CLIMATE CHANGE FOR TEACHERS & STUDENTS
NO. OF CREDITS:
6 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]
|WA CLOCK HRS:
This course meets OSPI’s STEM requirements
Climate change poses the single largest, global threat to life on Earth, and yet the United States and our schools lag far behind the international community in educating and acting responsibly to mitigate the causes and effects of a warming planet. This online course for grades K - 12 teachers uses excellent platforms developed by NASA and the EPA to educate about the science of climate change in kid-friendly, interdisciplinary ways. Youthful graphics, games, lesson samples that cut across science, social studies and math, virtual expeditions to places where climate change is visible, CO2 footprint calculators and more make this a rich learning environment from which grades K - 12 teachers will develop their own units and themes—whether that’s oceans, birds, butterflies, fish, trees, fresh water supplies. Many of your common science units can be modified with a climate change perspective (ie ocean life, plants and animals). There are no written texts for this course. All reading is online.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:
Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.
UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.
CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.
AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
There are no text required for this course. Online reading.
None. All reading is online.
There are no materials fees.
ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR HOURS OR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
A. INFORMATION ACQUISITION
Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #1: COURSE FORUM: Introduction
View the videos of climate change activist Bill McKibben and actor Leonardo Di Caprio who speak passionately about the need to address climate change and lower our global carbon footprint. Then in 250-500 words introduce yourself, providing background on your personal stance about climate change, your professional situation and what you hope to gain from this course. Feel free to respond to any other postings from educators who are also taking this course.
Assignment #2: Climate Change Essentials
We'll view three videos which provide an overview of climate change essentials, the climate science, effects of global warming and long term risks. While some of the information is redundant, this helps reinforce the important points being made. More specifics will come from the in-depth resources we'll explore provided by NASA and the EPA.
1. View and take notes on this PBS video Climate Science: What You Need to Know which covers some of the basic science of climate change. This video is from 2014, but is still the most consolidated video available explaining climate change with quality images and science. This video was produced by It's Okay To Be Smart from PBS Digital Studios and they have many additional videos you can find in their YouTube channel by searching for "climate change".
Assignment #3: NASA’s Climate for Kids-Tour of Big Questions
Go through the entire guided tour of the big questions on NASA’s Climatekids site. Make notes as you go. In addition search online for global warming solutions. Then write about 500 words on what can be done to help mitigate climate change effects according to the NASA authors and other sources found (please cite sources and provide links).
Assignment #4: EPA Youth-friendly site on climate change
Assignment #5: COURSE FORUM: Climate Change Denial
Climate denial through false science sponsored mostly by the energy industry and their special interest groups have colored opinions against anthropogenic (human-made) global warming among a segment of the public as well as state and federal legislators. Accordingly, among developed nations the United States is one of the few that have not yet fully embraced the reality of climate change and adopted actions accordingly. In fact, about one-third of congress and 30% of secondary teachers do not fully understand and accept the reality of climate change.
Merchants of Doubt, a book and documentary film inspired by the work of Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway showing how, like with the dangers of cigarette smoking, the science behind global warming has been thrown into doubt. Read the information on the home page and access the videos via the menu and look for "video resources": Merchants of Doubt
Read: Common skeptic arguments
Assignment #6: Carbon footprint: What is it and how is it calculated?
Carbon footprint is a concept devised by environmental leaders and used by governments, businesses and the general public to assess the effect of their activities on the release of carbon into the atmosphere.
1. View the following video developed by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions in British Columbia, Canada.
4. Then in 250-500 words: a) describe the results of your investigations citing the name and internet address of resources you found most useful to you. Be sure to include one or more carbon footprint calculators appropriate for use with your students. Include ideas on how you might integrate the exploration of carbon footprint into your math, science and social studies teaching.
Assignment #7: Expeditions to Explore climate change
Different parts of the world are case studies showing the more extreme consequences of climate change and, therefore, can be regarded as examples of things to come on a broader scale. Treat these as expeditions to explore, discover and discuss.
The EPA kids’ site used to have wonderful ‘expeditions’ for kids to take. You can view the site, but it loads incredibly slowly making it basically unusable in the classroom. You are encouraged to check out the EPA expeditions as a starting point if they work for you, but please move on if they do not load for you (takes about 60 seconds on my computer with a dedicated line).
Assignment #8: Online games & projects
Assignment #9: Exploring Lesson Possibilities
Then make a list of 6-8 subjects/activities which you reviewed and think may be useful in your teaching. Briefly describe each one.
Assignment #10: COURSE FORUM: What Gives You Hope?
In spite of all the bad news about climate change, there is a global movement for change that gives us cause for hope.
1. View the video on major changes in history and the current global movement for change.
11. If there are other postings to this assignment, respond to at least one.
Assignment #11: COURSE FORUM: What did you do once You knew?
