Climate Summit

California Science Education Conference Climate Summit 2018

November 29 - December 2, 2018, Pasadena, CA

Pre-Conference Day: Thursday, November 29, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Other Summit Events: Friday, November 30 - Sunday December 2, 2018

CSTA is pleased to collaborate with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative, and the K-12 Alliance @ WestEd to bring you the California Science Education Conference Climate Summit.

California adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2013. These standards prominently feature climate science in K-12 with foundational concepts beginning in the primary grades and increasing in depth and sophistication throughout the grade bands. The Summit is intended to enrich the experience and expertise of teachers by providing opportunities for teachers to strengthen their content knowledge and receive support for teaching climate science as envisioned at their grade-level. The Summit will also include information on how classroom teachers can use resources from informal (out of the classroom) settings to enhance their climate instruction.


The Climate Summit begins with a Pre-Conference Day on Thursday, November 29. The Summit will continue via events embedded into the regular California Science Education Conference schedule. These events include the Opening and Closing Keynote presentations, several focus speakers, one short course highlighting climate literacy and informal science centers, and eight climate-themed short courses featuring grade-specific NGSS-aligned learning sequences that embed California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts.

Intended Audience: The Climate Summit Pre-Conference Day and other Summit events are appropriate for all educators who teach science in a K-12 classroom setting or support or lead implementation of NGSS in their school, district, or county.

Agenda topics for the Pre-Conference Day (11/29/18) include:

    • Essential Climate Science: Evidence and Methods
      • Paleoclimatology: The Historical Record
      • Climate Models, Scenarios, and Projections
      • The Anthropocene
      • Educational Resources and Activities
    • Special Topics in Climate Science
Pre-Conference Day Tickets: $75 (Includes, Climate Summit Pre-Conference Day registration and lunch. The fee is refundable for educators who attend the Pre-Conference Day, complete a pre-survey, and complete a post-survey at the end of your Climate Summit experience.)
Pre-Conference Day Registration

Climate Summit Events @ the 2018 California Science Education Conference

The following events are a part of the Climate Summit and are embedded within the California Science Education Conference. As presenters are confirmed, and events added to the Climate Summit schedule, they will be included below. Registration for the Climate Summit Pre-Conference Day does not include the California Science Education Conference. Registration to the 2018 California Science Education Conference is required for participation in any of the events listed below.

Friday, November 30, 2018

8:00 am - 9:30am Focus Speaker: Turning Misconceptions/Misinformation Into Educational Opportunities
Learn about a new unit of climate change lessons developed using a misconception-based approach and evidence-based pedagogy. The lessons were created at a workshop with classroom teachers called Turning Misinformation into Educational Opportunities. Workshop facilitators included John Cook, a research assistant professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University who developed the misconception-based approach, Frank Niepold, Senior Climate Education Program Manager for NOAA, and Brad Hoge, Director of Teacher Support at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). The five lesson unit is built around misconceptions specifically identified in the Heartland Institute's mailing utilizing a unique inquiry strategy to inoculate students to misconceptions.
  • Presenter: Brad Hoge, Director of Teacher Support, National Center for Science Education
10:10 am - 11:10 am Keynote Presentation - Why should We Trust Science?
  • Presenter: Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm SC06: Ice, Ice Baby
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. Participants experience a 6th grade learning sequence focusing on Earth’s heat balance and the melting of ice. Receive a full unit conceptual flow and targeted learning sequence plans aligned to the NGSS and incorporating California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.
  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: 6 (Intergrated)
  • Science & Emphasis: Environmental Literacy; Climate Summit
  • Presenters: Ian Eisenman, Associate Professor, University California San Diego; Till Wagner, Assistant Professor, UNC, Wilmington; and Leah Wheeler, Teacher, Galt Joint Unified Elementary School, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team
SC07: Life in the Balance: Coastal Carbonate Chemistry
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. Participants experience a high school Chemistry and Earth and Space Science learning sequence focusing on ocean acidification and chemical equilibria through the lens of the plight of west coast oysters. Receive a full unit conceptual flow and targeted learning sequence plans aligned to the NGSS and incorporating California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.
  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: High School 3-Course Model (ESS Embedded)
  • Science & Emphasis: Environmental Literacy; Climate Summit
  • Presenters: Tera Black, High School Science TOSA, Torrance Unified; Phil Bresnahan, Chemical Oceanography Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; and Rachel Meisner, Chemistry Teacher, Sweetwater Union High School District.
SC08: Climate Literacy with Informal Education Centers
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. It is designed to highlight effective practices by informal centers in partnership with classroom teachers that address climate change issues facing communities.
  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: Not Grade Specific
  • Science & Emphasis: Climate Summit; Environmental Literacy
  • Presenters: Kurt Holland, Environmental Literacy Specialist and Lecturer, Department of Science Education, CSU, Long Beach; Lori Walsh, Education/Operations Supervisor at SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND California Resort; and Crystal Howe, Science Coordinator, San Diego County Office of Education and CREEC Region 9 Coordinato
4:20 pm - 5:50 pm Focus Speaker: Data From the Skies Warn of Disasters on the Ground
Hazards, such sea level rise and coastal erosion, as well as natural and anthropogenic hazards and disasters such as tsunamis and earthquakes, tropical cyclones, oil spills, etc. are a regular consequence of life on Earth.

