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CONTENTS:
ANJEE: Join us for our Autumn OUTDOOR Conference in September
NOW AVAILABLE: Motivating Local Climate Adaptation and Strengthening Resilience
Your Inside-Out Fall Lineup: A workshop, networking with Richard Louv and a call for presenters
15 Free Activities to Support Family Engagement in Your Outdoor Classroom
NAAEE: eeNEWS for September 9, 2021
i-Tree Update Coming
SubjectToClimate: 500 Ways to Make Change
Save the Date: NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program Annual Conference
Hooked on Fishing Leadership Training
ANJEE: Join us for our Autumn OUTDOOR Conference in September             (Posted: 9-17-21)

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NOW AVAILABLE: Motivating Local Climate Adaptation and Strengthening Resilience             (Posted: 9-17-21)

Click HERE.

Your Inside-Out Fall Lineup: A workshop, networking with Richard Louv and a call for presenters             (Posted: 9-17-21)

Click HERE.

15 Free Activities to Support Family Engagement in Your Outdoor Classroom             (Posted: 9-17-21)

Click HERE.

NAAEE: eeNEWS for September 9, 2021             (Posted: 9-17-21)

Click HERE.

i-Tree Update Coming             (Posted: 9-17-21)

Click HERE.

SubjectToClimate: 500 Ways to Make Change             (Posted: 9-3-21)

500 Ways to Make Change

August 27, 2021

Happy back-to-school! We know this time can be hectic, and we hope you’re finding some time to catch your breath. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of resources for you to draw from.

In fact, we just reached a big milestone: we’ve hit more than 500 resources on our website!

This was possible because of the hard work of our Teacher Review Team, who identified, tagged, and added teaching tips to each and every one of those resources— and in the case of StC Lesson Plans, created the resources from scratch! Dive in, there’s lots to see.
Explore our 500+ resources!

Teacher Spotlight

We spoke with science teacher Tammy Perry about hands-on learning, time constraints, and how she gets students engaged in greening their school. Read on for some of her insights!

TAMMY PERRY

School: Oxon Hill Middle School

Grades: 6-8, and previously high school.

Role: Science Teacher

Subjects: Biology, Physical Science, Earth Science, Chemistry, and Math.

“??We live in a global community. Even the little things that occur here, in America, can have ripple effects in other places. It’s important to be a global, responsible citizen.”

“There’s nothing like actually getting your hands dirty…Hands-on learning is not an option, it’s a necessity for learning.”

“This new group of students [have] been through Covid. They’ve just been through a lot of trauma. And so they’re really adamant about making a positive change in the world. Because they’ve seen so much go on.”

Want to read the full interview? It’s on our website!

Teacher Taskforce

Are you interested in joining Tammy on our Teacher Taskforce? As a Taskforce member, you would play a crucial role in creating our platform. Taskforce members have numerous opportunities to get involved, including:

• Reviewing and tagging content
• Creating lesson plans and teaching tips
•Providing feedback on the SubjectToClimate platform
•Creating original content for marketing
• Reaching out to teacher-centric organizations
•Helping to build a community among our users

Click below to get involved! 

Join our Teacher Taskforce!

Teaching Tip

Tammy Perry’s advice for educators?

“Don’t lecture. Have your students do something hands-on. Have them do a socratic debate. Actually get them involved. Have them do a community project, something that will help their community or their neighborhood. “

Must-Do Media

Read: Have you seen the blog section of our website yet? Check out our post about how deforestation affects the water cycle.

Watch: StC co-director Nita Seng describes her own experience bringing social justice issues into the classroom and argues that climate education must be interdisciplinary to be effective.  

Listen: As Louisiana braces for Hurricane Ida, we must contend with the ways natural disasters exacerbate pre-existing inequalities. On the podcast Sustainabiliguy, StC Chief Content Officer Dan Castrigano talks about hurricanes from a climate justice perspective.

