Climate Change Education: State Policies – Student Input, March 14


As readers know, there is nothing the Owl likes more than highlighting Weston students and schools. The only difficult thing is finding time for all the awesomeness that shines out of our students. Now with a spring-forward morning calling the K9 Ranger and me to the trails, let’s quickly see what’s up with our students this week.

When we last saw Jonathan Lan WHS ’24, he was headed off to the state Capitol with a group of students to meet the Holy Mackerel and also ask for some climate policy attention. Not in that order. You can read more about that effort here and also see a photo of one of the meetings with lawmakers which seems friendly and fun, no? No fish.


On Tuesday, March 14 at 4 pm, when we may or may not be in the middle of a nor’easter, you can spend an hour learning about climate change education and how student-led advocacy efforts are making a difference. Why is this important?

From the marketing materials:
“A national survey of science teachers found that most middle school and high school teachers devote just one to two hours of instruction on climate change during the academic year. One important reason is that teachers feel they do not have sufficient knowledge to teach it. Recognizing the need to better train K-12 teachers to teach about climate change, a handful of states have made multimillion-dollar investments and implemented state policies to train their teachers to more confidently deliver climate change education in the classroom.”

During this free webinar hosted by the Center for Green Schools, attendees will hear key findings from the Center’s newest white paper about different state-level policies created to influence climate change instruction in the classroom, as well as stories from our state-focused panelists showcasing student-led advocacy efforts happening in Massachusetts and innovative climate programming implementation on the ground.

This webinar is free and open for anyone interested and is particularly designed for K-12 environmental education advocates, policymakers, and formal and non-formal educators.

Andra Yeghoian, Chief Innovation Officer, Ten Strands
Amara Ifeji, Director of Policy, Maine Environmental Education Association
Jim Elder, Director, Campaign for Environmental Literacy
Jonathan Lan, Our Climate, Class of 2024, Weston Public Schools (MA)
Sara Karp, Our Climate, Class of 2025, Acton Boxborough Regional School District (MA)

You can learn more and register for the webinar here.

Go ‘cats!

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