Learn more about the ECCLPs initiative bringing partners across the state together to advance climate and environmental literacy, justice, and action!

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Welcome to the ECCLPs online Annual Forum Symposium! Unite with PK-16 students, educators, researchers, and community partners for a transformative journey. Dive into knowledge-sharing, professional development, and collaborative networking to empower change. Together, let's champion climate literacy, justice, and action, turning challenges into opportunities for a greener future. Your journey begins here – where passion meets purpose! #ECCLPSAFS2024

Whoshould attend this event? top reasons

  • PK-12 Students
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • Formal and Nonformal PK-12 Educators
  • Teacher Preparation Program Providers
  • University Faculty and Staff
  • Environmental-Focused Community Partners and Organizations
  • Statewide leaders

What Attendees Can Gain:

  • Interdisciplinary Insights: Explore diverse perspectives and collaborate across sectors for holistic solutions.
  • Empowerment Through Education: Enhance knowledge and skills in climate and environmental literacy.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded individuals, building relationships for future collaborations.
  • Actionable Strategies: Gain practical tools to address pressing climate challenges in educational settings and communities.
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Featured Speakers

Schedule at a Glance


Thursday May 2, 2024

One hour by invite only affinity spaces (*more info will be sent directly to participants who qualify upon registering)

Friday May 3, 2024
All times listed are in PST


time iconMay 3, 2024 08:50 am

Opening & Keynote Speakers Morning Session

speaker headshot Kelley Lê
speaker headshot Rebecca Bernard
The Teaching Well
speaker headshot Lindsey Fuller
The Teaching Well
speaker headshot José G. González
Latino Outdoors, The Outdoorist Oath, & East Bay Regional Parks District
speaker headshot Okhee Lee
New York University
speaker headshot Ram Ramanathan
UC San Diego

time iconMay 3, 2024 10:00 am

Regenerating for the Next Gen

speaker headshot Ashley Herrmann
Our Climate Our Future

This session supports teachers and students to explore what is factory farming and regenerative agriculture through video shorts and a case study to support students as change agents on this issue. Students are positioned at the launch of the lesson as the drivers of their own learning, and teachers play an important role in facilitating student understanding through deep questioning and discourse moves. Teachers do not need to be experts on this topic to teach this lesson. This is designed as an opportunity for learning. A lesson plan will be provided to teachers/educators to take back to their learners.

time iconMay 3, 2024 10:00 am

The Power of Climate Storytelling in Empowering Classroom Learning

speaker headshot Jothsna Harris
Change Narrative

Now a widely recognized strategy in climate communications for building public and political will for solutions, storytelling, when utilized in the classroom, supports academic learning by connecting to personal experience, which is necessary for meaningful dialogue and action. By creating spaces where students feel encouraged to share their unique perspectives, identities, cultural ways, lived experiences, and reimagined futures, educators can support the next generation of leaders to realize they are capable of rich climate dialogue and decision-making.

time iconMay 3, 2024 10:00 am

Nature Journaling for Well-being and Critical Thinking

speaker headshot Beth Callaghan
Monterey Bay Aquarium

Participants will engage in a nature journaling activity with special attention to making it accessible to those that may feel they are not artists. They will learn the basics of what makes a good nature journal (It's not about pretty pictures - though those may happen!). Participants will learn and discuss the ways in which nature journaling can be facilitated to be primarily a thinking tool when coupled with specific thinking routines that amplify funds of knowledge, sparks curiosity, deepens connection and a sense of belonging to a place, while providing opportunities to explore real-world phenomena and question their own ideas and beliefs.

time iconMay 3, 2024 10:00 am

Visualizing Climate Change: Fostering Empathy through AI

speaker headshot Tina Korani
San José State

In Tina's workshop, STEM educators will learn about integrating climate change communication into their teaching, focusing on skills such as data visualization and storytelling. This hands-on session will guide participants through the process of creating engaging narratives and visualizing climate data to make it more understandable and impactful for students. Tina aims to give educators effective tools for interactive storytelling, helping them inspire their students to engage with climate change topics.

