Join us for the Earth Institute’s inaugural virtual professional development event for K-12 educators. “E.I. Teach: Climate Change in the Classroom,” will prepare educators with the tools and content area expertise to begin to address climate change in their classrooms and engage students in learning about the climate system beyond textbooks and worksheets. Our live sessions will be hosted by our world-renowned climate experts and will be supplemented by additional readings and teaching resources.
K-5 Educators: Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 10:00am – 1:30pm EDT and Friday, July 31, 2020 from 10:00am – 1:30pm EDT
All participants will:
1. Get live access to the event and all of the session recordings
2. Be able to interact with world-renowned scientists in small group settings
3. Learn about ideas and strategies to teach climate change live or remotely
4. Meet and network with fellow educators
5. Walk away with relevant resources and lesson plans
These are just a few examples of the sessions we are offering for educators teaching at the K-5 levels:
1. At the Core of It – Sediment Cores and Climate Change - Go on a virtual tour and get a sneak peek of 18,000 core samples taken from beneath the ocean floor. The collection in the Core Repository at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has taken more than half a century to build and is a treasure trove of scientific data. Learn how and why we collect and use sediment cores to help us understand Earth's history, and how what we learn about the past can inform our predictions for our future.
2. We’re On Thin Ice – How Fast and How Much? - Thwaites is a 'threshold glacier' and is extremely vulnerable to collapse. When it does, it will release additional ice to flow into the ocean, raising sea level significantly. Join us to explore Thwaites below the ice, down under the ocean, and back in time, in order to truly understand this doomsday glacier.
3. Planning for Urban Resilience - To solve global problems like climate change, we need to give students the tools for understanding both how they impact their environment and how their environment impacts them. This session offers suggestions for using games, design experiences, project-based learning, and neighborhood exploration to teach children how we use science to design resilient and low-carbon cities.