We believe that schools have a responsibility to teach the truth, both in history and the present day — even if it challenges the status quo or is uncomfortable. This includes teaching students — of all ages and in all subject areas — about global warming and the climate emergency, about the food system that undermines our health, about the inequities of current systems, and barriers to sustainability.
Help explore ways schools can do this and help find ways to encourage teachers to do this, even within the existing curriculum.
We need to put an end to the deadly business-as-usual mindset!
Two examples: After the murder of George Floyd, many former students contacted their schools to ask why they hadn’t learned about police brutality and racism in school. And students say they still learn almost nothing in school about global warming & the climate emergency.
- What are the forces that create barriers to progress?
- Why aren’t schools preparing students for the future‽
This internship will focus on expanding education in schools, using an interdisciplinary approach, within existing curriculum requirements.
Interns will work on some or all of the following tasks and will gain a strong understanding of ways to reduce GHG, develop plans for adaptation, and strengthen their project development and project management skills.
- Research approaches used in other school districts and states
- Explore ways to encourage schools and teachers to take action
- Develop a presentation for community and school audiences to share your insights and raise awareness
- Develop materials such as reports, opinion pieces, and/or blog posts to raise awareness on various aspects of global warming & the importance of educating students in all grade levels and subject areas emergency.
- Update the teach-climate.net website to help teachers who have not been prepared in this area.
[Updated August 2023]