Teaching Climate Change
Teaching climate and climate change in schools begins with teacher professional learning opportunities. Teachers have a unique opportunity to inspire the next generation around climate change. Our Climate Change Education for All program was created with the vision that all students leave high school climate literate. And to advance climate change education in every classroom. Our FREE online teacher professional development equips educators, of all subjects and grades, with the knowledge, skills and resources to enable them to confidently incorporate climate change education into their existing curriculum. Courses are facilitated by instructional leaders with expertise in teaching climate change in schools. Teachers can earn professional development hours, Continuing Education Units, or Graduate Credit.
Teaching Climate Education Course Options
Teaching Climate Change Essentials (6-Week PD)
2023 Start Dates:
January 17 | March 20 | June 5
Teaching Climate Change Essentials is a facilitated, online teacher professional development designed to equip kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school teachers with the knowledge, skills and resources to integrate climate change into their existing curriculum, regardless of their subject area.
Teaching Extreme Weather (4-Week Course)
2023 Start Dates:
January 23 | April 3 | June 12
This four-week course provides K-12 science teachers with an opportunity to explore the driving forces behind extreme weather events occurring where they live, and the relationship to climate change. Participants create lessons aligned to Next Generation and State Standards.
Teaching Climate Justice (4-Week Course)
2023 Start Dates:
February 6 | March 13 | April 17 | June 19
In this course teachers explore the important topics of climate change and environmental justice. Participants will learn the fundamentals of weather, climate and global warming. Then examine the history of the environmental and climate justice movements as well as the inequitable impact of climate change on marginalized communities. Participants will also explore ideas and solutions for how to address climate justice.
Thanks to generous funding teachers can enroll in the courses in our Climate Change Education for All program for free.*
*Applies to PD hours and CEU courses only.
What educators are saying
Working with Presidio Graduate School to implement our vision of being a climate justice focused school district has been incredible. We worked together to tailor a course that would work for our district and staff. We need to do whatever it takes to ensure this kind of education is in all of our schools.
I came away with tools in my toolbox to enhance this concept for young students in a way that won't frighten them with doom and gloom, but give them an opportunity to find ways to make changes.
The scope of the reading material was well done. Articles, surveys, quizzes, etc. all taught me things that I didn't know and will make useful class materials.The class was also organized and there was timely feedback from the instructor.
I acquired a better understanding of the vocabulary that is used when discussing these issues. I was inspired to continue to make personal choices that are more environmentally friendly, as well as pushed to find more ways to include this conversation in school and out.
Take it from our past participants
Here's their feedback on our Teaching Climate Change Essentials Course
agree the course made them more confident to teach climate change
are likely to incorporate climate change into their lesson plans
agree the course was well organized and facilitated
agree the knowledge they gained will have a direct impact on students
Partner with us to advance teaching climate change in schools
We are excited to partner with leaders in state, county or district education departments to deliver teacher professional development. We also partner with environmental organizations working with young people. Group enrollment for this course is available.