Confronting the Challenges of Climate Literacy A Summer Workshop for High School Teachers

Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

Monday June 17 – Friday June 21, 2013

Understanding the complexity and interconnectedness of Earth’s natural cycles across various time and spatial scales is key to understanding our planet’s climate. Join us for a week at Mississippi State University to learn about three new high school curriculum units* that address these topics and how you can incorporate them into your science classes. The new Web-based curriculum units will be freely available to you and are designed to enhance classroom learning by allowing students to explore the topics in a variety of modes, including hands-on activities, video interviews with scientists, group work, self-guided examination of scientific data, and class discussions.

Participants receive 4 CEU’s and a $250 stipend for completing the workshop. Accommodations, a light breakfast, and a lunch will be provided daily at no cost to participants.

Space is limited to 25. Interested Mississippi teachers will receive first priority through February 28, 2013. After that date, unfilled spaces will be made available to teachers from other states.

For more information and to apply, visit: Questions? Call Dr. Karen McNeal at Mississippi State University (1-662-268-1032)

* Climate and the Cryosphere: Earth’s Frozen Waters

How do Earth’s glaciers, ice bergs, and ice sheets affect Mississippi’s climate? The complexity of Earth’s interconnected system is highlighted in this unit as students learn about the cryosphere’s dynamic nature and the positive and negative feedback systems that play a critical role in shaping our planet’s climate.

* Climate, Weather, and the Biosphere

Earth’s atmosphere not only provides us with life-supporting oxygen; it helps maintain our planet’s temperature range, which shapes life on Earth as we know it. Students learn about various temporal and spatial scales at which weather and climate occur, and the interactions of the Earth’s system at local, regional, and global scales that drive our weather and shape our climate.

* Climate and the Carbon Cycle

Carbon cycles through the Earth system on time scales that vary from fractions of a second to hundreds of thousands of years, and is as essential to the phytoplankton as it is to the Giant Sequoia. Air bubbles from ice cores reveal the dynamic history of atmospheric carbon across the past 600,000 years, and help scientists establish the long-term history of the carbon-climate connection.


Please visit CLiPSE Partner Operation Green Leaves’ website ( to hear OGL Executive Director Nadine Patrice interview Keri Bolding, Vice-President Resource Media. Keri, one of the presenters at our Spring 2012 workshop in Savannah, Georgia, sets the strategic direction for, and oversees Resource Media’s work in the energy and climate areas.  Please support our Partners by tuning in.