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Teacher Professional Development Opportunities

Stanford Earth Sciences offers teacher workshops during the summer on a variety of topics.  Climate change education workshops will be announced at this site


Climate Literacy Principles

From the Climate Literacy Network
The Essential Principles of Climate Literacy version 2 was released in March, 2009 with additional input from climate experts and federal agencies participating in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program.


Videos/Audio about climate change issues

The following four videos were created as part of the Stanford Climate Change Education project, by teacher Sarah Newman

Weather or Climate?

Greenhouse Gases

Renewable Energy Resources

What can I do?

Green Ninja from San Jose State University

From the Daily Show after a large snow storm. We did not think this was appropriate for students but wanted to share it nevertheless with teachers.

Climate Change Lines of Evidence from the National Research Council.

This American Life Broadcast: Hot in my Backyard, May 2013


Readings for the professional development workshops

Talk Science Primer by Sarah Michaels and Cathy O’Connor

Jonathan Osborne, et al. 2010.Arguing to Learn in Science: The Role of Collaborative, Critical Discourse, Science 328, 463

Rachel Lotan, 2006. Managing Groupwork in the Heterogeneous Classroom. In
Handbook of Classroom Management, Eds C.M. Evertson and C.S. Weinstein.
Chapter 19.

Michael D. Mastrandrea and Stephen H. Schneider, 2008. The rising tide,
Time to adapt to climate change. Boston Review, Nov-Dec 2008, Special
Report, p. 7-11.

G. Michael Bowen & Valerie Rodger, 2008.  Debating Global Warming in
Media Discussion Forums: Strategies Enacted by "Persistent Deniers" and
Implications for Schooling.  Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 13 (1), 89-106


National and International Reports on Climate Change

Climate Change: Evidence and Causes, report by the Nat'l Academy and Royal Society

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
video introduction to the latest report -

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States Report by the US Global Change Research Program

Advancing the Science of Climate Change

National Research Council of the National Academies
Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts, and Choices

California State Climate Change

A Report on How Corporations Have Influenced the U.S. Dialogue on Climate Science and Policy


Climate Misconceptions and Myths

Climate change controversies: a simple guide

Eight misleading arguments and what the science says

A source of arguments against climate change science

What We Know from AAAS


Simulations and Data

Global Carbon Budget
An annual update on global carbon budget and trends

Simulations from Climate Interactive
Climate Interactive creates interactive, easy-to-use, and scientifically rigorous tools that help people understand how to address the complex, interconnected challenges that affect our lives on Earth. We create powerful simulations that generate important insights for partners ranging from the U.S. State Department and the Chinese Government to global NGOs and citizen leaders.

Climate Data


Additional resources for climate change education

The Alliance for Climate Education provides auditorium presentations which are very engaging.

Changing Climate: Guide for teaching climate change in Grades 3 to 8 from National Geographic

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network