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Educator’s Summit at Antioch University

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We have huge problems to solve.

Global climate change, along with our under-preparedness for it, fragmentation, loss of habitat and biodiversity, air and water pollution, food and water shortages, diaspora, sweeping viruses and health decay is just the short list of challenges demanding solutions.

What if our 31,820+ middle and high schools in the United States (that’s over 32 million students) turned their 47-­‐minute classes toward solving these kinds of problems?

I can imagine our science classrooms and their students transforming into well resourced, multi-­‐generational forces working together to solve real environmental and social problems. I see no greater purpose in science education than to engage youth in becoming partners in figuring out how we can live peaceably and sustainably.

If not for this, then why study science? Imagine then a national science education curriculum in which the discipline of science is used to help make the world a better place.

Toward this end, the Educators Summit as part of the ‘Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference’ at Antioch University will help middle and high school teachers and community leaders engage students as citizen scientists working to better prepare their natural and human-­‐built communities for the impacts of climate change.

Join us on May 21st, 2014 for a day of sharing ideas and solutions.

-Jimmy Karlan, Ed.D., Antioch University