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CLEAN Teleconference Call October 10, 2017

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Building Tomorrow's Workforce by Addressing Climate and Energy Challenges Today

Abstract: Communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals will have to address the impacts of climate change on society whether it is for adaptation - to build resilience and establish preparedness, or for mitigation – to migrate to cleaner energy sources and reduce energy use. To effectively address these impacts we need to develop a workforce that has an understanding of the science causing climate change and the critical thinking and data analysis skills to develop and implement solutions. Therefore, there is a tremendous need to increase teachers' capacity to effectively help students develop this content knowledge and skills.

Building Tomorrow's Workforce imagines that high school students could simultaneously contribute to solving the societal and economic impact of climate change and energy challenges and develop their skills as the workforce of tomorrow. This will be accomplished through a two part strategy that includes 1) a blended teacher professional learning community and 2) a student competition which includes cross sector partnerships to solve local challenges related to climate change or energy. The current status of Building Tomorrow's Workforce will be described, and input on the feasibility and usefulness of the components as well as suggestions for changes are welcome.

Bio: Dr. Tamara Shapiro Ledley is currently a 2017 Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow ( where she is pursuing her interests in making climate change education efforts scalable and financially sustainable and to leverage these efforts to enable all climate change stakeholders to align efforts to address the local impacts of climate change. She has most recently served as a senior scientist and chair of the Center for STEM Teaching and Learning at TERC ( She received her PhD from MIT in 1983 and her BS from the University of Maryland in 1976. Early in her career she led a research program in Earth system science and climate change at Rice University, and joined TERC in 1997 to pursue her science education interests. At TERC she led the development of the Earth Exploration Toolbook, EarthLabs, and Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Collection and chaired the CLEAN Network from 2008-2016.

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