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Thursday, April 15
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM ET
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NESTA and CLEAN 1: Strategies for Integrating Climate Science into the Elementary Classroom

Teachers will explore how to break down this controversial topic, teach it across disciplines, make it culturally relevant, and motivate students to develop climate change solutions.

Takeaways: Elementary teachers will: 1. walk away with peer- and science-reviewed lessons they can immediately put to use in their teaching; 2. walk away with a variety of strategies and resources that will help integrate climate science into their classrooms; and 3. learn how to break down the complex and controversial subject of climate change.

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Alicia Christensen (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences: Boulder, CO), Rae Jing Han (University of Washington: Seattle, WA), Tiffany Boyd (Classrooms for Climate Action: Louisville, CO)

Wednesday, April 21
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM ET
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NMLSTA-Sponsored Session: Inspired by Germany—Understanding Global Climate Change to Take Local Action

Explore global climate change data and human impacts using the Bremerhaven Klimahaus as a model to engage students in asking questions and taking local action.

Takeaways: 1. Climate change impacts vary by location and disproportionately affect disadvantaged populations; 2. Individual actions have impacts on multiple scales from local to global; and 3. Empathetic, scientifically literate youth working in partnership with community members can be agents of change.

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Loris Jean Chen (Science Education Consultant: Fair Lawn, NJ)

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Wednesday, April 21
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM ET
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Data Puzzles: Bringing Authentic Data into Classrooms Through Inquiry-Based Instruction

Come learn about Data Puzzles, a free resource co-designed by climate scientists and instructional specialists from the University of Colorado Boulder that are aimed at bringing authentic data into classrooms in the context of current and relevant scientific research.

Takeaways: 1. Introduction to inquiry-based instruction in the context of Ambitious Science Teaching practices; 2. Strategies for facilitating Data Puzzle resources and other inquiry-based activities in your MS/HS classroom; and 3. Skills to design your own data-driven learning activities.

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Jonathan Griffith (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO)

Thursday, April 22
6:45 PM - 7:30 PM ET
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Science Storytelling: Student Activism Through Film

Help students create compelling stories about climate change and environmental justice. Classroom-ready resources will help students communicate scientific information with narrative structure across various media.

Takeaways: 1. In an analytical discipline like science, there is still a case to be made for storytelling; 2. The And-But-Therefore narrative structure technique to summarize scientific information or craft original science communication; and 3. Science storytelling can enhance student projects by improving conceptual understanding and allowing choice and voice to engage students as activists for environmental justice.

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Susan Tate (Whitehall Middle School: Whitehall, MI), Cristina Veresan (The Nueva School: Hillsborough, CA)

Thursday, April 22
6:45 PM - 7:30 PM ET
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Earth Day: Sea Level Rise—What It Is; Why It’s Happening; Why It’s So Very, Very Dangerous; and What You Can Do About It

This session engages participants in the exploration of middle school–oriented, classroom-ready, interactive, online, data-driven, three-dimensional activities and visualizations that present how sea level rise is caused by climate change, how NOAA monitors and measures these changes, how U.S. coastal regions are dangerously impacted by it, and how you can get up to $5,000 for your school to mitigate its impacts.

Takeaways: Educators will: 1. explore a middle school–oriented classroom-ready multimedia module, and use data-driven NOAA websites that explain and visualize how climate change is causing sea levels to rise globally and impacting all U.S. coastal areas; 2. explore NOAA’s classroom-ready, Data in the Classroom modules: Investigating Sea Level Using Real Data, and learn how their students can use data from NOAA’s satellites and coastal stations to do the analysis to see sea level changing, and learn how they can integrate its inquiry-based resources into their classrooms today; and 3. learn about NOAA Planet Stewards, a Federal program that offers educators up to $5,000 to engage in hands-on stewardship activities to mitigate climate change and its impacts.

Speakers

Bruce Moravchik (NOAA National Ocean Service: Silver Spring, MD)

Saturday, April 24
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM ET
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Global Temperature Rise: Results from Most Recent Science

Up-to-date scientific climate research will be explored as the basis for supporting NGSS performance expectation MS-ESS3-5 concerning the current rise in global temperature.

