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GEBG Global Summit on Climate Education
Friday, January 26, 2024, 9:00 AM to Saturday, January 27, 2024, 12:00 PM EST
Category: Professional Learning (In-Person)


As the impact of climate change continues to be felt across the world, students and educators are increasingly looking for ways in which they can respond. Research on youth climate anxiety highlights the challenge it presents for young people but also identifies the power of climate action as its antidote. Join us for an exploration of education in the era of climate change, as schools seek to develop and empower students as active and engaged global citizens, in the classroom and beyond.

What are schools, leaders, educators, students, and community partners doing in response to climate change? How are schools rethinking traditional models to center engaged and active student learning for today’s world? Examples of innovation in the area of teaching climate action are emerging in significant ways, and this summit will provide the opportunity for educators to learn about trends, models, and tools that can directly impact their work in schools. 

Educators in a variety of positions, from across grade levels and disciplines, will share how they intentionally embed student action in their learning design, and participants in this summit will learn from case studies that engage students in a myriad of ways from civic and political engagement to partnering with local artists, immersive learning experiences, and school-wide sustainability programs. Participants will also be able to connect and collaborate with each other as they consider future opportunities for their schools.

Organized by the Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) in partnership with the Klingenstein Center and hosted at Teachers College of Columbia University, this summit will provide school leaders and educators the opportunity to build community, to share and collaborate, and to learn from scholars and leaders in the field of climate education. 

General Schedule

Thursday, January 25, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Pre-Summit Workshop: Systems Thinking Tools for Sustainability Education with Compass Education
Optional add-on program
Hosted at Trinity School, NYC

Friday, January 26, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Global Summit on Climate Education
Hosted at Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC

Saturday, January 27, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Global Summit on Climate Education
Hosted at Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC

  • Member School and Teacher’s College Student Discount $350 USD per person
  • Non Member School $395 USD per person
  • Presenter Discount $295 per person USD
  • Friday lunch and refreshments throughout the event included

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PreSummit Workshop

Systems Thinking Tools for Sustainability Education
How can you integrate sustainability education into your existing curriculum? How can educators and schools inspire student-led solutions for sustainability? Join this hands-on workshop to learn two specific but versatile tools that support the practice of systems thinking and can be used to empower students as systems thinkers. Participants will develop a holistic understanding of school sustainability as well as identify specific action steps they can take to integrate sustainability into an initiative, project, or class.

Offered by Compass Education, a mission-driven and educator focused non-profit that supports inspired teachers and innovative administrators to maximize their ability to affect sustainable change in students, schools and teams.

Gitanjali Paul designs and facilitates learning for a more just, sustainable world. From classroom to community work, she specializes in Education for Sustainable Development and making systems change. Gitanjali is the Education Program Manager at nonprofit Compass Education, where she leads program development and a dynamic Global Facilitator Network that trains others on systems thinking tools for sustainability education. Gitanjali learns continually from nature, cooking experiments, adventures with family, and her Filipina rescue cat, Mahatma Charlie.

Date/Time: Thursday, January 25, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Location: Trinity School NYC
Cost: $75 USD per participant (optional add-on to summit registration)

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