The Educator Community of Practice addresses the need for inclusive, interdisciplinary climate education that resonates with students and local communities to prepare the next generation of climate leaders. Education is a critical aspect of enabling the Midwest to lower emissions, create a thriving green economy, and ensure a just and equitable transition that does not leave any rural, suburban, urban, and indigenous communities behind.

This community meeting kicks off a call for collective action amongst Midwest climate educators: K-12, higher education, and community educators. Supporting students and public audiences in building the skills they require for Midwest climate action requires innovation. The Midwest Climate Collaborative envisions a robust educator network able to share and harness expertise advancing climate literacy and capacity to act. At their launch, participants in the community will share student and public audience motivations and contexts for teaching climate action. From these, the Midwest Climate Collaborative will reflect on resources and opportunities to advance their shared goals. Sign up here.

Project Goals include:

  • Establish a Community of Practice and associated face-to-face and virtual learning / collaboration spaces and knowledge repository.
  • Develop capacity for Midwest specific climate learning through curriculum development on central topics such as drought, heat, and floods, as well as business innovation and empowering vulnerable populations.
  • Increase access to high quality, equitable information literacy and climate learning for all students.
  • Strengthen and expand interdisciplinary climate programs at member institutions.

K-12, higher education, and community educators interested in supporting students and public audiences in building skills they need for climate action in the Midwest should attend this event.

Community meetings will be structured to promote learning, interaction and sharing, reflection, and implementation in your own context. Please make sure to sign up at least 5 days in advance. The Midwest Climate Collaborative will provide connection information at least a few days in advance of each meeting.


  • Event Details:
    • Date & Time: Monday, Feb. 28, 10-12am CT
    • Location: Virtual
    • Event Page
    • Future Community Meetings:
      • Tuesday, March 29, 12-2 CT: Education for Community Climate Action
      • Thursday, April 14, 12-2 CT: Using Op-Eds focused on Midwest Issues to Build Student Agency
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