The “Climate Change and the Long Island Sound Estuary” teacher professional development workshop was held on October 2, 2014 at Alley Pond Environmental Center in Douglaston, Queens, NY, a Long Island Sound Stewardship Area. At this workshop, conducted in partnership with NY Sea Grant, Long Island Sound Study, and the New York State Marine Education Association, 12 New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) teachers learned about the teaching of climate change and how it can be incorporated into the classroom. They also learned how the salt marsh at Alley Pond Park plays an important role in reducing climate change by sequestering and storing carbon. Speakers included educators at Alley Pond Environmental Center as well as Jason Krumholz, the NOAA Liaison to the Long Island Sound Study. The attendees learned how to incorporate the carbon cycle and other climate science concepts into their curricula and were tasked to complete a climate change activity with their students within three months of the workshop.
As a result of attending the teacher workshop, three NYCDOE teachers reported that they incorporated the teaching of climate change into their classrooms. These teachers reached approximately 450 students. According to one of the teachers, “my students really enjoyed learning about climate change and the impact that they have on it. They were engaged in the activity and all put thought and effort into their [carbon footprint reduction] pledges. I plan on re-visiting the pledges in the spring time and evaluating how their commitments are going.”
As a result of attending the teacher workshop and following the Climate Change Activity Directions, three NYCDOE teachers reported that they incorporated the teaching of climate change into their classrooms. These teachers reached approximately 450 students. The details of each teacher’s activities are presented below.