Webinar Series: Thinking Global, Educating Local

Webinar Series: Thinking Global, Educating Local


The webinar series -- Thinking Global, Educating Local -- is intended to serve as professional development for educators who are interested in reducing the ecological footprint of their school and enhancing their school’s engagement with sustainability education.

Webinar #21: NYC Climate Week - Youth and Climate Justice Activism in New York City

Youth activists are increasingly taking action and speaking out about their future being under serious threat from the effects of climate change. This panel features scholars, local government leaders, and youth activists. Speakers will examine questions of what motivates youth to mobilize, and what adults can do to support young people at this time. This event will include short presentations and conversation among the panelists, followed by questions from the audience.

 

Watch Youth and Climate Justice Activism in New York City here

 

Webinar #20: NYC Clime Week - State of Climate Education at NYC Department of Education

Education is an essential factor in the global fight against climate change.  Join a panel of researchers, local government leaders and educators as they discuss their work on improving climate change education in NYC public schools. 

 

Watch State of Climate Education at NYC Department of Education here

Webinar #19: NYC Climate Week - Climate Change Education for All

Hosted by the Center for Sustainable Futures at Teachers College, Columbia University, this workshop will introduce participants to SubjectToClimate, a new website that connects educators with hundreds of FREE vetted teaching resources from over 20 different content providers. Find out how the team developed lesson plans, how to search the collection, and how teachers engage with the platform.

The Climate Group has selected the Columbia Climate School as its university partner for this year’s Climate Week NYC. Running Sept. 20-26, Climate Week NYC convenes key climate leaders to accelerate climate action and discuss ambitious commitments ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference, or COP26, later this fall in Glasgow.

 

Watch Climate Change Education for All webinar here

Webinar #18: Climate Education in Global Cities – New York City and Tel Aviv-Jaffa

The Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN in 2015 recognize the impact of urban spaces on sustainability. Major cities around the world published sustainability and climate action plans, New York City and Tel Aviv included. Serious engagement with these issues requires incorporation of the local education system into the broader agenda. Education as a fundamental social infrastructure promotes and develops learning, awareness, attitudes and skills. Through education, the way to a brighter and more sustainable future is paved. At this event, policymakers from two global cities introduced their cities' approaches and programs in the public education systems, while discussing various stakeholders involved in the process. Our speakers included Dr. Shahar Sade from the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Meredith McDermott from the Office of Sustainability at the New York City Department of Education, and Anat Ehud from the Environmental and Sustainability Authority of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. TC Faculty Member and Founding Director of the Center for Sustainable Futures, Oren Pizmony-Levy, moderated the discussion.

 

Webinar: Climate Education in Global Cities – New York City and Tel Aviv-Jaffa

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Webinar #16: Promoting Sustainable Futures in Our Communities

The quest for a sustainable future is a global concern. Every member of the United Nations, for example, is working towards 17 interlinked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all." But what is sustainability? More than just an environmental concern, it is also critical for achieving social justice, gender equality, food safety, and more. At this event, a panel of expert speakers explored the scope of sustainability, offered tips for how you can support a sustainable future in your life and work, and discussed how their work intersects with sustainability. Our panelists included Thomas Chandler (Ph.D. ’09) from the National Center for Disaster PreparednessJaime McBeth (M.S. ’14) from the Fortune Society, and Raksha Vasudevan from TC’s Center for Sustainable Futures. TC Faculty Member and Founding Director of the Center for Sustainable Futures, Oren Pizmony-Levy, moderated the discussion.
 

WebinarPromoting Sustainable Futures in Our Communities

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Webinar #15: Climate Activism and Education through Storytelling

An interactive virtual panel conversation to discuss and share strategies, practices, and methods for educators, and all practitioners, to use, infuse and educate to become better storytellers for driving change.
 
Speakers:

Oren Pizmony-Levy, Associate Professor & Program Director, Center for Sustainable Futures, Teachers College, Columbia University
Harriet Shugarman, Founder, ClimateMama.com & Author, How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change
Tim Guinee, Actor and Climate Reality Leader and Chair
Taylor Morton, Director of Environmental Health and Education, We Act
Jeff Leinaweaver, Storyteller, Sustainability Strategist and Author, Storytelling for Sustainability: Deepening the Case for Change
Andrea Kennedy, Sustainability Professor, LIM College

 

WebinarClimate Activism and Education through Storytelling

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Webinar #14: Strengthening Sustainability Education in Colleges and Universities

Over the past decade, there has been a growing interest in sustainability education in colleges and universities across the United States. The growth in sustainability education programs has been accompanied by a rich debate related to defining key competencies for these programs. A new report by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine suggests concrete ways to strengthen sustainability programs and curricula in higher education, and points to the importance of incorporating the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in sustainability education programs. The webinar will feature the three members of the committee that wrote the report. We will discuss the main recommendations and specific implications for schools of education and teacher education institutions.
 

