Climate Conscious Futures For the Well-Being of All

September 19, 2019

Hanahau'oli School Professional Development Center, Honolulu Hawaii

Climate-Conscious Futures for the Well-Being of All:
Teaching About Climate Change and Peace in the K-12 Classroom

Thursday September 19, 2019
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Hanahau’oli School Professional Development Center in Honolulu, Hawaii

“At an accelerating pace the 21st Century will continue to usher in unprecedented risk to humanity’s fundamental goal: Peace…By coupling peacebuilding problem-solving methods with rigorous climate change research and resilience strategies, we will help equip decision makers at all scales with the tools needed to sustainably respond to the climate crisis, reduce social friction, and build social cohesion through locally-based and culturally-appropriate responses.” — Institute for Climate and Peace

This workshop is designed for educators who want to learn more about the changing climate and its impacts on society. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to engage in a series of learning opportunities that will better equip them for teaching about climate change in the K-12 classroom. A collaboration between the Hanahau‘oli School Professional Development Center and the Institute for Climate and Peace–this workshop will introduce educators to key concepts and classroom strategies for the purpose of creating more climate-conscious and empowered students. Participants will also learn why classroom teaching and learning about climate-change is inextricably linked to the concept of peace, and how the pairing of these two concepts in K-12 education will help to advance effective and inclusive processes to build peaceful and climate-conscious futures for the well-being of all.

Desired Outcomes:

Participants who engage in this workshop will be able to:

Describe a number of the key inter-disciplinary concepts and tools related to climate change;

Identify and practice strategies for teaching about climate change across grade levels and content area;

Explain the relationship between climate change and peace building;

Identify and practice futures methods for teaching about the societal impacts of climate change on the futures.

Apply lessons learned from the workshop to their teaching context, including grade level and content area.

Reflect on their learning in a professional community of inquiry.


9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions Using the Community Ball

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Key Inter-Disciplinary Concepts and Tools Related to Climate Change and Peace, with panel presentation by experts in the field: Makena Coffman, Chip Fletcher, and Josh Stanbro.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Using Philosophical Inquiry as Classroom Strategy for Exploring Climate Change Across Grade Levels and Content Areas

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Four Quadrants to Explore Different World Views About the Future

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Connections Between Climate Change & Peace-Building

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Experiential Futures Card Game

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Reflecting and Applying What We’ve Learned in Grade Level Teams

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Large Group Reflection/Next Steps

Brought to you by: The Institute for Climate & Peace with the Hanahau’oli School Professional Development Center.
Click here to learn more about the Workshop Presenters and Panelists, who include:
Maxine Burkett, JD
Amber Strong Makaiau, PhD
Maya Soetoro-Ng, PhD
Aubrey Yee, PhD