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See below current Professional Development Opportunities:

1. CLACE’s Cultural Responsive Teaching Training, at Journey School and CAEE

2. Mesmerized by Mars? NASA’s MAVEN mission presents: Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!, by CLACE, NASA and LASP

3. COURSE 1: Climate Instruction 101: Essential Knowledge and Teaching Strategies by CU Boulder

4. COURSE 2: Global and Regional Climate Change  (Spanish version available) by University of Wisconsin, Madison

5. COURSE 3: Global Warming, by University of Chicago

Courses and workshops details:


June 26, 2013 at Red Oak Park STEM Community Learning Center located at 3025 Littleleaf Lane in Boulder.

Join the Colorado Alliance of Environmental Education (CAEE), Marina LaGrave and Dr. Barry Kluger-Bell  for this free workshop on culturally responsive teaching and how to apply this framework to your programming. This workshop will be on June 26 from 2:00-5:00pm. at Red Oak Park STEM Community Learning Center located at 3025 Littleleaf Lane in Boulder.

The aims of this presentation is the following:
1. To examine the role of culture in learning
2. To explore a conceptual framework from Culturally Responsive Teaching
3. To identify Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies that will help professionals in any field address identified needs and concerns.

  • COURSEMesmerized by Mars? NASA’s MAVEN mission presents: Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!

NASA, LASP & CLACE workshop for teachers and educators of 3rd- 5th grade students!

Saturday, April 27th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory, 7 Gauss Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

Saturday, August 24, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

LA Mexican Consulate, 2401 West 6th. St. Los Angeles, CA 90057

Registration fee: $15.00 (includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch) Registration and payment deadline is March 27< but space is limited, so register early!For more workshop details and how to register, please visit:

This workshop will be a chance to get hands-on with lessons, go home with some great teaching resources and hear the latest on Mars from one of the mission scientists. Please join us!

  • COURSE 1: Climate Instruction 101: Essential Knowledge and Teaching Strategies

Institution: University of Colorado, Boulder

Sponsor: CIRES Inspiring Climate Education Excellence program
Funded by NASA‘s Global Climate Change Education program

Date & Time: The online course will run January 14-May 10, 2013 and will meet one hour per week in a webinar format. Commitments include participation in the weekly webinar, a small group project, and discussions online as well as completion of assignments. Small groups will be formed along similar teaching goals.

Credit & Costs: You may take the course for free for no credit or take the course for recertification credit or for graduate credit at $60 per credit-hour. Colorado teachers can receive a subsidy for credit costs.

The ICEE Climate Instruction 101 online course focuses on the Essential Principles of Climate Science and provides experience with teaching strategies such as identifying and addressing misconceptions, minimizing controversy, and teaching so that students can engage positively.
The target audience is secondary science teachers. However, small groups can be formed for informal educators, and upper elementary educators. Instructors for this course will be Susan Buhr with CIRES and Deb Morrison with Learn More About Climate.

Registration: During December go online to cires outreach to register and get more course information.

  • COURSE 2: Global and Regional Climate Change – (Spanish version available)

Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sponsor: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Funded by NASA‘s Global Climate Change Education program

Date & Time: The course is asynchronous and can be taken at any time. It must be completed by May 10, 2013 to receive the stipend. Time commitment is 20 hours

Credit & Costs: The course is free unless you sign up for credit. Anyone who logs on and completes all the activities and quizzes from all 16 lessons can generate and print a certificate of completion indicating they spent 20 hours working through this web-based climate course. Cost for credit is $200.

Although this course is designed for grade 6-12 teachers it provides excellent background on climate change for anyone. Course units include our global climate system, observations of climate change, global climate change, climate modeling and regional climate change.
.Registration: More info: click climate change
To register: registration
  • COURSE 3: Global Warming

Institution: University of Chicago

Sponsor: University of Chicago

Date & Time: The course is a series of 23 lectures available as youtube videos at any time.

Credit & Costs: Free course. No credit available.

A course presented by David Archer a professor in the Department of The Geophysical Sciences. The first half of the class explains climate physics and how the climate works; the second half shows how human activity and ever-increasing carbon levels disrupt the equilibrium of the environment, creating a very uncertain future for generations to come.
Originally presented at the University of Chicago in Fall 2009, Archer’s course was geared to non-science majors and taught in conjunction with his textbook, Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast, which is available at Amazon.
  • ONLINE COURSE 4: Online Climate Change Resource for Teachers & Facilitators
Note that this is not a live course
Windows to the Universe: Climate and Global Change
Our PI Marina La Grave is responsible for Spanish version of this website!
This is not a course of study but is a great resource for learning about climate change. It breaks down the topic into short pieces covered in a logical order on a series of web-pages with lots of links for those who want to go deeper.
“Warm near the equator and cold at the poles, our planet is able to support a variety of living things because of its diverse regional climates. The average of all these regions makes up Earth’s global climate. Climate has cooled and warmed throughout Earth history for various reasons. Rapid warming like we see today is unusual in the history of our planet. The scientific consensus is that climate is warming as a result of the addition of heat-trapping greenhouse gases which are increasing dramatically in the atmosphere as a result of human activities.”

After being subject to NASA review the following lesson plans are available both in English and Spanish

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