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effective. Concepts of renewable energy
or environmental engineering can also be
the subjects of ongoing projects and longterm research.
Supporting teachers
A key component of incorporating climate science into the classroom without
controversy is ensuring teachers are prepared. While teaching AP Environmental Science in 2008 at Evergreen High
School in Evergreen, Colorado, Cheryl
Manning faced a complaint from parents,
which moved to the superintendent's
office. After the incident was resolved,
Manning was determined to learn how to
teach climate science in a way that would
respect everyone's views.
After training, she now focuses on
data in her lessons. "I ensure students
have the opportunity to work with data,"
she says. "That's what real scientists do-
they don't talk about the what-ifs."
Manning prioritizes units that integrate satellite data, ocean temperatures
and atmospheric conditions. She also
worked with the Climate Literacy &
Energy Awareness Network to develop
the Cleanet.org website, which provides guidance on incorporating NGSSaligned climate curriculum. Lesson plans
include solutions-based approaches to
topics such as renewable energy.
"Any teacher who is asked to teach climate science needs a significant amount
of professional development, supported
by the school, that emphasizes the science
as well as the solutions," says Manning,
who is also president of the National
Earth Science Teachers Association.
"Part of that training is learning to
deal with parents who may not be entirely
happy about the teaching of climate science. As long as you keep your science hat
on and don't get into the emotional issues,
there's little anyone can argue with."
Like NSTA, the National Earth Science Teachers Association also plans to
release a position statement in favor of
teaching climate science later this year.
Another free resource is the "TeacherFriendly Guide to Climate Change,"
created by The Paleontological Research
Institution, which runs the Museum of
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the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center in
Ithaca, New York.
The institute set up a crowdfunding
campaign to mail the guides to science
teachers across the country for free. With
seven months left, the campaign is nearly
fully funded.
"If you consider the average age of
today's teachers, most were never trained
in climate science and didn't receive professional development on climate science
in their undergraduate teaching pro-

grams," says Alex Moore, the institute's
senior education associate who created
the GiveGab campaign. "This is an allhands-on-deck moment for us," she adds.
"We can reach out to teachers, who each
reach 100 or more students, and they
need the administrative support to incorporate (climate science) into curriculum
that is already packed tight." DA
Carolyn Crist is a writer based in
Athens, Georgia.

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