CSTA is pleased to collaborate with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative, and the K-12 Alliance @ WestEd to bring you the California Science Education Conference Climate Summit.
California adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2013. These standards prominently feature climate science in K-12 with foundational concepts beginning in the primary grades and increasing in depth and sophistication throughout the grade bands. The Summit is intended to enrich the experience and expertise of teachers by providing opportunities for teachers to strengthen their content knowledge and receive support for teaching climate science as envisioned at their grade-level. The Summit will also include information on how classroom teachers can use resources from informal (out of the classroom) settings to enhance their climate instruction.
The Climate Summit begins with a Pre-Conference Day on Thursday, November 29. The Summit will continue via events embedded into the regular California Science Education Conference schedule. These events include the Opening and Closing Keynote presentations, several focus speakers, one short course highlighting climate literacy and informal science centers, and eight climate-themed short courses featuring grade-specific NGSS-aligned learning sequences that embed California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts.
Intended Audience: The Climate Summit Pre-Conference Day and other Summit events are appropriate for all educators who teach science in a K-12 classroom setting or support or lead implementation of NGSS in their school, district, or county.