time iconMay 3, 2024 10:00 am

Good Fire: Indigenous Cultural Burning as an Ecosystem and Climate Stabilizer

speaker headshot Lyla June

Prior to colonization, Indigenous Peoples routinely, deliberately, and methodically applied fire as an ecosystem and soil regeneration tool. By buying the meadows and prairies they maintained healthy grasslands for herbivores, reduced competition among trees to maintain healthy old-growth stands, as well as nourished soil systems with periodic injections of nutrient-dense ash. Fire was arguably Indigenous Peoples' most influential land management tool. It maintained grasslands for herbivores, supporting bast herds of bison, sheep, antelope, deer, elk, etc. From a climate perspective, these fires preventing catastrophic fires by reducing fuel loads in the understory and maintaining fewer, healthier trees per acre. Catastrophic fires throughout the US and Australia are not only due to climate change but are mostly due to the prohibition and suppression of the Indigenous land management practice of routine "cultural" burning. Indigenous burning strategies also create a mosaic of burnt and unburnt patches that are in different stages of regrowth, each with different sets of flora and fauna, ultimately giving rise to ecosystem biodiversity.

time iconMay 3, 2024 10:00 am

The Teaching Well: Building Stress Resilience & Sustainability

speaker headshot Rebecca Bernard
The Teaching Well
speaker headshot Lindsey Fuller
The Teaching Well

Balance your nervous system with multiple somatic/mindful practices woven throughout an engaging session mapping our stress cycles against the Human Function Curve. Learn to read your unique “body cues”, “behavior cues”, and “communication cues” such that you can engage in connected communication with colleagues and mindfully shift yourself/your nervous system back into homeostasis in the work environment. Additionally, you’ll consider the ways in which implicit bias is perpetuated at higher rates by individuals who are stressed and burned out; at The Teaching Well, we believe that to be truly anti-racist, one must also center wellness.

time iconMay 3, 2024 10:00 am

Project Drawdown - Every Job is a Climate Job

speaker headshot Elizabeth Bagley
Project Drawdown

Elizabeth Bagley's Biography:

Elizabeth Bagley, Ph.D., is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist and learning scientist with experience spanning academia, business, and the nonprofit sector. 

As managing director, Elizabeth guides Project Drawdown’s overall strategy and keeps programs and operations functioning smoothly across the organization. Before joining Project Drawdown she led higher education-focused climate workforce development at SEI, directed sustainability efforts at the California Academy of Sciences, and designed the science content for video games at LeapFrog. 

Elizabeth frequently speaks about climate solutions and was invited to create two LinkedIn Learning courses focused on sustainability that have engaged tens of thousands of learners from around the world. An experienced environmental educator, Elizabeth worked as a naturalist in Glacier National Park, taught middle and high school science in Louisiana, created K–12 professional development programs for teachers, and designed a science communication course for graduate students. ​

Elizabeth holds joint Ph.D.s in environment & resources and educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she studied how video games can encourage systems thinking about complex environmental topics. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys volunteering on her community’s Sustainability Commission and Science Center board, hiking, reading romance novels, berry picking, and adventuring with her family and friends.  

time iconMay 3, 2024 10:00 am

Climate Kid’s Media: Using Creative Storytelling to Inspire Climate Literacy

speaker headshot Suzie Hicks

How can we use media to help our students connect with the climate movement? Award-winning filmmaker Suzie Hicks will share stories, strategies, resources, and songs to help early childhood educators use high-quality children's media as a tool for climate action. This workshop merges science inquiry, environmental education, and social-emotional learning to introduce students to climate role models, inspire community-centered climate action, and assuage climate anxiety.

time iconMay 3, 2024 11:00 am

An Ocean Generation

speaker headshot Richard Vevers
The Ocean Agency

Oceanology is a subject that isn't on the curriculum in any country.  It is rarely even talked about. Yet it is key to understanding our world, understanding climate change and even solving the issue. In this workshop, educators will learn how biased environmental education can be and how a little oceanology, delivered creatively, can empower students with a different and more positive view of the world.

time iconMay 3, 2024 11:00 am

Using Art to Tell the Story of Climate Change

speaker headshot Alisa Singer

Environmental Graphiti® is a collection of over 100 digital paintings, each derived from a graph, chart, map, word, or number reflecting a key fact about climate change.  The series was created based on the belief that art can be a powerful tool to help communicate the science of climate change. 

ART makes the science more accessible. SCIENCE makes the art more meaningful. It’s a powerful combination.