WebinarStrengthening Sustainability Education in Colleges and Universities

Engaging Youth Climate Activists

Webinar #13: Engaging Youth Climate Activists

Recognizing the 2021 Earth Day theme to “Restore Our Earth”, hear from student voices, the New York City Department of Education, and TC’s Center for Sustainable Futures on how to engage youth as agents of restoration and change on the global climate stage. Speakers examined questions of what motivates youth to mobilize, provide diverse perspectives on addressing and supporting youth climate activism, and offered tools to encourage effective climate change activism on both a local and national level.
 

WebinarEngaging Youth Climate Activists

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Webinar #12: Education for Sustainable Development

The Challenges and Opportunities of Curriculum Localization in Morocco, Ghana, and Turkey

This workshop discusses the work of the Global Schools Program to localize Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCE) curriculum and resources. The Global Schools Program has engaged with its partners, Hacettepe University (Turkey), University of Education (Ghana), and Al-akhawayn University (Morocco), in a 6-stage research pilot with the mission to align each country’s national curriculum with ESD and GCE frameworks. More than 60 researchers have analyzed national textbooks, curriculum, and policy to develop localized curriculum on sustainable development and global citizenship. This approach has brought together 80 in-country partners to propel a movement for sustainable development education across the three pilot countries. The final project outcomes will be launched in mid-2021, and the findings will be used to create a toolkit to localize sustainability education for national curricula.
 

WebinarEducation for Sustainable

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Webinar #11: Conversations on Fashion, Passion and Climate Action

Teens care about what they wear, and they are the future of our environment, which is why Fashiondex, LIM College, and the Center for Sustainable Futures at Teachers College, Columbia University hosted Conversations on Fashion, Passion and Climate Action on November 19th, 2020. This webinar brings together designers and thought leaders in the fashion industry to discuss how fashion relates to climate change and contributes to the acceleration of GHG gases, pollution, waste, and social inequities globally. The speakers also dive into the intersections of climate, environmental and social justice, how the climate crisis is a justice crisis, and how we can use fashion as an agent of change. 
 

WebinarConversations on Fashion, Passion and Climate Action

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Webinar #10: The Impact of Universities on Climate Change

Universities have a crucial role to play in addressing climate change, but the complex and multifaceted nature of the issue presents challenges for the traditional functioning of the institution. While there is a growing body of work on campus sustainability and climate issues in the curriculum, there is a need to understand more holistically the forms of influence that universities have on society and the environment. This paper puts forward a framework for understanding the impact of universities on climate change, involving four stages: the modalities of university action (education, knowledge production, public engagement, service delivery and campus operations); direct engagement with bridging actors; the broader influence on societal understandings and practices; and finally impact on the ecosphere. Specific pathways of impact are identified, involving either mitigation of or adaptation to climate change. This framework serves as an analytical tool to identify the trajectories of impact already in evidence, but also presents normative implications for the role of higher education institutions in addressing the current climate crisis.  

WebinarThe Impact of Universities on Higher Education

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Webinar #9: Integrating Cognitive, Social and Emotional, and Behavioural Learning in Education for Sustainability: Insights from comparative research

This presentation summarizes key findings from a recent UNESCO report I coauthored entitled “Educational content up close: Examining the learning dimensions of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education.” The report explores whether, and to what extent, the three learning dimensions -- cognitive, social and emotional and behavioral -- are prioritized in commitments to ESD (and GCED) at different education levels in a diverse selection of ten countries. Drawing on the study’s analyses, the presentation discusses which contexts and conditions are more conducive to an integrated approach to the teaching of education for sustainability.   

 

WebinarIntegrating Cognitive, Social and Emotional, and Behavioural Learning in Education for Sustainability: Insights from comparative research

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Webinar #8: The Three Existential Threats that Face Humanity: A Chat with Professor Noam Chomsky

In this webinar, Professor Noam Chomsky (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) discusses the existential threats that face humanity: Climate change, nuclear proliferation, and the degradation of democracy. Join the inspiring conversation to learn about the connections between these threats and ways to address them.

 

WebinarThe Three Existential Threats that Face Humanity: A Chat with Professor Noam Chomsky

 

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Webinar #7: Exploring Snow in Citizen Science Projects to Learn about Climate Change and Microplastics

Discover how to use snow to measure and explore the impact of climate change and microplastics. Join our guest panelists Patrick Alexander and Laurel Zaima from the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory to learn about the X-Snow and PlastiX-Snow Citizen Science Projects. Find out how to guide K-12 and undergraduate students in taking measurements in the field to unlock the secrets in the snow.

