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.

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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)

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Community Meetings

Community meetings will be structured to promote learning, interaction and sharing, reflection, and implementation in your own context. Please make sure to sign up at least 5 days in advance. We will provide connection information at least a few days in advance of each meeting.


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Building Midwest Education Climate Community

Monday, February, 28, 2022, 10am - 12pm CT

This community meeting kicked off a call for collective action amongst Midwest climate educators: K-12, higher education, and community educators. Supporting students and public audiences in building the skills they need for Midwest climate action requires innovation. We envision a robust educator network able to share and harness expertise advancing climate literacy and capacity to act. At our launch, participants in our new community shared their motivations and contexts for teaching climate action. From these, we reflected on resources and opportunities to advance our shared goals.

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Education for Community Climate Action

Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 12 pm - 2pm CT

Educators play an important role in building capacity for climate action. This community meeting introduced educator opportunities to support local community initiatives and policy planning focus on responding to Midwest climate challenges. Education within a local decision making or policy change context provides students with strategies and agency to work for change into the future. This community meeting supported generating and sharing ideas within your education work. Learning from other educators began to energize new possibilities.

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Midwest Issues Connecting to Lives

Thursday, April 14, 2022, 12 pm - 2pm CT

Connecting to climate change phenomena in daily lives is a critical way to improve climate literacy. Phenomena are also prevalent in science standards like NGSS and appeal to broader educator audiences. At this meeting, participants reflected on the social and ecological phenomena associated with climate change in the Midwest. They also engaged in generating ideas about how to use this approach to support audience problem solving.

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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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