This presentation will feature various digital images from the Environmental Graphiti series, as well as ideas and suggestions for incorporating the art into the climate change curriculum. 

time iconMay 3, 2024 11:00 am

Igniting Change: Fostering Climate Literacy and Action through Storytelling

speaker headshot Andy Patrick
Flywheel Forum and Festival
speaker headshot Chris Rainier
National Geographic Society Explorer
speaker headshot Mimi Chakarova
Independent Filmmaker

In an era where the climate crisis demands urgent action and comprehensive understanding, storytelling emerges as a powerful tool to educate, inspire, and mobilize. Flywheelstories.org proudly presents "Igniting Change," a transformative presentation that delves into the heart of climate and environmental literacy through the art of storytelling. Join us as we journey through captivating narratives crafted by acclaimed photojournalist and filmmaker Mimi Chakarova and National Geographic Explorer and photographer Chris Rainier, whose work embodies the intersection of human emotion, environmental advocacy, and visual storytelling.

This presentation aims to equip attendees from diverse backgrounds, including PK-12 to higher education students and educators, university faculty, and environmental-focused community partners, with interdisciplinary insights and actionable strategies to tackle climate challenges. Through a series of engaging stories, we will explore how narratives can bridge gaps between science and society, empower individuals with knowledge and skills, and foster meaningful connections across sectors.

time iconMay 3, 2024 11:00 am

Panel Session - Innovations in Climate Education: California Teacher Leaders at the Forefront

speaker headshot Naehee Kwun
UCI CalTeach Math & Science Program
speaker headshot Jerry Song
Los Angeles Unified School District
speaker headshot Gloria Harwood
Laguna Beach Unified School District
speaker headshot Vanessa Louise Carter
San Francisco Unified School District
speaker headshot Tiffany Farnsworth
Solana Beach School District

Join us for an inspiring panel discussion featuring four incredible teacher leaders from California who are pioneering innovative approaches to integrating climate change education and initiatives into PK-12 school districts. Gain insights, strategies, and best practices as they share their experiences, challenges, and successes in supporting schools to prepare the next generation to address the urgent challenges of climate change.

Moderated by Naehee Kwun

time iconMay 3, 2024 11:00 am

Strategies for Bringing TEK and EJ Education into the Classroom

speaker headshot Joely Proudfit
California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center
speaker headshot Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Incorporating Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Environmental Justice (EJ) into educational curricula enriches students' understanding of diverse cultural perspectives on sustainability and stewardship. This integration fosters a more holistic approach to environmental education, bridging the gap between Indigenous knowledge and contemporary ecological practices. It encourages teachers and students to develop relationships with the original stewards of the land and to become active participants in their communities, advocating for equitable and informed environmental decision-making.

time iconMay 3, 2024 11:00 am

Green Job Board & Browngirl Green: How to Navigate Building a Green Career

speaker headshot Kristy Drutman
Green Jobs Board & Browngirl Green

Green Jobs are on the rise, but not many people know how to navigate and build a long-term climate career pathway. This will be a workshop breaking down the state of green jobs, opportunities for job seekers to turn their passion into a thriving career to sustain their climate activism.

time iconMay 3, 2024 11:00 am

California Water and Climate Change

speaker headshot Jordi Vasquez
California Department of Water Resources
speaker headshot Jennifer Swart
Water Replenishment District

Attendees will participate in the Project WET (Water Education Today) activity “The Long Haul.” This activity can be completed from the comfort of their home/office, moving water from a full cup to an empty cup over a specified distance using only a spoon to simulate the challenges/efforts around moving water in California. From there, attendees will learn a brief overview of California’s water management, its challenges under a changing climate, and finally how the Department of Water Resources, in partnership with educators, is providing hands on guidance and classroom activities such as the “Long Haul” to educate students and highlight important opportunities for them to be participants and leaders in the social and STEM fields of water management.

time iconMay 3, 2024 11:00 am

Sophie's Great American ELECTRIC Road Trip: finding science, comedy, and climate solutions across the USA

speaker headshot Sophie Shrand

Join science comedy TV host and creator Sophie Shrand on her biggest experiment yet: driving an electric car from Los Angeles to Boston and back! Sophie will share stories from the road, show sneak peeks of her upcoming docuseries, describe her unconventional career path, and offer tips on using your voice to change the world. You'll leave this session ready to start telling your own stories, with emphasis on using comedy to help people learn.

time iconMay 3, 2024 12:00 pm

Affinity Spaces (Noon Regroup Meetings)

speaker headshot Estefanía Pihen
Climate Action Pathways for Schools
speaker headshot Naehee Kwun
UCI CalTeach Math & Science Project
speaker headshot Caitlin Herring

By Invite Only - Eligible participants please check your email that will be sent from your affinity space facilitator. If you feel there was an error and you didn't receive a direct email, please go to the speaker portal to email your facilitator directly to request access.

