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All grades 3-12 classrooms and homeschool cooperative or families are invited to participate in this exciting project during the 2011-2012 school year!

Tuesday, 08 June 2010 13:34

2009 Summer Institute - In Review

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University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul, MN

The Will Steger Foundation was proud to launch the 4th Annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education & Conference Center, August 19th, 2009. A total of 85 participants joined us in person and via webinar for a day of dynamic programming on climate change education and solutions.

2009 Program in Review

Building on a successful history of educational programming, the 4th Annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education featured a cadre of climate experts, including keynote speaker Bill McKibben, author, environmentalist, and founder of Not only did Bill join us for a morning presentation at the Institute, he also spoke alongside Will Steger to an audience of 500 at a community forum in Edina, MN the previous evening.

We made a few significant changes to the Summer Institute this year, running a one-day program instead of our tradition three-day format, holding the event at the University of Minnesota's Center for Continuing Education in St Paul, and offering a full day of programming via webinar for a remote audience.

CCCOur new Citizen Climate Curriculum, investigating global climate solutions for grades 9-12, framed the themes and program for the day. Each Summer Institute participant received a free copy of the curriculum and participated in a hands-on activity featured as one of the lesson plans. The curriculum was designed to directly compliment the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen this December, and provide educators with the necessary knowledge and tools to follow the Will Steger Foundation's Expedition Copenhagen online though the Will Steger Foundation website.

The Institute also featured six noteworthy climate experts on global climate solutions presenting on cap and trade, carbon cycle, equity in negotiations and climate technologies throughout the afternoon:

Expedition Copenhagen 2009 Delegates Maia Dedrick and Reed Aranow
The Institute closed with a presentation on Expedition Copenhagen, featuring two of the ten Midwest youth delegates joining Will Steger for the international climate negotiations in Denmark this December. Classrooms are invited to follow the expedition online to this critical international summit.

As we continue to grow and expand our education program and materials, we strive to find new and exciting ways to engage our audience on tradition and non-traditional educators. We are pleased with the changes we made to our Summer Institute program this year and hope to increase participation in the future, in particular growing our online audience via webinar. We will continue to bring the best and brightest minds on climate change education and solutions to engage with our audience, and look forward to recruiting exciting and dynamic speakers for next year's program. We are committed to equipping and empowering educators with the knowledge and tools necessary to bring climate change education into the mainstream classroom and in doing so, engage a new generation of leadership on this critical issue.

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Tuesday, 08 June 2010 13:12

Summer Institute 2006 - In Review

si2006_image01School of Environmental Studies, Apple Valley, MN

In 2006, the Will Steger Foundation held its first annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, a five-day professional development seminar, attended by approximately 40 educators at the School of Environmental Studies.

The concept for the Institute came to life during through a series of brainstorming sessions with veteran teachers at the School of Environmental Studies (SES) in Apple Valley, MN during the spring of 2006. We had been searching for a way to create global warming curriculum for our website that would be convenient for teachers and experiential in nature. Out of these discussions came the idea to engage teachers in learning about global warming through writing activities for the website.

Goals for the 2006 Summer Institute

  • To provide base knowledge on global warming and it's implications

  • To provide an introduction to Inuit culture and the impact of global warming on the traditional way of life

  • To provide a model(s) of best practices in curriculum writing

  • To produce a cross-disciplinary activities catalog on global warming for grades 6-12

  • To generate excitement for the 2007 expedition to Baffin Island

si2006_image04Keynote speakers include meteorologist Paul Douglas, Liesl Chapman from the Education Department at the Science Museum of Minnesota, and Inuit guide and expedition co-leader Theo Ikummaq. The Summer Institute provided WSF with an opportunity to cooperate with educators in writing supplemental activities for the website. Teachers were able to get the knowledge they needed to teach global warming and its implications and to follow the Baffin Island Expedition in their classrooms. In contributing at least one global warming activity to the Will Steger Foundation activities to supplement the original Global Warming 101 Lesson Plans for grades 6-12, they supported not only WSF but themselves through the experience of creating this new material.

Thursday, 01 April 2010 10:07

Classroom Activities


  • Lesson One: Our Unique Atmosphere
  • Lesson Two: Emissions of Heat-Trapping Gasses
  • Lesson Three: Communities of Living Things
  • Lesson Four: Implications of Warming the Arctic
  • Lesson Five: Regional Effects of Global Warming
  • Lesson Six: What Now?


Use the preview below to look inside the Activities (a sample only):

Get your copy of the Will Steger Foundation Educator Resource Binder
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 15:43

What Now? - Template for Action

GW101 What Now?Action Resources and a collection of hands-on activities linked to the Grades 3-12 Lesson Plans.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010 15:42

Global Warming 101 Expedition Supplements

Global Warming 101 Lesson Plans Expedition SupplementsView exciting educational video footage, audio footage, and written journal entries from Will Steger and partner expeditions to the Polar Regions, documenting the impact of global warming on the Arctic environment. Expeditions are linked to lesson plans for grades 3-12 and activities via the Educator Resources index.


Friday, 26 March 2010 11:48

Climate Change Basics

Climate Change BasicsDriven by a commitment to solutions, the Will Steger Foundation provides information on climate change basics, giving educators and learners background knowledge to work towards slowing climate change.



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