The Climate and Equity project plans to transform how climate and equity are taught by reducing teacher isolation and supporting collective growth.

Institute Goals

The incidence of extreme climate impacts is increasing. Levels of eco-anxiety and existential dread related to global warming among youth are at record highs. Education about global warming, and its inequitable impacts, is urgently needed, yet teachers who address this need are isolated .

To continue to address this urgent need, we will host a group of 12 high-school teachers at a one-week, expenses-paid Climate and Equity Institute at the Schoodic Institute campus. The Institute will be held Sunday July 30 – Saturday August 5 2023.

Teachers will discuss equitable pedagogy, hear presentations about the global — and psychological — impacts of climate change, explore climate change impacts firsthand through guided field trips, and have free time to pursue additional topics.

Outcomesgroup at the schoodic institute

Teachers will:

  • Share best practices for learning and teaching.
  • Become founders of a national network of colleagues.
  • Be inspired by conversations with scientists.
  • Explore the inequitable impacts of climate change.
  • Enjoy the tranquility of the Maine woods and seashore.
  • Leave with a renewed sense of hope and purpose about making a difference.

... the Climate and Equity institute was one of the best professional development opportunities I have attended. I really enjoyed the unique strategy of building out ways participants engaged learners in rural, urban, and suburban settings."

Applications are now open! 

We had a wonderful response from the community and many outstanding participants in our inaugural institute in 2022. If you are interested in attending in 2023, please fill out the application form here.

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MacArthur found logoClimate and Equity is funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.