As part of Green Newton School Connections
efforts to advocate for climate change science in the Newton Public Schools K-12 curriculum, we would like to pass along a list of professional development resources for educators who want to deepen their knowledge in this area.
While we realize many teachers have been feeling overwhelmed by the district’s initial foray into distance learning, we also recognize that many will engage in some kind of professional development experience over the summer. The list of resources below represent low-cost, flexible options for teachers to earn PDPs or graduate credits while also expanding their toolbox of online and print resources for teaching about climate change.
National Geographic Teaching Global Climate Change in Your Classroom
Time: Online course that lasts through the summer (weekly June 24 – Aug 11); 45 hours
Cost: free for regular participants; $225 cost if you want 3 graduate credits
Content: covers a lot of the main issues with climate change (see syllabus attached to this email)
NAAEE – Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference
Time: June 29-30, 12:30 – 4 p.m.
Content: climate science, environmental justice, climate change in classroom, solutions
Stay-In-stitute for Climate Change Education
More information: climategen.org
: July 22–24, 2020, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT
: 20 Hours of Continuing Education. Climate change solutions are made in the classroom, at home, and within our communities. Let’s make the most out of our current situation by reimagining what education can be and how we can build opportunities for climate change solutions together!
Mass Audubon Earth and Human Activity
Timing: starts June 20 (6 session dates), 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $380 members, $440 non-members
Content: systems thinking, ecological restoration, climate resiliency, adaptation and mitigation, trophic interactions, and global climate trends
UNESCO Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development
Content: they have created a guidebook for leading teacher professional development related to climate change education at the secondary level
Shelburne Farms Education for Sustainability
Time: July 13-Aug 7, online meetings Mondays & Thursdays
Cost: $200; $900 extra for 3 graduate credits
Content: deepen one’s education for sustainability teaching practices (intermediate-level course)
Green Schools Green Classroom Professional Certificate
Time: Starts any time and can be done over a period of 350 days. 2-hours online course + quiz.
Cost: $25 for 5 or more participants
Content: training for educators on how to have a greener physical environment within schools