Takeaways: 1. There are many factors that affect changes in global temperature, both natural and human-caused; 2. The current rapid rise in global temperature is primarily the result of the human combustion of fossil fuels; and 3. There are many engaging sources of data and activities for students to use in investigating this NGSS performance expectation.

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Michael Wysession (Washington University in St. Louis: Saint Louis, MO)

Saturday, April 24
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM ET
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Empowering Effective Climate Change Communicators

Learn how to navigate the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication's Educator Page. Engage with data-based, NGSS-focused activities that you can easily use with students.

Takeaways: 1. Communicating effectively about climate change is just as important as understanding climate science itself if we hope to realize viable, equitable climate solutions in our lifetime; 2. The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication conducts scientific research on public climate change knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Through YPCCC's Educator Page, students can engage with current data from this research to identify effective climate change communication strategies and think critically about what it takes to implement climate action; and 3. Students are a critical audience to engage in the work to find and enact climate solutions. The activities on the Educator Page can help students develop a sense of agency around climate change communication while honing important NGSS-related skills.

Speakers

Ruthie Gold (Yale Program on Climate Change Communication: New Haven, CT)

Saturday, April 24
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM ET
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NSTA Press Session: Fact or Phony? Successful Strategies to Promote Media Literacy

Learn effective techniques, including Claims-Evidence-Reasoning, to help students navigate media filled with fictional information promoted as fact and cherry-picked data offered as evidence.

Takeaways: 1. Teachers are provided with a checklist to assist their students in determining if information found on the internet is reputable, factual, and accurate; 2. Learn effective techniques to consider and understand why someone would believe common misconceptions about climate change and global warming; and 3. Participate in group discussions that take a deep dive into data to determine its relevance to a question or issue.

Speakers

Laura Tucker (Consultant: Port Townsend, WA), Lois Sherwood (Professional Development Coordinator: Port Townsend, WA)

Tuesday, April 27
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM ET
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What Is Making Your Neighborhood SO HOT? What Can YOU Do About It?

Dr. Czajkowski, lead scientist on urban heat islands, engages students to study their local environments by studying the surface temperatures of their neighborhoods. Learn how to integrate this into your classrooms by using My NASA Data’s story map and NASA satellite data.

Takeaways: 1. Engage students in studying the heat islands in their neighborhoods; 2. Access, download, and compare their data to NASA satellite data; and 3. Interact with My NASA Data Urban Heat Island Story Map, which can be imported to their Google classrooms.

Speakers

Janet Struble (Project Manager: Toledo, OH), Kevin Czajkowski (The University of Toledo: Toledo, OH)

Tuesday, April 27
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM ET
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NESTA and CLEAN 2: How to Teach with Climate Data and Tools

Experience tools and data sources that help learners connect climate science content to local and global phenomena.

Note: Attendees will need the ability to stay in the virtual session while exploring new tools online simultaneously, so split-screens or multiple monitors would be helpful but are not required. Presenters will not have the ability to correct internet issues or the inability of attendees to access resources presented that might arise due to time limitation. So please keep in mind firewalls and administrative privileges before the session.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. walk away with peer- and science-reviewed resources they can immediately integrate into their teaching; 2. walk away with strategies for engaging students in collaborative explorations of climate data; and 3. experience materials as learners that help make thinking visible.

Speakers

Lin Andrews (National Center for Science Education: Oakland, CA), Jessica Bean (University of California, Berkeley: Berkeley, CA), Mark Chandler (Columbia University: New York, NY), Louise Huffman (Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth: Hanover, NH), Cory Forbes (University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Lincoln, NE)

Wednesday, April 28
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM ET
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Wildfires, Drought, and the Future of Forests

Across the western United States, wildfires are burning more and more of the landscape. In the NASA-funded "Future of Forests" curriculum, tied to NGSS Life Science standards, students engage with online mapping tools and authentic datasets to discover how landscapes recover after wildfires.