But space borne and airborne Earth observations are now able to provide a synoptic and time-critical situational awareness to responders and decision makers during a disaster, and long-term assessment and evaluation of changes and impacts resulting from disasters.

Geophysicist Maggi Glasscoe of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will discuss how Earth observations from satellites and aircraft can be used to monitor natural hazards and disasters through airborne projects like Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) and data synthesis programs like the Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) Project for Natural Hazards project.

  • Presenter: Margaret (Maggi) Glasscoe, Geophysicist in the Earth Surface and Interior Group, JPL Science, Climate Focused

Saturday, December 1, 2018

8:30 am - 11:30 am SC14: Don't Dry For Me California
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. Participants build understanding of how the availability of water impacts living and nonliving things in our environment across K-2 and experience sample NGSS-aligned lessons at each grade. Receive a full unit conceptual flow and targeted learning sequence plans aligned to the NGSS and incorporating California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.
  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: K-2
  • Science & Emphasis: Environmental Literacy; Climate Summit
  • Presenters: Katherine Altman, Teacher, San Diego Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team; Keegan Gillette, Teacher, Aspire Public Schools, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team; Jenny Hofmeister, Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW); and Debra Jenkins, Teacher, Lakeside USD, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Teacher Leader
SC15: Hot and Out of Breath
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. Participants experience a 7th grade learning sequence about oxygen minimum zones in the ocean and their effect on marine ecosystems and artisanal fisheries. Receive a full unit conceptual flow and targeted learning sequence plans aligned to the NGSS and incorporating California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.
  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: 7 (integrated)
  • Science & Emphasis: Environmental Literacy; Climate Summit
  • Presenters: Olivia Allison, Science Teacher, San Diego Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team and Yassir Eddebbar, Postdoctoral Scholar, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
SC16: Coral Reefs: Hot, Sour, and Drowning
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. Participants experience a High School Life and Earth and Space Science learning sequence about the effects of temperature, carbon dioxide, and sea level rise on coastal marine ecosystems and coral reefs. Receive a full unit conceptual flow and targeted learning sequence plans aligned to the NGSS and incorporating California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.
  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: High School 3-Course Model (ESS Embedded)
  • Science & Emphasis: Environmental Literacy; Climate Summit
  • Presenters: Jim Clark, District Science Coordinator, Lorenzo Unified School District; Tyler Cyronak, Postdoctoral Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; and Wendy Hagan, Biology and Environmental Science Teacher, Granada Hill Charter High School
10:00 am - 11:30 am Focus Speaker: Rivers in the Sky
California has no mighty rivers like the Mississippi, but rivers of a different kind can flood the state. In winter 2017, more than a meter of precipitation fell in some places, unleashing floods, triggering landslides, and causing evacuation of 200,000 people. It’s all because of atmospheric rivers: long, narrow ribbons of water vapor rushing across the sky. Just a few hundred kilometers wide, atmospheric rivers stretch thousands of kilometers from the tropical oceans toward the poles, carrying on average 25 times as much water as the Mississippi River, but as vapor rather than liquid. When atmospheric rivers make landfall, and the vapor condenses, they can release a staggering amount of rain and snow. Join Scripps Institution of Oceanography meteorologist Marty Ralph, Director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes as he describes the phenomena of atmospheric rivers, their impact on our weather, and the essential role modeling and prediction play in managing California’s precious water resources.
  • Presenter: Marty Ralph, Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Focus Speaker: The Reverse Keeling Curve: Earth’s Climate History Preserved in Ancient Ice
