nonformal educators with tools and resources to help them incorporate equitable, interdisciplinary, and standards-based climate change content into their curricula. Marie has a B.S. in Natural Resources Management/Environmental... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CDT
Hemlock

1:00pm CDT

Telling Your Climate Story: Artful Expression
We need accurate facts about climate change to make good decisions, but we know that culture is what leads to behavior change. At this workshop learn some simple plans for expressing your climate story through visual art and creative writing. No art or writing experience necessary!

If able, bring a notebook and any art supplies (colored pencils, markers, paints) to this session.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Peters (she/her)

Sarah Peters (she/her)

Executive Director, Northern Lights.mn
Sarah Peters is a Twin Cities artist and arts administrator interested in engagement with the arts and critical issues of our time. She is the Executive Director of Northern Lights.mn, a non-profit that supports artists working in public space. Peters is also the Founder of the lake-based... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Maple

1:00pm CDT

Reaching Drawdown: Climate Solutions in Action
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

What comes to mind when you think of climate change and global warming? Outcomes like rising sea levels? Causes like the burning of fossil fuels? Or, do you think about the solutions that are available today to stop catastrophic climate change? Join us in exploring the most impactful climate solutions from the team at Project Drawdown, the world’s leading resource for climate solutions. Learn ways to integrate climate solutions into your curriculum and empower your students, school, and community to put solutions into action so that both people and the planet can thrive for generations to come.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Bagley (she/her)

Elizabeth Bagley (she/her)

Director of Drawdown Learn, Project Drawdown
As the Director of Drawdown Learn at Project Drawdown, the world’s leading resource for climate solutions, Elizabeth partners with youth, teachers, school districts, and community groups to put climate solutions into action. Before joining Project Drawdown, Elizabeth directed sustainability... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Spruce

1:00pm CDT

Reasoning about Climate-Based Phenomena with Data-Based Explorations
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will engage educators in an interactive discussion about investigating the phenomenon of global increase in average surface temperatures. The objective is an in-depth discussion about how to ask meaningful questions that guide all students in thinking critically about data, formulating questions, conducting inquiry, analyzing data and drawing conclusions about the Earth’s changing climate.

Speakers
avatar for Devarati Bhattacharya (she/her)

Devarati Bhattacharya (she/her)

Science Education Specialist, Central Washington University, Ellensburg
Devarati Bhattacharya is a Science Education Specialist at the Central Washington University, Ellensburg. Her work focuses on advancing the understanding of the complex science issues in Anthropocene among K-16 educators and students through STEM curriculum development, research and... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Fir

1:00pm CDT

Dollars, Disinformation, and Destruction: How the Oil and Gas Industry Pushed Climate Denial in America
Limited Capacity seats available

As early as the 1960s, oil and gas companies knew that their products caused "catastrophic" climate change. Instead of adjusting course and warning the public, they doubled down on business as usual and spent millions to deceive policymakers, the media, and the public. In this session we'll track the industry's history of disinformation and denial and how it continues to this day, including shining a spotlight on the network of front groups who perpetuate climate denial and disinformation and their tactics.

Speakers
avatar for Gabi Porter (she/her)

Gabi Porter (she/her)

Campaigns Director, Center for Climate Integrity
Gabi Porter is the Campaigns Director at the Center for Climate Integrity, where she works to hold corporate polluters accountable for their role in creating and perpetuating climate change and spreading climate disinformation. Previously, Gabi spent a decade in electoral politics... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Oak

1:00pm CDT

Teaching Climate Justice Through Ethnic Studies Pedagogy
What does Ethnic Studies have to do with Climate Justice? Many people hear Ethnic Studies and think only of History. However, Ethnic Studies Pedagogy can be infused across the curriculum, especially in the elementary classroom, to center marginalized narratives, and conceptualize new possibilities. In this workshop, we will take a look at the Ethnic Studies Guiding Principles: cultivate, celebrate, center, critique, challenge, connect and conceptualize and how to apply these principles in the elementary classroom. Examples of middle and high school contexts will be provided as well. We will also take a look at how these principles can guide us towards elevating historically marginalized narratives, and deepen our understanding of Climate Justice.

Workshop Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1FlBvvQ1jN_0LBhElowgYlKILruqwZYCdhTLGcRPeVbQ/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Brian Batugo (he/him)

Brian Batugo (he/him)

Ethnic Studies Resource Teacher, San Diego Unified School District
Brian Batugo is a Queer, Filipino American educator and Ethnic Studies Resource Teacher in San Diego Unified School District. Born and raised in Stockton’s Little Manila, he teaches ethnic studies with a concentration in Filipino American and Asian American history and combines... Read More →
avatar for Ricardo Medina (he/him)

Ricardo Medina (he/him)

Ethnic Studies Resource Teacher, San Diego Unified School District
Ricardo (Ricky) Medina, Ph.D. (Chicano Indigenous, Yaqui) is an Ethnic Studies Resource Teacher in San Diego Unified School District. He is approaching 25 years in education and enjoys collaborating with educators to design and facilitate rich culturally and community responsive... Read More →
avatar for Ratha Kelly (she/her)

Ratha Kelly (she/her)

Ethnic Studies Resource Teacher, San Diego Unified School District
Ratha Kelly is an Ethnic Studies Resource Teacher in San Diego Unified School District. She is approaching 15 years in education and is passionate about creating brave spaces in the classroom and promoting anti-racist anti-bias, healing centered and liberating school communities... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 1:00pm - 2:20pm CDT
Sequoia

2:00pm CDT

Climate Fiction for Any Classroom
Wondering how to make classroom connections to climate change without using data, graphs, or the scientific method? Join me in a presentation and discussion about how climate fiction (otherwise known as CliFi) can increase student engagement, support solutions focused discourse, and create more local and culturally sensitive conversations. In this session, participants will get a list of CliFi books and supporting material, template slides for discussions, and time to connect with other educators.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Kirkland (she/her)

Lindsey Kirkland (she/her)

Climate Change Education Manager, Climate Generation
Lindsey supports on-going climate change education programs for K-12 educators and public audiences. As the education manager, she also develops a vision for and provides strategic coordination for programs focusing primarily on professional development for teachers and informal educators... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Maple

2:00pm CDT

Climate Connections for Meaningful Impact
Limited Capacity filling up

How can my students and I make a difference in drawing down greenhouse gas emissions? Given the scale of climate change, it's hard to envision one person making a difference. In this workshop you will discover how, through applying research on the spread of behaviors in small social networks of family and friends, whatever actions you and your students make can expand beyond the single person or classroom. You will also look at how individual practices--whether they be reducing food waste or volunteering for a climate justice nonprofit--are connected to system wide change.

Speakers
avatar for Marianne Krasny (she/her)

Marianne Krasny (she/her)

Professor, Cornell University
Marianne Krasny, Professor and Director of the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University, teaches courses on scaling up individual climate action through social networks and social movement organizations. Her open access book, Advancing Environmental Education Outcomes, is used as a... Read More →
avatar for Bethany Jorgensen

Bethany Jorgensen

PhD Candidate, Cornell University
Bethany Jorgensen is a PhD candidate at Cornell University. She gathers stories of people, places, and plastic on the Canary Islands to understand how we can learn to live with limits, recognize when enough is enough, and take action for a world without plastic pollution.
avatar for Anne Armstrong

Anne Armstrong

PhD Candidate, Cornell University
Anne Armstrong is a PhD Candidate at Cornell University. She has a professional background in environmental education, and is the lead author on Climate Change Communication: A Guide for Educators.


