Paper No. 208-2
Presentation Time: 8:20 AM

THE CLIMATE LITERACY AND ENERGY AWARENESS NETWORK (CLEAN): LEVERAGING REVIEWED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES AND A DIVERSE COMMUNITY TO ACHIEVE CLIMATE LITERACY GOALS


LEDLEY, Tamara Shapiro1, GOLD, Anne U.2, NIEPOLD, Frank3, GROGAN, Marian1, KIRK, Karin B.4, SULLIVAN, Susan B.5, LYNDS, Susan6, MCCAFFREY, Mark7, MANDUCA, Cathryn A.4, and FOX, Sean P.4, (1) Center for STEM Teaching and Learning, TERC, 2067 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140, Tamara_Ledley@terc.edu, (2) Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, Boulder, CO 80309, (3) NOAA Climate Program Office, Silver Spring, 20910, (4) Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, Northfield, MN 55057, (5) CIRES Education and Outreach, University of Colorado, Research Laboratory 2, UCB 449, 1540 30th St, Boulder, CO 80309-0449, (6) Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, UCB 449, Boulder, CO 80309-0449, (7) National Center for Science Education, Oakland, CA 94609
Climate change is affecting and will continue to affect a broad cross section of society around the globe. Addressing the environmental and societal issues and opportunities arising from climate change will require that the stakeholders of today and tomorrow become climate literate. The Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) is addressing this need through the development the CLEAN Portal.

The CLEAN Portal (http://cleanet.org) has two components. The first includes the CLEAN resources made up of the rigorously-reviewed CLEAN Collection (http://cleanet.org/clean/educational_resources) of educational resources and related pedagogical support pages. The second, the CLEAN community, is made up of the CLEAN Network, educators, resource developers, and CLEAN Partners.

The CLEAN Collection has over 580+ resources for teaching climate and energy science in grades 6-16. The collection has classroom activities, lab demonstrations, visualizations, simulations, videos, and more. Each resource is rigouously reviewed for scientific accuracy, pedagogical effectiveness, and technical quality.

The CLEAN Network, a professionally diverse group of over 400 climate and energy literacy stakeholders, enables continuous communication among members through weekly teleconferences, an active email list and other coordinated activities to share resources, expertise, and ideas. CLEAN Community sectors that are addressed directly in the CLEAN Portal are educators and resources developers. CLEAN Partners are organizations through which the reach of CLEAN is extended such as the syndication of the collection to NOAA’s Climate.gov portal.

This presentation will give an overview of the CLEAN Portal focusing on the breath and functionality of the CLEAN Collection, and the results of a survey of the CLEAN Network members that which demonstrates its professional diversity and its importance in helping the members collectively move their climate literacy efforts forward.