Educating for Environmental Change (EfEC)

Educating for Environmental Change (EfEC)

Since 2017, Educating for Environmental Change (EfEC) has provided professional development programs to help K-12 science educators effectively teach the science and policy of climate change. Utilizing hands-on activities co-designed by IU environmental scientists, EfEC helps elucidate and deepen educator understanding of key concepts related to climate change including its causes, impacts, and steps we can take to mitigate its severity. EfEC is a collaboration between Indiana University faculty, K-12 educators, and the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology. In 2020, EFEC received Indiana’s top environmental award, the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, for “extraordinary initiatives in protecting the environment.”

2022 Educating for Environmental Change Summer Science Institute

June 22-24

We are excited to once again host the three-day Educating for Environmental Change Summer Science Institute in-person at IU Bloomington’s School of Education. Learn in-depth science content and participate in hands-on, classroom-ready lessons led by IU faculty that align to Indiana state and Next Generation Science Standards.

All participating teachers will receive classroom resources and materials, lodging (if you choose to stay on campus), daily meals, and a $300 stipend. This FREE program is open to all middle and high school science educators. Daily workshops will take place from 9 am to 3:30 pm with a continental breakfast starting at 8:30 am. Lodging, dinner, and evening activities will be provided for those who stay on campus.

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This workshop has been mind-blowing, overwhelming (in a good way), and exciting. It has absolutely given me the confidence to teach climate change.

EfEC Participating Teacher, 2020

2021-2022 One-Day Workshops

In addition to our popular summer science institutes, we are currently offering four new one-day, in-person workshops for the 2021-2022 school year on the following topics:

  • Geoengineering: Saturday, October 16
  • Natural Disasters: Saturday, November 20
  • Climate Modeling: Saturday, February 12
  • Climate Justice: Saturday, April 16

Each workshop will be held at the IU School of Education from 9 am to 3 pm with breakfast starting at 8:30. Each workshop will provide participating teachers with hands-on materials and resources, $100 stipends, breakfast and lunch, and follow-up support. These workshops are generously funded by Brabson Library and Educational Foundation.

This project is supported by the Environmental Resilience Institute, funded by Indiana University’s Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative.

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