February 21 – 7 am (PST) / 8 am (MST)
Presenters: Frank Niepold, Jen Krester, Monica Brett
The Sustainability and Livelihood Research Organization (Suliver) is pleased to announce a series of community forums (via webinar) to present key elements of its emergent Research and Practice Plan. This session will highlight the ongoing work of the Suliver in Climate Education and highlight a call to action. Climate change adaptation can hardly be effective without climate education.
Climate Education entails the story of our changing climate as well as the need for collective action. From lessons on recycling processes to community outreach events on green jobs and the role of foundations, climate literacy serves a purpose for every member of our human society. Learn more, create awareness and reduce vulnerability to climate related disasters. Become empowered to enhance the ability of your community to collaborate and adapt to climate change.
Frank Niepold is the senior climate education manager and the Climate Education Coordinator at NOOA’s Climate Program Office in Silver Spring Maryland, Climate.gov Education section lead, the U.S. Climate Action Report Education, Training, and Outreach chapter lead for the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and a member of the Federal Steering Committee for the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4).
Jen Kretser is the Director of Programs & the Youth Climate Initiative for The Wild Center – a science center in the Adirondack Park in northern New York State.
Dr. Monica is a determined advocate for climate and energy literacy. From helping to create academic and conservation NGO partnerships like the Cambridge Conservation Forum to developing frameworks for AAS degree in Sustainable Construction Technology in colleges, she sees the link between climate literacy, informed decision-making and smart policy.
February 28th – 4:30 (PST) / 5:30 (MST)
Presenter: Bob Coulter
How can we give young people opportunities to grow through productive involvement with their local community? In this webinar, veteran educator Bob Coulter draws on more than 30 years of experience as he shares strategies to support young people in their efforts to become confident, self-directed citizens. These ideas are made practical through recommendations for productive uses of digital technology and a review of frameworks that have proven useful for designing community-based learning experiences.
About the Presenter: Bob Coulter is director of the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center, a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Center is home base for a research and development group exploring ways to support place-based education, integration of technology with environmental experiences, and nature-based approaches to character development. The Center also partners with local environmental groups on urban ecology research and restoration projects. In an earlier life, Bob was an award-winning elementary school teacher in Atlanta, Memphis, Boston, and St. Louis. He has published 2 books with Peter Lang Publishing: “No More Robots: Building Kids Character, Competence, and Sense of Place” and more recently “Building Kids’ Citizenship Through Community Engagement”.
March 5th – 4:30 (PST) / 5:30 (MST)
Presenter: Kathleen Watt
Join us as we discuss sustainable development and environmental protection, and how to bring these ideas into the classroom. To accommodate a growing population while protecting the environment, it is important that cities and towns are built in a sustainable way. In this webinar we will talk about how building complete communities and using greenbelts (areas of protected greenspace) can be effective methods to protect the environment and how your students can learn about these initiatives. We will chat about how sustainable development, environmental protection, and reducing climate change can be integrated into classrooms to help students become more aware of sustainable growth. We will provide many classroom ideas and free educational resources. Join us to hear more about how your students can learn to build complete communities for the future!
About the Presenter: Kathleen Watt is an education consultant with EcoSpark in Toronto, Ontario. EcoSpark is an environmental non-profit whose mission is educating teachers and students to become stewards for the environment. Kathleen has completed her Bachelor of Education and Master’s in Geography, and is passionate about environmental protection and land use policy.
March 13 – 4:30pm (PST) / 5:30pm (MST)
Presenter: Lisa Howard and Anders Wange Kjellsson
Do we overprotect our children? Might our attempts to keep children safe actually do more harm than good? This webinar will consider these questions and what we might be able to do to restore balance. Lisa and Anders will share some tools for talking to parents, educators and others about the importance of risk taking, and will provide examples of good play space design on children’s behaviour.
Lisa Howard is landscape architect the design firm, Bay Tree Design in Berkeley, California. Lisa is a Leadership Council member of the International School Grounds Alliance (ISGA), and co-chair of the ISGA Risk Group. Lisa has been providing expertise in design of public, institutional, community and sustainable landscapes for over twenty years and has a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley. She has traveled to over 200 children’s landscapes (parks, school grounds, adventure playgrounds, museums, and nature centers) in eight countries to learn of best practices, successes and failures.
Anders Wange Kjellsson is director of Naturskolan (The Nature School) in Lund, Sweden, in addition to being a Leadership Council member of the International School Grounds Alliance (ISGA), co-chair of the ISGA Risk Group, and a specialist teacher in natural science. In line with the objectives laid out in Sweden’s National Curriculum, he plans and carries out education courses in natural science and ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) programmes for Lund District Council’s employees.