9:00–10:15 SESSION 1: INTRODUCTION AND KEYNOTE REMARKS
9:00–9:15 Introduction: Goals for the Workshop
Charles W. “Andy” Anderson (Workshop Committee Chair)
9:15–9:45 Challenges and Opportunities in Climate Change Education
Danny Edelson (National Geographic Society)

Formal education has an important role in preparing citizens to respond appropriately to the challenges posed by climate change. The keynote speaker will address this role and provide an overview of the need for climate change education in schools, the goals for climate education in K-14, and challenges and opportunities inherent to teaching and learning climate change education in schools.

9:45–10:15 Questions and Answers
10:15–10:30 BREAK
10:30–12:00 SESSION 2: STUDENT UNDERSTANDING OF
CLIMATE CHANGE
  Moderator: Andy Anderson (Workshop Committee Chair)

Climate change education is being taught in formal settings in various ways, both within formal courses and other activities within schools (e.g., after-school programs). This session will explore how students currently understand and learn about climate science and climate change, how climate change education is represented in current curricula materials, and appropriate pedagogies that address various goals for climate change education in K-12.

Guiding Questions:

•   What does mental model research and select items from the National Assessment of Environmental Literacy suggest about student climate literacy and understanding?

•   What is the nature and quality of current materials for teaching climate change and climate science in K-12?

•   What are effective teaching strategies for various climate literacy goals?



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