Climate Literacy in K-12 Classrooms: Challenges, Solutions, and Change I

Session ID#: 8892

Session Description:
The AGU Position Statement on climate change, “Human‐Induced Climate Change Requires Urgent Action,” calls for “conveying understanding clearly and accurately, both to decision makers and to the general public.” K12 teachers and administrators are charged with introducing students to science content and training them in the critical thinking skills that are required for decision-making on science issues, including climate change. In this session we seek presentations on the challenges and solutions for teaching climate science and supporting climate literacy for students in all grade levels and from all backgrounds. We invite presentations on exemplary practices for integrating climate topics into K12 education; translating climate science for use in K12 education; demonstrated gaps and needs in this area; challenges in bringing climate science to K12 classes; school-based activities that increase family and community climate literacy; and models for professional development for K12 teachers in climate science and climate change education.
Primary Convener:  Patricia Harcourt, University of Maryland Center (UMCES) for Environmental Science, Frostburg, MD, United States
Conveners:  Suseela Remata Reddy, Jackson State University, Chemistry, Physics and Atmospheric Sciences, Jackson, MS, United States and David Finnigan, Climate Change is Elementary, Celebration, FL, United States
Chairs:  Patricia Harcourt, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Annapolis, MD, United States and Suseela Remata Reddy, Jackson State Univ, Physics, Atmospheric Sciences and Geoscience, Jackson, MS, United States
OSPA Liaison:  Patricia Harcourt, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Annapolis, MD, United States

  • EP - Earth and Planetary Surface Processes
  • GC - Global Environmental Change
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Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Frank Niepold III, NOAA Washington DC, Climate Program Office, Washington, MD, United States, Tamara S Ledley, Technical Education Research Centers, Cambridge, MA, United States, Jeff Lockwood, TERC, Cambridge, MA, United States, Elizabeth Youngman, Busy Bee Productions, Sun Valley, ID, United States, Cheryl L B Manning, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program, Washington, United States and Susan M Sullivan, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States
Art Sussman, WestEd, San Francisco, CA, United States
Asli Sezen-Barrie and Jane Wolfson, Towson University, Towson, MD, United States
Christine Purkiss, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX, United States
Katya Anna Hafich1,2, Wynn Martens3, Hannah Fletcher3, Barbara MacFerrin3, Deb L Morrison4, Judith Stone5, Mary Claire Collins5, Michael Chastain6, Carl Hager7, Eileen Duncan8, Cindy J Gay9, J.D. Kurz10, Cheryl L B Manning11, Ben J Graves6 and Lynn Bloomfield12, (1)Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Boulder, CO, United States, (2)University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States, (3)University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States, (4)CLEAR Environmental, Seattle, United States, (5)Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO, United States, (6)Delta County School District 50J, Delta, CO, United States, (7)Boulder Country Day School, Boulder, CO, United States, (8)Union Colony Preparatory School, Greeley, CO, United States, (9)Steamboat Springs School District, Steamboat Springs, CO, United States, (10)Archuleta School District #50, Pagosa Springs, CO, United States, (11)JEFFCO Public Schools, Evergreen, United States, (12)Manitou Springs School District 14, Manitou Springs, CO, United States
William Slattery1, Suzanne Lunsford1, Alfred Diedrick2 and Cynthia Crane3, (1)Wright State University Main Campus, Dayton, OH, United States, (2)Paint Valley Local Schools, Bainbridge, OH, United States, (3)Aurora Fossil Museum, Aurora, NC, United States
Leonard Bloch, St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Saratoga, CA, United States

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