Educator Community of Practice

There is a need for inclusive, interdisciplinary climate education that resonates with students and local communities, as well as focused skill development within disciplines to prepare the next generation of climate leaders. Education is a critical aspect of enabling the Midwest to lower emissions, create a thriving green economy, and ensure a just and equitable transition that does not leave any of our rural, suburban, urban, and indigenous communities behind. The Midwest Climate Collaborative (MCC) is developing an education Community of Practice in order to share effective practices, models, and materials for creating this future.

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This project seeks to:

  • Establish a Community of Practice and associated face-to-face and virtual learning / collaboration spaces and knowledge repository.
  • Develop capacity for Midwest specific climate learning through curriculum development on central topics such as drought, heat, and floods, as well as business innovation and empowering vulnerable populations.
  • Increase access to high quality, equitable information literacy and climate learning for all students.
  • Strengthen and expand interdisciplinary climate programs at member institutions.

Get Involved

To establish this Community of Practice, MCC is initiating a series of community meetings that will enable members to learn from one another and create the personal relationships that lie at the heart of a learning community. At the same time, the education project leadership is seeking funding for a larger initiative. (Acrobat (PDF) 237kB Jan14 22) Please note, that our ideas for a larger initiative have built from this initial concept informed by our community of practice. We now hope to support educator ecosystems of K-12, higher education, and informal educators from many spaces (cultural, non-profits, government) in shared work together. To learn about and participate in upcoming events please join below.

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Community Meetings

Community meetings will be structured to promote learning, interaction and sharing, reflection, and implementation in your own context. A fall 2022 steering committee of MCC Educator CoP members planned two community meetings focused on education for climate workforce development and community resiliency. One of these happened in October and the other in early December.

New Community Meetings will be planned for the Spring of 2023. If you are interested in serving on the steering committee contact Sarah Fortner, sfortner@carleton.edu.

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Beyond the Classroom: Engaging Learners in Climate Change Solutions

Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 10 am - 12 pm CT

In this community meeting, we will hear from non-traditional educators about their efforts to create programs that teach place-based and interdisciplinary climate change curricula beyond the classroom. Representatives will join us from Climate Strong!, a partnership of university, tribal college, and tribal organizations that builds the capacity of teachers, informal educators, and youth to take action for building community climate resiliency within the Ojibwe Ceded Territory (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan) and Sustain Dane, an education non-profit in Dane County, Wisconsin with the mission to inspire, connect, and support people to accelerate equity and sustainable actions for community well-being. We will spend time workshopping together to apply lessons learned from the model programs to our own education settings.

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Leadership Team

  • Beth Martin, Climate Change Program, Environmental Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Kelly Eskew, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
  • Cathy Manduca, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
  • Sarah Fortner, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
  • Bradlee Cotton, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College (Technical Support)

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