Schools for the Planet: Toward Universal Climate Literacy with Children’s Literature and Media

Dates: June 20-22, 2023

Time: 9:00 am-1:30 pm

Cost: free (Includes all resources.  Does not include parking or lunch).

We are a climate illiterate civilization that has sleepwalked into climate breakdown, biodiversity crash, and unprecedented social inequalities that exacerbate planetary ecocide. To turn this around, we need to transform our wealth-based, extractive civilization into a sustainable and equitable ecological civilization. This transition requires that we build universal climate literacy. It makes our classrooms ground zero for this effort. 

In this three -day summer school, literacy educators Nick Kleese, Jana Lo Bello Miller, and Stephanie Rollag Yoon will guide you to engage with pedagogical practices of envisioning, embodying, and enacting climate literacy education in your classroom. You will learn why traditional climate change education (CCE), focused on scientific and environmental facts, is inadequate to address the social, racial, and political dimensions of climate change. You will explore climate literacy as a broader competence that includes climate science but focuses primarily on developing attitudes and values aligned with how we should live to respect our planetary home. You will learn why stories for young people—in books, films, games, and other narrative media—are the best technology for the social transformation that ensures everyone’s future: a technology that makes climate literacy accessible to every student everywhere and our students are eager to engage in action around climate change.

This summer school will be offered in person from 9:00 am-1:30 pm. It will include lunch, parking, and resourcesThis course is appropriate for teachers across grade levels and subject areas and 13.5 CEUs will be provided. 





This summer institute will be offered in person from 9 am CST- 1:30 pm CST on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus June 20-22. 2023  Section 002 is for registration only summer 2023 (free).  Section 003 is for registration AND on campus dorm lodging June 18-22, 2023 ($275) 
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