Climate Literacy Teacher Leader Fellowship

Call for applications

We are seeking applications for the first round of the Climate Literacy Teacher Leader Fellowship Program. Teacher Fellows from Minnesota schools will receive a $2,500 stipend for the 2022-23 academic year.

The Fellowship supports committed teachers from the Metro area in developing classroom materials and practices for teaching climate literacy with children’s and young adult literature and media in their respective subject areas. Climate literacy is an understanding of climate change that includes facts and numbers (i.e. climate science literacy) but centers on developing values and attitudes aligned with how we should live to respect our planetary home. Fellows will gain a greater understanding of climate literacy education, develop and implement instructional materials, contribute to scholarly publications, collaborate with international partners, and become leaders in the growing community of climate literacy educators in Minnesota and nationwide. We especially welcome applications from teachers from historically underrepresented communities.

Application Process

To apply, complete these two steps:
1) Fill in the application questionnaire at z.umn.edu/CLFellowApplication
2) Send a cover letter to [email protected] by midnight Sep 25.
Applicants will be notified of the award decisions by Sep 28.
Cover letters should be one page, single-spaced personal narratives that highlight your qualifications for and commitment to climate literacy education. We welcome cover letters that address and include

  • your brief biography and teaching/professional trajectory;
  • description of why you’re interested in the Fellowship; and
  • a statement about how integrating climate literacy in your subject area can benefit your students and/or fits with your personal or professional development goals going forward.

Eligibility

To be considered for the Fellowship, you must:

  • Be a licensed full-time public school teacher, grades K-12, in the State of Minnesota with at least three years of teaching experience.
  • Maintain eligibility in the entire school year 2022-23, by remaining in good standing in your school community and having a full-time teaching position in your school.
  •  Be committed to creating a climate literate society through building and sharing frameworks, ideas, and solutions for climate literacy education in your subject area.
  • NOTE: the fellowship is open to teachers in all subject areas; we consider the challenges of a climate-changing world to be worldview issues, not just STEM issues.
  • The fellowship is also open to school librarians whose responsibilities include regular classroom or library instruction with students.

Commitment and Expectations

Fall 2022

  • Attend the in-person Opening Workshop on Oct 1, 9:00-12:00 in Peik Hall 355.
  • Attend five, 2-hour virtual cohort meetings between Oct 15 and Dec 17 (times and dates to be determined by the cohort at the Opening Workshop).
  • Attend at least one Climate Lit panel or webinar (see times and dates here).
  • Participate in Exploring Climate Literacy online discussion. As a Fellow, you will be expected to actively look for relevant materials and share your findings with the cohort. Also, you’ll read / watch the assigned materials (3 films, 5 articles, 3 picturebooks, 1 book, fiction or nonfiction) and respond to them in the shared forum (100 words each response).
  • Produce a final portfolio of teaching materials that includes: At least two lesson plans or units to implement in the class(es) you’ll teach in spring 2023, One database entry (a climate literacy-focused review of book or other story), and one glossary entry for the Climate Lit website.

Spring 2023

  • Attend five, 2-hour virtual cohort meetings between Feb 4 and Jun 10 (times and dates to be determined by the cohort in Dec/Jan).
  • Implement climate literacy lesson plans/units/materials in your classroom (including collecting feedback and documenting the process).
  • Attend at least one Climate Lit panel or webinar (times and dates will be published in December).
  • Participate in Exploring Climate Literacy online discussion. As a Fellow, you will be expected to actively look for relevant materials and share your findings with the cohort. Also, you’ll read/watch the assigned materials (three articles and five books or/and films of your choice) and respond to them in the shared forum (100 words each response).
  • Attend the in-person Closing Celebration on a Saturday in late May or June (times and dates to be determined by the cohort), at 9:00-12:00 in Peik Hall 355.