Teaching about Climate Impacts and Sustainability: Drought Stories and Solutions

WGBH and PBS LearningMedia webinar
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 19:00

Thursday March 28, 2019 7:00 PM ET

Teach Climate Impacts and Solutions for Grades 6-12

Explore instructional strategies and resources that shift the classroom conversation about climate change to focus on solutions that communities are developing right now to build resilience in the face of drought, one of many climate change impacts.

Webinar Objectives:

Today’s students need to understand how their world is changing due to climate change, as well as the impacts that those changes could have on their local community. 

The resources and instructional experience that we will address in this webinar help shift the classroom conversation about climate change to focus on solutions that communities are developing right now to build resilience in the face of drought, one of many climate change impacts. We will take a tour of the resources; which include news videos of communities facing serious water shortages, climate data from NOAA and NASA, and everyday solutions. You will leave with ideas and strategies for incorporating materials into your classroom instruction and hear from a teacher about his experience with the resources. 

The collection, Climate Change Impacts and Solutions: Drought helps students learn about impacts of drought through news videos of communities facing serious water shortages, analyzing drought data and models, and doing research on and evaluating potential solutions.  

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to all who attend the live stream and complete a brief survey. The on-demand recording link will be sent to all registrants.

Speaker Info

Dr. Tamara Shapiro Ledley is a STEM education consultant, Earth and climate scientist, and Adjunct Professor at Bentley University.

Dr. Ledley was a 2017 Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow where she explored her interests in making climate change education efforts scalable and financially sustainable. Prior to that she served as a senior scientist and chair of the Center for STEM Teaching and Learning at TERC. She received her PhD from MIT in atmospheric and climate science and her BS from the University of Maryland in astronomy.
Early in her career Dr. Ledley led a research program in Earth system science and climate change at Rice University. She joined TERC to pursue her science education interests. She led the development of the award winning Earth Exploration Toolbook and the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Collection of rigorously reviewed climate and energy educational resources. She is a founding member and was chair of the CLEAN Network, a professionally diverse community of climate and energy literacy stakeholders. She led the EarthLabs project that focused on development of curriculum materials, teacher professional development programs, and science education research focused enabling the effective teaching of climate science.

Rachel Connolly is the Director of STEM Education for WGBH and PBS LearningMedia™. Rachel is the Principal Investigator for the Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms project.

After teaching high school physics in NYC, Rachel moved into teacher professional development and educational programming at the American Museum of Natural History. Her work with the Hayden Planetarium sparked a love of data visualization that led to graduate work at Teachers College Columbia University.

Her work focuses on designing media-integrated educational experiences that leverage emerging formats of scientific data for innovative instruction. You can see her here on PBS LearningMedia talking about the Solar System or follow her at @rachelbconnolly.

Erik Fleming teaches Earth Science at Tucson Unified School District's flagship science magnet school, Tucson High Magnet School. Erik served as a WGBH Teacher Advisor in 2017 for the Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms project.

Erik came to teaching as a second career after retiring as a ballroom dancer.  His travels while performing gave him a chance to see how access to resources shape communities around the globe.  He tries to foster a sense of stewardship in his students by co-organizing the garden and sustainability club in addition to teaching classes with a sustainability focus.  Erik practices rainwater harvesting and greywater usage in his garden at home where he keeps bees and chickens in addition to growing citrus and chilies.