Change in Schools
Teaching 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.
What teachers are saying
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.
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.
Our Instruction Leaders & Course Facilitators
Jenny was raised in rural Montana, and has always enjoyed outdoor recreational activities with her family. She has been working professionally in education for over 25 years teaching grades 7-12 math and English. Jenny earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University. She was also a finalist for the Montana Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics. Jenny transitioned to the non-profit sector to support teachers and school leaders through mentoring, instructional coaching, online facilitation, and standards-based classroom professional development. Jenny is currently the executive director of a consortium of 37 schools in Montana focused on high quality professional development and curriculum support in all content areas.
Taylor Morton (They/Them) is the Director of Environmental Health and Education at WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Among their responsibilities are leading education programs such as the Environmental Health and Justice Leadership Training. Taylor has two years of middle school teaching experience at private schools in NYC, and is a co-facilitator for professional development sessions at Math for America. Taylor also recognized the importance of exposing BIPOC and low-income youth to natural elements, and actively supports this mission. They hold a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Spelman College, a M.S in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from The New School, and a M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Stephanie Mihalic has been an educator for over 40 years and is a life-long learner who enjoys nature and environmental studies. She has taught children with special needs, middle school, high school, and college graduate students and has mentored beginning teachers in schools and online. Her emphasis in education has been teaching science to diverse populations and supporting teachers with incorporating science literacy into their classrooms.
Wilford Welch has been exploring the driving forces impacting our world for more than five decades as a U.S. diplomat, business consultant, publisher, and author. Welch is a subject matter expert on climate change and the author of In Our Hands – a Handbook for Intergenerational Actions to Solve the Climate Crisis, that serves as a primary text in our Teaching Climate Change Essentials course. Part of his lifetime commitment to sustainability has included serving as board chair of NatureBridge and National Outdoor Leadership School.
Our Webinar Guest Speakers
Our Teaching Climate Change Essentials course includes three LIVE webinars with subject matter experts.
Webinars are open to participants of our other courses too.
Kate Briemann grew up in the heart of Appalachia on the oldest family-run beef farm in North America, so her love of farming was instilled early. Starting in college, she began to learn about industrial agriculture, concentrated animal feeding operations, and the policies that disincentivize small, sustainable farming—and became determined to find a better way. She has spent her career working with farm operations to drive forward and sustainable farming practices.
Nancy Metzger-Carter is the Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator at Sonoma Academy (SA) in Santa Rosa, CA and the Education Leader with Schools for Climate Action. She uses the climate resolution process as a teaching tool for high school students. Her SA students run day-to-day operations for Schools for Climate Action and have participated in over 60 meetings with congressional offices urging bold climate action. Nancy completed her Masters in Education at Prescott College where her research focused on effective sustainability education. She has been recognized as an Educator of Distinction and received recognition from the National Association of Independent Schools for her program work.
Dan Castrigano was a STEM and humanities middle and high school teacher for 11 years. He is passionate about environmental justice. Dan is currently Chief Content Officer at Subject to Climate.
Nita Seng is a middle-school teacher and instructional lead with a focus on social justice education and social-emotional learning. Nita is Chief Learning Designer at Subject to Climate.
Archibong Akpan is a Climate Scientist, International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Expert Reviewer, Data Analyst and Environmentalist. A Climate Reality Leader trained by Al Gore, in 2014 in South Africa. He is Director of Climate Science at Subject to Climate.
Elizabeth has experience in teaching, scientific research and lab work, self-publishing books, and working for environmental nonprofits. She is passionate about climate education and protecting what’s left of nature.
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.