The Inspiring Climate Education Excellence (ICEE) project was a professional development program designed to help educators teach climate science within a variety of pedagogical contexts. Building upon a national needs assessment, ICEE offerings included face to face workshops, online graduate courses, webinars, videos, learning resources and informational resources. Community-initiated innovations have included a climate fiction book club, forum, and new high-production value webinars.
ICEE addresses important climate science content along with the pedagogical skills necessary for effective instruction. While effective climate change education requires that teachers understand the content of climate science, it also requires teachers to bridge the science content with effective pedagogy. Pedagogical issues related to effective climate change education include aligning interdisciplinary climate science with existing science curricula, anticipating student misconceptions, and being prepared to address public controversy around climate change in the classroom. Educators have implemented new instruction with the support of climate scientists, master teacher coaches and STEM graduate students.
ICEE addresses both content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), or the pedagogical skills particular to teaching climate change science and solutions. Using the Essential Principles of Climate Literacy (EPCL) and building upon NASA and other climate science and learning resources, ICEE integrates pedagogical aspects of teaching climate change and best practices in integrating climate science and solutions.
ICEE was led by the Education and Outreach Group at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Project partners include NASA-funded climate scientists, the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), the GLOBE program, and the Climate Literacy Network.