We are creating a Professional Learning Community (PLC) on climate education in Colorado -- including the topics of energy, water, forest fire, weather, ecology, biodiversity, and climate change.  Our aim is to share resources and best practices so that Colorado teachers & educators may work together as a group, to improve our collective expertise in climate and related sciences, as well as effective teaching strategies.  Our aim is to both inform and inspire the educators of Colorado in teaching these challenging but important topics.

We believe that a PLC is an effective means to accomplish these goals because (a) social connections are important in our own learning, (b) climate science spans multiple disciplines and thus we can glean from each others’ expertise, and (c) sustained opportunities for collaboration, mentoring, and active learning are important for us as educators as we experiment in our teaching.

We plan to achieve these goals through in-person and virtual meetings, events, professional development opportunities, Colorado-specific online discussion forums, and a group editable website.  Learn more about the requirements of PLC membership. 

To join the PLC click here


  • Next PLC Meeting Weds Nov 30th, 4pm Here are directions for connecting to our Nov 30th meeting. Sarah Wise from CIRES will discuss strategies for addressing controversy in teaching climate change, during planning and instruction CIRES is the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).  http://cires.colorado.edu/education/outreach/people/buhr/ Then we'll have open time to discuss the PLC, and share our own challenges and tips.   To connect to the meeting, we are using ReadyTalk.   You can view presenters on video (and their slides) via the web, and connect to audio via the phone.  You have to do  both of these steps to be able to see both audio and video!  Here are instructions.  I'll log in at 3:30 to ...
    Posted Nov 28, 2011, 2:17 PM by Stephanie Chasteen
  • Sept 7th meeting notes and photos Here are a few notes from our first meeting.You can see all our great photos here:  https://picasaweb.google.com/105215877519705854466/PLCMeetingBrianJonesSept7thBrian Jones shared a great set of hands-on activities for teaching  climate change, including a glass-slide model of the atmosphere and some super-fun infrared viewers (which he offers to lend to a teacher needing a set) through which we could see how heat is trapped in the layers of glass.  We went outside and looked at a biker (who seemed cold) and clouds and exhaust from the Little Shop van.  You can see some of their activities here:  http://littleshop.physics.colostate.edu/forteachers.html And check out their podcasts, many of which focus ...
    Posted Oct 21, 2011, 1:09 PM by Stephanie Chasteen
  • Connect to the Sept 7th meeting via the web Many have asked if we will offer virtual connections to the Sept 7th meeting.  Yes!  We are using ReadyTalk.   You can view presenters on video (and their slides) via the web, and connect to audio via the phone.  You have to do both of these steps to be able to see both audio and video!  Here are instructions.  I'll log in at 4:30 on Weds the 7th, join us anytime. VIRTUAL CONNECTION via ReadyTalkCall toll-free phone for audio: 866-740-1260Use access code: 7753277To view, go to http://www.readytalk.com  and use same access code.
    Posted Sep 1, 2011, 9:14 AM by Stephanie Chasteen
  • PLC Kickoff meeting September 7th: All welcome! We're pulling together a fun kickoff meeting for the PLC in Fort Collins on Wednesday, Sept 7th.  Please consider joining us -- in person or virtually.  This is a great way for us to brainstorm together about what we want from the PLC.  Please let Stephanie know if you can come, at lmac@colorado.edu. And please share this information widely!  This first meeting will be open to all interested.  Details are below.WHEN:  September 7th, 5-7pm.WHERE:  Avogadro's Number, 605 South Mason Street, Fort Collinshttp://www.avogadros.com/WHAT:  Discuss PLC business, see great climate change activities from award-winning educator Brian Jones (Little Shop of Physics) and hear about David Swartz's research experience in ...
    Posted Aug 22, 2011, 1:57 PM by Stephanie Chasteen
  • We have a free Q&A discussion forum The kind folks at ICEE (Inspiring Climate Education Excellence) have provided us a Colorado-specific online Q&A forum where we can post questions and answers to get expert help on teaching climate.  This is monitored by some of the best climate education specialists, so please use this opportunity!  (Free registration required).  Note that this is different from the PLC email list, which only reaches other teachers in the PLC.
    Posted Aug 16, 2011, 12:11 PM by Stephanie Chasteen
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