Fletcher School of Diplomacy
Classroom Encounters to Host a
Workshop for History Teachers
"Using Earth's Modern and Historical
Climate Records to Build 21st Century Thinking and Problem Solving
Fletcher School of Diplomacy, Tufts University
Rita Chang has been invited to be the featured teacher
for the afternoon session of the "Global Politics of the
Environment" Seminar at Tufts. She will be modeling a multimedia
infused hands-on activity for students that uses authentic data
to build thinking and problem solving skills. Video clips from
Classroom Encounters will be used to introduce, illustrate key
concepts, and wrap up the lesson. Professor Bill Moomaw of the
Fletcher school will host one of the two morning sessions. Dr.
Moomaw's session is called "21st Century Environmental Challenges
and the Climate Change Debate. Dr. Kent Portnoy will also host
the other morning session, Water and Air Protection Policies and
Programs in U.S. Cities." Rita will be the teacher "expert"
for the only afternoon session.
Global Issues Seminar Series 2008-9
"Global Politics of the Environment"
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
A Conference for Educators in Grades 6-12
here to see the program.
Primary Source invites Classroom Encounters
Classroom Encounters presented a global studies workshop on climate
change for humanities teachers. Scott Gordon showed how Vostok and
Keeling data - and clips from our videos Climate Change
and Our Future and Freeze,
Freeze, Fry - can help students understand their changing
planet. July, 2008
Wright Center for Science invites
Classroom Encounters to Glacier National Park
Rita Chang was invited to Glacier National Park (as a guest of
the Tufts Wright Center for Science) to share Classroom Encounters
pioneering materials (innovative video of top scientists coupled
with hands-on activities using real data) to show teachers a new
way to bring cutting edge science, hands-on learning, and the passion
and wisdom of eminent scientists into any classroom. In sharing
student works and excerpts from Classroom Encounters participatory
media productions (students, scientist, teacher, and filmmaker collaborated
to create topic-driven media), Rita also modeled what teachers can
do with 21st century communication technologies to build interest,
motivate, and engage themselves and their students in a whole-person
learning process. Scott Gordon, Department Head from Lynnfield High,
who has been using Classroom Encounters lessons and video in his
class, joined Ms. Chang as a presenter.
here for images from the workshop, access to supporting teaching
materials, and views from a visit to Grinnell Glacier, one of the
remaining 10% of the glaciers still existing at Glacier National
To see comments from teachers about Classroom Encounters, click
Classroom Encounters presents at the Massachusetts
Environmental Education Society’s Annual Conference at College
of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA on March 5, 2008. Conference title:
Energizing Environmental Education: Going Green!
Rita Chang, and Lynnfield High School Science Chair, Scott Gordon,
team up for the first time at a teacher workshop: Get Connected:
Team Teach with Top Scientists. Click
here to go to the Teacher Forum for more information, and to
read Rita’s article Climate Teacher Aha!s.
Association of Science Teachers Annual Conference: Making Science
Encounters was invited to present a two-hour workshop on November
3, 2006 entitled "Unprecedented Changes, Unprecedented Challenges:
Partnering with Scientists to Teach Climate Change. Classroom Encounters
with Global Change Scientists." If
you were an attendee, please click
here to submit the evaluation for MAST.
of Science Teacher Workshop on Climate Change: Rita Chang and Alan
Fine have been invited
to host a workshop at the Museum of Science's Annual Weather Conference
which this year will include global climate change. The title of their
workshop is "Extreme Teaching Events: Tapping Passion and
Modeling Excellence, Bringing World Class Scientists to Your Classroom."
The workshop is on October 15, 2006.
pictures from a special IMAX Theater presentation honoring parents
the films and results for the Classroom Encounters
Student Film Competition
at the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society's 2006 Conference
entitled Environmental Education Crossings: Connecting Arts,
Language, History, Math and Science
Wednesday, March 8, 2006, Rita Chang and Alan Fine showed excerpts
from Classroom Encounters with Global Change Scientists series
as a new
resource for teachers at the Massachusetts Environmental Education
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Rita Chang and Alan Fine
presented excepts from Classroom Encounters, as part of
their Massachusetts Marine Educator’s workshop “Rocking
Their World: Connecting Global Change Scientists to Classrooms”
on April 29, 2006.
Encounters presents at Green STEM Institute at the Christa McAuliffe
Center on Excellence in Science Education, at Framingham State.
Green STEM Institute (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
OCT 26-27, 2007 Presenter’s Forum
The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) held a
Green Energy STEM Institute Conference at Framingham State College,
Framingham, MA. Rita Chang and Alan Fine were invited to host a
workshop for teachers on how to teach global change science with
experts, using Classroom Encounters DVDs and teaching resources.
at the First Annual Center
for Ocean Science Education
Saturday, MARCH 4, 2006
at UMass Boston's Boston Harbor Campus, at 11:30 am, Rita Chang
and Bill Moomaw from Tufts University, the first scientist featured
in the Classroom Encounters with Global Change Scientists film
series, co-presented a workshop at the first annual Center for Ocean
Science Education Excellence -New England community conference,
"Partnerships in Ocean Science Education-New England"
(POSE-New England.) Their presentation topic was Ocean and Climate.
It included the latest science and a hands-on activity illustrating
the forces that drive the global thermohaline circulation. For more
conference details, please visit www.cosee-ne.net.