12:00pm PST Affinity Groups

  • Estefanía Pihen - Leaders of Color
  • Caitlin Herring - College Students
  • Naehee Kwun - PK-12 Pre-service Teachers

4:00pm PST Affinity Groups

  • Danielle Narzisi - Community Partners
  • Kieran Beckham & Lilly Lopez - PK-12 Students
  • Monica Maynard - PK-12 Teachers
time iconMay 3, 2024 01:00 pm

Afternoon Keynote Speakers & Breakout Poster Sessions

speaker headshot Al Muratsuchi
Assemblyman Representing the 66th Assembly District
speaker headshot Branden Brough
National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) & Nanotechnology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
speaker headshot Cottie Petrie-Norris
Assemblywoman Representing the 73rd California Assembly District
speaker headshot Jim Limbaugh
West Los Angeles College
speaker headshot Tamara Wallace
CSU Chancellor's Office

time iconMay 3, 2024 01:00 pm

Poster Sessions

speaker headshot Amy Frame
Ten Strands
speaker headshot Brittany Jefferson
CWC Los Angeles Charter Network
speaker headshot Danielle Harlow
UC Santa Barbara
speaker headshot Devon Azzam
UC Santa Barbara
speaker headshot Karina Garbesi
CSU East Bay
speaker headshot Kaylee Laub
UC Santa Barbara
speaker headshot Stephen LaDochy
California State University, Los Angeles.

Amy Frame - Sharing the Results of California's Educator Survey on Environmental and Climate Literacy

Primary Audiences: PK-12 administrators, Professional Learning Providers
Learn what the California Environmental Literacy Initiative's large-scale survey of teachers and site-based administrators tells us about successes and challenges with environmental literacy implementation. Learn about progress made on the goals in California's Blueprint for Environmental Literacy (2015) and how this is playing out at different scales. We will highlight equity-related findings regarding access to professional learning, instructional resources, and community-based partnerships in climate literacy. 

Brittany Jefferson - An Interdisciplinary Climate Justice Literacy Framework for K-5 

Primary Audiences: PK-5 Teachers; Teacher Preparation Program Providers and Staff
Learn more about The Interdisciplinary Climate Justice Literacy Framework for K-5, which is an integrated unit framework that provides teachers with ways to implement a comprehensive program to develop students' climate literacy at various points throughout the school year. 

Devon Azzam - Sustainable Schoolyards: Supporting Cross-grade and Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Primary Audiences: PK-5 Teachers; Grades 6-12 Teachers
Learn about schoolyard sustainability projects accomplished through cross-grade and interdisciplinary collaborations. The Sustainable Schoolyards professional learning program supports teachers from project ideation to implementation. Local issues are connected to global issues through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Competence Framework guides students and teachers in taking action to improve conditions in their community.

Danielle Harlow - The Roles of Schools in Community Climate Resilience 

Primary Audiences: Grades 6-12 Teachers; PK-12 Administrator
In the face of devastating climate impacts, California has become a center for innovation in equitable and effective climate adaptation. Universities, planning agencies, and non-profit groups are pioneering adaptation initiatives that both target the climate vulnerabilities of frontline and historically underserved communities and enhance their adaptive capacity.  The dual nature of schools—as places for youth to learn and as places where communities convene— offer unique opportunities for capacity building and community engagement. We describe a program working to leverage California’s schools as community climate hubs and to provide resources for teachers to identify local climate risks and engage their students in meaningful work around these risks. 

Karina Garbesi - Facilitating PK-12 Climate Education that is Equity-Centered, Science-Grounded and Solutions-Oriented

Primary Audiences: University Faculty and Staff; Grades 6-12 Teachers
Supported by the National Science Foundation’s ITEST Program and led by Cal State East Bay, the Climate Empowerment Learning Initiative (CELI) applies a networked-improvement-community (NIC) approach to school-wide transformation, teacher agency, and minoritized students’ climate learning and belonging.  The NIC directly engages about 30 teachers and administrators in a highly-diverse low-income public high school and one of its feeder middle schools in Hayward, California. However, the NIC reaches out far more broadly into the schools, the district, and the community, in a continually widening collaborative network. This poster explores the university’s role, and lessons learned, in facilitating the co-development, implementation and improvement of a school-wide cross-disciplinary climate curriculum that is equity-centered, science grounded, and solutions oriented. 

