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. Through this program, the Climate Institute hires and trains exceptional Gonzaga undergraduates to deliver high-impact climate literacy activities in elementary school classrooms (grades K-8). As part of Gonzaga's Opportunity Northeast program, the current geographical focus centers on partner elementary schools in northeast Spokane.
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.
Learn more about the current Fellows and our staff.
Spokane 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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