 

WebinarExploring Snow in Citizen Science Projects

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Webinar #6: Engaging students in citizen science: Guiding Inquiry to action

Discover how middle school students became environmental health researchers, to collect and analyze air quality data in their communities using AirBeam technology.  CELF staff and NYC teacher Alma Padilla will share how students engaged in a Citizen Science project taking their inquiries and turning them into Action. Using the data, students identified sources of air pollution, understand connections to human behaviors, developed prevention and remediation plans for their communities, and shared their findings with peers and policymakers.  

 

Webinar: Engaging students in citizen science: Guiding Inquiry to action

Presentation: Engaging students in citizen science Presentation

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Webinar #5: Food Matters: Teaching Ecological Sustainability Through What We Eat

In this webinar, Pam Koch, Research Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Laurie M. Tisch Center of Food, Education, Program in Nutrition Teachers College, Columbia University and Meredith Hill, Assistant Principal and Garden Coordinator, Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, and Engineering will provide clear, practical, and fun examples for how school gardens, teaching food system sustainability across the curriculum and using school lunch as a learning laboratory inspire students to adopt sustainable practices in and out of school. Pam and Meredith will also be joined by Debi Slatkin, co-director of the Teachers College Initiative for Sustainable Futures, who will offer food for thought to widen our notion of sustainability and discuss ways to connect with nature.

Webinar: Food Matters: Teaching Ecological Sustainability Through What We Eat

Presentation: Food Matters: Teaching Ecological Sustainability Through What We Eat PowerPoint

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Webinar #4: School Climate and Student Learning: Thinking Outside the Box

In this webinar, Sonali Rajan (Assistant Professor of Health Education at Teachers College, Columbia University) will provide an overview of critical environmental health issues and their corresponding impact on schools and youth well-being. She will speak specifically to the physical and socio-emotional aspects of a school’s climate and the ways in which NYC school teachers are drawing on school climate research to inform practice. She is joined by Paul Clarke who is the Vito Marcantonio Peace Garden coordinator and the nominal sustainability coordinator at CPE2, and Shakira Provasoli, an environmental science teacher and sustainability coordinator at PS 333.

Webinar: School Climate and Student Learning: Thinking Outside the Box

Presentation: School Climate and Student Learning: Thinking Outside the Box 

Webinar #3: Educators Creating a Climate for Change

Climate change is a complicated and frightening topic. Schools can help with solve climate change by educating students and parents, and by taking concrete steps to reduce our negative impact on the planet.

Webinar: Educators Creating a Climate for Change

Presentation: Educators Creating a Climate for Change Presentation

Webinar #2: An Introduction to Sustainability Education

The webinar provides a short overview of environmental and sustainability education (ESE).

Webinar: An Introduction to Sustainability Education

Presentation: An Introduction to Sustainability PowerPoint

How to Build a School Green Team

Webinar #1: How to Build a School Green Team

Green teams bring together students, staff and/or community members dedicated to school sustainability through advocacy, awareness and action. More than half (55%) of NYC public schools have a green team. Facilitators discussed the benefits of green teams for students and for the school community as a whole. The webinar also presented tips for engaging students and staff, and ways to overcome challenges and find realistic approaches to implementing sustainability through a green team.

Webinar: How to Build a School Green Team

Presentation: Building a Green Team PowerPoint

Thinking Global, Educating Local - Background

Similar to other global cities, NYC has initiated a groundbreaking effort to address the City’s long-term challenge of climate change. Under this initiative, all City agencies must make progress on 29 sustainability indicators by 2030, including recycling, waste diversion, greenhouse emissions, water conservation, and energy efficiency. The initiative affected schools in various ways, specifically through the publication of Chancellor’s Regulation A-850 on sustainability in 2009. The Chancellor’s Regulation requires all schools to appoint Sustainability Coordinators. In the 2017/2018 academic year, there were close to 1,400 Sustainability Coordinators in NYC.

The TC Initiative for Sustainable Futures is collaborating with the NYC Department of Education Office of Sustainability to improve the ways in which schools engage their communities with sustainability issues. Our recent research identified the need for web-based professional development for educators in general and Sustainability Coordinators more specifically. In the 2017/2018 academic year, only 26% of Coordinators participated in any NYC DOE training on sustainability. Majority of Coordinators explained that travel time and the need to find a substitute are the main barriers. However, two-thirds (66%) of Coordinators indicated they are interested in online training.

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