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Climate Conversations: A Series for Middle & High School Educators

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August 28, 2017

PBS LearningMedia is hosting a 3-part virtual professional development series focused around climate change. This series of virtual PD will introduce educators to high-quality, media-based climate change educational materials and allow educators to engage in conversation with scientists, film producers, and other educators. One portion of the series will focus specifically on using the tools in PBS LearningMedia to build a lesson or unit using the materials introduced during the other two events.  

You must register for each part of the series separately. 

September 26, 7pm Eastern

Using Frontline’s new 360 video Why is Greenland Melting? and digital resources from PBS LearningMedia for the classroom as a guide, this virtual professional development session will give educators resources and information to address the topic of climate change confidently in your classroom. This session will combine innovative digital media and conversations with science, media, and education experts to facilitate a discussion amongst panelists and attendees. Attendees will have the ability to ask questions throughout the session.


This is part of a one-time special event, those interested must attend the live event as a replay will not be available.


Using classroom resources from Frontline and NASA, PBS Digital Innovators will guide educators through the process of building a comprehensive unit using PBS LearningMedia. Our experienced educators will discuss how to bring age-appropriate climate science to any classroom, sharing tips and insights from their own classrooms.

Attendees will learn how to use many of PBS LearningMedia’s tools including: Standards-Aligned Search, Lesson Builder, Quiz Maker, Storyboards, Quick Assign, and Class Rosters. Attendees will have the ability to share their own experiences, ask questions, and collaborate across grades and subject areas.

This webinar will be led by two PBS Digital Innovators:

  • Sebastian Byers, High School Earth Science Teacher from North Carolina

  • Sarah Layton, High School English Teacher from Utah


Led by the producers of The Island President and An Inconvenient Sequel, this is a cross-curricular professional development opportunity to bring science and social studies educators together to address climate change in their schools. After viewing short clips from both films, educators and filmmakers will engage in a discussion about how communities across the globe are responding to rising sea levels and increasing natural disasters.     


  • Producers: Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen, Actual Films
  • Science Educator: Sebastian Byers, 2017 PBS Digital Innovator & Earth Science Teacher

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