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Climate Change Education Roundtable Workshops


Workshop on Engaging Family Private Forest Owners on Issues Related to Climate Change
The NRC's Board on Science Education and Board on Environmental Change and Society hosted the fourth public workshop of the Climate Change Education Roundtable. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and National Institute for Food and Agriculture, this 2-day workshop discussed strategies that are rooted in behavioral, social and educational sciences for engaging private individual, family, and community forestland owners in conversations about climate. During the workshop presentations by forestry experts seeded audience discussions of:
  • Threats to forests posed by climate change and human actions,
  • Private forestland owners' (to include individual, family, and community forest owners) objectives, values, knowledge, and dispositions about forest management, climate change and related threats, and
  • Strategies for improving communication between forestland owners and service providers around forest management in the face of climate change.

*Supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service

Preparing Current and Future Business Leaders
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The National Research Council's Board on Science Education and Roundtable on Climate Change Education held a one-day workshop* on March 14, 2013, looking into how to close a major gap in our understanding of climate and sustainability education in post-secondary professional schools of business. Responding to climate challenges will influence the U.S. and global economy. Businesses are already adjusting and will further re-tool to provide similar services or products with less harmful influence on the climate, to respond to a changing policy, regulatory and market environment, or to provide new services and products to help address the challenges that lie ahead. In the short run, some business and market segments will see these developments as challenging while others will see business opportunities expand. Business schools throughout the United States have already begun to respond to have address climate change and related issues in a variety of ways that range from embedding climate related discussions into courses on risk assessment, leadership, regulatory environments, markets, or other key MBA courses, to offering “green” MBAs or MBAs that focus on issues related to sustainability. Leaders in business schools and large companies were challenged in this workshop to think about how business schools can prepare future leaders to understand and address challenges related to climate change.
*Supported by funding from the National Science Foundation.

Climate Change Education in Formal Settings, K-14




Background Papers

The National Research Council’s Board on Science Education hosted a workshop* (August 2011) 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 was designed to provide ample opportunity for discussion and exchange.   
*Supported by the National Science Foundation

Climate Change Education Goals and Objectives

 Climate Change Education Workshop 1 Summary           



Background Papers

The National Research Council’s Climate Change Education Goals and Objectives Workshop* (October 2010) addressed the current status of climate change education, broadly defined. It provided an opportunity for discussion between expert researchers and practitioners in complementary fields that often operate in relative isolation from one another, such as decision making and risk analysis, education, learning and cognitive science, behavioral and environmental economics, public literacy and communication, and physical and natural sciences. The workshop included expert panel discussions and small group discussions of goals of climate change education; barriers and challenges that are inherent to educating diverse audiences about climate change; and strategies to overcome barriers. 
*Supported by the National Science Foundation


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