Time: 8:30am-1pm, Friday, February 14.
Location: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges, 46-54 Marine Terrace & Essex St, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Cost: Free. Includes a light lunch between noon-1pm.

Are you a teacher or curriculum expert with an interest in highlighting climate science in secondary school lessons? If so, this free workshop, held in association with the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, is for you.

Workshop aims

TROP ICSU (“Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding”) is a global project funded by the International Council of Science. It aims to improve understanding of climate science by providing educators with teaching tools and lesson plans. TROP ICSU collates and curates a collection of these teaching resources so that teachers in schools and colleges/universities across the world can use them to introduce examples and case studies from climate science and climate change to the teaching of Science, Mathematics, Social Sciences and other disciplines. The goal is not to introduce Climate Education as a stand-alone topic, but to integrate it with the existing curriculum.

This expert workshop aims to contribute to the TROP ICSU repository of teaching tools and lesson plans for use in secondary schools across the world.  A specific focus is lesson plans that are useful for teaching Australian curriculums for Years 7-12 STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). The workshop will give teachers, climate scientists and curriculum experts the opportunity to work together in small groups to develop these lesson plans and gain from each other’s expertise and experience.

Who should attend?

Teachers – We encourage secondary school teachers teaching Years 7-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects with an interest in using climate science examples to teach the curriculum to attend.

Curriculum experts – We encourage representatives of curriculum authorities and other organisations with knowledge of Years 7-12 STEM curriculums to attend.

Climate scientists – We encourage climate scientists with experience of undergraduate teaching (including demonstrating), providing training and/or school outreach to attend.

Logistics

Teachers who participate will receive a certificate so that the workshop can count towards their self-selected Professional Development hours.

Teachers and curriculum experts who register to attend and will be asked to complete a brief pre-workshop survey to help motivate ideas for lesson plans that will meet the needs of teachers.

We would like to gauge interest in an additional climate science teacher Professional Development session from 13:00-15:00. This will aim to increase teachers’ knowledge of climate science and will not be focussed on developing lesson plans.

Register your interest

Please register your interest for the morning lesson plan development workshop here:

Contact us

The workshop is being convened by:

  • Angela Maharaj (Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW Sydney / ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes)
  • Robyn Schofield (University of Melbourne / ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes)
  • Ian Macadam (ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes)
  • David Holmes (Monash Climate Change Communication Hub)
  • Sanaa Hobeichi (Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW Sydney / ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes)

If you have questions about the workshop, please contact lead convenor Angela Maharaj (a.maharaj@unsw.edu.au).