We are thrilled to announce the addition of a cohort model to this year’s three-day 2021 Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, July 28th–30th!
13 regional partners across North America are working to create an innovative, collaborative, and solutions-focused virtual conference with our team. Our cohort partners will each lead mini-workshops on Day Two of the Institute, focusing on climate change impacts, solutions, and relationships across their regions.
Participants will join these cohort leaders to create a community of educators focused on climate change solutions, climate justice, and access to education resources during the Summer Institute and beyond. Each of these cohort leaders are climate change education experts within their communities, and we are incredibly excited and fortunate they will be joining us this summer.
Say hello to the Summer Institute cohort regions and leaders!
Marie Tremblay, Senior Education Advisor, Alberta Council for Environmental Education
“As Albertans, we tend to view climate change through a very Alberta-centric lens. I’m excited to be working with Climate Generation on this year’s summer institute because it represents a unique opportunity to gain a broader perspective on climate education and learn from the best climate educators from across North America.”
Melanie Hoffman, Principal, HoffFull Solutions Climate Education and Consulting
“As a chemist moving into climate education, the last three years have been an amazing learning journey in all aspects of building community and uplifting all people, in the words of my alma mater. The Summer Institute will bring these diverse, important aspects of education on climate change and solutions together, and I am thrilled to co-organize an engaging set of local workshops for our Alberta teachers. I’m also so excited that we will co-create a hub from which to build climate teacher community in Alberta through the Teach Climate Network, all participants can stay in touch and have a space to share climate-related questions, and struggles. Mutual support matters!”
Amy Frame, K–12 Program Manager, Ten Strands
“I’m calling on California teachers, TOSAs, coaches, and community based partners from every discipline, grade level, and region to join us this summer. Help make our state’s vision of environmental literacy a reality for all of our students. Let’s support our students take informed action on climate justice issues in their communities and let’s support each other to build up an educational system that focuses on what matters most.”
Kelley Le, Director of UCI Science Project
“I am excited to work alongside teachers who are looking for meaningful ways to support empowered students as the agents of change we need to fight climate change. Addressing the climate crisis is the most urgent and pressing issue of our time and our collective efforts will make a difference.”
Elise Trelegan, B-WET Program Coordinator, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
“I’m excited to continue the conversation around advancing climate solutions and identifying ways to bring project-based inquiry around climate change into more classrooms!”
Ann Strozyk, Environmental Educator, Howard County Public Schools & Howard County Conservancy
“I am looking forward to collaborating with climate change educators to bring the most up to date science and messaging to students across the region.”
Seth Spencer, Teach Climate Network Coordinator, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
Lindsey Kirkland, Climate Change Education Manager, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
“We are excited to support a network of climate change education leaders and to learn from all the different cohort leaders through the planning process. We believe it takes a strong and diverse network to create climate change solutions that are based in climate justice and are community focused!”
Carrie Ferraro, Associate Director, Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience Initiative, Rutgers University
Janice McDonnell, Science Agent, Department of Youth Development, Rutgers University
“I am excited about collaborating on this important issue at a national level.”
Erin Griffin, Youth Climate Program Manager, The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program
Jen Kretser, Director of Climate Initiatives, The Wild Center
“We know it’s been a tough year, and The Wild Center is so excited to connect teachers with inspiration, resources, and each other to kick off a school year focused on climate change education.”