Many are familiar with the Keeling Curve, the iconic record of increasing CO2 in earth’s atmosphere established by Scripps Oceanography scientist Charles David Keeling in 1958 – but how do we know about CO2 before then? Drilling down thousands of meters into the ancient ice preserved on Earth’s massive continental ice sheets, scientists can extract a wealth of information about our climate history – including periods both much colder and considerably warmer than today. Ice, dust and tiny gas bubbles in Greenland and Antarctic ice provide myriad clues into the complex workings of Earth’s climate system. Join Scripps Institution of Oceanography paleoclimatologist Dr. Jeff Severinghaus as he describes how he delves into Earth’s climate past to gain insight into our climate future.
  • Presenter: Jeff Severinghaus, Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm SC20: Dangerous Earth
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. Participants build understanding of the effects of changes within Earth’s Systems across grades 3-5 and experience sample NGSS-aligned lessons at each grade. Receive a full unit conceptual flow and targeted learning sequence plans aligned to the NGSS and incorporating California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.
  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: 3-5
  • Science & Emphasis: Environmental Literacy; Climate Summit
  • Presenters: Kate Gallagher, Teacher, Oakland Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team; Carolyn Hernandez, Teacher, San Diego Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Teacher Leader; Darcy Taniguchi, Biology Professor at CSU, San Marcos; and Alyssa Nemeckova-Fairfield, Teacher, Palm Springs Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Core Leadership Team
SC21: Considering California's Energy Future
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. Participants experience a high school Physics and Earth and Space Science learning sequence focusing on 100% Renewable Energy by 2045, engineering a solution, and considering the pros and cons of possible solutions to meet Governor Brown’s Climate Initiative. Receive a full unit conceptual flow and targeted learning sequence plans aligned to the NGSS and incorporating California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.
  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: High School 3-Course Model (ESS Embedded)
  • Science & Emphasis: Environmental Literacy; Climate Summit
  • Presenters: Dan Lubin, Research Physicist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Melissa Marcucci, Science Teacher, Physics of Universe, Ceres Unified School District; and Dean Reese, Science Teacher, Physics and Maker Space, Tracy Unified School District
SC22: Think Globally, Act Locally
This short course is being presented as part of the Climate Summit. Participants experience an 8th grade learning sequence focusing on the increase in CO2 on Earth, how it affects seals and sea ice, and what students can do about it. Receive a full unit conceptual flow and targeted learning sequence plans aligned to the NGSS and incorporating California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.
  • Tickets: $15
  • Grade Level: 8 (integrated)
  • Science & Emphasis: Environmental Literacy; Climate Summit
  • Presenters: Alex Hangsterfer, Geological Collections Manager, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Stephanie Sanchez, Science Teacher, Vista Unified School District, CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Teacher Leader
4:45 pm - 6:15 pm Focus Speaker: Exploring Earth from Space and Being a Scientist in 2018
Every year, NASA and many international partners have added new satellites and instruments to an array of sensors already in space to study how and where the Earth is changing. These capabilities in orbit have required a new generation of scientists to make the discoveries, to exploit the exciting opportunity, and to advance our fundamental understanding of the planet we call home. Over the past thirty years, the skills we need for this research have changed. In this talk, I will look back at the evolution of the Earth science space program, the opportunities for young scientists, and what it might tell us about what they need to know.
  • Presenter: Mike Gunson, Global Change & Energy Program Manager & OCO-2 Project Scientist, JPL Science, Climate Focused

Sunday, December 2, 2018

8:00 am - 9:30 pm Keynote Address - Climate Change: How Do We Bend the Curve?
  • Presenter: Dr V. Ram Ramanathan, Professor, Climate Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

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