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Hudson Valley Writing Project

Teaching Climate Change



The UN has called climate change the “defining issue of our time” and now the “defining moment” that will determine the future of humanity on our planet.  The effects of climate change will impact us all, yet the issue is one of both environmental and social justice, as some populations are much more vulnerable than others.

Are you an educator who is interested in learning more about the causes and local impacts of global climate change and thinking strategically about how to invite students to work for positive social change in their communities? The Hudson Valley Writing Project’s TEACHING CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUPPORTING YOUNG CHANGEMAKERS workshop series is designed to provide teachers with an in-depth exploration into global climate change and the impact it has on vulnerable populations, both locally and globally.  Educators will be provided the space and support to use this knowledge to plan and facilitate student-led projects in their local communities. 

  • Issue Exploration: Teachers will engage in participatory sessions during which they will gain a better understanding of climate change, learn about current mitigation and adaptation measures, and focus on the disproportionate impacts on vulnerable populations, both in the Hudson Valley and worldwide. 
  • Strategic Literacy Teaching Practices: We will explore reading and writing practices that educators can utilize in their classrooms as they teach their students about climate change and design student-centered projects which invite youth to engage with community members and organizations. 
  • Meeting the Standards: All of the strategies presented are aligned with the Next Generation Learning Standards for grades 7-12.
AUDIENCE: Educators grades 5-12 
DATES: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 7, 12, 14, 19, and 21 
TIME: 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
LOCATION: SUNY New Paltz, Old Main Building, Room B125 (The 1907 Room) 
FACILITATORS: Jacqueline Hesse and Christine McCartney, HVWP 
INSERVICE: 15 CTLE hours | $25 

Register today! 

The Hudson Valley Writing Project offers this program in partnership with the Mid-Hudson Teacher Center. HVWP and MHTC are NYSED-approved sponsors of CTLE.