Education for All
Climate change education begins in the classroom. As a teacher, you have a unique opportunity to inspire the next generation of citizens around climate change. Our Teaching Climate Change Essentials online course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and resources you need to succeed as a climate educator. Learn how to integrate climate literacy into your existing curriculum, whatever your subject or grade level. The course was designed by the K-12 team at the Presidio Graduate School, the first and only graduate school dedicated to sustainability and social justice. It is facilitated by instructional leaders and climate change education experts. You can earn professional development hours, Continuing Education Units, or Graduate Credit.
“Climate Change Essentials was an engaging and inspiring course. The resources, materials, assignments, and support are thoughtfully and intentionally created to give all people, no matter their experience with the topic, a wonderful platform into becoming more knowledgeable and confident, as well as having the tools to implement it into the classroom.”
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Meet the Facilitators & Subject Matter Experts
The outdoors has always played a key part in Alyson’s life. During her career as a middle and high school science teacher, Alyson was selected to represent Montana as the state’s Teacher of the Year and received both the Milken Educator Award and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. As a lifelong educator, Alyson is deeply committed to building scientific literacy among youth to help them become true stewards of the environment.
Kate Briemann grew up in 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.
Peter Lehner directs Earthjustice’s Sustainable Food & Farming Program, developing strategies to promote a more environmentally sound agricultural system and to reduce health, environmental, and climate harms from production of our food. From 2007–2015, Lehner was the Executive Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and their Action Fund. There he shaped a clean food program with food waste, antibiotic-free meat, regional food, and climate mitigation projects.
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 has written two books, one of which, In Our Hands – a Handbook for Intergenerational Actions to Solve the Climate Crisis, serves as a key text in our course. Part of his lifetime commitment to sustainability has included serving as board chair of NatureBridge and National Outdoor Leadership School.
Take it from our past participants:
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
If you want to change the world, go to Presidio Graduate School.
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Climate Education Partnership Opportunities
We are excited to partner with leaders in state, county or district education departments and environmental organizations working with young people. Group enrollment for this course is available.