LEARN MORE A course for all K-12 Educators Teaching Climate Change Essentials
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Empowering Climate
Change Education

As a teacher, you have a unique opportunity to educate and inspire the next generation of citizens around climate change. We’re here to set you up for success. The Teaching Climate Change Essentials online course will equip you with the skills and resources you need. You will be able to integrate climate change education into existing curriculum, for any subject or grade level. The course has been 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 experts. You can select to earn professional development hours, Continuing Education Units, or Graduate Credit.

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Designed for any subject or grade level

Crafted to help you build climate science into your lesson plan, regardless of subject.

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Help to augment your current curriculum

Our facilitators will help you refine your lesson plans, not ask you to reinvent them.

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Virtually facilitated by subject experts

Gain access to subject matter experts in a small, virtual class format.

“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

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Alyson Mike

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

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.

Ken Ard

Ken Ard has always been deeply connected to food and his environment. He grew up in Northern California and learning the basics of cooking from his mother and grandmother, who he feels awed managed to consistently craft nourishing, healthy meals using the fruits and vegetables grown in the family garden. Ken seeks to engage food through the lens of sustainability and believes what and how we eat is a key ingredient in approaching the climate crisis.

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Wilford Welch

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

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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.

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