PRI staffers Don Duggan-Haas, Alexandra Moore and Andrielle Swaby attended the 2018 National Science Teachers Association national meeting in Atlanta GA. Don received an award from NESTA for service to the organization. Yay! And we gave away ~1000 copies of the Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change to teachers in 30 states.
Teachers Talk Back!
March 10, 2018
Adam Gollwitzer, New York State Master Teacher at Chautauqua Lake Secondary School reviews TFG Climate Change:
“The organization of the book allows readers to dive in and get right down to the business of teaching climate change. The information is displayed in a manner that makes for quick reference (e.g. very helpful visuals and thought-provoking quotes) with enough accurate information pertaining to each that lessons can be quickly and effectively built around the central topics. I would say this book is a “must” for any teacher interested in accurately teaching climate science.”
Talking To Teachers
January 22, 2018, Dryden High School, Dryden NY
PRI staff met with Dryden High School teachers Travis Crocker and Eric Reisweber, both of whom teach Earth Science, along with Environmental Science and Astronomy. I asked Travis Crocker about teaching climate change.
AM: You say you are you excited to use The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change. Can you tell us why?
TC: The students in our school today – I work with sophomores and seniors – want to get excited about what they’re studying. They want to see the application of what they’re learning. They hear about climate change quite a lot, but often it’s filtered through the media – so they can get different messages – and there is certainly confusion when local events don’t seem to align with a warming planet. For example, when the eastern US is cold they wonder what happened to Global Warming? Students really need to understand the global perspective, not just what is happening locally. This is particularly true when they hear people say that climate change isn’t real, it is especially important to look beyond our back yard.
AM: Where do Dryden teachers go for resources?
TC: I usually start with NASA and NOAA. Many people don’t know that these organizations (responsible for most of our satellite observing systems) look down at the Earth as much as they look away to the stars. It is important for students to know why we make these observations and how they can record the changes on Earth and in its atmosphere. With respect to climate change, there is no more relevant topic that we can discuss with students. Many aren’t going to become scientists but they are all citizens and all citizen-scientists, voting and making decisions – we need educated citizens.
AM: How does climate change fit into the Dryden science curriculum?
TC: In our Earth Science courses we have a whole unit on climate change; both the Regents and Honors Earth Science classes include climate change in the meteorology and climatology elements of the curriculum. This is important because it is critical for students to understand where scientists stand on climate change. And interestingly, since we see many of the same students in both 10th and 12th grades we can see student engagement increase across those years.
AM: Do students get depressed by all the bad news?
TC: No – they get excited about affecting change. Our students recognize that they have power to make change through their own actions, and especially by who they ultimately vote into office.
AM: What resource – any kind – would you want to help students learn?
TC: A visit by Neil deGrasse Tyson! (my favorite scientist, known for saying, “science has the ability to see thru the BS”). Students respond well to a knowledgeable and charismatic scientist who can draw kids in and get them excited.
Are you listening Neil….?
October 30, 2017
The Teach Climate Science project is featured in the Nov/Dec issue of Sierra Magazine:
August 22, 2017
August 19, 2017
Think about the nature of science – how science allows us to predict events like the 2017 solar eclipse – and yet many people still don’t accept scientific predictions about the nature of climate change. Read about it here.
August 18, 2017
August 8, 2017
July 25, 2017
American cities are publishing deleted climate data from the EPA website on their own. See what CBS has to say here. Read about the Trump administration’s original move to take down the EPA website here.
July 24, 2017
The TFG Climate Change book was represented this weekend at the Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in Trumansburg, NY! The Teacher Friendly Guide was on the Cayuga Nature Center table at the Grassroots Sustainability Fair.
Here is a photo of Cornell Environmental Engineering student Cynthia Chu, who donated to the Teach Climate Science fundraiser to have a book sent to a science teacher who had an impact on her life. Cynthia wrote an inscription in the book that will be sent to her teacher as well. Thank you, Cynthia, for getting involved in our project!
If you would like to donate to the fundraiser and send a book to a specific teacher, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the teacher, the name of the school, and the state that the school is in, when you donate to our campaign. You can write a personal message, or we can send your teacher a note thanking them for inspiring science students!
July 12, 2017
Satellite observations this morning revealed that an ice berg the size of Delaware has broken away from the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic peninsula. Read more at the New York Times or at NPR. You can switch hemispheres and follow the Arctic summer sea ice melt here.
June 30, 2017
The public comment period on National Monuments under Review is open until July 9. Read about it and comment here.
June 28, 2017:
Check out this article, written in the Ithaca Times, about our campaign to get the Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change into the hands of teachers!
Read it here: http://www.ithaca.com/news/the-new-climate-infowar/
June 22, 2017
We’re helping teachers to educate students about climate change. You can too!
Join us in sending The Teacher-Friendly Guide™ to Climate Change to every public high school science teacher in the US free of charge.
Climate Change is the greatest human challenge of the 21st century. Scientists overwhelmingly agree that atmospheric pollutants are causing Earth’s climate to warm at an unprecedented rate. The effects are already visible at both local and global scales.
Our crowdfunding campaign supports the first part of a nationwide project. Reaching our Phase 1 goal will allow us to put this book in the hands of every high school science teacher in the Northeast region. Part two of the project will be a campaign to accomplish the larger task of reaching every US science teacher. Please join us!
The first step to address this challenge is to understand it. The most effective way to increase understanding nationwide is to support the nation’s classroom teachers with outstanding resources. The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), of Ithaca New York, is uniquely positioned to inform the national debate on climate change. We have just published The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change, written by PRI staff with input from IPCC lead authors and leading climate scientists. This book is intended to provide professional development support for high school science teachers, based on the best-available climate change science.