Professional Learning Opportunities

Find professional learning opportunities that meet your needs, whether it is an asynchronous Climate Change Primer to build foundational knowledge about climate change or a synchronous professional development workshop on integrating climate change into your curriculum.

Presidio Graduate School

Teaching Climate Change Essentials

This six-week professional development program is a comprehensive online course supplying teachers with the skills and knowledge necessary to implement climate change instruction into their classrooms.

Formats: Online: Asynchronous, Online: Synchronous

Target Audiences: Curriculum Specialists, Teachers

Target Grade Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Career Readiness, Life Literacies, and Key Skills, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Computer Science and Design Thinking, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages

Date(s) Offered: January 17 - February 24 2023; March 20 - April 28 2023; June 5 - July 14 2023

Length of Time: 45 hours

Topics: Climate Change Basics - Causes, Impacts, Solutions; Teaching Methods - Climate Literacy, Environmental Justice

Opportunity Type: Course

CLEAN

Teaching Climate

This guide is designed to help middle and high school science teachers incorporate climate topics into their classrooms.

Format: Online: Asynchronous

Target Audience: Teachers

Target Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

Subject: Science

Topics: Teaching Methods - Climate Literacy

Opportunity Type: Guide

CLEAN

Teaching Climate (Spanish)

This Teaching Climate (Spanish Translation) guide is designed to help middle and high school science teachers incorporate climate topics into their classrooms.

Format: Online: Asynchronous

Target Audience: Teachers

Target Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Science, World Languages

Topics: Teaching Methods - Climate Literacy

Opportunity Type: Guide

CLEAN

Teaching Energy (Spanish)

This Teaching Energy (Spanish Translation) guide is designed to help middle and high school teachers incorporate energy topics into their classrooms.

Format: Online: Asynchronous

Target Audience: Teachers

Target Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Science, World Languages

Topics: Teaching Methods - Climate Literacy

Opportunity Type: Guide

CLEAN

Teaching Energy

This guide is designed to help middle and high school science teachers incorporate energy topics into their classrooms.

Format: Online: Asynchronous

Target Audience: Teachers

Target Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

Subject: Science

Topics: Teaching Methods - Climate Literacy

Opportunity Type: Guide

Presidio Graduate School

Teaching Extreme Weather

This four-week program is designed to enhance K-12 science teachers’ understanding of the factors that contribute to extreme weather events and how these events are linked to climate change.

Format: Online: Asynchronous

Target Audiences: Curriculum Specialists, Teachers

Target Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

Subject: Science

Date(s) Offered: January 23 - March 3 2023, April 3 - April 28, 2023, June 12 - July 7, 2023

Length of Time: 15 hours

Topics: Climate Change Basics - Impacts; Teaching Methods - Place-Based

Opportunity Type: Course

ClimateScience

Climate Change Crash Course

The interactive and engaging online course summarizes climate change into three easy-to-read chapters.

Format: Online: Asynchronous

Target Audiences: Curriculum Specialists, Teachers

Target Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Career Readiness, Life Literacies, and Key Skills, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Computer Science and Design Thinking, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages

Length of Time: 1 hour

Topics: Climate Change Basics - Causes, Impacts, Solutions

Opportunity Type: Course

NOAA

New Jersey State Climate Summary

This guide provides a climate summary for the state of New Jersey, allowing teachers, curriculum specialists, and administrators to understand the local and regional impacts of climate change.

Format: Online: Asynchronous

Target Audiences: Curriculum Specialists, School Administrators, Teachers

Target Grade Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Career Readiness, Life Literacies, and Key Skills, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Computer Science and Design Thinking, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages

Topics: Climate Change Basics - Impacts

Opportunity Type: Guide

NPR

8 Ways to Teach Climate Change in Almost Any Classroom

This article includes eight tips for how to teach about climate change.

Format: Online: Asynchronous

Target Audience: Teachers

Target Grade Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Career Readiness, Life Literacies, and Key Skills, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Computer Science and Design Thinking, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages

Topics: Teaching Methods - Climate Literacy

Opportunity Type: Guide

STEM Teaching Tools

Climate Learning Resources

This page features many resources on many different topics.

Format: Online: Asynchronous

Target Audience: Teachers

Target Grade Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Mathematics, Science

Topics: Teaching Methods - Culturally Relevant Teaching, Climate Literacy, Environmental Justice

Opportunity Type: Guide

NOAA

Toolbox for Teaching Climate and Energy

This website features many resources to equip teachers to teach about climate and energy.

Format: Online: Asynchronous

Target Audience: Teachers

Target Grade Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subject: Science

Topics: Teaching Methods - Climate Literacy

Opportunity Type: Guide

MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative

Climate Science, Risk & Solutions: Climate Knowledge for Everyone

This engaging interactive course outlines the causes, impacts, and solutions to climate change.

Format: Online: Asynchronous

Target Audiences: Curriculum Specialists, Teachers

Target Grade Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Career Readiness, Life Literacies, and Key Skills, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Computer Science and Design Thinking, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages

Length of Time: 2 hours

Topics: Climate Change Basics - Causes, Impacts, Solutions

Opportunity Type: Course

Presidio Graduate School

Teaching Climate Justice

This four-week course allows K-12 educators to explore the important topics of climate change and environmental justice.

Format: Online: Asynchronous

Target Audiences: Curriculum Specialists, Teachers

Target Grade Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Career Readiness, Life Literacies, and Key Skills, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Computer Science and Design Thinking, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages

Date(s) Offered: February 6 - March 3, 2023; March 13 - April 7, 2023; April 17 - May 12, 2023; June 19 - July 14, 2023

Length of Time: 15 hours

Topics: Climate Change Basics - Impacts; Teaching Methods - Environmental Justice

Opportunity Type: Course

New Jersey Audubon

Curriculum Development by Grade Band (K-2, 3-5, MS, HS) [In Person]

Teachers will explore the interdisciplinary NJSLS that specifically reference climate change to connect observable causes and effects in their communities based on the best available science and existing data regarding the current and anticipated environmental effects of climate change.

Format: In Person

Target Audiences: Curriculum Specialists, School Administrators, Teachers

Target Grade Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Career Readiness, Life Literacies, and Key Skills, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Computer Science and Design Thinking, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages

Length of Time: 3 hours

Topics: Teaching Methods - Climate Literacy, Place-Based, Social-Emotional Learning

Rutgers School of Public Health and NJ Safe Schools Program

Introduction to Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events, Sustainability and Environmental Justice for HS Students (and Supervising Teachers) in Career-Technical Education in NJ

Please email the New Jersey Safe Schools Program (NJSS) team at cscbre@sph.

Format: Online: Asynchronous

Target Audience: Teachers

Target Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Career Readiness, Life Literacies, and Key Skills, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies

Date(s) Offered: July 11, 2022 through June 20, 2023

Length of Time: 2 hours

Topics: Climate Change Basics - Causes, Impacts; Teaching Methods - Environmental Justice

Opportunity Type: Course