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|Climate Change Education Roundtable
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. To learn more about the past and upcoming public workshops please visit their respective websites.
*Supported by the National Science Foundation
Roundtable Biographical Sketches
Upcoming Roundtable Workshops
Preparing Current and Future Business Leaders
March 14, 2013
Engaging and Enabling Private Forest Landowners to Adopt Forest Adaptation Management Practices in the Face of a Changing Climate
May/June TBD 2013
Martin Storksdieck, Director
Claudia Mengelt, Senior Program Officer
Sherrie Forrest, Program Officer
Anthony Brown, Senior Program Asistant
Recently Released Report
Climate Change Education: Goals, Audiences, and Strategies Workshop Summary
The global scientific and policy community now unequivocally accepts that human activities cause global climate change. Although information on climate change is readily available, the nation still seems unprepared or unwilling to respond effectively to climate change, due partly to a general lack of public understanding of climate change issues and opportunities for effective responses. The reality of global climate change lends increasing urgency to the need for effective education on earth system science, as well as on the human and behavioral dimensions of climate change, from broad societal action to smart energy choices at the household level.
Climate Change Education in Elementary School through the First Two Years of College Workshop Summary
The National Research Council’s Board on Science Education's Cliamte Change Educcation Roundtable hosted workshop that brought together scholars and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and expertise to discuss the teaching and learning of climate change and climate science in formal education settings, from kindergarten to the first two years of college (K-14). Based on the evidence from research and practice, the workshop explored how climate change is currently taught in school; what research indicates how best to teach climate change in K-14 settings; what factors impede teaching climate change in schools; and the connection between climate change education in K-12 and higher education. The workshop will be designed to provide ample opportunity for discussion and exchange.
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