Kaylee Laub - Talking about Climate Adaptation in Schools: Terminology Used and Working Towards a Consensus 

Primary Audiences: University Faculty and Staff; Community-based Partners (e.g. nonformal/informal educators, etc.)
As part of a larger project that focuses on how K-12 schools can act as hubs for climate adaptation solutions, we identified that existing research in this area defined terms differently, leading to difficulties in identifying best practices. To facilitate understanding the findings in this area, we developed a concept map of the literature to identify connections across three areas: K-12 Climate Adaptation Education, Community Adaptation Planning, and Community Schools. This interactive poster will present the terms used in the literature, such as, “climate change adaptations” and “disaster-risk reduction,” where one term may be defined differently and some terms are used interchangeably. The poster will create a space for participants to engage in a discussion forum to discuss any potential gaps in the literature and work towards a consensus on the terminology that should be used at the intersections of these constructs. 

Stephen LaDochy - California’s Changing Weather and Climate: The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be

The poster presentation looks at recent extreme weather and climate changes occurring in California. In recent years we’ve seen spectacular headlines in the media covering dramatic wildfires, record heatwaves and megadroughts, devastating floods and swings in Sierra snowfall from record lows to record tonnage. At the same time, nearly all regions of the state have experienced significant changes in temperatures and precipitation. The poster highlights some off these changes, with examples taken from our book, Fire and Rain: California’s Changing Weather and Climate.

time iconMay 3, 2024 02:00 pm

Climate Alignment: Coping, Strategizing and Being with the Reality of Climate Instability

speaker headshot Megan Thiele Strong
San Jose State University

This session will offer a space to process and problem solve our shared climate reality of destabilization through collective talk. Through dialogue, we can do social justice work, process trauma and anxiety, and brainstorm action. Expect access to an increased awareness of institutionalized environmental harm, shared coping mechanisms and understandings, and motivation for personal investment in ourselves and climate solutions. 

time iconMay 3, 2024 02:00 pm

Empowering Pacific Communities: Exploring Educational Opportunities using the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals

speaker headshot Gail Grabowsky
UN CIFAL Pacific Center
speaker headshot Rhea Jose
UN CIFAL Pacific Center
speaker headshot Helen Turner
Chaminade University

Join us as we share our knowledge of the interconnectedness of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their many potential roles in education. We will be spotlighting several of the Goals and how they empower and inform Pacific communities to create transformative and place-based pedagogies and projects. The United Nations CIFAL Honolulu Sustainability Training Center is one of 33 in the world and one of only two in the United States. Our mission and purpose is to help train experts and actors who foster and inspire sustainability.

time iconMay 3, 2024 02:00 pm

Combatting the Climate Crisis through a Just Transition

speaker headshot Melina Laboucan-Massimo
Sacred Earth Solar
speaker headshot Serena Mendizabal
Sacred Earth Solar

Join Sacred Earth Solar as they explore how to address the climate crisis through implementing a Just Transition! Sacred Earth Solar will explore key themes of their newly published Just Transition Guide focusing specifically on what a Just Transition is, core themes of the guide such as energy conservation, efficiency and different renewable energy types, and tangible ways to communicate the Just Transition to learners wanting to take climate action. We hope to share a solutions-centric conversation that will inspire you to take climate action, and implement a Just Transition.

time iconMay 3, 2024 02:00 pm

Climate Quake: Navigating Emotions & Empowering Action

speaker headshot Elissa Teles Muñoz
Climate Mental Health Network
speaker headshot Larissa Dooley
Climate Mental Health Network

Join us for an immersive workshop experience where we dive into the emotional landscape of climate change. From the weight of eco-anxiety to the spark of hope, we'll explore it all in a safe and supportive environment. Through interactive activities and discussions, participants will learn practical tools to cope with their emotions and transform them into positive action. Together, we'll uncover how individual actions can create ripples of change in the fight against climate change. Let's turn our feelings into fuel for a sustainable future!