Wednesday July 28, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Spruce

2:00pm CDT

Want Better Climate Conversations? Find a Way to Turn Dissenters into Allies.
Do you play hypothetical climate debates in your head? If so, how often is the dialog an argument? That’s how many of us imagine challenging conversations. This session will provide an alternative to the barrage of talking points, and a chance to practice in small groups. Instead of pouncing on areas of disagreement, it’s usually possible to pivot the conversation to put both people on the same side of the issue. Then you can become allies in solving a shared challenge, rather than adversaries determined to prove each other wrong. Not only is this less stressful, it’s often more effective.

Instructions for preparing for the session:
This session will involve role-playing. You’ll get a chance to play yourself, a fabulous climate educator. You will also get to play the role of someone who isn’t so sure about climate change, or doesn’t like the solutions, or is suspicious of the whole issue. Pick a role somewhere on the middle or right-hand side of the ‘Six Americas’ spectrum of climate beliefs.

Before our session, spend about 10 minutes reflecting on what role you might want to play. You could emulate a challenging situation you’ve had in real life. Or you can play the role in a situation in which you’d like to feel more comfortable. Pick a specific topic you want to discuss. It could be climate science, climate impacts, solutions, energy, or public policy. The better you come prepared with a role to play, the more you and your group-mates will learn. And fear not, this session will be fun and will boost your versatility and confidence when talking about climate!

Optional Background Readings:
Managing climate change discourse in the classroom, CLEAN
Changing minds on a changing climate, Yale Climate Connections
What conversations with voters taught me about science communication, Scientific American
Yale's Global Warming's Six Americas

Speakers
avatar for Karin Kirk (she/her)

Karin Kirk (she/her)

Geologist and Science Journalist, Yale Climate Connections
Karin is a science writer, geologist, and skier. She’s a contributing writer for Yale Climate Connections where one of her ongoing interests is learning how people change their minds about climate change. She also publishes data-driven articles about energy, intended to illustrate... Read More →



Wednesday July 28, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Oak

2:00pm CDT

Black Lives Matter and Environmental Justice
In this Q&A-style session, community organizer Mike Griffin will discuss the intersections of the Black Lives Matter movement with climate change and climate justice. Attendees are encouraged to come with questions related to this topic.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Griffin (he/him)

Mike Griffin (he/him)

Senior Electoral Organizer, Community Change
As the Senior Electoral Organizer with Community Change, Mike is working with organizers in five states on strategies to build power and win issue campaigns utilizing relational organizing tactics. Mike lives in Minneapolis and has been an outspoken advocate and organizer with the... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Hemlock

2:00pm CDT

Empower Students with Youth Climate Summits
Want to learn more about Youth Climate Summits and how to host one in your community? These youth-driven, high-energy events are designed to empower high school students to take climate action in their schools and communities, and they can be adapted for any location or audience. Come connect with summit organizers to learn how to host a Youth Climate Summit and learn how The Wild Center can support your work. The workshop will be applicable for in-person, hybrid, and virtual events.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Kaput

Justin Kaput

Environmental Science Teacher, Suffield High School
Justin Kaput is an environmental science teacher at Suffield High School in Connecticut. A lifelong lover of nature, he earned a BA in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine and a Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Illinois. He was selected as a 2018 National... Read More →
avatar for Erin Griffin

Erin Griffin

Youth Climate Program Manager, The Wild Center
As the Youth Climate Program Manager at The Wild Center, Erin works to empower students to take climate action and supports Youth Climate Summits in locations around the country and the world. Erin also deisgns and implements youth leadership programming and teacher professional development... Read More →
avatar for Elodie Linck

Elodie Linck

Climate Communications Fellow, The Wild Center
Elodie Linck is the Climate Communications Fellow for The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program. She attended Skidmore College and graduated in the Spring of 2021 with a BA in Political Science and Dance. She was involved in the Youth Climate Program as a high school student and has... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Alder

3:00pm CDT

Crafting Your Climate Story
Learn the power of personal narrative as a tool for climate action. This interactive workshop consists of a series of prompts that invite individual writing, reflection and small group sharing to help educators develop their climate story. Participants will leave with ideas for replicating these exercises with their students.

Speakers
avatar for Jothsna Harris (she/her)

Jothsna Harris (she/her)

Director of Community Engagement, Climate Generation
Jothsna leads Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy’s Community Engagement program. Jothsna is skilled at building community resilience and capacity through fostering multi-stakeholder alliances and connects people together through the power of storytelling. Jothsna’s work... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Maple

3:00pm CDT

Our Climate Our Future: A Foundational Resource for Teaching Climate Change
Limited Capacity filling up

Our Climate Our Future invites young people to join us on a journey to learn why the story of climate change isn’t just about melting glaciers or disappearing polar bears, and not just about a more dangerous world for far-off future generations. Educators will be introduced and guided through the Our Climate Our Future website and will receive tips for utilizing this resource in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Young (she/her)

Ashley Young (she/her)

Education Program Manager, Alliance for Climate Education
Ashley, as a Florida native, has a strong affinity for the outdoors and preservation. She has been a vocal environmental advocate for over 10 years. She founded Students For the Environment in 2011 at Hillsborough Community College. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Economics at the... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Spruce

3:00pm CDT

Using Critical Thinking, Gamification, & Cartoons to Build Student Resilience Against Misinformation
Limited Capacity seats available

Numerous psychological challenges hinder the countering of climate misinformation. We build inoculate people against misinformation by exposing people to a weakened form of misinformation—explain the rhetorical techniques used in misinformation. However, this presents another psychological challenge—critical thinking is hard! Gamification offers a solution to this challenge. By incorporating inoculating exercises in a game, players repeatedly practice spotting misinformation, converting effortful critical thinking into quicker, easier reactions. In this presentation, John Cook will outline how he synthesised inoculation theory, critical thinking research, and cartoons in the development of the Cranky Uncle game, to build student resilience against misinformation.

Speakers
avatar for John Cook (he/him)

John Cook (he/him)

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Climate Change Communication Research Hub, Monash University
John Cook is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Climate Change Communication Research Hub at Monash University. His research focus is on using critical thinking to build resilience against misinformation. In 2007, he founded Skeptical Science, a website that won the 2011 Australia... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Oak

3:00pm CDT

Native Sun: Development of an Environmental Justice and Sustainable Energy Education Model
Marckel and Blake will share the work underway to develop an education model for the Red Lake Community focused on environmental justice and renewable energy. Starting from Blake's inspiration to educate young tribal members about solar energy and climate change, the model will be designed to engage students in understanding their history and relationship to the environment, instilling an understanding of the important place they have in caring for the natural world around them.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Blake (he/him)

Robert Blake (he/him)

Executive Director, Native Sun Community Power Development
Robert Blake is the owner of Solar Bear, a solar installation company located in Minneapolis, MN, the Ojibwe pronunciation is Gizis-o-makwa. Robert is also the Executive Director of Native Sun Community Power Development. Robert is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota... Read More →
avatar for Julie Marckel (she/her)

Julie Marckel (she/her)

Education Director, Native Sun Community Power Development
Julie Marckel (MLA, Education Director for Native Sun) has nearly 30 years of experience in developing, implementing and managing programs and projects in community improvement, as well as engagement in arts, education and STEM focused fields. She has led efforts committed to improving... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Sycamore

3:00pm CDT

Can Climate Change Be Racist?
In this talk, we will discuss how climate change adversely affects communities of color and the systems that are in place that allow for this disadvantage to occur. Issues such as palm oil exploitation, oil refineries, and air pollution can drastically affect our most vulnerable populations. Learn what we can do as climate educators to teach with a racial justice lens.

