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Interested in learning how to teach creatively about climate change?

Interested in learning how to teach creatively about climate change?

Teacher Professional Development Training

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CIRES Education Outreach group, in collaboration with Inside the Greenhouse and the Colorado Film School, is hosting a 7.5-hour or 15-hour teacher professional development workshop on June 9th, 2017, at the University of Colorado Boulder. The one-day, 7.5-credit hands-on workshop will cover how to teach climate science creatively using technology and provide resources for classroom implementation. These strategies link the sciences and the arts through a societally important topic, as attendees learn technical skills and topic context.  The additional 7.5 credit hours can be earned by producing a short video or other media product about a climate or environmental science topic after the workshop.

This workshop combines tested classroom practices from the NSF-funded Lens on Climate Change project, which has engaged Colorado middle and high school students in climate through filmmaking and the CU Boulder based Inside the Greenhouse course series.

This workshop is intended for middle and high school science, art, and technology teachers. The curricula are aligned to specific Colorado standards in the Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Visual Arts. We welcome interested and passionate teachers who want to bridge their expertise with their colleagues’ to create wide-ranging educational experiences.

Workshop Preliminary Agenda

  • Introduction to teaching controversial topics
  • Creative climate communication strategies
  • Introduction to teaching climate science in the classroom
  • Teaching with media – overview and examples
  • Facilitation of student–directed research in the classroom around a science topic
  • Hands–on learning of developing a film or other media

We are providing many resources that will support implementation in the classroom. To apply this workshop, please fill out the form below. The deadline for applying is June 1st.  We hope to see you in the summer!

Teacher Professional development credit is coordinated through University of Colorado Boulder’s Science Discovery Program. If you are interested in earning graduate level credit please indicate this on the application form. 

If you are interested in future teacher training workshops, please contact Erin Leckey, Program Manager