Do you teach about Climate Issues? Would you enjoy learning more and spending time with like-minded educators? Check out the Summer Institute for Climate Education, a virtual conference for educators across the country.
Dates: July 28-30, 2021 (Registration deadline, July 19)
Cost: $250 – Scholarships are available!
Theme for 2021: A Regrounding in Truth
New this Year: Mass Audubon Educators lead the Northeast Regional Cohort
Hosted by Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, in partnership with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Climate Program Office and The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program, this three-day training will provide educators with skills, tools and resources to teach climate change concepts and empower students in all subject areas.
New this year is a regional cohort model, introduced to create an innovative, collaborative, and solutions-focused virtual conference. Each cohort leader’s organization will lead mini-workshops focusing on climate change impacts, solutions, and relationships across their specific regions. Participants will learn, converse, and collaborate with other educators in their region for day two of the event. When you register for the conference, you are automatically enrolled in the appropriate cohort, based on your registration. Each cohort leader’s organization will lead workshops focusing on climate change impacts, solutions, and relationships across their specific regions.
The Northeast regional cohort will be led by Mass Audubon Climate Education staff:
Registration for the 16th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education costs $250 and includes ongoing support throughout the year. To make the online conference inclusive and accessible to all teachers, we welcome Scholarship Applications. Scholarship priority is given to People of Color and teachers in underserved districts. The conference counts towards 20 hours of Continuing Education and may be used towards two graduate credits (optional). The deadline for registration is July 19, 2021.
Designed for teachers across all disciplines, the Summer Institute will encourage participants to do authentic scientific investigations, explore their personal and cultural connections to climate change, and make observations of the world around them. Attendees will explore solutions to climate change, learn how to engage students in action and teach the intersections of climate change and racial justice.
“Climate change solutions are made in the classroom, at home, and within our communities,” said Lindsey Kirkland, Climate Change Education Manager of Climate Generation. “A virtual Institute allows us to bridge the divide between the different spaces where people learn about and act on climate change. We will bring together climate scientists, social justice experts, Indigenous knowledge holders, frontline community members, and educators from across the nation to create justice-based climate change education centered on community solutions.”
About Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
Established in 2006 by polar explorer Will Steger, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is a nationally connected and trusted nonprofit that builds climate literacy and action with tangible results in terms of awareness, direct engagement and public policy wins. Climate Generation empowers individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change with a vision of a world of resilient communities with equitable solutions. For more information, visit climategen.org, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and view stories about our work on YouTube.
About Mass Audubon
Established in 1896 by Harriet Hemenway and Minna Hall, Mass Audubon’s mission is to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Through our guiding strategies of conservation, education, and advocacy, we are able to make meaningful impacts every year. Mass Audubon is one of the largest statewide providers of environmental education programming for youth, families, and adults. Our statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries, nature centers, and museums serve as the base for our work in education and community outreach. Our education programs take place at our sites as well as in communities across the Commonwealth in partnership with schools, classrooms, and community-based organizations.