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Monmouth University Climate Change Learning Collaborative

The Monmouth University Climate Change Learning Collaborative (MU CCLC) was developed by Michelle Schpakow, Ed.D., Catherine Duckett, Ph.D., and Peter Jacques, Ph.D. in collaboration with Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute (UCI), New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, and Monmouth Conservation Foundation.  With the funding support of the NJ Department of Education’s Expanding Access to Climate Change and NJ Student Learning grant, the MU CCLC will prepare NJ K-12 teachers to teach climate change in developmentally appropriate ways across all grade levels and subject areas. Monmouth Conservation Foundation, NJ Sea Grant Consortium, and the Urban Coast Institute will offer place-based curriculum and experiential learning opportunities. Our programs are open to all public school teachers in New Jersey, with preference being given to teachers in collaborating districts in Monmouth, Mercer, and Union Counties. The MU CCLC program will begin in June 2024 and offer professional development events multiple times each month through March 2025. Teachers will be compensated for their time for sessions delivered outside of school hours, and funds for substitute teachers are available for sessions occurring during school hours.

The MU CCLC team is here to offer support and answer questions between sessions. Please email us at We look forward to working with you!

Upcoming Professional Development Sessions

Introduction to Climate Change
June 11, 2024, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Zoom

This is a basic introduction to climate change for any educators wanting to improve their background knowledge. The session will present climate change as simple, serious, and solvable.  The science behind the greenhouse effect, some of the more profound and serious climate impacts, and the most important climate solutions will be presented. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions, and some tools for teaching basic greenhouse effect will be discussed. This session may be of particular interest to teachers of subjects other than sciences. Register for Introduction to Climate Change.

Interdisciplinary Instruction for Climate Education (Grades 3-5)
June 12, 2024, 6 – 8 p.m., Zoom

Grade 3-5 educators are invited to learn about incorporating climate change standards into lessons. Participants will learn interdisciplinary planning strategies and pedagogical approaches for integrating climate change education at the upper elementary level. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lesson plans for the workshop portion of the session. These plans will be examined collaboratively and updated to better infuse climate change standards. Register for Interdisciplinary Instruction for Climate Education (Grades 3-5).

Coaching & Collaboration
June 25, 2024, 1 – 2 p.m., Zoom

Please join us online for some professional networking. We will provide a brief review of climate change education, a question and answer period, and time to work together in a supportive environment. Teachers may bring lesson plans they need help with. Administrators may bring questions they have about implementation in the schools. We are happy to address any needs brought to this session and provide space for collaboration among schools and districts. Register for Coaching and Collaboration.

Transforming Relationships for Global Sustainability
June 28, 2024, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monmouth University Campus

This professional development session will explore issues in sustainability through the lens of transforming relationships between humans and the environment. Practical ideas for sustainability initiatives in schools will be discussed. Workshop time will be provided for participants to plan for sustainability initiatives in their own schools with the support of session facilitators and in collaboration with other participants. Register for Transforming Relationships for Global Sustainability.

Climate Change Resources

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Other Climate Change Learning Collaboratives

New Jersey Department of Education Resources