Get ready to dance!

Speakers
avatar for Leena Bakshi (she/her)

Leena Bakshi (she/her)

Executive Director, STEM4Real
Dr. Leena Bakshi is the founder of STEM4Real, a nonprofit professional learning organization committed to combining STEM and NGSS content learning and leadership with principles of equity and social justice. She also serves as the Board Secretary for the California Association of... Read More →
avatar for Jose Sotoramos (he/him)

Jose Sotoramos (he/him)

Director of Programming, STEM4Real
Jose Sotoramos has an intrinsic calling for equity in education and ensuring that all students have access to quality instruction. He has had first-hand experience on the inequities that exist within the educational system as a first generation Mexican college professional. Additionally... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Hemlock

3:00pm CDT

Smashing Adultism
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

How are schools set up to reinforce systems of oppression, and how might that translate into your teaching? Come and discuss what it means to be a youth ally so we can push back against these systems, and consider ways you can shift power to youth in any learning environment. Some things we will also explore are: stories from when we were youth; success stories as adult allies; what youth allyship does not look like, and how you can support yourself and others in being an effective youth ally.

Speakers
avatar for Na Choih (they/them)

Na Choih (they/them)

Youth Leadership Mentor, Climate Generation
Na Choih (they/them) works on climate and environmental issues out of respect for the earth in its inherent worth and all of its people in our struggle for justice and liberation. They find joy in working with youth, as youth have had less time exposed to systems of oppression that... Read More →
avatar for Jason Rodney (he/him)

Jason Rodney (he/him)

Senior Youth Programs Coordinator, Climate Generation
Jason Rodney (he) joined the Climate Generation team in 2017 and is now the Senior Youth Programs Coordinator. Raised in Cleveland Heights, OH, and the youngest of four brothers, he thrives in embodied work and connected communities. Jason came to Minnesota for college where he met... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Fir

7:00pm CDT

Climate Trivia
Limited Capacity filling up

Join in a national virtual game of climate change trivia! Our professional trivia master has authored a 20-question, four-round game. Not an expert on climate change? No worries. This is for everyone. Trivia will be hosted via Zoom. Each member of your team should register with an optional donation, personal information, and your team name. No team? No worries! You can choose to join a group of other individuals or play on your own by entering “New Friends” into the Team Name field on the form.

Participants must register through https://www.climategen.org/events/climate-change-trivia/. This event is open to the public, so invite a friend!

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Noble (she/her)

Rebecca Noble (she/her)

Senior Development Coordinator, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
Rebecca Noble is the Senior Development Coordinator at Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy.  She is excited to host an evening of educational climate trivia and hopes you will join her to test your knowledge around science, policy, and environmental justice, while connecting... Read More →
avatar for Denise Fosse (she/her)

Denise Fosse (she/her)

Director of Development, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
Denise joined the Climate Generation team in May 2020 and leads fundraising and marketing efforts. As Director of Development, Denise supports Climate Generation’s team in growing resources to amplify our mission and vision. Denise has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Boritzke Smith (she/her)

Lauren Boritzke Smith (she/her)

Communications and Marketing Manager, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
As Communications and Marketing Manager, Lauren manages online audience engagement, print communications, and media outreach for Climate Generation programming, fundraising, and events. Lauren has bachelor’s degrees in Strategic Communications and English from UW-Madison and is... Read More →
avatar for Trevor Cobb (he/him)

Trevor Cobb (he/him)

Communications Coordinator, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
Trevor Cobb comes to Climate Generation with experience managing digital communications and graphic design for nonprofits, and he is excited to put his skills to use for a cause he cares so much about. When he was young, he wanted to be a marine biologist, but after discovering he... Read More →


Wednesday July 28, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Wattle
 
Thursday, July 29
 

7:30am CDT

Pittsburgh and Broader Pennsylvania
Join your regional cohort leaders for a day exploring local climate change impacts and solutions!

You can find the agenda and links to Zoom meetings in this document: Pittsburgh and Broader Pennsylvania Cohort Day Agenda

All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for their cohort group. Please go to the cohort group that you are assigned.


Speakers
avatar for Katie Modic

Katie Modic

Executive Director, Communitopia
Katie has been the Executive Director of Communitopia since February, 2020. Prior to taking on this role she was responsible for managing Communitopia's educational outreach programs. Her focus now includes sustaining the organization by providing visioning and development activities... Read More →


Thursday July 29, 2021 7:30am - 3:30pm CDT

8:00am CDT

Mid-Atlantic (NC, VA, WV, MD, DE, DC)
Join your regional cohort leaders for a day exploring local climate change impacts and solutions!

You can find the agenda and links to Zoom meetings in this document: Mid-Atlantic Cohort Day Agenda

All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for their cohort group. Please go to the cohort group that you are assigned.


Speakers
avatar for Elise Trelagan

Elise Trelagan

B-WET Program Coordinator, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
Elise Trelegan is the B-WET (Bay Watershed Education and Training) Program Coordinator for the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office. She coordinates a $2.7 million dollar grant program to support environmental literacy throughout the Chesapeake Bay region through both capacity building and... Read More →
avatar for AnnStrozyk

AnnStrozyk

Environmental Educator, Howard County Public Schools & Howard County Conservancy
Ann manages systemic watershed and climate change education programs for secondary students and teachers. As an educator, she also develops outreach opportunities for students to advocate on behalf of their environment. She serves on the Environmental Sustainability Board and Bee... Read More →


Thursday July 29, 2021 8:00am - 2:00pm CDT

8:00am CDT

New Jersey
Join your regional cohort leaders for a day exploring local climate change impacts and solutions!

You can find the agenda and links to Zoom meetings in this document: New Jersey Cohort Day Agenda

All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for their cohort group. Please go to the cohort group that you are assigned.


Speakers
avatar for Carrie Ferraro

Carrie Ferraro

Associate Director, Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience Initiative,Rutgers University
Carrie Ferraro's interests are in education and effective practices for communicating research more broadly. She is the Associate Director for Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience (C2R2), an NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) working to prepare the workforce that will build coastal resilience... Read More →
avatar for Janice McDonnell

Janice McDonnell

Educator, Rutgers University
Janice is currently serving as the Science Engineering & Technology Agent for the department of 4-H Youth Development at Rutgers University where she supports county 4-H Agents in promoting STEM in their communities. She hosts a variety of on-campus programs designed to engage young... Read More →


Thursday July 29, 2021 8:00am - 3:00pm CDT

8:00am CDT

New York
Join your regional cohort leaders for a day exploring local climate change impacts and solutions!

You can find the agenda and links to Zoom meetings in this document: New York Cohort Day Agenda

All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for their cohort group. Please go to the cohort group that you are assigned.


Speakers
avatar for Erin Griffin

Erin Griffin

Youth Climate Program Manager, The Wild Center
As the Youth Climate Program Manager at The Wild Center, Erin works to empower students to take climate action and supports Youth Climate Summits in locations around the country and the world. Erin also deisgns and implements youth leadership programming and teacher professional development... Read More →
avatar for Jen Kretser

Jen Kretser

Director of Climate Initiatives, Wild Center
Jen Kretser is the Director of Climate Initiatves at The Wild Center and has been with the museum for 13 years working in education, program and exhibition development, and strategic initiatives include leading the Adirondack Youth Climate Program. Jen previously served as Director... Read More →
avatar for Thadd Copeland

Thadd Copeland

Deputy Director of Sustainability, NYC DOE - Office of Sustainability
Thadd Copeland is the Deputy Director of Sustainability for New York City Department of Education. Previously, Thadd managed an environmental education program that worked with K-12 NYC students on recycling and zero waste programs. He holds a Master degree in Sustainable Development... Read More →
avatar for Meredith Mcdermott

Meredith Mcdermott

Director of Sustainability, NYC Department of Education
Meredith is the Director of Sustainability for the NYC Department of Education within the Division of School Facilities. The department oversees operations and compliance for waste and utility management (electricity, gas, steam, water) as well as outreach and educational programming... Read More →


Thursday July 29, 2021 8:00am - 3:30pm CDT

8:00am CDT

Northeast (ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI)
Join your regional cohort leaders for a day exploring local climate change impacts and solutions!

You can find the agenda and links to Zoom meetings in this document: Northeast Cohort Day Agenda

All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for their cohort group. Please go to the cohort group that you are assigned.


Speakers
avatar for Nia	Keith

Nia Keith

Statewide Climate Change Education Manager, Mass Audubon
Creative and dedicated environmental educator with more than 15 years’ experience in professional development, project management, curriculum development, and team leadership in formal education and nonprofit institutions. Adept at designing and facilitating engaging experiences... Read More →
avatar for Brittany Gutermuth

Brittany Gutermuth

Arcadia Climate Education Coordinator, Mass Audubon
Brittany is the Climate Education Coordinator at Mass Audubon's Arcadia where she endeavors to engage middle and high school students in climate change issues and inspire them to take action. Her favorite part of her job is working with the amazing students on the Western Mass Youth... Read More →


Thursday July 29, 2021 8:00am - 3:30pm CDT

9:00am CDT

Texas/Southeast (LA, MS, AL, GA, SC, FL)
Join your regional cohort leaders for a day exploring local climate change impacts and solutions!

You can find the agenda and links to Zoom meetings in this document: Texas/Southeast Cohort Day Agenda

All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for their cohort group. Please go to the cohort group that you are assigned.


Speakers
avatar for Brittany Jayroe

Brittany Jayroe

Program Director Eastern US, EcoRise
Brittany Jayroe has worked in education for over 6 years. She stumbled into the field by happy accident and found a home in helping young people establish their own footing in the world. She's honed her knowledge and teaching skills through leading instructional teams in project-based... Read More →
avatar for Asomgyee Pamoja

Asomgyee Pamoja

Texas Program Manager, EcoRise
Working as an early childhood teacher-trainer, Asomgyee Pamoja has been inspiring, guiding, and mentoring current and the next generation of early childhood educators for the past 20 years. Born and raised in London, England he settled in Connecticut where his career in education... Read More →


Thursday July 29, 2021 9:00am - 3:00pm CDT

9:00am CDT

Mid-West (MN, IA, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH)
Join your regional cohort leaders for a day exploring local climate change impacts and solutions!

You can find the agenda and links to Zoom meetings in this document: Midwest Cohort Day Agenda

All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for their cohort group. Please go to the cohort group that you are assigned.


Speakers
avatar for Kristen Poppleton

Kristen Poppleton

Senior Director of Programs, Climate Generation
Kristen develops a vision for and provides strategic coordination, oversight and support for all Climate Generation programs focusing on youth, policy, educator and influentials engagement. She served on the recently disbanded Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National... Read More →
avatar for Marie Fargo (she/her)

Marie Fargo (she/her)

Climate Change Instructional Resources Coordinator, Climate Generation
As Instructional Resources Coordinator, Marie provides formal and nonformal educators with tools and resources to help them incorporate equitable, interdisciplinary, and standards-based climate change content into their curricula. Marie has a B.S. in Natural Resources Management/Environmental... Read More →
avatar for Seth Spencer (he/him)

Seth Spencer (he/him)

Teach Climate Network Coordinator, Climate Generation
Seth joined Climate Generation in 2020 and coordinates the Teach Climate Network, helping the education program to create powerful professional development opportunities for educators across the country. He recently returned to his home state of Minnesota after five years in coastal... Read More →
avatar for Lindsey Kirkland (she/her)

Lindsey Kirkland (she/her)

Climate Change Education Manager, Climate Generation
Lindsey supports on-going climate change education programs for K-12 educators and public audiences. As the education manager, she also develops a vision for and provides strategic coordination for programs focusing primarily on professional development for teachers and informal educators... Read More →


Thursday July 29, 2021 9:00am - 4:00pm CDT

9:30am CDT

Western Slope CO
Join your regional cohort leaders for a day exploring local climate change impacts and solutions!

You can find the agenda and links to Zoom meetings in this document: Western, CO Cohort Day Agenda

All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for their cohort group. Please go to the cohort group that you are assigned.


Speakers
avatar for Adam McCurdy (he/him)

Adam McCurdy (he/him)

Forest and Climate Director, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Adam first came to ACES in 2008 as a Summer Naturalist and re-joined the ACES staff in 2017 as the Forest Programs Director. He received his B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, and his M.A. in Geography from the University of Colorado. Adam discovered... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson

Watershed Education Specialist, Wild Rose Education
Sarah R. Johnson MAEd, is the Field Based and Experiential Learning Coordinator at Western Colorado University where she directs the Mountain Resilience Semester. Sarah is also a freelance science educator of watershed science, civics, and geography; climate change, Arctic weather... Read More →


Thursday July 29, 2021 9:30am - 4:30pm CDT

9:30am CDT

Alberta, Canada
Join your regional cohort leaders for a day exploring local climate change impacts and solutions!

You can find the agenda and links to Zoom meetings in this document: Alberta, CA Cohort Day Agenda

All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for their cohort group. Please go to the cohort group that you are assigned.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Tremblay

Marie Tremblay

Senior Education Advisor, Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Dr. Marie Tremblay joined the Alberta Council for Environmental Education in 2018 as senior education advisor, bringing to her role a dual passion for education and the environment. With university degrees in engineering, education, environmental design (Master's) and ecology (PhD... Read More →
avatar for Melanie	Hoffman

Melanie Hoffman

Project Director & Visiting Science Communication Specialist, The King's Centre for Visualization in Science
Melanie Hoffman is Project Director and Visiting Science Communication Specialist at the King’s Centre for Visualization in Science (www.kcvs.ca). She combines her Ph.D. in materials chemistry and a background in adult education to support action on the climate crisis. Talk to her... Read More →


Thursday July 29, 2021 9:30am - 5:00pm CDT

10:00am CDT

Washington State
Join your regional cohort leaders for a day exploring local climate change impacts and solutions!

You can find the agenda and links to Zoom meetings in this document: Washington State Cohort Day Agenda

All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for their cohort group. Please go to the cohort group that you are assigned.


Speakers
avatar for Laura Tyler

Laura Tyler

Program Coordinator, Earth Gen
Laura develops and delivers EarthGen programs that teachers can use to move students to action. She taught more than 30 years as a science educator for Seattle Public Schools and worked as Washington State’s Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) curriculum coordinator... Read More →
avatar for Kat Huybers (she/her)

Kat Huybers (she/her)

Lecturer, University of Washington
Kat is a lecturer in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. She teaches climate classes that are geared toward non-majors.  In these classes, students explore the underlying physical principles that determine Earth’s climate, how and why the climate... Read More →
avatar for Becky Bronstein

Becky Bronstein

Program Manager, EarthGen
Becky supports classroom resource development and facilitates professional development. Before joining EarthGen she was a middle school science teacher and robotics coach in Philadelphia. When she is not at work you can find her bird watching, searching for beaver dams, stargazing... Read More →


Thursday July 29, 2021 10:00am - 5:00pm CDT

10:00am CDT

North America
Join your regional cohort leaders for a day exploring local climate change impacts and solutions!

