Board on Science Education
Friday, April 18, 2014 
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Higher Education

Informal, Afterschool, and Public Engagement

Information and Communication Technology


Standards and Assessment

Policy and Program Reviews

Climate Change Education Roundtable

Available Reports

Climate Change Education: Goals, Audiences, and Strategies Workshop Summary
Climate Change Education Workshop 2 Summary

Climate Change Education in Elementary School through the First Two Years of College Workshop Summary
The Roundtable on Climate Change Education* was established 2009 to foster ongoing discussion of the challenges to and strategies for improving climate science and climate change education for the general public, and for students in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. The Roundtable also focuses on strategies for improving the capacity for climate-related decision-making of resource managers and policy makers, and discusses implications for workforce development in professions that are strongly influenced by climate change. The Roundtable brings together federal and state policymakers, educators, scientists and communications and learning experts, and representatives from the private sector. It includes a number of ex officio members from federal agencies with dedicated interests in climate change education, including officials from the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Education, the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The CCE Roundtable provides an opportunity to bring together overlapping and complementary expertise from academic and professional disciplines that commonly do not intersect when addressing CCE. It also provides federal agencies with important foundational knowledge related to key aspects of CCE and learning, such as the nature and scope of existing efforts, achievable and measurable goals, challenges and opportunities inherent in developing a national level CCE initiative, and areas where investments may provide the greatest leverage. Roundtable discussions also provide useful new insights for a variety of other stakeholders who are invited to observe the open sessions of the Roundtable. The CCE Roundtable also provides a formal mechanism to support continued collaboration and cooperation across federal agencies on major future climate change education or other science education initiatives. Through Roundtable discussions, the work of the federal agencies can be coordinated with stakeholders from private and non-profit sectors such that their efforts can be built to complement and enhance federal initiatives. Through its public workshops and published workshop summaries, the CCE Roundtable has also become a source for evidence-based information related to climate change education. Learn more about the workshops.

*Supported by the National Science Foundation

Roundtable Roster

Roundtable Biographical Sketches


Martin Storksdieck, Study Director
Rebecca Krone, Program Associate


Related Workshops

Workshop on Engaging Individual, Family, and Community Forestland Owners on Issues Related to Climate Change, August 26-27, 2013

Preparing Current and Future Business Leaders, March 14, 2013




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