CLEAN Teleconference Call February 23, 2016

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Improving Solutions-focused Resources in CLEAN Collection

The climate and energy challenges that society must address in the coming years and decades can be overwhelming for many learners. Many students, even before they fully master the science, will want to know what they can do to make a difference. Teachers are finding that weaving together science with solutions is an important strategy to avoid depressing their students. Understanding the basics of climate science is crucial in being able to make informed decisions in our current lives and into the future, and being "climate literate" means more than having a firm grasp of the science, but also appreciating the affective, emotional, social and behavioral dimensions involved.

A science informed solutions-focused approach to climate and energy challenges appears in the Next Generation Science Standards under both the Earth & Space and Engineering Design domains. Students are interested in learning about solutions and teachers are being increasingly asked to teach NGSS and NGSS "adapted" (like Massachusetts and West Virginia) standards by states and school districts. The CLEAN Network can capitalize on this increasing demand by working to include more solutions-focused resources in the CLEAN collection. In this CLEAN telecon, we will look at gaps in the existing CLEAN collection with respect to solutions resources, what criteria the resources need to meet to be considered for inclusion in the collection and how CLEAN community members can submit solutions-focused resources for review in the spring 2016 CLEAN review camp.

Rebecca is Director of Education at ACE, the Alliance for Climate Education, a national nonprofit that educates young people on the science of climate change and empowers them to take action. ACE has educated nearly 2 million high school students on climate change across the U.S. and recently released an online climate education resource, Our Climate Our Future, to bring climate education into classrooms across the country.

Frank Niepold is the Climate Education Coordinator at NOAA's Climate Program Office in Silver Spring Maryland, a co-chair of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's Education Interagency Working Group, and the U.S. Climate Action Report Education, Training, and Outreach chapter lead. At NOAA, he develops and implements NOAA's Climate goal education and outreach efforts that specifically relate to NOAA's Climate goal and literacy objective and is the section lead for's Teaching Climate. Additionally, he is the managing lead of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (GCRP) document, Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science. NOAA, NSF, NASA, AAAS Project 2061, CIRES, American Meteorological Society, and various members from both the science and education community worked to define climate literacy in the United States. Frank is a founding member of the CLEAN Network and a former Co-PI for the NSF Funded Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Pathway project that led to the CLEAN Collection.

Marian Grogan is the TERC-based Project Director for the CLEAN project and has played a major role in curating the CLEAN collection since its inception.

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