You can find the agenda and links to Zoom meetings in this document: North America Cohort Day Agenda

All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for their cohort group. Please go to the cohort group that you are assigned.

Session Evaluation: https://bit.ly/CGInstitute_NAmerCohort_Eval2021


Speakers
avatar for Gaby Petron (she/her)

Gaby Petron (she/her)

Scientist, NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory & University of Colorado CIRES
Dr. Gabrielle Pétron is an atmospheric scientist with NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder, CO. Growing up in rural Normandy, she saw how her grandparents and other small dairy farmers depended on the... Read More →
avatar for Edgar Massingale (he/him)

Edgar Massingale (he/him)

Science Teacher and Soul of Science Lead, Beaverton School District and SoS
Edgar Massingale will be presenting on What’s in Our Air? Stories from Climate Research to Decision Support:During this session, we will go on a virtual visit to the NOAA GHG measurement lab and learn about some of the latest research on the carbon cycle and oil and natural gas... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Bean (she/her)

Jessica Bean (she/her)

Understanding Global Change Project Leader, University of California, Berkeley, Museum of Paleontology
Jessica Bean is the leader of the Understanding Global Change Project at the Museum of Paleontology at UC Berkeley. She designs tools for learning about the Earth as a dynamic, interconnected system. Jessica studies the effects of environmental change along the California coast, has... Read More →
avatar for Autumn Bernhardt (she/her or he/him)

Autumn Bernhardt (she/her or he/him)

Environmental and Natural Resources Policy Specialization Lead, CU Masters of the Environment Program; Public Lands and Natural Resources Policy Specialization Lead, CU Masters of the Outdoor Recreation Economy Program
Autumn Bernhardt teaches Indigenous environmental stewardship and justice courses but has also served as a Colorado Assistant Attorney General, Tribal Attorney for the White Mountain Apache Tribe, and Judicial Law Clerk. Professor Bernhardt was lead counsel in U.S. Supreme Court litigation... Read More →
avatar for Alicia Christensen (she/her)

Alicia Christensen (she/her)

Education & Outreach Associate, CIRES
Alicia Christensen is an Education and Outreach Associate at CIRES. She currently manages the Research Experience for Community College Students (RECCS) program and supports CLEAN efforts.  She is passionate about connecting students from under-served communities with the natural... Read More →
avatar for Lin Andrews (she/her)

Lin Andrews (she/her)

Director of Teacher Support, National Center for Science Education
Lin joined NCSE in 2019 after teaching biology courses for 18 years in Kansas. Her role at NCSE is to help drive a solid science foundation for students all over the nation and provide teachers with the tools they need to navigate the often turbulent waters of overcoming misconceptions... Read More →
avatar for Katie Boyd

Katie Boyd

Education & Outreach Associate, CIRES
Kathryn (Katie) Boyd is an Education and Outreach Associate at CIRES. She works on several projects for CIRES, including serving as the program manager for the CLEAN network and collection of educational resources. She also conducts the evaluation efforts on multiple large education... Read More →


Thursday July 29, 2021 10:00am - 5:30pm CDT

11:00am CDT

California
Join your regional cohort leaders for a day exploring local climate change impacts and solutions!

You can find the agenda and links to Zoom meetings in this document: California Cohort Day Agenda

All Institute participants will be automatically signed up for their cohort group. Please go to the cohort group that you are assigned.


Speakers
avatar for Amy Frame

Amy Frame

K-12 Program Manager, Ten Strands
Nature, coffee, and research, in that order.Dr. Amy Frame is a credentialed teacher who has worked at almost every level of the school system, from teaching English, history, and science to coaching and managing curriculum implementation and leading as a principal. She has worked... Read More →
avatar for Kelley Le

Kelley Le

Director, UCI Science Project
Dr. Le has been in the educational field for 11 years as a high school science educator, instructional coach, consultant, and educational leader. She comes to UCISP from the UCI CalTeach Math & Science Program where she served as a coordinator, lecturer, and program designer. Her... Read More →


Thursday July 29, 2021 11:00am - 6:30pm CDT
 
Friday, July 30
 

9:00am CDT

Welcome and Share Out from Regional Work
Welcome to Day 3 of the Summer Institute! Let's reconnect after our regional cohort days, see a share-out of the work you did in your regions, and set an intention for our final day together.



Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Kirkland (she/her)

Lindsey Kirkland (she/her)

Climate Change Education Manager, Climate Generation
Lindsey supports on-going climate change education programs for K-12 educators and public audiences. As the education manager, she also develops a vision for and provides strategic coordination for programs focusing primarily on professional development for teachers and informal educators... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Crowdcast https://www.crowdcast.io/e/SICCE2021-opening

10:00am CDT

Youth Voices on Climate Action
Youth around the world are taking the lead on climate action and pushing for equitable climate change solutions in their schools, communities, and governments. In this panel discussion, facilitated by Erin Griffin of The Wild Center, hear directly from youth leaders in Minnesota and New York on how they are taking climate action and how adults can best support youth-led movements.

Speakers
avatar for Sydney Asher

Sydney Asher

Youth Climate Leader, Margaretville Central School, NY
Sydney Asher is a rising high school senior in Margaretville, NY. She studied the disproportionate impacts that climate change hazards bring to socioeconomically disadvantaged people for a year while she was involved in the University of Albany’s high school science research program... Read More →
avatar for Maryama Warsame

Maryama Warsame

Youth Climate Leader, Rosemount High School, MN
Hi, my name is Maryama Warsame. I’m a rising senior at Rosemount High School, member of YEA! Network under Climate Generation, volunteer for Sierra Club and Minnesota Youth Council Representative 2021-22.
avatar for Reyna Day

Reyna Day

Indigenous Youth Organizer
Reyna Day is a local indigenous youth organizer from the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe and Guerrero, Mexico. Her indigenous name, Mni Luzhahan Winyan, was given to her by Lakota relatives which means Rapid Water Woman. Ms. Day has worked with past Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton by serving... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 10:00am - 10:55am CDT
Sycamore

11:00am CDT

The Power is YOURS: How Stories Can Help Students Uncover Their Real-World Superpowers
Limited Capacity filling up

How can you use stories to help young people in your classroom and community see their power when it comes to climate change? Meet Matt Scott, who centers storytelling at the world's leading climate solutions resource Project Drawdown. Join this workshop to learn about how he's using human-centered storytelling in the climate solutions space, and how you can replicate some of those lessons (engaging audiences of all ages) for greater engagement wherever you are. In his storytelling career, Matt has reached half a billion people online, and has led the world's largest hackathon, engaging 100,000+ problem-solvers worldwide with NASA.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Scott (he/him)

Matt Scott (he/him)

Manager of Storytelling & Engagement, Project Drawdown
Matt Scott is an impact storyteller passing the mic to the changemakers who often go unheard. Day-to-day, Matt manages storytelling at the world's leading climate solutions resource Project Drawdown. He's also the creator of Let's Care, highlighting 100+ changemakers and releasing... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Maple