time iconMay 3, 2024 02:00 pm

Designing with the Margins: Prioritizing Equity in Community Climate Programs

speaker headshot Candice Dickens-Russell
Friends of Los Angeles River

Creating equitable and inclusive community programs requires thoughtful approach and well-crafted strategy. Join CEO of Friends of the Los Angeles River, Candice Dickens-Russell, to learn how FoLAR reimagined, authentic community engagement, and what it means to green in place.

time iconMay 3, 2024 02:00 pm

Yo Cuento - Diversifying the Outdoors Though Storytelling, Cultura, and Advocacy

speaker headshot Jazzari Taylor
Latino Outdoors

Latino Outdoors discusses the power of storytelling and leadership that is community-centered for a more equitable outdoors. The phrase “Yo cuento" means both “I tell a story” and “I count,” and captures personal narratives with the importance of telling stories to give voice and meaning to people and their experiences. Latino Outdoors Theory of Change invites a diverse family-friendly environment that ignites advocacy for the protection of open-spaces and public lands.

time iconMay 3, 2024 02:00 pm

The Ocean Calls: Exploring Science and Math Beneath the Waves

speaker headshot Tina Cho

speaker headshot Jennifer Cao

Join us for a captivating workshop where author Tina Cho brings her latest literary masterpiece to life through a mesmerizing reading session. As the pages turn, discover how Tina Cho and the UCI Science Project seamlessly blend science and math concepts into children's literature, igniting curiosity and exploration. Engage in a dynamic Q&A where Tina shares insights into her creative process, and learn how the power of storytelling can inspire a deeper understanding of STEM subjects. Cap off the experience with a hands-on activity designed to spark imagination and curiosity, as we embark on a journey where literature and learning intertwine in the most delightful ways!

time iconMay 3, 2024 02:00 pm

A New Green Learning Agenda to a Just Transition: Insights and Action Pathways

speaker headshot Christina Kwauk
Unbounded Associates

This presentation will touch upon three critical gaps (green jobs gap, green skills gap, and green learning opportunity gaps) threatening the nation's transition to a just and more inclusive economy, while highlighting interlinked pathways to more transformative systems change through the education sector. 

time iconMay 3, 2024 03:00 pm

Looking Back and Forward to the Next Decade of Accelerating Climate Action Through Climate Literacy

speaker headshot Frank Niepold
NOAA's Climate Program Office

This presentation will explore the ways the 2009 Climate Literacy Guide helped to build a climate literate world and how the new update can guide the next decade of efforts to build capacity and increasing communities climate literacy for a whole-of-society response to the climate crisis. The Climate Literacy guide presents key information for individuals and communities to know and understand about Earth's climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches to adaptation and mitigation. An update to the Climate Literacy Guide is set to be completed later in 2024.

time iconMay 3, 2024 03:00 pm

Professional Learning Supports for Environmental Literacy and Climate Justice

speaker headshot Shelley Brooks
California History-Social Science Project, UC Davis
speaker headshot Amy Frame
Ten Strands
speaker headshot Chris Grisemer
Sacramento Area Science Project, UC Davis
speaker headshot Peggy Harte
UC Davis

Engaging California students in climate literacy and environmental justice lessons presents a challenging new landscape for teachers and other educational leaders. As the number of classroom resources grows, there is a need to also consider the components of productive, thoughtful professional learning experiences that can support teachers and leaders alike. Join the Professional Learning Hub from the California Environmental Literacy Initiative (CAELI) for a conversation about best practices in professional learning and how we might address the barriers educators face when taking on these critical subjects. This will be a collaborative session with time for participants to bring their own thoughts and questions into the space and to discuss challenges and solutions with other educators and professional learning providers.

Moderated by Dr. Shelley Brooks

time iconMay 3, 2024 03:00 pm

Empowering Tomorrow's Stewards: Innovations in Climate Change Education, Workforce Development, and Community Engagement at LA Community Colleges

speaker headshot Joana Tavares
WLAC CA Center for Climate Change Education

Join Dr. Jo Tavares, Director of the California Center for Climate Change Education at West Los Angeles College, as she shares our pioneering approach to climate education, workforce development, and community engagement. Learn how we prioritize environmental justice and a Just Transition, creating opportunities for underserved students while advancing decarbonization efforts. Through impactful partnerships, we're fostering interdisciplinary projects that benefit students, communities, and the planet. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the future of equitable climate action.

