Teach About Climate Change With These 24 New York Times Graphs

The New York Times Learning Network
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 16:00

Title: Statistics Across Subjects: Teach With Graphs From The New York Times

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Time: 04:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour


Teaching students how to read, interpret and question graphs, maps and charts is a key 21st-century skill. Join us for this free webinar as we explore how to teach and learn with the award-winning graphics from The New York Times.

In this teaching resource, they have gathered 24 graphs previously published elsewhere in The New York Times that relate to climate change. In the first section, they will discuss teaching strategies for using these graphs in the classroom. In the second section, they will present a collection of graphs organized by topic: melting ice, rising seas, changing ocean temperature, changing air temperature, rising carbon emissions, impacts on humans, intensifying storms and contradicting attitudes.

Graphs pop up everywhere these days — not just in old media like textbooks, state exams and newspapers, but also on YouTube and Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Yet they still serve the same age-old purposes: to inform and persuade — and, occasionally, to misinform. That means students are most likely interacting with statistics and visualized data not just in school, but in their everyday lives as well. Do they have the tools to understand these graphs, evaluate their reliability and draw logical conclusions?

Each week on The Learning Network, we spotlight a new Times graph — on topics ranging from pop music and sneakers to climate change and college costs — as part of our “What’s Going On in This Graph?” On Wednesdays, teachers from the American Statistical Association provide live facilitation to help students notice, wonder and deepen their analysis. And on Thursdays, our A.S.A. partners provide additional background about these graphs and relevant statistical concepts. Plus, as of this spring, we’re collaborating with Desmos, the online graphing education resource, to bring our graphs to even more classrooms.

Join educators from The Learning Network, the A.S.A. and Desmos, as well as guest teachers and students, as we discuss ways to teach with graphs across the curriculum.   

Register Now to join our LIVE webinar or to receive a link to stream the recorded webinar on-demand.


Michael Gonchar
Editor, The Learning Network
The New York Times

Michael Gonchar is the editor of the The Learning Network and produces “What’s Going On in This Graph?” He is a former New York City high school humanities teacher and instructional coach, and has a background in social studies education.

Sharon Hessney
Mathematics Teacher

Sharon Hessney is an A.S.A. member and a Boston math teacher. She curates the graphs for “What’s Going On in This Graph?”, writes the releases, and coordinates the online moderators.

Dan Meyer
Chief Academic Officer

Dan Meyer explores the future of math, technology and learning as the chief academic officer at Desmos. He taught high school math to students who didn’t like high school math and has advocated for better math instruction on CNN, Good Morning America and TED.com.


Image Source: 2018 Arctic Report Card: Less than 1 percent of Arctic ice has survived four or more summers, Climate.gov