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Arctic/Antarctic Resources

Arctic/Antarctic Resources (15)

With a geographic focus on the Arctic, WSF has compiled some basic information about the Polar Regions, from the differences between the regions, to educational content about Antarctica and Greenland and how climate change is affecting the coldest regions of our Planet.

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Climate Change Basics

Climate Change Basics (17)

EducationDriven by a commitment to solutions, the Will Steger Foundation provides information on climate change basics, giving educators and learners background knowledge to work towards slowing climate change.

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Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education (26)

The Will Steger Foundation’s Summer Institute for Climate Change Education is an annual professional development workshop held every August for educators and community members on climate change. Institute sessions include climate change experts, professional educators and educational experts, community resource professionals, curriculum resources and tools for action. Past speakers have included NASA’s top climate scientists, Dr. Jim Hansen, New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin, Inuit leader, Theo Ikummaq and author Bill McKibben. Partners include: St. Paul Public Schools, National Education Association and Valley Natural Foods. Institutes have been held at the School of Environmental Studies, Apple Valley, MN: Science Museum of Minnesota; University of Minnesota Continuing Education Conference Center.

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 16:33

Summer Institute 2015

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Please join us for our 10th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, June 15-17, 2015 at the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, MN.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 19:52

Citizen Climate 9-12 - Online Connections

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Overview | Online Connections | Worksheets | Connected Blogs | Free Download

Citizen Climate Curriculum

CCCLesson One – The Carbon Cycle

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Lesson Two - Climate Targets

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Lesson Three - New Technologies

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Lesson Four - Stabilizing Emissions

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Lesson Five - Carbon Cap and Trade

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Lesson Six - Carbon Tax

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Lesson Seven - International Climate Negotiations

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Lesson Eight - Writing a Position Statement

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Thursday, 25 September 2014 19:19

Citizen Climate 9-12 - Overview

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Overview | Online Connections | Worksheets | Connected Blogs | Free Download

Citizen ClimateIn 2009, Will Steger Foundation created a new curriculum for high school students that focuses on global climate solutions, called Citizen Climate. This curriculum emphasizes civic engagement and helps teachers and students understand the critical and complex climate solutions being discussed on the national and international stage. It also allows students to formulate statements about what they would like to see happen in climate policy and how these policies and actions can be replicated in their states and local communities.These lesson plans build on the Will Steger Foundation’s original six lesson plans on the basics of climate change. The new lessons cover the carbon cycle, target levels for atmospheric levels of greenhouse gasses, cap and trade, carbon tax, new technologies, concerns of developed and developing countries, and how to formulate position statements. This curriculum now supports Next Generation Science Standards and was revised in 2014. Citizen Climate links to Will Steger Foundation blogs and information about international climate negotiations.

For extended learning, visit Expedition Copenhagen's blogs and videos from the Will Steger Foundation's Midwest youth delegation to the United Nations conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. Give your students the basic knowledge they need to understand current discussions of climate policy and solutions and then help them make their voices heard.

Supports Next Generation Science Standards

 

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 12:22

Summer Institute FAQs

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“I can no longer attend. Can I get a refund?”
In the event of a cancellation, participants will receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee. Alternatively, the fee may be transferred to another participant and doing so is encouraged. No refunds are possible less than 1 month prior to the event. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in the event of a cancellation or with any questions.

“Does the Institute count for CEUs?”
Yes – Every year we make sure that our Institute experience is worth CEUs and they will be awarded to all participants upon successful attendance and completion of the Institute. Each year, the amount of CEUs available varies depending on the length of the training. To learn more contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

“Is Grad Credit Available?”
Many years we do coordinate with Hamline University to award graduate credit to participants for additional cost and slight additional work – typically a reflection paper or similar. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information about graduate credit for this year.

 “What does my registration fee cover?”
Registration fees cover costs of the event (when applicable: lodging, food, keynotes, location, administration etc.)  We do everything we can to keep costs low and to make our event accessible to all in this manner.

"What if I'm attending from out of state?"
Each year we have people who attend the Institute who come from outside of Minnesota. If you are interested in attending and traveling from a different state or country to attend the event, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to tell us about your unique circumstances and we'll see what we can do to help make your experience comfortable and simple.

Return to the Summer Institute Main Page.

slideshow webinar2Stay tuned for our fall 2014 Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar series!

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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 19:35

2014 Summer Institute Speaker and Guest Bios

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Dr. Abraham

Keynote Speaker

Dr. John Abraham is a Professor of Thermal Sciences where he researches in climate monitoring and renewable energy generation for the developing world. His energy development work has extended to Africa, South America, and Asia. Read more about him and his work here.

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