time iconMay 3, 2024 03:00 pm

Empathetic Environmentalists: Building Climate Literacy and Empathy in K-8 Classes

speaker headshot Shraya Sharma
speaker headshot Jennifer Cao

Empatico and the UCI Science Project created a virtual exchange program that equips students ages 5-14 years old with a strong foundation of empathy-centered skills (i.e., mindfulness, perspective taking, and collaboration) as they explore how climate change affects people around the world. During this program, students learn about climate change and its effects on their own neighborhood, explore stories of action and resilience from global communities, and take compassionate and informed action to protect the planet. Join us to learn more about the curriculum and receive ready-to-use resources! 

time iconMay 3, 2024 03:00 pm

Ocean Tales: Melissa Marquez's Journey as the 'Mother of Sharks

speaker headshot Melissa Marquez

In this captivating session, renowned marine scientist Melissa Márquez will read aloud her enchanting picture book, "Mother of Sharks," a tale that brings to life the adventures of a young girl who discovers her deep connection to the world of sharks.

As Melissa shares her own personal marine science journey, she will delve into the importance of wildlife conservation and the critical role sharks play in our ocean ecosystems. From her field experiences to her advocacy efforts, she will inspire audiences to appreciate and protect our marine environment. Get ready to be inspired and immersed in the magic of the ocean!

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Knowing Our Place and Using Our Power: Supporting Elementary Students’ Climate Literacy Through Place-Based Science Learning

speaker headshot Stephanie Sisk-Hilton
San Francisco State University

This session will explore ways to bring climate science education into elementary classrooms through place-based learning centered on issues of climate justice in children’s communities. We’ll unpack three components of this approach to climate-infused learning: understanding the earth as interdependent systems, coming to know our “place” through interdisciplinary knowledge-building, and engaging in hope-filled action in our communities. We will discuss examples from early and upper elementary classrooms

time iconMay 3, 2024 03:00 pm

Youth Activism: Through the Lens of Climate Literacy and Education

speaker headshot Sky Keyoung
ClimateLitNow & OC Climate Reality

In today's global landscape, the voices of young activists resonate louder than ever, particularly in the realm of climate literacy and education. Join Sky Keyoung, an Orange County high school student and founder of the non-profit organization ClimateLitNow, as she delves into the transformative potential of community-based initiatives and early educational interventions in cultivating a new generation of leaders committed to addressing climate change. This session will explore practical strategies for educators and community leaders to effectively engage students through immersive lessons and interactive activities aimed at enhancing both literacy and climate consciousness. While each student's journey with climate issues is unique, fostering collaboration from an early age is paramount in driving meaningful change. This presentation seeks to amplify the diverse voices and narratives of students within classrooms, schools, and communities, underscoring the vital role of youth in shaping a sustainable future.

time iconMay 3, 2024 03:00 pm

Fireside Chat: Dismantling Coloniality in Research

speaker headshot Sabrina Meherally
Pause + Effect
speaker headshot Kelley Lê

Colonization is an ongoing and deeply entrenched process that continues to affect our world and has pervasive implications in design and research. In this fireside chat Sabrina Meherally from Pause and Effect will offer insight into some of the ways we can challenge Eurocolonial ideologies in research (such as extraction and intellectualism) and transform our practices through relational responsibility.

Moderated by Dr. Kelley Lê

time iconMay 3, 2024 04:00 pm

Small Groups Networking Opportunity

We look forward to providing networking opportunities for participants! More info will be shared as we get closer to the event.

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Affinity Spaces (After Event Regrouping)

speaker headshot Danielle Narzisi
Creek Lands Conservation
speaker headshot Kieran Beckham
High School Student
speaker headshot Lilly Lopez
speaker headshot Monica Maynard
Montebello Unified School District

By Invite Only - Eligible participants please check your email that will be sent from your affinity space facilitator. If you feel there was an error and you didn't receive a direct email, please go to the speaker portal to email your facilitator directly to request access.

12:00pm PST Affinity Groups

  • Estefanía Pihen - Leaders of Color
  • Caitlin Herring - College Students
  • Naehee Kwun - PK-12 Pre-service Teachers

4:00pm PST Affinity Groups

  • Danielle Narzisi - Community Partners
  • Kieran Beckham & Lilly Lopez - PK-12 Students
  • Monica Maynard - PK-12 Teachers


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