The Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) provides leadership in advancing excellence in P-12 science education at the local, state, and national levels. CSSS is committed to ensuring that all learners are provided every opportunity to make sense of the complex nature of climate change and learn the skills to develop and deploy solutions. To this end, CSSS supports collaborative design practices to build resources and capacity for equitable teaching of climate science across the United States and its Territories. The council released their position statement on Climate Change on November 30, 2021.
The NOAA’s Climate Education Program is an affiliate member of the CSSS and will be joining other state leaders at the 2022 Annual Meeting to develop multi-state collaboratives to advance Climate Change Education. We will be building supporting resources on Climate Change Education, including many developed by NOAA.
CSSS acknowledges the overwhelming consensus of peer-reviewed scientific evidence that global climate change is significantly affecting societies across the world, with a disproportionate impact on vulnerable and socially marginalized populations, specifically Indigenous, Black, and People of Color and those living in poverty.
Reports on science education, including the Framework for K-12 Science Education, Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science, Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center, and the Climate Change Education in Formal Settings, K-14, clearly illustrate the need for learning about how human activity impacts the Earth and its systems at all ages. These documents recommend that students of all ages engage in science learning, focusing on broader socio-scientific goals that foster learning related to sustainability.
These learning goals are appropriate for addressing current needs to foster civic and career-relevant learning in our changing climate. They also support our ability to adapt as individuals and communities in the future as well as fulfill our ethical commitments as part of a larger community. NOAA is a deep and trusted partner with the CSSS on climate change education. As a result, the multi-state collaboratives being discussed at the 2022 Annual Conference should result in specific actions to advance climate literacy and empowerment across the nation. We will explore how to ensure climate change education can be woven throughout all grade levels in ways that are age-appropriate, incorporate multi-dimensional science learning, and address socio-political-emotional aspects of climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.
For more information, contact Frank Niepold.