Climate Change: Seeing, Understanding, Teaching is a four-day immersive teacher professional development course held in Denali National Park. Developed through three partner organizations, the course aims to develop teachers’ skills for integrating climate change content into their classrooms. The development and management of the course is provided by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS). The other partners are the National Park Service and Alaska Geographic.
For over five years, this program has built successful connections between teachers, researchers, science and classrooms through the inclusion of teacher leaders in workshop leadership; dedicated program staff; and a workshop community culture. During the course, the teachers and the researchers travel to 'hotspots' in the park that stir conversation about the dynamics and causes of change in the subarctic. A goal of the course is to weave climate education into existing curriculum. Throughout the course, participants gain skills in communicating science to their students, increase their climate literacy, and learn how to facilitate classroom discussions that move us all towards making a positive impact on the future of climate change. To learn more about the program, check out Alaska Geographic Field Courses.
This collection focuses on all the Learning Resources that are related to the course, including capstone lessons created by the course participants.