11:00am CDT

It IS Easy Being Green! Exploring Climate Generation's Green Careers for a Changing Climate Resources
Limited Capacity seats available

Green Careers for a Changing Climate is a new documentary and instructional supplement from Climate Generation. In this session, we will discuss how Green Careers provide equitable solutions to climate change, explore a few activities from the supplement, and share ways that students can practice STEM career skills in their classrooms. We will also discuss how Drawdown is an important resource to illustrate these solutions for students.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Fargo (she/her)

Marie Fargo (she/her)

Climate Change Instructional Resources Coordinator, Climate Generation
As Instructional Resources Coordinator, Marie provides formal and nonformal educators with tools and resources to help them incorporate equitable, interdisciplinary, and standards-based climate change content into their curricula. Marie has a B.S. in Natural Resources Management/Environmental... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Spruce

11:00am CDT

FLICC Misinformation out of Your Classroom!
Do your students ask you about flat earth? How about bird drones? Are conspiracy theories draining the critical thinking out of the minds of your students? Don’t sweat it! In this session we will explore a concrete framework in which to safely explore misinformation with your students, FLICC. Inoculation theory can be easily adapted to the classroom to combat misinformation of any kind in any topic. Today more than ever, we need to equip our students with the skills and resilience they need to navigate digital life wisely. FLICC climate change misinformation right out of your student’s minds!

Link to slide deck: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/164AvYvjGvi9bFMcclIF_5NScV7GmvTj26Q5SZU4KGfU/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Ott (she/her)

Sarah Ott (she/her)

Teacher, Dalton Middle School
Throughout her career as an award-winning teacher, Sarah Ott has connected her students to the natural world through experimentation, gardening, and travel, going on trips as far away as the Dominican Republic. She is currently the chapter leader for North Georgia Citizens’ Climate... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Oak

11:00am CDT

Fighting Fake News: Tools for Identifying Misinformation and Countering Science Denial
As science educators, we must do what we can to empower our students to combat science denial. In this workshop we will share resources and practice techniques (particularly the FLICC technique popularized by John Cook) that can be used to help students think critically about the information they take in and counter misinformation. In our discussions we will also touch on the roots of science denialism and how it affects the current fight for climate justice.

Speakers
avatar for Milan Neeley (she/her)

Milan Neeley (she/her)

Teacher, Minhang Crosspoint High School (California Crosspoint Academy)
Milan is on a mission to foster science literacy and environmental stewardship in young people. She has taught Biology (AP), Chemistry, and Environmental Science, stateside and abroad. Currently she teaches Biology at Minhang Crosspoint High School, in Shanghai, China. As an NCSE... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 11:00am - 12:20pm CDT
Wattle

11:00am CDT

Meet Today's Climate Justice Activists: A Mixer on the People Saving the World
In the words of U.N. scientists, the climate crisis is an emergency that requires “unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” For educators, this means it is not enough for our students to teach about the science or impacts of climate change. This mixer brings the diverse and beautiful stories of the climate justice movement to our classrooms so that students can see themselves as activists capable of creating the change that so often feels out of reach.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Swinehart (he/him)

Tim Swinehart (he/him)

Teacher, Lincoln High School, Portland Public Schools
Tim Swinehart teaches Geography and Environmental Justice at Lincoln High School and Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, Oregon. He received the 2015 Oregon Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year award, is co-editor of A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching About... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 11:00am - 12:20pm CDT
Alder

11:00am CDT

Redlining and Environmental Justice
This workshop will explore relationship between racial discrimination in housing policy and lending in the twentieth century and environmental injustice today through the Mapping Inequality project.

Speakers
avatar for Robert K Nelson (he/him)

Robert K Nelson (he/him)

Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab, University of Richmond
Robert K. Nelson is the Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab and Head of Digital Engagement in Boatwright Library. He is the editor of American Panorama: An Atlas of United States History, which includes “Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America.” American Panorama... Read More →
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LaDale Winling

Associate Professor of History, Virginia Tech
LaDale Winling is an associate professor of History at Virginia Tech. He is the author of Building the Ivory Tower, on universities and urban development in the United States. It was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press and won the 2019 Kenneth Jackson Prize from the... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 11:00am - 12:20pm CDT
Hemlock

12:00pm CDT

Open Discussion: Share Your Challenges and Highlights as an Educator Over the Last Year, and Set a Vision for the Future of Climate Change Education
Join other educators to share and discuss your frustrations and challenges of being an educator during a world-wide pandemic, while still holding onto the positives and highlights of a truly extraordinary year. Share your vision of what climate change education could look like into the future to help set the framework for Climate Generation’s Teach Climate Network into 2022 (i.e. share what you as educator NEED out of climate change education: climate change 101, curriculum set to state standards or NGSS, professional development, climate justice resources, etc.)

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Seth Spencer (he/him)

Teach Climate Network Coordinator, Climate Generation
Seth joined Climate Generation in 2020 and coordinates the Teach Climate Network, helping the education program to create powerful professional development opportunities for educators across the country. He recently returned to his home state of Minnesota after five years in coastal... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CDT
Maple

12:00pm CDT

Affinity Space for Leaders of Color
This session is intended to create space and opportunity for teachers who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) to eat lunch together, share with and learn from one another’s experiences, strengthen relationships and identify strategies for supporting teachers of color more effectively.

More information coming soon.

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Na Choih (they/them)

Youth Leadership Mentor, Climate Generation
Na Choih (they/them) works on climate and environmental issues out of respect for the earth in its inherent worth and all of its people in our struggle for justice and liberation. They find joy in working with youth, as youth have had less time exposed to systems of oppression that... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CDT
Fir

12:00pm CDT

Somatic Movement: Manage Your Internal Ecosystem
As an educator you are an expert of our planet’s ecosystem, but are you an expert of your internal ecosystem? Each year, does your body feel stiffer? Do you have a growing sense of urgency? Would you like know how to manage this on your own? You can take care of YOU with somatic movement. Erin Girzone will teach you how to let go of habitual ways of moving and thinking so you can access more ease. With this new foundation of self-awareness you will not only improve how you move, but how you think and feel. Personally and professionally your capacity for stability, creativity and connection will expand.

Participants should have: a chair, comfortable and quiet place to lay down on the floor, a couple of pillows or blankets to support the body as needed.

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avatar for Erin Girzone (she/her)

Erin Girzone (she/her)

Founder of the Good Health is a Habit Wellness Studio, Certified Yoga Teacher & Personal Trainer, Essential Somatics® Movement Teacher in-training, Good Health is a Habit Wellness Studio


Friday July 30, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CDT
Sycamore

12:00pm CDT

Anti-racist Education for White Educators
This session will be a space for white participants to share what we are grappling with in regards to anti-racism. All experience-levels welcome! All questions welcome! One reason for white folks to meet separately is to process questions & feelings we have about race & racism without putting a burden of teaching or emotional labor on our peers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). There is a simultaneous session for BIPOC leaders.

Topics of discussion will focus primarily on identifying race privilege in everyday life and in classrooms, and practicing anti-racist education in classrooms.