Resource Spotlight

Every month from now on, we’re going to be sharing one of our favorite teaching resources from our website!

This month, check out this mini-lesson from My NASA Data on how to measure the biomass loss from a large fire. 2021's record-setting wildfire season in California can be hard to wrap your head around. This activity provides a great entry-point to help students think about the massive forest fires burning on the West Coast. This resource features an Interactive Jamboard that can easily be shared on Google Classroom. It is perfect as a "warm-up" task that can be used as a hook, bellringer, or exit slip.

Events

COP26, the UN’s 26th annual summit on climate change, is happening this November in Glasgow. Over 190 world leaders will be in attendance. The UK Government and United Nations have stated that “Most experts believe COP26 has a unique urgency.” Learn more at the summit’s website.
 

The Climate Superstars Challenge is coming up this October! Presented by Samsung, ENERGY STAR®, and the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), Climate Superstars is an online environmental challenge that gets kids excited about the environment and how they can take an active role in caring for its future.

During the challenge, middle school classrooms (Grades 6-8) complete short tasks geared towards environmental literacy and energy efficiency. Tasks align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and can be performed online or in person and in any order! Classes that complete at least 7 tasks in the month of October will be entered into a drawing to win a $5,000 e-voucher for Samsung products. Three classrooms will be awarded.

The challenge takes place from October 1 to October 31. Register today!

NEEF's National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, this celebration brings out thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country. NPLD is also a “Fee-Free Day”—entrance fees are waived at national parks and other public lands. 

NPLD is special because it provides all lovers of the environment—old and new—an opportunity to show our appreciation for these precious natural resources through trail restoration, park clean-ups, and other events that teach us about the environment. 

NPLD takes place on September 25 this year. Find a volunteer event near you or sign up to host an event.
 

The En-ROADS Climate Workshop is a group experience which allows participants to visualize the impact of different climate solutions in real-time, using the En-ROADS Climate Solutions Simulator – a user-friendly climate model developed by Climate Interactive and MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative. Join Climate Interactive to learn about cross-sector climate solutions, explore fascinating model dynamics, and strive to limit future warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. This online event is a fantastic opportunity for your workforce, students, or community group to learn more about climate science, policy solutions, and system dynamics while engaging with the En-ROADS simulator.

The workshop takes place on September 21. Register for one of two times: 7:00 AM ET or 2:00 PM ET.

Our Climate Voices (OCV) offers workshops to help you connect to your personal climate story and learn how to mobilize storytelling in service of climate justice and action. In their workshops, they tackle the nuanced and multifaceted ways that the climate crisis impacts each of our lives personally, helping us understand exactly why we show up and fight for a just transition and a liberated world. 

OCV makes their workshops available for hire and can customize them for your particular audience. Some past workshop subjects have included “Principles of Ethical Storytelling,” “Learn to Tell Your Climate Story,” and “Digital Storytelling for Ages 8-12.” 

Learn more here, or click here to get in touch with any inquiries. 

ClimateScience has an amazing opportunity for you! They would like to offer you the chance to be part of CS Explore, a program designed to help you gain an advanced understanding of solutions to climate change. Each week for more than 2 months, you’ll have the opportunity to:

• Meet and work with experts, like IPCC scientists
• Dive into sustainable agriculture or clean energy
• Engage in greater depth conversations
• Collaborate with fellow members to build projects together
• Make friends from around the world

Now is your chance to join the 3rd cohort, which starts on October 2! Apply here before September 4. If you have friends who would be interested in this opportunity, feel free to send them this link!

Professional Development

Exploring climate change through the lens of phenomena, such as extreme weather events, allows educators and students to see directly the impacts, and possible solutions, to climate change on a regional level. Join Climate Generation educator Seth Spencer as they explore extreme weather events, how they are connected to climate change, and how to engage your students in finding potential solutions.

