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Climate Justice Education: Empowering Student Activism

Date: 4:30pm - 7:30pm PST March 5 Location: Grant High School, 2245 NE 36th Ave, Portland, OR

Grant High School, 2245 NE 36th Ave, Portland, OR

What does bold, empowering climate justice education look like? How can teachers support and act in solidarity with youth climate activists? What are the stories that can help students develop a greater capacity for collective action and a strong vision for social and environmental justice in response to the climate crisis?

In this Oregon Writing Project course, participants will consider theses questions and more. Through personal narratives, readings, role plays and presentations from student climate activists, participants will work to create the sort of transformational education required in this moment of climate emergency.

Participants will create climate justice lesson plans that pull from the themes of the course to take back to their own communities of learning, to share in advance of the Earth Day 2020 global climate strikes.

During this course, participants will:

  • Clarify and define Climate Justice Education based on the workshops, lectures, and discussions within the class
  • Develop a lesson plan based on an idea or strategy presented during sessions
  • Write a narrative reflecting on their experiences within or around Climate Justice and student activism
  • Emerge with strategies developed during the workshop to help encourage student activism around climate justice 
Course Information & Registration

Dates: Thursdays,March 5, 12, 19 and April 2, 9, 2020, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Tim Swinehart, MAT

Graduate Continuing Education credit: CEED 839, 1 semester hour, $350
Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

Noncredit (PDU):  $250. Includes 15 PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

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About the Instructor

Tim Swinehart, MAT, teaches Environmental Justice and IB Geography at Lincoln High School. He is the recipient of the 2015 Oregon Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year award. In 2016, Tim helped create Portland Public Schools’ first-in-the-nation climate justice education policy and has served on the PPS Climate Justice Committee for the last three years. Tim is co-editor of A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching About Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis

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