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avatar for Lindsey Kirkland (she/her)

Lindsey Kirkland (she/her)

Climate Change Education Manager, Climate Generation
Lindsey supports on-going climate change education programs for K-12 educators and public audiences. As the education manager, she also develops a vision for and provides strategic coordination for programs focusing primarily on professional development for teachers and informal educators... Read More →
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Jason Rodney (he/him)

Senior Youth Programs Coordinator, Climate Generation
Jason Rodney (he) joined the Climate Generation team in 2017 and is now the Senior Youth Programs Coordinator. Raised in Cleveland Heights, OH, and the youngest of four brothers, he thrives in embodied work and connected communities. Jason came to Minnesota for college where he met... Read More →
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Lauren Boritzke Smith (she/her)

Communications and Marketing Manager, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
As Communications and Marketing Manager, Lauren manages online audience engagement, print communications, and media outreach for Climate Generation programming, fundraising, and events. Lauren has bachelor’s degrees in Strategic Communications and English from UW-Madison and is... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CDT
Sequoia

12:00pm CDT

Using Climate Resolutions to Elevate Youth Climate Advocacy- from the Classroom to Congress
Limited Capacity filling up

Schools for Climate Action is a non-partisan, grassroots, youth-adult campaign with a mission to empower K-12 schools to speak up for climate action. We advocate for elected officials to combat the climate crisis in order to protect current and future generations. We are an all-volunteer group of students and teachers running the campaign. We help school boards, student councils, school environmental clubs, PTA's, teachers' unions, and school support organizations pass resolutions that do 3 things:
1. Drive a paradigm shift so people recognize climate change as a generational justice and equity issue.
2. Clearly articulate the political will for all elected leaders, especially Members of Congress, to support or enact common-sense climate policies (such as clean energy standards, green infrastructure investments, and just transition plans).
3. Celebrate and expand school district responses to climate change.

In this session, we will cover:
- what climate action resolutions are and how they can work on local and federal levels
- how to create the climate resolution with students or as an adult stakeholder
- how the resolutions call on Congress and other elected officials to act on climate
- how to pass a resolution with student council/ASB groups and school boards
- how to log the resolution on our site
- how to leverage your resolution by working with us to plan a meeting with your member of Congress to deliver your resolution.

Check out www.schoolsforclimateaction.org.

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Kate Roney

Student, Claremont McKenna College
Kate Roney is a sophomore and Seaver Scholar at Claremont Mckenna College in Southern California. She is majoring in Environment, Economics, and Politics and serves as the Co-Director of Schools For Climate Action. Kate also works as a consultant for SOURCE nonprofit consulting and... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Metzger-Carter (she/her)

Nancy Metzger-Carter (she/her)

Education Leader, Schools for Climate Action
Nancy Metzger-Carter is the Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa, CA and the Education Leader with Schools for Climate Action. She uses the climate resolution process as a teaching tool for high school students and her students run day-to-day operations... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CDT
Willow

1:00pm CDT

Climate at Your Fingertips: An Interactive Solutions Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

How can we create climate solutions that equitably benefit all communities and address our biggest social justice needs? In this workshop we’ll practice multisolving - a way of changing lives for the better and protecting the climate at the same time. To do so, we’ll explore En-ROADS, a free, open source climate simulation model. En-ROADS allows users to test climate change solutions such as energy supply, economic growth, etc., in order to further understanding of how these systems interact. We’ll use climate solutions as a springboard towards deeper conversations about connecting communities, increasing wellbeing, and advancing equity. In this workshop you’ll have time to network with other educators and imagine how this resource fits into your own curriculum. En-ROADS workshops engage students across all subject areas to develop data literacy that informs decision-making and spurs action. En-ROADS fits best with high school level and up, but can be scaffolded to your classrooms' needs.

Watch a 2 minute overview of the En-ROADS Simulation Model here.

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avatar for Allison Bender (she/her)

Allison Bender (she/her)

Outreach Coordinator, Wisconsin Energy Institute, UW–Madison
Allison Bender joined the Wisconsin Energy Institute in 2018. She has a background in environmental education and has worked as a naturalist in state parks across Wisconsin and Minnesota. After completing a B.A. in environmental studies at St. Olaf College, she served as an AmeriCorps... Read More →
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Cassandra Breeze Ceballos

Multisolving Program Coordinator, Climate Interactive
Cassandra Breeze Ceballos serves as Climate Interactive’s Multisolving Program Coordinator. Multisolving emphasizes equitable climate solutions that create co-benefits in health, resilience, and well-being. Born and raised on St. Croix in the USVI, Cassandra is passionate about... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Spruce

1:00pm CDT

Know Your Audience: The First Step in Empowering Effective Climate Change Communicators
In this interactive workshop, we will use resources from YPCCC’s “For Educators” page to explore how understanding your audience is critical to engaging people in climate change issues and combating climate change denial. Through polls, an interactive map tool, and our new activity, “Climate Change Communication Investigation,” participants will be equipped with tools and strategies to bring back to their learners that will empower them to be effective climate change communicators.

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avatar for Ruthie Gold (she/her)

Ruthie Gold (she/her)

Manager of Secondary Education Initiatives, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
After earning her master’s in Environmental Conservation Education from NYU in December 2019, Ruthie began working as the Manager of Secondary Education Initiatives for the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. She began her career teaching high school science (biology... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Oak

1:00pm CDT

Whose Climate Science? Weaving Culture and Science Together for Climate Action
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We teach climate science, but whose “science?” Despite research documenting the importance of place-based and cultural evidence in increasing climate literacy, this issue is often presented using a “western” science framework. As a result, climate education doesn’t resonate with learners. The result is inaction. This session will share how indigenous science and culture are equal tools with “western” science in evaluating climate change and relating it to learners. We will demonstrate how to weave together qualitative and quantitative “ways of knowing” using the “G-WOW” climate literacy model to promote climate awareness and action, for learners in all locations and cultures.

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Cathy "Cat" Techtmann (she/her)

Environmental Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension
Cathy “Cat” Techtmann is a Professor of Community Resource Development and an Environmental Outreach Specialist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension. Cat specializes in making environmental issues “come alive” for youth to adult audiences. The Gikinoo’wizhiwe... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Sycamore

1:00pm CDT

Outdoors Outspoken
This workshop will explore the intersection of youth writing and environmental justice. 826 MSP is a Twin Cities youth writing center that has offered free programming for youth in grades K-12 in which students have learned and written about the nature and social justice. 826 MSP Executive Director Samantha Sencer-Mura will share writing and curricular resources from these programs, and lead discussions and activities so educators can think through how they can implement similar projects in their educational environments.

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avatar for Samantha Sencer-Mura (she/her)

Samantha Sencer-Mura (she/her)

Executive Director, 826 MSP
Samantha Sencer-Mura is the Executive Director at 826 MSP, a non-profit youth writing center in the Twin Cities that is a part of the 826 national network of youth writing centers. She is also a board member for MNEEP (Minnesota Education Equity Partnership) and CAAL (Coalition of... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 1:00pm - 2:20pm CDT
Maple

1:00pm CDT

Next Generation Climate Curriculum
This 80 minute workshop will give participants the opportunity to dig into Climate Generation's Next Generation Climate curricula resource. Next Generation Climate is a six lesson, interdisciplinary, middle school climate change curriculum that allows students to investigate the cause of the global temperature change, research the major repercussions of climate change, and find out how they can monitor and minimize those repercussions. Next Generation Climate allows students to dive deep into graphs and practice the skills of argumentation and engineering design. This curriculum uses the Next Generation Science Standards as a framework.

Participants can download their own copy of Next Generation Climate for free ahead of time if they would like to have it at www.climategen.org/ngc.

