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Climate Change Here and Now:
Communicating and Teaching about Climate Change

Educators show their models of coral communities at the Coral Ecosystems symposium in New Orleans, LA.

NSTA is partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, (NOAA), and USDA Forest Service (USFS) to present an exciting Symposium for elementary through high school educators, grades K-12, on the topic of climate change. This event is a blended professional development that includes this face-to-face symposium at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in San Francisco, CA followed by two public NSTA Web Seminars and a discussion forum within NSTA Learning Center that allows for extended interaction between the participants and EPA, NOAA, and USFS scientists and educational specialists. Attendance requires conference.

Stipend Opportunity ($60)

EPA/NOAA/USFS is pleased to provide a stipend of $60 upon completion to all participants attending this symposium.

Program Overview

During this half-day Symposium, scientists and education specialists from EPA, NOAA, and the U.S. Forest Service will present information about how to address climate science and impacts, common misconceptions about climate, the processes of science, and controversial issues in the classroom. Participants will be provided with resources and classroom activities that highlight the choices we face in response to climate change and the development of climate-literate citizens. Each participant will receive a $60 stipend for attendance. Refreshments will be available.


Thursday, March 10, 2011
1:30p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time


The Symposium will take place in Golden Gate C2 of the Marriott San Francisco Marquis Hotel Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and housing.


The cost for admission to the symposium is $47 through the advanced registration period and $54 onsite. Travel, meals, lodging, general conference registration (required), and graduate credit fees (where applicable) are the responsibility of participants.


In this section you will meet the NOAA scientists and educational specialists who will be presenting at the EPA/NOAA/USFS/NSTA Symposium: Climate Change Here and Now: Communicating and Teaching about Climate Change

  • Vicki Arthur , Conservation Education Specialist, Conservation Education Office, USDA Forest Service
  • Dr. Safiya Samman , Director of the Conservation Education program of the US Forest Service
  • Karen Scott, Environmental Education Specialist, Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education, U.S. EPA
  • Bruce Moravchik , Education Specialist, NOAA National Ocean Service
  • Peg Steffen , Education Coordinator, NOAA National Ocean Service

See the Symposium’s agenda, including learning outcomes for the program and alignment with the National Science Education Standards.

Web Seminars

Two Web Seminars will be scheduled after the face-to-face program in April and May. The web seminars will begin at 6:30 P.M. Eastern Time.

Web seminars are free, interactive, live sessions providing online professional development. The 90-minute sessions feature presenters related to the NSTA Symposia. You do not have to attend the symposium in order to participate in the web seminars.

To see more programs on Climate Change visit:

For more information contact symposia@nsta.org

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