Siginificant progress on this greatest of all present challenges is today mired in political gridlock as well as citizen apathy, ignorance, doubt, fear and a sense that climate change is too big and hard for individuals to do anything about.
1. View this video on the actions taken by a group of young people once they knew. Sunrise Movement
2. View the video by teacher and poet Drew Dellinger who asks us to imagine a great-great grandchild from the future asking us “What did do once you knew?”
ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
B. LEARNING APPLICATION
In this section you will apply your learning to your professional situation. This course assumes that most participants are classroom teachers who have access to students. If you do not have a classroom available to you, please contact the instructor for course modifications. Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #12: Meeting Science Standards with climate change lessons
Examine your state’s science standards for your grade level as well as the Next Generation Science Standards on the NASA climate kids site (select Disciplinary Core Ideas). As you formulate your teaching unit on climate change, identify the standards you intend to meet with a unit you will create.
Assignment #13: Create and implement a lesson reflecting what you’re learned In this course
Assignment #13: (Required for 400 and 500 Level)
Use this option if you do not have a classroom available.
Assignment #14: (500 level 0nly)
In addition to the 400 level assignments, complete one of the following:
Search for and evaluate iPad apps that deal with climate change, severe weather or any of the other consequences of a warming planet. Then create a bibliography citing at least 6 apps, giving a brief description of each.
Prepare a Powerpoint, Keynote or video presentation for staff or parents in which you show how to address climate change instruction into the curriculum.
Conduct additional research into one of the impacts of climate change (ie ocean acidification, sea level rise, spread of infectious disease) or some aspect of mitigation of climate change (ie renewable energy like solar photovoltaic panels for residences and businesses). Cite your online and in-print reading sources as you summarize in 2-3 pages what you learned and how you’ll use this information.
An assignment of your own choice with the instructor’s prior approval.
C. INTEGRATION PAPER
Assignment #15: (Required for 400 and 500 Level)
SELF REFLECTION & INTEGRATION PAPER
(Please do not write this paper until you've completed all of your other assignments)
Write a 350-500 word Integration Paper answering these 5 questions:
INSTRUCTOR COMMENTS ON YOUR WORK:
Please indicate by email to the instructor if you would like to receive comments on your assignments.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:
CHARITY STAUDENRAUS, M.A.T, received her BA from Willamette University, her MAT from Willamette University. Charity has experience teaching math, science, social studies, business, and language courses at the middle and high school level. She is currently serving on the 2014-2017 Oregon Science Content and Assessment Panel as well as the Oregon Instructional Materials Criteria Development Committee. In addition Charity is consulting on a Rutgers University and WPI project funded through multiple Department of Education and National Science Foundation Grants.
CLIMATE CHANGE FOR TEACHERS & STUDENTS
NASA CLIMATE FOR KIDS:NASA’s Eyes on the Earth
This excellent educational resource would be hard to develop without the scholarship, scientific knowledge and funding that is usually only found in large, government sponsored organizations. What’s particularly appealing is the youth-oriented graphics, a wide array of game and activity options that make the NASA site immediately useful to teachers in their classroom presentations or for homework assignments which students can easily do on their own.
EPA A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change
While the EPA site is more basic than NASA’s, it is quicker to review and may provide a somewhat easier tool for teachers to use. This site also has some nice features not found on NASA’s which are the Climate Change Expeditions and the CO2 emissions calculator.
The National Wildlife Federation Climate Classroom for Kids
This is an excellent supplementary site that focuses on the Wildlife Federation mission of protection of animals and features species endangered by climate change such as polar bears, penguins, sea birds, tropical wildlife and more. The For Educators section and Fun Stuff for kids to do outdoors is well worth reviewing.
US Department of Energy
The US Department of Energy is a premiere, easily accessible resource for teachers to scope out alternate, renewable energy, with sections on energy literacy, greening your school plus a searchable database of lesson plans dealing with energy.
Climate Reality Project, Reality Drop
Reality Drop is an online initiative of the Climate Reality Project founded by former Vice President Al Gore which aims to refute the various standard climate denier claims with counter arguments that can be “dropped” onto your Facebook pages. This is an excellent tool for students and teachers to spread the word about climate reality through their online social networks.
Climate Change Education.org
There are some really good resources for climate change education on this site. Check out the videos tab.
The Year of Living Dangerously
This is a groundbreaking documentary series on SHO that explores the human impact of climate
change. From the damage wrought by hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, Years of Living Dangerously combines excellent storytelling from top Hollywood filmmakers with the narrative expertise of some of our brightest starts and respected journalists.
Web sites to explore Climate Denial
Article on teachers views of climate change
Congressional Voting Record
1/3 of Congress in Denial
Common skeptic arguments