Teachers: Join NOAA and partners for Stay-In-stitute for Climate Change Education Virtual Conference

Registration is now open

  • 27 May 2020

Registration is now open for the Stay-In-stitute for Climate Change Education, a virtual conference for educators across the country, hosted in partnership with Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Climate Program Office, and The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program. From July 22-24, 2020, the three-day training will provide educators with skills, tools and resources to teach climate change concepts and empower students in all subject areas.

“It’s hard to imagine effectively addressing climate impacts and climate change without a broad, deep, educational strategy,” said Frank Niepold, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Education Coordinator, who has been working as a partner with education systems and organizations for over a decade and a half. "The Stay-In-stitute for Climate Change Education partners have come together with an innovative model to provide resources and professional support for a robust climate change education training for teachers across the nation."  

Designed for middle and high school teachers across all disciplines, the Stay-In-stitute will encourage participants to do authentic scientific and social data collection, making observations of the world around them. In addition, the virtual conference will offer small group online experiences and optional evening events. Attendees will explore solutions to climate change, learn how to engage students in action and discover new ways to collaborate on solutions unique to one’s community. 

“Climate change solutions are made in the classroom, at home, and within our communities,” said Lindsey Kirkland, Climate Change Education Manager of Climate Generation. “We have been given a unique opportunity to reimagine what education can be and how we can build opportunities for climate change solutions together. Virtual learning experiences allow us to make connections across our public and at-home learning spaces that don’t exist in the traditional system, and these new changes make engagement much more personal and community driven.” 

The Stay-In-stitute for Climate Change Education merges two in-person residential teacher programs planned for this summer by two of the partner organizations. Climate Generation has hosted their Summer Institute for Climate Change Education for over 14 years and The Wild Center’s Summer Institute for New York State Teachers debuted last year as the first multi-day institute of its kind hosted by The Wild Center. 

“Our current at-home situation allows us to co-develop a version of virtual climate education that is interactive, creative and builds community,” explained Erin Griffin, The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program Manager. “We are excited about this partnership because everyone involved has deep experience with climate change education and is looking to think outside-the-box on what virtual experiences can look like. We all remain committed to climate change education even though our programs can't happen in-person as originally planned.”

Registration for The Stay-in-stitute for Climate Change Education costs $150 and includes ongoing support throughout the year. To make the online conference inclusive and accessible to all teachers, scholarships are available for participants.  Scholarship priority is given to People of Color and teachers in underserved districts. The conference counts towards 20 hours of Continuing Education and may be used towards two graduate credits (optional). The deadline for registration is July 13, 2020. 

The Stay-In-stitute is presented in collaboration with Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Program Office, and The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program , who have partnered on climate education initiatives for years. Climate Generation’s climate change education program, including the annual Summer Institute, is made possible with support from Avangrid Foundation and Olseth Family Foundation.

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