Takeaways: 1. Introduction to the model-based inquiry instructional framework designed around the construction, revision, and testing of explanatory models; 2. Strategies to implement the NASA-funded "Future of Forests" MS/HS curriculum tied to NGSS Life Science standards; and 3. Skills to connect unit to the GLOBE citizen science protocols.

Speakers

Jonathan Griffith (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO)

Wednesday, April 28
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM ET
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Salmon and the Yurok Nation: Grounding Science Learning in Socially Conscious Solutions to Design Challenges

Workshop examining the integration of engineering design challenges and culturally responsive pedagogy into a three-dimensional NGSS ecological justice storyline to support equity.

Takeaways: 1. Introduce a storyline that addresses an issue of environmental justice using science and engineering practices, culminating in a problem-based design solution; 2. Explore strategies for leveraging the critical connections between cultural and socioeconomic issues, science, and engineering to best support inquiry and investigation in the science classroom; and 3. Support teachers in developing students’ agency to explain, advocate for, and design solutions to environmental justice issues.

Speakers

Amber Luczak (John Marshall Metropolitan High School: Chicago, IL), Allison Grecco (Mather High School: Chicago, IL)

Wednesday, April 28
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM ET
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NSTA Press Session: Fact or Phony? Successful Strategies to Promote Media Literacy

Learn effective techniques, including Claims-Evidence-Reasoning, to help students navigate media filled with fictional information promoted as fact and cherry-picked data offered as evidence.

Takeaways: 1. Teachers are provided with a checklist to assist their students in determining if information found on the internet is reputable, factual, and accurate; 2. Learn effective techniques to consider and understand why someone would believe common misconceptions about climate change and global warming; and 3. Participate in group discussions that take a deep dive into data to determine its relevance to a question or issue.

Speakers

Laura Tucker (Consultant: Port Townsend, WA), Lois Sherwood (Professional Development Coordinator: Port Townsend, WA)

Wednesday, April 28
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM ET
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Data Puzzles: Bringing Authentic Data into Classrooms Through Inquiry-Based Instruction

Come learn about Data Puzzles, a free resource co-designed by climate scientists and instructional specialists from the University of Colorado Boulder that are aimed at bringing authentic data into classrooms in the context of current and relevant scientific research.

Takeaways: 1. Introduction to inquiry-based instruction in the context of Ambitious Science Teaching practices; 2. Strategies for facilitating Data Puzzle resources and other inquiry-based activities in your MS/HS classroom; and 3. Skills to design your own data-driven learning activities.

Speakers

Jonathan Griffith (University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, CO)

Wednesday, April 28
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM ET
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With Liberty and Justice for All: A Climate Perspective

The Climate Resilient Schools program developed by The CLEO Institute brings vetted climate science into classrooms with an emphasis on equity, justice, advocacy, and empowerment.

Takeaways: 1. Students are eager to learn about climate issues and many feel that it is not being adequately addressed in their general curriculum. Building climate literacy in both students and teachers creates a more robust learning experience that prepares students for future challenges; 2. Teachers play a key role in bringing climate action into the community. There should be a focus on solutions, both technological and societal, as well as environmental issues. This leads to higher engagement from students who feel empowered to take action; and 3. Materials should follow the latest scientific consensus to provide the most up-to-date information and follow standards such as the ACE (Action for Climate Empowerment) Framework and NGSS.

Speakers

Karolyn Burns (The CLEO Institute: Tallahassee, FL), Julieta Rodrigo (The CLEO Institute: Miami, FL)

Wednesday, April 28
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM ET
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Science Storytelling: Student Activism Through Film

Help students create compelling stories about climate change and environmental justice. Classroom-ready resources will help students communicate scientific information with narrative structure across various media.

Takeaways: 1. In an analytical discipline like science, there is still a case to be made for storytelling; 2. The And-But-Therefore narrative structure technique to summarize scientific information or craft original science communication; and 3. Science storytelling can enhance student projects by improving conceptual understanding and allowing choice and voice to engage students as activists for environmental justice.

