Climate and Resiliency Education
Building the Capacity of Climate and Resiliency Education through Three-Dimensional Learning and Co-Design Unit Planning
What are the causes and effects of a changing climate and how do they impact human lives and the environment?
To explore this question, a team from CIRES Education Outreach partnered with faculty from the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education and a cohort of science educators through the Climate Education and Dialogue for Denver Public Schools (DPS) project. The overarching project goal is to build teacher capacity in learning and teaching about climate and resiliency education using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the co-design unit planning process, and the three-dimensional learning approach.
From late 2016 to early 2017, the project team met for four face-to-face workshops that included expert science support from CIRES graduate students. The educator cohort had opportunities to learn about climate and energy topics and educational resources, select and unpack climate-focused NGSS Performance Expectations, identify a school-based and student-driven design challenge, and initiate the co-design unit planning process of three secondary science climate and resiliency units. Project resources and support were offered online and virtually to assist DPS educators in completing their individual lessons and piloting the collective units in spring and fall 2017. By spring 2018, the units had undergone both pedagogical and scientific reviews and revisions.
The instructional units developed through this project are available for use by educators and educational organizations, and may be adapted (crediting the original developers and the unit webpage), thus extending the broader impacts of the project.
Download Individual Climate and Resiliency unit files: