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About the Climate Change Education Project

This collaborative project began in the fall of 2009 to support the teaching of scientifically accurate climate change curriculum in middle and high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Climate scientists and education specialists collaborated to develop a curriculum for middle and high school science classrooms. It addresses the fundamental issues of climate science, the impacts of climate change on society and on global resources, mitigation and adaptation strategies. The project documents in detail the full circle of curriculum development, teacher professional development, classroom implementation, analysis of student achievement data, and curriculum revision. Ongoing evaluation has provided understanding of the unique conditions and requirements of climate change education.

We invite you to use the curriculum and the results from our research.  We have also provided other resources and links that we found helpful in understanding and teaching about climate change.  

This project was a joint effort between the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and the Stanford Teacher Education Program. 

This project was developed through funding from NASA's Innovations in Climate Education.

Program Staff and Faculty

  • PI: Pamela Maston, Dean, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
  • Co-PI: Rachel Lotan, Director of Stanford Teacher Education Program
  • Director: Jennifer Saltzman, Director of Outreach Education, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
  • Project Evaluator: Nicole Holthuis, Program Evaluator and Leader Researcher
  • Climate Scientists
  • Research Assistants

Laura Bofferding, now Ass't Professor at Purdue University
Salina Gray, Graduate Student in Science Education
Polly Diffenbaugh
, Clinical Associate, Stanford Teacher Education Program
Matt Kloser, now Ass't Professor at Notre Dame University
Angela Knotts, Research Assistant
Shayna Sullivan
, Graduate Student in Education
Andrew Wild, Graduate Student in Education