Summer Institutes

GLOS X0083 - Schools for the Planet: Toward Universal Climate Literacy with Children’s Literature and Media


When: (virtual)

  • June 14,2022 (8am-4:00 pm) Tuesday
  • June 16, 2022 (8am-4:00 pm) Thursday
  • June 20, 2022 (8am-4:00 pm) Monday
  • June 22, 2022 (8am-4:00 pm) Wednesday

Cost: FREE

32 CEUs

Registration deadline: June 7, 2022 or untill full


We are a climate illiterate civilization that has sleepwalked into climate breakdown, biodiversity crash, and unprecedented social inequalities that exacerbate planetary ecocide. To turn this around, we need to transform our wealth-based, extractive civilization into a sustainable and equitable ecological civilization. This transition requires that we build universal climate literacy. It makes our classrooms ground zero for this effort. 

In this intensive four-day summer school, University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development literacy educators Dr. Marek Oziewicz (Professor, Sidney and Marguerite Henry Professor of Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Fellow, Institute on the Environment)and Nick Kleese will guide you to engage with pedagogical practices of envisioning, embodying, and enacting climate literacy education in your classroom. You will learn why traditional climate change education (CCE), focused on scientific and environmental facts, is inadequate to address the social, racial, and political dimensions of climate change. You will explore climate literacy as a broader competence that includes climate science but focuses primarily on developing attitudes and values aligned with how we should live to respect our planetary home. You will learn why stories for young people—in books, films, games, and other narrative media—are the best technology for the social transformation that ensures everyone’s future: a technology that makes climate literacy accessible to every student everywhere.