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Kristen Poppleton

Senior Director of Programs, Climate Generation
Kristen develops a vision for and provides strategic coordination, oversight and support for all Climate Generation programs focusing on youth, policy, educator and influentials engagement. She served on the recently disbanded Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 1:00pm - 2:20pm CDT
Willow

1:00pm CDT

Globalism and Restorative Justice: Shell Oil in the Niger Delta
Participate in a current events role play centered on the Black Lives Matter principles of globalism and restorative justice. Since international companies began to extract and export oil from the Niger Delta in the mid-20th century, there have been hundreds of oil spills and many violent clashes between local people, oil workers, and government forces. In 2020, the international court in The Hague, the Netherlands decided to investigate and prosecute more than 30 years of violence, pollution, and environmental damage in the Niger Delta region.This role play activity engages students in critical thinking around the experience of Black people globally and the impact of oil and fossil fuel consumption on people’s land and livelihood.

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avatar for Natalie Stapert (she/her)

Natalie Stapert (she/her)

Teacher, Humanities Coordinator, Lowell School
Natalie Stapert is a teacher and climate education leader from Washington DC. At Lowell School she led a team to develop and implement a full-year, interdisciplinary climate education curriculum for sixth graders, collaborating with Dr. Alana Seigner to publish a study of the curriculum... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 1:00pm - 2:20pm CDT
Hemlock

2:00pm CDT

Writing a Personal Narrative and Sharing Your Climate Story
Educators will be guided through a Sharing Your Climate Story Teacher Lesson Plan using the 5E Instructional Model with outcomes of summarizing the main climate impacts affecting their state, and writing a personal narrative. Participants will also be shown how to navigate the Our Climate Our Future website to find a pdf version of the lesson plan and use it with their students.

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Kelley Le

Director, UCI Science Project
Dr. Le has been in the educational field for 11 years as a high school science educator, instructional coach, consultant, and educational leader. She comes to UCISP from the UCI CalTeach Math & Science Program where she served as a coordinator, lecturer, and program designer. Her... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Young (she/her)

Ashley Young (she/her)

Education Program Manager, Alliance for Climate Education
Ashley, as a Florida native, has a strong affinity for the outdoors and preservation. She has been a vocal environmental advocate for over 10 years. She founded Students For the Environment in 2011 at Hillsborough Community College. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Economics at the... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Fir

2:00pm CDT

Knowledge is Power: RREAL's K-8 Solar Curriculum
Across Minnesota, a growing number of school districts are investing in solar energy. But how can schools connect these investments to the classroom and provide hands-on opportunities for students to learn more about this technology? A newly published K-8 Solar Curriculum from the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) is helping connect these dots with materials that introduce students from kindergarten through 8th grade to a wide array of concepts and activities related to solar energy.

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avatar for Kyle Tschida (he/him)

Kyle Tschida (he/him)

Program Manager, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL)
Kyle has been with RREAL for about four years now. Compelled by solar energy's great potential and creating a measurable impact in the greater Minnesota region, Kyle came to RREAL to volunteer in high school and decided to stay. He is committed to all general administrative tasks... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Spruce

2:00pm CDT

Solar for Communities
Join NYC based nonprofit Solar One to learn about how solar can be used as a tool for education and community building with high school students. During this workshop we will explore how solar works, community shared solar, solar advocacy, and high school solar curriculum for science & CTE. Participants will receive access to hands-on and remote lesson plans developed by Solar One.

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avatar for Sarah Pidgeon (she/her)

Sarah Pidgeon (she/her)

Co-Director of Programs, Solar One
Sarah Pidgeon is the Co-Director of Programs at Solar One. Prior to joining Solar One, Sarah worked as an educator at the Center for the Urban Environment in Brooklyn, where she taught classes in Urban Design and Ecology. Her passion for environmental education began during her childhood... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Sequoia

2:00pm CDT

Can You Spot the BS? Tips for Combating Scientific Misinformation in the Classroom
Have you ever been asked by a student, parent, or colleague, “Is that really true? I’ve heard/seen something different on the news” Attempting to teach about a subject that has become as controversial as climate change has can be INCREDIBLY challenging, especially when you don’t feel like you have adequate answers or information for students. Come join Climate Generation educator Seth Spencer and of course OTHER educators, as we dive into how to respond to questions about climate science or climate solutions, and how to connect students with HIGH QUALITY climate science data and information.

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avatar for Seth Spencer (he/him)

Seth Spencer (he/him)

Teach Climate Network Coordinator, Climate Generation
Seth joined Climate Generation in 2020 and coordinates the Teach Climate Network, helping the education program to create powerful professional development opportunities for educators across the country. He recently returned to his home state of Minnesota after five years in coastal... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Oak

2:00pm CDT

Another Lens' Perspective: It is Still Global Climate
We will discuss a spectrum of aspects to classify and utilize educational strategies to work with universal learners. As a Special Educator and Social Emotional Learning Strategist, it has become crucial to investigate a variety of methods to offer educational insight to interconnected subject matter and cross-curricular skills.

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avatar for LaStelshia Speaks (she/her)

LaStelshia Speaks (she/her)

Special Educator/Social Emotional Learning Educator, Baltimore County Public Schools
LaStelshia Speaks is a certified General and Special Educator for the state of Maryland. While she has taught all grade levels and subjects of public education, offering insight to History and Science lessons are her preferred areas of instruction. Ms. Speaks has previously collaborated... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Sycamore

2:00pm CDT

Indigenous ReMatriation: A Path to Reconnecting with Mother Earth
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This workshop will take participants on a journey of unpacking colonialism in the Americas with an emphasis on environmental terrorism and its detrimental impacts on Indigenous lands and bodies in the Southwest region of the United States. We will delve into the impacts of coal/uranium mining, gas and oil extraction and the nuclear energy/weapon industry. Dr. Castro will further discuss the correlations between the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR) movement and environmental violence, bringing participants to an understanding of the vital role Indigenous people, specifically Indigenous women, play in the earth and climate justice movement.

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avatar for Dr. Christina M. Castro (she/her)

Dr. Christina M. Castro (she/her)

Three Sisters Collective
Dr. Christina M. Castro (Jemez/Taos/Xicana) is an Indigenous matriarch, writer, scholar, educator, community organizer, multidimensional artist, public speaker and more. She was born in Southern California to families impacted by both Spanish and American colonialism, including boarding... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Wattle

2:00pm CDT

Navigating Difficult Conversations: Strategies for Current and Societal Issue Discussions
Learn how to enhance your classroom practice of engaging students in civil discourse face to face or at a distance. Learn how to curate the right question, prompt, and strategy to meet your learning targets. Walk away with new ideas and tools to enhance your current practice aligned with standards and the Educating for American Democracy Pedagogy Companion.

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avatar for Mary Ellen Daneels (she/her)

Mary Ellen Daneels (she/her)

Instructional Specialist, Illinois Civics Hub
Mary Ellen Daneels is a National Board Certified teacher who taught at West Chicago Community High School for 27 years. For the past four years, she has served as the Instructional Specialist for the Illinois Civics Hub. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and highlighted... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Alder

3:00pm CDT

Closing
Join us for an exciting look at work that emerged from the Summer Institute! We will also discuss how you can stay connected to your cohort moving forward and what to expect in year-long support from the Teach Climate Network.

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avatar for Lindsey Kirkland (she/her)

Lindsey Kirkland (she/her)

Climate Change Education Manager, Climate Generation
Lindsey supports on-going climate change education programs for K-12 educators and public audiences. As the education manager, she also develops a vision for and provides strategic coordination for programs focusing primarily on professional development for teachers and informal educators... Read More →


Friday July 30, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
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