Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Webinar Series

Take your teaching about climate and energy to the next level with the CLEAN Webinar Series. Use the buttons below to register for each free webinar. We also invite you to check out these partner webinars that are related to the CLEAN series.

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Webinar recordings of the event topics are posted below.

Click here to watch: Introduction to CLEAN

Fall 2021 Recording

This webinar offers a guided tour of the CLEAN portal. Learn about the CLEAN collection of almost 700 climate and energy educational resources and the range of other supporting materials to help you effectively and accurately teach about climate and energy topics. Presenter: Katie Boyd, CLEAN Program Manager.

Click here to register for: The UC Berkeley Understanding Global Change Project and CLEAN

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 @ 6:00pm ET / 5:00pm CT / 4:00pm MT / 3:00pm PT (.5 hours)

The Understanding Global Change (UGC) Project at the University of California Museum of Paleontology at UC Berkeley developed a suite of online and interactive learning materials that support educators and students to explore the Earth as an interconnected, dynamic system. The UGC resources, co-designed with classroom teachers and leaders in climate education, are integrated with research-based teaching practices that utilize modeling of phenomena to make learning visible and support the investigation of local and global actions that reduce human impacts on global environments. In this webinar, you will learn about the UGC Project tools for teaching about climate and energy using CLEAN resources. Presenter: Jessica Bean, University of California Berkeley.

Click here to register for: Strategies for Integrating Climate Science into the Elementary Classroom with CLEAN

Monday, February 28, 2022 @ 6pm ET / 5pm CT / 4pm MT / 3pm PT (1 hour)

This webinar provides strategies for elementary teachers to integrate climate science into their classrooms. Teachers will explore how to break down this complex and controversial topic, teach it across disciplines, make it culturally relevant, use it to inspire curiosity, and motivate students to develop climate change solutions. Presenter: Alicia Christensen, CIRES @ University of Colorado, and Tiffany Boyd, Classrooms for Climate Action.

Click here to register for: Teaching about Climate and Energy with CLEAN

Thursday, March 3 @ 6pm ET / 5pm CT / 4pm MT / 3pm PT (.5 hours)

This webinar introduces the Climate and Energy Literacy Principles and how they are integrated with the CLEAN collection of climate and energy resources. These principles provide the foundation for understanding the science behind climate and energy concepts. Presenter: Karin Kirk, Geologist and Science Writer.

Click here to register for: It's Us: Humans as agents of change within Earth's climate system

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 @ 6:30pm ET / 5:30pm CT / 4:30pm MT / 3:30pm PT (.5 hours)

Human impacts on the climate system are becoming increasingly evident, moving climate change from a topic that is abstract and faraway to one that is right before our eyes. It's our job to help students learn about our role in altering the climate, but it's important to do so in a way that's constructive and solutions-oriented. Educational materials from CLEAN collection can help you navigate this essential topic. Presenter: Karin Kirk, Geologist and Science Writer.

Click here to register for: Teaching Climate Consequences with CLEAN: Motivate and Inspire, Don't Despair

Monday, March 14, 2022 @ 6:30pm ET / 5:30pm CT / 4:30pm MT / 3:30pm PT (.5 hours)

The consequences of climate change are all around us, unfortunately. How can we teach these topics without overwhelming our students or causing anxiety? In this webinar, climate communicator Karin Kirk will share strategies for building connections between cause and effect, showcasing solutions, and using local approaches to make science relevant and inspiring. All the teaching tools highlighted in this webinar are appropriate for online teaching.

Click here to register for: Climate Solutions Workshop Using the En-ROADS Decision Support Model

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 @ 5pm ET / 4pm CT / 3pm MT / 2pm PT (1.5 hours)

Are you interested in exploring what strategies can help the world address climate change? Come to this 1.5-hour workshop, where facilitator Dr. Tamara Shapiro Ledley will help participants explore the impact of various strategies including reducing the use of coal, oil, and gas for energy, increasing the impact of renewable energy resources, increasing the energy efficiency of transportation and infrastructure, electrifying transportation, reducing emissions from land use, and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and others using the En-ROADS decision support model. We will also explore the co-benefits and equity considerations of the various strategies. This will be an interactive workshop so be prepared to think about how you and your communities are addressing climate change. We will test what the impact would be if the entire world did the same. You will discuss and test a wide range of strategies and discover as a group what suite of worldwide actions would help limit the increase of temperature to no more than 2 degrees C by 2100.


Special Webinars

Click here to register for: CLEAN and Interdisciplinary Resources for Climate Justice

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 @ 6:30pm ET / 5:30pm CT / 4:30pm MT / 3:30pm PT (1 hour)

Join us for an exploration of K-16 practices and resources for interdisciplinary teaching about climate justice as part of Bard College's Worldwide Teach-in for Climate Justice on March 30th. We will discuss current classroom needs, and share materials from CLEAN, STEM Teaching Tools, and the University of California that allow you to connect science curriculum, as well as history-social science instruction, to learning about climate solutions. Presenters: Jessica Bean, University of California Berkeley and Shelley Brooks, California History-Social Science Project.

Click here to register for: Climate and Mental Health: Acknowledging Grief and Inspiring Hope

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 @ 6pm ET / 5pm CT / 4pm MT / 3pm PT (1 hour)

During this 1-hour webinar, we will review research linking climate change and mental health. We will focus on skills for coping with and moving through personal grief and loss related to climate change. Emphasis will also be placed on supporting students in processing and transforming climate change-related grief and loss. As a component of this, we will learn how to inspire hope in yourself and your students through examples of – innovation, advocacy and community action. This webinar will include both lecture and interactive components. Presenter Courtney Welton-Mitchell, Ph.D. is trained as a social psychologist and a mental health clinician and has worked as a practitioner and researcher in global disasters and complex humanitarian crises.


Click here to register for: Exploring hands-on, STEM-based energy activities for the classroom

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 @ 6pm ET / 5pm CT / 4pm MT / 3pm PT (1 hour)

During this webinar, educators from the NC Energy Literacy Fellows program will share ideas and resources for incorporating hands-on STEM-based energy activities into instruction. In addition to showcasing a range of activities to teach about electricity generation and renewable energy, we'll discuss strategies for adapting and extending activities to meet instructional goals for both science and CTE classrooms. Presenters: Dana Haine, UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment and Andrea Gladden, East Burke Middle School.


Click here to register for: Teaching About Climate and Energy in Communities That Might Not Want to Hear it

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022 @ 6pm ET / 5pm CT / 4pm MT / 3pm PT (45 minutes)

Climate change can be a challenging topic for some people to accept and understand. But there are many pathways to overcome potential obstacles, particularly because climate science and climate solutions span so many different perspectives. Tailoring the classroom approach to suit one's audience is an especially important strategy. This webinar will offer teaching ideas that are collaborative, solutions-oriented, and can appeal to people from varied worldviews. Presenter: Karin Kirk, Geologist and Science Writer. Webinar: 25 min, followed by 15 min of questions and discussion. Do you have a challenge you'd like to help resolve? We welcome your questions!


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Past Recorded Webinars

Watch: Introduction to CLEAN

Watch the screencast on screen by pressing the play button. You can also download this video (MP4 Video 188.2MB Nov10 21).
This webinar offers a guided tour of the CLEAN portal. Learn about the CLEAN collection of over 800 climate and energy educational resources and the range of other supporting materials to help you effectively and accurately teach about climate and energy topics. Presenter: Katie Boyd, CLEAN program manager.

Watch: Teaching About Climate and Energy with CLEAN

Watch the screencast on screen by pressing the play button. You can also download this video (MP4 Video 198.2MB Mar16 22).
This webinar introduces the Climate and Energy Literacy Principles and how they are integrated with the CLEAN collection of climate and energy resources. These principles provide the foundation for understanding the science behind climate and energy concepts. Presenter: Karin Kirk, Science Writer.

Watch: Create Your Own Climate and Energy Units

Watch the screencast on screen by pressing the play button. You can also download this video (MP4 Video 12.3MB Nov30 17).
This webinar introduces the CLEAN Get Started Guide and its downloadable unit planning tools to help educators create their own climate and energy units and highlights the three ready-to-use unit exemplars. The step-by-step planning guide incorporates the CLEAN collection of climate and energy resources and the NGSS three-dimensional instructional model. Presenter: Jennifer Taylor, Curriculum Development & Project Coordinator CIRES Education Outreach.

Watch: CLEAN, NGSS, and 3-D Learning for Climate and Energy Education

Watch the screencast on screen by pressing the play button. You can also download this video (MP4 Video 28MB Mar10 20).
This webinar demonstrates how the CLEAN collection of educational resources are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and how CLEAN supports 3-dimensional learning. Learn how to search the CLEAN collection by NGSS climate and energy topics and at-a-glance standards tables. Presenter: Cheryl Manning, Earth Science Educator & former NESTA President.

Watch: It's Us: Humans as agents of change within Earth's climate system

Watch the screencast on screen by pressing the play button. You can also download this video (MP4 Video 134MB Mar16 22).
Human impacts on the climate system are becoming increasingly evident, moving climate change from a topic that is abstract and faraway to one that is right before our eyes. It's our job to help students learn about our role in altering the climate, but it's important to do so in a way that's constructive and solutions-oriented. Educational materials from the CLEAN collection can help you navigate this essential topic. Presenter: Karin Kirk, Geologist and Science Writer.

Watch: The UC Berkeley Understanding Global Change Project and CLEAN

Watch the screencast on screen by pressing the play button. You can also download this video (MP4 Video 211.8MB Mar16 22).
The Understanding Global Change (UGC) Project at the University of California Museum of Paleontology at UC Berkeley developed a suite of online and interactive learning materials that support educators and students to explore the Earth as an interconnected, dynamic system. The UGC resources, co-designed with classroom teachers and leaders in climate education, are integrated with research-based teaching practices that utilize modeling of phenomena to make learning visible, and support the investigation of local and global actions that reduce human impacts on global environments. In this webinar, you will learn about the UGC Project tools for teaching about climate and energy using CLEAN resources. Presenter: Jessica Bean, University of California Berkeley.

Watch: Teaching Climate Consequences with CLEAN: Motivate and Inspire, Don't Despair

Watch the screencast on screen by pressing the play button. You can also download this video (MP4 Video 167.5MB Mar16 22).
The consequences of climate change are all around us, unfortunately. How can we teach these topics without overwhelming our students or causing anxiety? In this webinar, climate communicator Karin Kirk will share strategies for building connections between cause and effect, showcasing solutions, and using local approaches to make science relevant and inspiring. All the teaching tools highlighted in this webinar are appropriate for online teaching. Presenter: Karin Kirk, Geologist and Science Writer.

Watch: Strategies for Integrating Climate Science into the Elementary Classroom with CLEAN

Watch the screencast on screen by pressing the play button. You can also download this video (MP4 Video 223.5MB Mar16 22).
This webinar provides strategies for elementary teachers to integrate climate science into their classroom. Teachers will explore how to breakdown this complex and controversial topic, teach it across disciplines, make it culturally relevant, use it to inspire curiosity, and motivate students to develop climate change solutions. Presenter: Alicia Christensen, CIRES Education and Outreach Program Manager, Tiffany Boyd, Retired Elementary School Teacher, and Rachel Han, PhD Candidate in Learning Sciences

Recorded Special Webinars

Watch: Teaching Climate Change in a Community That Does Not Want to Hear it

Watch the screencast on screen by pressing the play button. You can also download this video (MP4 Video 61MB Apr22 21)
This webinar focuses on challenges and strategies around teaching climate change in a community that doesn't want to listen and the lessons one teacher has learned over the past decade that have helped him "move the needle". Presented by Jeffrey Yuhas, a middle and high school teacher who has taught in multiple schools, including one that is home to many environmentalist families and one that is home of many climate change denier families. He will describe how he has structured his curriculum to engage students on the topic of climate change, including advice for facilitating student discussions and connecting climate change to students' lives.

Text file of the chat from the webinar (Text File 6kB Apr22 21)


Watch: Wind and Sun Can Grow American Jobs

Watch the screencast on screen by pressing the play button. You can also download this video (MP4 Video 61MB Apr22 21)
A surge in renewable energy infrastructure is bringing job growth to many parts of the country. Is your region taking advantage? Join science journalist Karin Kirk for a look at which parts of the U.S. are taking advantage of their wind and sun, and which are falling behind. Framing renewable energy in terms of jobs can be a helpful way to address careers, economic growth, and climate policy. Educators will also learn about CLEAN resources that can help students learn about green careers. Presenter: Karin Kirk, Yale Climate Connections.

Related article: Wind and solar energy are job creators, by Karin Kirk for Yale Climate Connections

Watch: Using Understanding Global Change to Make Earth System Connections about Local Phenomena: The Return of the River Otters

Watch the screencast on screen by pressing the play button. You can also download this video (MP4 Video 177.5MB Dec16 21)
The Understanding Global Change (UGC) Project from the UC Berkeley, Museum of Paleontology, has created a suite of online and interactive resources to support teaching and learning about climate change and Earth systems. In this workshop, teachers will learn how to use these resources to make student thinking visible and investigate the return of the North American River Otters to the San Francisco Bay Area. Teachers will also be connected with the new CLEAN Elementary Climate Teaching Portal where they can find more resources for teaching about climate change. Presenter: Jessica Bean, University of California Berkeley.


Watch: CLEAN Climate Solutions Workshop using the En-ROADS Decision Support Model

Watch the screencast on screen by pressing the play button. You can also download this video (MP4 Video 447MB Mar28 22).
Are you interested in exploring what strategies can help the world address climate change? This workshop, led by Dr. Tamara Shapiro Ledley, helped participants explore the impact of various strategies including reducing the use of coal, oil, and gas for energy, increasing the impact of renewable energy resources, increasing the energy efficiency of transportation and infrastructure, electrifying transportation, reducing emissions from land use, and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and others using the En-ROADS decision support model. Participants also explored the co-benefits and equity considerations of the various strategies, discussing and testing a wide range of strategies to discover as a group what suite of worldwide actions would help limit the increase of temperature to no more than 2 degrees C by 2100.


Watch: CLEAN and the National Climate Assessment

Watch the screencast on screen by pressing the play button. You can also download this video (MP4 Video 307.2MB Mar21 19).
In this webinar, David Easterling (NOAA/National Centers for Environmental Information), Technical Support Unit and a Federal Coordinating lead author on the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), summarizes the key scientific findings from the NCA4. CLEAN educators discuss how teachers can use the NCA4 in their classrooms and point to CLEAN resources that support teaching these topics.


Watch: CLEAN Resources to Support Washington ClimeTime

Watch the screencast on screen by pressing the play button. You can also download this video (MP4 Video 128.2MB May2 19).
This webinar, led by Deb Morrison (University of Washington) and Katie Boyd (CIRES), introduces teachers to CLEAN and offers an interactive tutorial of how it can help teach about climate and energy in the classroom. CLEAN has a collection of quality resources teachers can use as well as guidance for teaching about climate and energy topics. CLEAN is aligned with NGSS and has resources to help teachers create 3D learning units. This webinar is designed to target teachers in Washington state and help them navigate the new statewide climate education initiative. Time is provided for teachers to explore CLEAN for themselves through engaging activities.

PDF of the slides (Acrobat (PDF) 10.4MB May1 19)

Text file of the chat from the webinar (Acrobat (PDF) 24kB May7 19)



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