The Climate and Equity Institute brings teachers from diverse school and community contexts together to share practices for learning and teaching about climate and equity. The 2024 Institute will be held at the Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park.

Things You Will Experience at the Climate and Equity Institute

  • Sharing your work and engaging in substantive discussions with colleagues about the inequitable impacts of climate change, and best practices for learning and teaching about these impacts.
  • Collaborating with experts in science, equitable pedagogy, and psychology to establish effective ways to support student engagement in climate and equity work.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with colleagues to build on your own curriculum and projects of interest.
  • Time each day to enjoy the tranquility of the woods and seashore around Acadia National Park.
  • A renewed sense of hope and purpose about making a difference.

Things We Value

  • Teacher voice and leadership. Our professional development model centers teachers as an important resource. Participating teachers take charge during the week as they design for the classroom.
  • Ample time for renewal and connecting with nature. There is a 2-3 hour break each afternoon at the Institute for participants to relax and enjoy the natural setting of Acadia National Park.
  • Community engagement. Our team is committed to growing a network of teacher leaders who are passionate about partnering with students and community members to work together on current climate and equity issues.

Our Team

Gillian Puttick, Ph.D. is a senior scientist at TERC. Her research focuses on designing, developing, and testing inquiry-based curriculum, programs and activities for students and teachers that introduce fresh scientific discoveries to the classroom.  

Brian Drayton, Ph.D., is co-director of TERC’s Center for School Reform. A plant ecologist, his work includes research on science pedagogy, curriculum design and implementation, electronic communities of practice, and vernacular science.

Folashadé Solomon, Ed.D., is a senior researcher at TERC. Her research explores issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM and the arts in informal learning environments by addressing issues of student/teacher identity and engagement.    

Annie Sussman, M.A.T., is a senior research and curriculum development associate at TERC. Her work focuses on teacher leadership and on the ways in which student and teacher reflection can inform the creation of equitable learning communities in mathematics classrooms. 


TERC is a nonprofit dedicated to innovation and creative problem solving in education. We have a passion for social justice and strive to create level playing fields for all learners, reaching more than three million students every year.  TERC is recognized as a national leader in the design of teacher professional development programs, and STEM curricula for grades K-16.  Research and development on climate and climate change related projects have been underway at TERC for more than 35 years. Our research has substantially advanced knowledge related to many aspects of STEM teaching and learning. To learn more, please visit

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