Speakers

Susan Tate (Whitehall Middle School: Whitehall, MI), Cristina Veresan (The Nueva School: Hillsborough, CA)

Wednesday, April 28
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM ET
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Empower Environmental Changemakers with Soil Quest’s Action Project to Sequester Carbon and Reduce Climate Change

Using Project Hero’s online Soil Quest and Q-U-E-S-T framework, guide learners to design projects that sequester carbon, restore soil’s health, and slow climate change.

Takeaways: Participants will: 1. work with the online PBL Soil Quest platform (https://herofortheplanet.org/healthysoils) as a model for empowering students to use the understanding of science concepts to design and carry out a solution to a local soil problem; 2. understand how to teach the connection between soil-carbon-climate change concepts through Quest activities and investigations (aligned to the NGSS), and lay the foundation for designing and carrying out this project; and 3. gather ideas for how the soil project, and lessons for supporting concepts, could fit into current NGSS-focused curricula (i.e., concepts around healthy soil ecosystems, carbon cycle and sequestration, climate change, and design of conventional and regenerative farming and gardening practices), and connect to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Speakers

Laura Arndt (Global GreenSTEM: Franktown, CO)

Thursday, April 29
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM ET
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Teaching Climate Science in a High School Chemistry Class

Ideas will be presented for how best to use climate science phenomena to anchor storylines of instruction in high school chemistry classes.

Takeaways: 1. High school chemistry class is a good place for students to learn about climate science, which appears prominently in NGSS high school performance expectations; 2. Climate-related phenomena can effectively engage students and anchor chemistry topic storylines; and 3. Many good examples from climate science exist, easily explored through student activities, for use as anchoring phenomena.

Speakers

Michael Wysession (Washington University in St. Louis: Saint Louis, MO)

Saturday, May 1
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM ET
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Beyond Polar Bears: Disproportionate Impact of Climate Change on Low-Income and Marginalized Communities’ Health

Critical examination of public social and scientific data resources will provoke awareness of the legacy of bias, as well as identify mitigation and reparation activities.

Takeaways: 1. Due to legacy of bias, as reflected in the redlining of urban communities in the early 20th century, extreme heat events associated with climate change have a disproportionate impact on low-income and marginalized urban communities; 2. This legacy can be integrated into NGSS ESS activities thanks to publicly available digital social and scientific data; and 3. Science knowledge coupled with a value for justice can orient and inform students and teachers to make decisions and identify mitigation (e.g. changing surface material and/or color) and reparation activities (orienting efforts toward low-income and marginalized communities). A virtual national network of NSTA members can advance this work.

Speakers

Susan Meabh Kelly (University of Connecticut: Storrs Mansfield, CT), Michelle Ellis (Hunter Huss High School: Gastonia, NC)

Wednesday, May 5
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM ET
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Preservice Day Session: Engaging in Climate Science

In this session preservice teachers will explore several activities that help them present climate science through data collection, virtual modeling, and place-based inquiry.

Takeaways: 1. Examine how increasing the amount of black carbon (soot) on Earth's surface, especially in the polar regions, can increase the amount of energy absorbed by Earth's surface; 2. Become familiar with the AMS Conceptual Climate Energy Model, a computer simulation designed to enable you to track the paths that units of energy might follow as they enter, move through, and exit an imaginary planetary climate system; and 3. Use local empirical data from the U.S. Weather Service to discover climate change at a local level.

Speakers

Richard Jones (University of Hawaii-West Oahu: Kaploei, HI)

Saturday, May 8
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM ET
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Helping Students Become Explorers Through Modeling, Mapping, and Service Learning

Engage students in building scientific models, mapping, and service learning to explore climate change phenomena while inspiring them to take action.

Takeaways: 1. Discover how to integrate, develop, and use scientific modeling to promote 3-D learning as the means to explore the phenomena of climate change as identified in the ESS NGSS; 2. Explore how to integrate maps to promote 3-D learning of climate change and environmental justice phenomena; and 3. Take a step further in 3-D teaching by offering students opportunities to propose a solution to address a local problem in connection to core ideas learned in class.

Speakers

Yajaira Fuentes-Tauber (Northridge High School: Greeley, CO)