Climate Justice Education: Empowering Student Activism

03/05/2020 - 4:30pm to 04/09/2020 - 7:30pm

Grade levels: Professional Development, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Content areas: English Language Arts, Professional Development, Reading, Science, Social Studies

District/Organization: Lewis and Clark Graduate School

Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19 and April 2, 9, 2020, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

What does bold, empowering climate justice education look like? How can teachers support and act in solidarity with youth climate activists? What are the stories that can help students develop a greater capacity for collective action and a strong vision for social and environmental justice in response to the climate crisis?

In this Oregon Writing Project course, participants will consider theses questions and more. Through personal narratives, readings, role plays and presentations from student climate activists, participants will work to create the sort of transformational education required in this moment of climate emergency.

Participants will create climate justice lesson plans that pull from the themes of the course to take back to their own communities of learning, to share in advance of the Earth Day 2020 global climate strikes.

During this course, participants will:
- Clarify and define Climate Justice Education based on the workshops, lectures, and discussions within the class
- Develop a lesson plan based on an idea or strategy presented during sessions
- Write a narrative reflecting on their experiences within or around Climate Justice and student activism
- Emerge with strategies developed during the workshop to help encourage student activism around climate justice


Dates: Thursdays,March 5, 12, 19 and April 2, 9, 2020, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Tim Swinehart, MAT
Credit: Offered for one semester hour of graduate continuing education credit or PDUs