How we support Climate Literacy
Climate Literacy Fellows
In partnership with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the legislature-funded ClimeTime program, the Gonzaga Climate Institute has created the Climate Literacy Fellows program, which hires and trains Gonzaga undergraduates to deliver high-impact climate literacy activities in elementary school classrooms (grades K-8). The Climate Literacy Fellows program is modeled after the Gonzaga Science in Action! program and has received generous support and collaboration from the program. The original climate literacy kits were review by Gonzaga Biology faculty and Science in Action! and the initial lessons developed for this project were created in collaboration with the SIA! program.
Climate Literacy Project Workshops
The Climate Institute offers workshops for a variety of audiences including university professors, elementary, middle and high school teachers.
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Climate Literacy Lesson Library
The Climate Institute has developed a number of K-8 lesson plans on a variety of topics related to climate change and science.
Pre-service Teacher Climate Education
The Gonzaga Institute for Climate, Water, and the Environment is currently partnering with the University of Washington’s Institute for Science and Math Education (ISME) to incorporate climate science education into pre-service teacher learning. The Climate Institute created and offered climate literacy instruction to Gonzaga students in training to become teachers (pre-service teacher candidates).
Students Demand Climate EducationThe Spokane Public Schools Student Advisory Council on Climate Change (SAC3) was appointed to advise the Spokane School Board, provide student perspectives on climate education, and work alongside the School Board and district administrators to incorporate adequate and updated climate curriculum in all grade levels. In 2021, SAC3 surveyed students in grades 5-12 on the state of climate education in Spokane. Click the picture to learn more.
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