Climate Generation is hosting “Teach Climate Network Workshop: Exploring Climate Change through Extreme Weather Phenomenon” on September 29 at 12:00 PM Central Time. Register here

Teaching Climate Change Essentials is a unique PD that equips teachers with the knowledge and skills to integrate climate change education into their existing curriculum, regardless of subject areas or grade level. It is a fully-facilitated, nine-week, online course with a learning module each week as well as three live webinars with subject experts. 

Presidio Graduate School has made this PD course available to the StC community tuition-free!


The course focuses on individual, local, national and global climate change solutions and inspiring action in the classroom. It was designed by the K-12 team at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, the first and only graduate school dedicated to sustainability and social justice. It’s a great opportunity for teachers to earn PD hours, CEU’s or Graduate Credits. 

One course begins on September 13, with a registration deadline on September 10. A second course begins on October 4, with a registration deadline of October 1. Learn more here, then get in touch with us if you're interested in this opportunity.

EarthEcho Academy’s Virtual PD for Middle School Teachers is happening this October!

The EarthEcho Academy is a virtual learning space developed to provide online courses for teacher professional learning, with access to fully remote, asynchronous environmental education modules for students, featuring some of EarthEcho's most popular NGSS-aligned classroom resources like EarthEcho Expedition: Water by Design.

Through the EarthEcho Academy, teachers gain access to resources to broaden student knowledge about the global challenge of water scarcity and drought and join the global community of educators using EarthEcho’s online resources to inspire empathy and action in their students. The EarthEcho Academy course provides modules on environmental storytelling and literacy, environmental and racial justice, STEM career pathways, youth taking environmental action, and more. Upon completion of this course, teachers have access to a suite of multimedia resources, membership in a like-minded online teaching community, and compensation for time spent in professional learning.

The next cohort starts October 5 and ends October 26, 2021, with a registration deadline of September 5. Register today

Partner News

The much anticipated second series of Renewable English is just around the corner. Series Two is going to take a closer look at the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Renewable English will be looking, in detail, at each goal and giving you plenty of ideas and materials to bring the increasingly important SDGs to life in your classroom. Much like Series One, there will be plenty on offer throughout each week, including:

• Free Materials
• Exclusive Interviews
• Top Tips

Catch up with their hit Series One on their website, and stay tuned for Series Two!

New Partners

We are excited to announce two new partners who will be sharing content on our website. Click on their logos below to check out their work!

OCV is an organization that aims to humanize the climate disaster through ethical storytelling as a tool for climate justice. They focus on uplifting voices on the frontlines of climate change including young, Indigenous, immigrant, queer, people of color, women, and people from low-income communities.  They are a collective of women, LGBTQIA+ people, BIPOC, and disabled youth. If you are interested in working with Our Climate Voices for a educational workshop, speaking engagement, or other event please contact them at connect@ourclimatevoices.org.

Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an online platform that provides data and tools for monitoring forests. By harnessing cutting-edge technology, GFW allows anyone to access near real-time information about where and how forests are changing around the world. GFW is used every day to monitor and manage forests, stop illegal deforestation and fires, call out unsustainable activities, defend land and resources, sustainably source commodities, and conduct research at the forefront of conservation.

That's it for this month! Thank you for your support. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reply to this email.

Best,

The SubjectToClimate Team
Sophie Drukman-Feldstein,
Marketing Coordinator
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Save the Date: NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program Annual Conference             (Posted: 8-24-21)

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Hooked on Fishing Leadership Training             (Posted: 8-24-21)

Engage Youth Through Fishing

New Jersey's Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs program is offering a leadership training for classroom educators and volunteers of youth-centered community and/or faith-based organizations interested in providing an ongoing program to engage youth in positive recreational activities.

This hybrid training will include a virtual meeting and assignments, along with two in-person trainings. Details about the training can be found here.

Register now! Registration deadline is September 3, 2021.

For more information, please email hofnod@dep.nj.gov.