Dear Educator,

You are invited to attend the Saturday, March 12, NSTA Virtual Conference on Climate Science, starting at 10 am ET. Please share this opportunity with colleagues and teachers you know. 

In collaboration with NOAA, NSTA has been able to assemble a fantastic line-up of presenters, including Katharine Hayhoe from Texas Tech University, Randy Russell from UCAR, and Juliette Rooney-Varga from UMass Lowell. 

Register today and save $10 by using the promo code: SAVE10VC.  For more information and to register, visit:

Cris DeWolf
Cris DeWolf
11925 Activity Points

Hi Cris,

Thank you for getting the conversation started about climate science. Indeed the list of virtual conference presenters looks pretty impressive. Thanks to our colleagues at NOAA for securing so many great presenters.

Did you read the NSTA blog by David Evans about the nationwide survey from Pennsylvania State University indicating "challenges with teaching climate science?"  What do you and other teachers think?

In summary, the survey states that: "We need to reach more teachers with quality resources about climate change and second, schools of education need to do a better job to prepare our future teachers in this area."

Let's get the conversation going.  If you haven't read it, see the blog here:

And yes, when you get a chance, do register for the virtual conference. All who register may access the archived presentations to watch on-demand after the program, in case you are busy on Saturday, March 12, and unable to attend the live program.

Take care,

Flavio Mendez
Flavio Mendez
45366 Activity Points

This is one of those IMPORTANT, BIG issues/ideas scientists bring to our attentions.  Despite evidence to support the scientitsts' claims, the general public (and from the survey mentioned in Cris's post and published in Science Magazine on Feb 11) and teachers do not embrace human involvement as a major concern.  I, too, am bombarded by friends and family who throw out their own claims -like natural causes are so much more impactful, negating any effects we humans may have on global patterns. I am looking forward to this virtual webinar - what a timely topic!  I want to be armed with the facts that will be shared by our NOAA scientists at this Saturday, March 12th event. 
Thanks for the information on how to register, Flavio!

Carolyn Mohr
Carolyn Mohr
86483 Activity Points

I am certainly looking forward to this conference.  I am excited to see how I can include the resources and research from NOAA in my existing biology and earth science classes.  

Ruth Hutson
Ruth Hutson
63530 Activity Points

Last week I was reading a research article in Science magazine and the follow-on discussion in the NSTA listserv about the lack of knowledge teachers have about climate change and teaching climate change. This conference could not be more timely. NOAA has a great group of scientists and science educators lined up for this conference. I am really looking forward to being there and participating.

Donald Boonstra
Donald Boonstra
8575 Activity Points

Thanks Don.

I read the article too. Here is an example of a teacher who is sharing what she knows about climate science with her students:

The article is called: Talking to Children about Climate Change.  Teacher Christie-Blick, 5th grade teacher, asked her students to write essays about the topic.

Here is an excerpt:
Scientific studies from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) have shown that carbon dioxide and temperature go together. When there is more carbon dioxide in the air, the average air temperature around the earth rises. This warm air warms our oceans. This causes more water to evaporate, which forms lots of warm, moist air. This is the kind of air that hurricanes need to start up, and they need a steady supply of it to keep them going.

What are you doing with your students on the topic of climate science?  Share it here as we prepare for the virtual conference on Saturday, March 12 (

Share your stories!

Flavio Mendez
Flavio Mendez
45366 Activity Points

Flavio and Don,
Thank you for sharing the link. I also read Ms. Christie-Blick's 5th grade classroom blog. She provides great examples of ways to give students a voice concerning climate change issues.

I like her use of the label "climate stewards."  It empowers students to connect knowledge with action. Together we really can make a difference in the world.

Susan Koppendrayer
Susan Koppendrayer
3591 Activity Points

I would encourage anyone interested in learning more about climate science and connecting to other like-minded educators to join the Climate Stewards community.  Participants receive the latest information about climate science, great webinars by experts and monthly discussion groups. Sign up is easy and if you are so inclined next fall, submit a grant idea to make climate action and stewardship happen in your school or community.

I also want to call attention to a new climate resource from our partners at Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy. The resources is focused specifically on the NGSS Middle School Performance Expectations.  This is a complete unit that brings the two (NGSS and climate) together.

Peggy Steffen
Peg Steffen
110 Activity Points

Germany offers a lot of best practices and case studies in terms of sustainability efforts.  If you are looking for teaching materials to incorporate into your curriculum, order free resource books from the Transatlantic Outreach Program.  The books are also available online.  Sample lesson topics:
Let's Explore Modern Germany (elementary and middle school)
Let’s Explore 2: Contemporary Life
2.4 Let’s Cycle (Statistics)
2.5 Let’s Be Green

Germany in Focus (middle and high school)
Focus 7: Sustainability
7.1 The Dresden Elbe Valley: UNESCO World Heritage Site Status and Economic Decision Making
7.2 Germany: A Model of Sustainability
7.3 Greening Your School: Shades of Green
7.4 SIEMENS: Leading the Way Toward a Low Carbon Economy
German School Partnerships for Sustainability Projects
The Going Green project matches American classes with German classes to create sustainability action plans for their schools together.  Wouldn’t your students love to work with German students and learn what they are doing to help the environment?  All resources and teaching materials are free, online, and ready to use.  Participation is flexible depending on your curriculum and in collaboration with your partner teacher in Germany.  See the attached flyer for more information.
Please be in touch with me if you are interested in any of the above resources, or if you would like to be matched with a German partner school.  Cannot wait for this conference! 


Going_Green.pdf (1.49 Mb)

Jan Marie Steele
45 Activity Points

To: NSTA Teachers
From: Susan Koppendrayer, Teacher and NSTA Member
Re: Honeywell Green Boot Camp 
Where/When: June 19-23, Apply by March 20
Cost: FREE
"Honeywell’s Green Boot Camp teaches middle school teachers how to turn their classrooms into fertile ground in which ideas about sustainability can thrive. And for you, this no cost four day workshop could be the opportunity of a lifetime." 
I attended this free seminar last summer. Many NSTA member teachers were there. It is a great learning opportunity to collaborate, learn about global sustainability, and climate change. 

Susan Koppendrayer
Susan Koppendrayer
3591 Activity Points

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