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Climate change is one of the most complex and far-reaching challenges of our time. Thorough, scientifically sound and engaging climate change education is essential to prepare the next generations of leaders to take on global challenges. However, through our experience we find that many educators feel ill-prepared to teach it, thus avoiding the topic, treating it in a cursory way or not creating opportunities to achieve an understanding of climate change’s environmental, social and economic facets.
Our climate change Institutes provide educators with resources, skills, tools, and strategies to engage learners effectively on this topic and support their students in taking action in their communities.
Our Institutes occur in a variety of formats, designed to draw on the experiences and questions that educators are having about climate change, the way it's covered in schools, and how to best evolve practice to foster understanding, motivate action, and inspire students to be interested and engaged in their learning.
Through the process of professional inquiry, we can evolve practice to help prepare students to come to terms with climate change, personally and as engaged citizens. Educators of students from grades 7 to 12 are the focus of these professional learning opportunities, aligning with where most opportunities for climate change are found in the curriculum.
To meet local needs, this professional development initiative is being offered in a variety of ways: