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Climate and Energy Workshops for Educators

In-person workshops provided educators with opportunities to explore CLEAN resources, learn about climate and energy science, and create standards-aligned units for teaching about energy and climate topics in the classroom.

2018 Workshops

NAAEE Annual Conference: Creating Your Own Climate and Energy Education Units with CLEANet.org

October 11, 2018

In this interactive session, educators will use the CLEAN Collection resources and the CLEAN Get Started Guide unit planning tools to create their own unit around climate and energy phenomena and current issues, which can be tailored to different environmental education settings and audiences.

Colorado Science Conference: CLEAN & NGSS

November 9, 2018

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Collection of reviewed educational climate and energy science resources for grades 6-16 has been aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). We will describe how to search the CLEAN Collection with an NGSS lens and present a new framework of building units following NGSS Practices. We will showcase examples of such NGSS-aligned Earth System Investigations, modeling the three­ dimensional learning advocated for in the NGSS.


Past Workshops

Climate and Energy Online Workshops for College Faculty

These online workshops provided opportunities to learn in-depth science, see examples of innovative classroom projects, and to create new classroom materials for teaching about energy and climate.

About CLEAN Online Workshops

CLEAN online workshops used web conferencing software along with SERC's web collaboration tools and conference call lines to provide an immersive, engaging format. Workshops included presentations, demonstrations, real-time chat, verbal discussion, individual work time, small group assignments, and asynchronous discussion threads.

An important outcome from the CLEAN workshops was the creation of new teaching materials that can be used to teach climate literacy or energy awareness. During the workshops, participants were expected to create a teaching activity and to review activities created by other workshop participants. See activities created at past workshops.

2012 Workshops


Communicating Climate Science in the Classroom

April 2 - 11, 2012

The Guiding Principle for informed climate decisions states, humans can take actions to reduce climate change and its impacts. Yet before action can be taken, the populace needs to understand the reasons for action, the rationale for which actions to take, and the motivations to move away from "business as usual." Thus, communicating about climate change is a challenge faced by scientists, policymakers and educators alike. This workshop will explore effective practices for communicating climate science and climate policy and will provide strategies to help improve student understanding of this complex and sensitive topic.

Teaching Climate Complexity

May 7 - 16, 2012

Earth's climate is regulated by complex interactions among components of the Earth system. As such, teaching about climate science involves an understanding of many different facets of the earth system. This workshop is designed to help faculty expand their knowledge of the climate system and will provide opportunities to collaborate to create new classroom materials for teaching this aspect of climate literacy. This workshop is a follow-on from a 2011 workshop.

2011 Workshops


Teaching Climate Science with Active Learning Strategies

October 8, 2011
cosponsored by NAGT and the Geoscience Education Division of GSA

Climate science is a hot topic in today's classrooms, but understanding the science can be clouded by misconceptions, affective roadblocks, and political concerns. One important strategy for improving student understanding of controversial or misunderstood topics is to use active learning methods by which students can become immersed in the issue. This half-day workshop will provide opportunities to learn specific techniques for teaching climate science, such as using datasets, Google Earth, case studies, and interactive classroom projects. Participants will have hands-on time using various tactics and will emerge with a set of resources that they can apply to their own classrooms.

Navigating Climate Complexities in the Classroom

June 7 - 15, 2011

Earth's climate is regulated by complex interactions among components of the Earth system (from essential principle 2). As such, teaching about climate science involves an understanding of many different facets of the earth system. This workshop is designed to help faculty expand their knowledge of the climate system and gain pedagogic strategies for effective teaching of complex topics.

Teaching Energy Awareness: Understanding Sources and Uses

April 11 - 19, 2011

Energy use has a profound effect on human civilization. Energy is a gateway to flourishing societies, a valuable commodity, and a resource with substantial social and environmental consequences. Energy consumption is also the fundamental cause and the primary solution to anthropogenic climate change. There are many avenues for addressing energy in today's college classrooms, and its relevance can bring current science and policy into your teaching.

This workshop is for undergraduate faculty who are interested in bringing energy-related topics into their courses, or who already teach about energy but may be looking for new approaches to teaching about it. Workshop topics will be centered around teaching energy awareness Concept B: The primary sources of energy used by society are non-renewable stores sources, such as fossil fuels and nuclear, and renewable sources, such as solar, wind, hydro and biomass.


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