Our Climate, Our Communities: Science, Systems, and Solutions

A Hybrid Professional Development Institute for Middle and High School Educators

New dates coming soon!

How can we help you prepare your students to engage with the complex concepts and rapidly developing issues related to climate change? Through the broad phenomenon-based theme of Our Climate, Our Communities: Science, Systems, and Solutions, you will explore examples of best practices in climate change education. During this academic year professional development institute, experience a hybrid format of on-site sessions combined with online learning as you engage in climate and energy investigations, talk directly with scientists and engineers, explore your own local resources, and develop units and investigations you can use in your classroom. Leave the course with tools and resources for integrating climate change concepts into your instruction and the confidence to engage your students in active discussion, sense-making, and problem solving around challenging and dynamic topics of climate change.

  • Connect with scientists who bring diverse perspectives on the various impacts of a changing climate and offer current insights into strategies for mitigating those impacts.
  • Engage with evidence as you explore local resources and gather data for your own investigations.
  • Deepen your understanding of climate change phenomena as you investigate different parts of the global ecosystem and figure out how they interact to create a complex climate system.
  • Make it local as you gather resources that will help you explore climate change issues relevant to your local community.
  • Apply your learning to develop a collection of inquiry-based investigations and classroom resources that will engage your students with Phenomena-based Learning and the Science and Engineering Practices.
  • Take back to school a materials kit for the inquiry-based, hands on investigations you explore during the course.

This is a hybrid course, made up of on-site sessions and asynchronous class time. Asynchronous class time takes place in self-paced online modules comprised of assignments such as discussion posts, at-home investigations, and resource exploration. The online modules are scheduled for the weeks between each on-site session, as well as before the first and after the last on-site session. Each module should take approximately 2-4 hours to complete; overall the asynchronous portion of the class accounts for 13 hours of the total program hours.

Collaborating Partner: Salem Sound Coastwatch

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Bob Chen, Dean of the School for the Environment and Professor of Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences, UMass Boston
Richard Rys, Chemical Engineer, Principal of R2 Controls
Dan Kittredge, Executive Director, Bionutrient Food Association
Dr. Tamara Ledley, STEM Education Consultant, En-Roads
Dr. Brian Helmuth, Professor, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Northeastern University Marine Science Center

Registration Information:

Online Sessions: September 23 – December 11, 2022
On-Site Sessions: Saturdays, October 1 & 22, November 12, and December 3 (8:30 AM – 2:30 PM ET)
On-site sessions will be held at Salem Sound Coastwatch in Salem, MA.

$450 per participant.
$400 per participant if attending as a team with 2 additional teachers from your school or district.
$375 per participant if attending as a team with 3 or more additional teachers from your school or district.

PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit:
40 PDPs available without graduate credit.
67.5 PDPs and 3 graduate credits from Cambridge College are available for an additional $225 ($75 per credit).

Partially funded by Cell Signaling Technology and the Vanderbilt Family Foundation.