Capitol Forum teachers preview new climate change curriculum at workshop

The first teacher workshop in preparation for the 2016 Capitol Forum on America’s Future was held on Monday, July 20 at the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland.

Workshops provide teachers who are new to Capitol Forum with an introduction to the program, while also offering professional development opp-ortunities for all participating teachers. In this case, both new and returning teachers had the opportunity to explore the newly released Choices curriculum unit, “Climate Change and Questions of Justice.”

CF_Workshop1_july2015The July workshop speaker was Dr. Clinton Rowe of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Rowe is one of the co-authors of the recent study, “Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska,” released in September 2014.

During the workshop, the Capitol Forum teachers also participated in some activities to help inspire ideas for the classes that will be using the Capitol Forum curriculum.

Teachers will meet again in Lincoln next February to prepare in advance of the 2016 Capitol Forum Day.

With support of the Cooper Foundation, the 18th annual Capitol Forum on America’s Future on March 21, 2016 will bring together teachers and more than 90 high school student representatives from throughout the state at the State Capitol in Lincoln. The program engages 1,500 students in meaningful discussions about crucial global issues, with their peers and elected officials, in order to learn about the complexities that shape our nation’s future and their own important roles as active, informed citizens.

To learn more, contact Kristi Hayek Carley at 402.474.2131 or Or visit the Capitol Forum page at



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