THE CLIMATE CURRICULUM PROJECT
The work produced on this website is the direct result of the hardworking and dedicated members of the Boston Public Schools Science Department. Pam Pelletier, the Director of Science Technology and Engineering and Holly Rosa the Assistant Director of Science Technology and Engineering made this work possible. Pam and Holly helped initiate, support, coordinate, fund and provide experienced mentorship throughout the process. Please visit the Boston Public Schools Science website to see all the other amazing work going on in Boston Science.
Students from the Boston Student Advisory Council and dedicated science teachers have worked together to create a framework of lessons to incorporate essential concepts about Climate Change into K-12 science lessons. This is a partnership between people in the Boston Public Schools that care about Climate Change and want to develop a curriculum to help current and future students learn more about how our planet is changing.
I teach high school AP Environmental Science teacher and I am passionate about teaching the correct science as part of climate change. As part of a science teachers fellowship I am participating in, this article inspired me to read the peer reviewed article "Climate Confusion” and start a project.
I spent the past twelve months working with other teachers in the district to write lesson and units and develop a curriculum about climate change for other science teachers to implement whenever possible into their own curriculum. Additionally we worked with dedicated high school students from all across Boston as with Youth on Board which oversees the “Boston Student Advisory Council”(BSAC) to incorporate student voice as part of the lessons, focusing on social and environmental justice issue.
Youth on Board co-administers the Boston Student Advisory Council with the Office of Engagement of the Boston Public Schools. BSAC is a citywide body of elected student leaders representing most BPS high schools. BSAC organizers work to identify and address pertinent student issues, thereby putting students at the center of the decisions that affect them the most. BSAC acts as the student union of the district, leading organizing efforts, forging relationships with district and city-leaders, impacting policy change, and transforming school culture across the board.
We are looking to get more teachers involved to help with the Climate Curriculum Project and suggest lessons, provide feedback on current lessons, and create an open-access online database of vetted lessons for K-12 Science Education focused on all aspects of how climate change is affecting the planet.
You can see the projects website here at climatecurriculum.com, https://www.climatecurriculum.com/climatelessons/ however it is still in the infant phase and will be populated more as the project gains steam.
Please contact me if you would like to collaborate on lesson planning, professional development, or any form of climate curriculum.
I look forward to hearing from you.