News Boston (Ch. 5, WCVB) Features Story on students learning
about global change using Classroom Encounters DVDs. Shot live,
at Wellesley High School!
as part of the evening news, 5-6:30 PM, Tuesday, 10/30/07.
Inconvenient Truth's Laurie David meets Rita and students!
here to read our Boston Globe article.
Excerpt: "Daniel Schrag , a Harvard geochemist who
appears in the series, applauded Chang's vision. `'Typically things
that are new ideas in science or new observations take decades
before they are taught at the high school level. . . . Really
good teachers change that,' said Schrag, who directs the Harvard
University Center for the Environment."
National Science Teachers
Association (NSTA) Recommends the Classroom Encounters
National Science Teacher Association
Recommends: "This compact lecture series
on DVD provides viewers with a flexible, quality presentation
of topics related to climate change and its impact on our society...
you can tailor it to your classroom needs rather than have a live
lecturer come in, present, and leave."
The full review of Climate Change and
Our Future was published on the NSTA Recommends
website at http://www.nsta.org/recommends/ViewProduct.aspx?ProductID=16742.
National Science Teacher Association
Recommends: “The excitement of the classroom environment
is supported by objects, charts, and tools that enhance the value
of this encounter between students and expert.”
The full review of Snowball Earth
(updated as "Thin Ice - Earth in the
Time of Climate Change") was published on the
NSTA Recommends website at
Snowball Earth and Freeze, Freeze, Fry
The prestigious American
Library Association published its positive review of Freeze,
Freeze, Fry in its widely circulated magazine, Booklist.
(The two UnEarthing Life titles were finished too late in the
year to be considered for the Dec issue)
Earthwatch Helps Spread the
Classroom Encounters DVDs
"Beam Top Global Change Scientists into
Beam world-class scientists into your classroom
to model - face to face - how science and inquiry work, and to
help you creatively teach the all-important concepts for must-know
science. Pick and choose topic-driven chapter stops and video
clips that enliven your lessons with current research, easy to
understand visuals, and student art and music. Find frameworks-connected
resources that let you engage your students' hearts and minds.
These teacher created and independently produced DVDs are the
result of a ground breaking teacher-scientist-teen-filmmaker collaboration
involving scientists from Harvard, MIT, Tufts, the New England
Aquarium and over two hundred teens. Classroom encounters is recommended
by NSTA, Booklist, and SLJ as innovative and outstanding teaching
Visit www.classroomencounters.org or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this project,
involved, find teacher resources, or to order titles"
Teaching Guides and Lesson
Plans To Fuse Science, Art, and Multimedia! Classroom Encounters
announces a new creative initiative.
Classroom Encounters will bring together teachers
and curriculum experts to develop cross-curricula teaching guides
and lesson plans on teaching global change and environmental science
to accompany its innovative multimedia. The lessons will be aligned
with state and national teaching frameworks and will help teachers
learn how to use Classroom Encounters’ multimedia to team-teach
with experts, and to involve and motivate young people. Our goal
is to help teachers connect their classrooms to current research,
to introduce students to new and inspiring role models of scientists
and young people, to model inquiry, how scientists tackle real
world challenges, new ways to present, learn, teach, and communicate
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Classroom Encounters presents
at the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society’s Annual
Conference at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. 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. Stay tuned for more details about
this exciting new collaboration.
T.V. airs interview with Rita Chang on the Classroom Encounters
Wellesley Townsman writes a feature
story on Classroom Encounters.
here to read Rita Chang's article for Flotsom & Jetsom,
a newsletter for Massachusetts Marine Educators, that also
features a lead article by climate scientist Dr. Kenneth E. Trenberth,
from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and articles
by two scientists from Woods Hole and NOAA/North East Fisheries.
(Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers) Annual Conference:
Making Science Matter. Classroom
Encounters was invited to present a two-hour workshop on
November 3, 2006. If you were an attendee, please
to submit the evaluation for MAST.
of Science Teacher Workshop on Climate Change:
Classroom Encounters has been invited to present
October 15, 2006
from the special event Classroom Encounters hosted honoring
parents and students at an IMAX Theatre! (6/24/06)
the films and results for the Classroom Encounters Student
at the Massachusetts Environmental Education
Society's 2006 Conference entitled Environmental Education
Crossings: Connecting Arts, Language, History, Math and Science
at the First Annual Center for Ocean Science
Shop at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Classroom 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
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.
Christa McAuliffe Center for Education and
Teacher Excellence at Framingham State Teams Up with Classroom
from recent Classroom Encounters considered for the Museum
of Science Exhibit Floor
Raising Pilot Launched to Provide Free Copies of recent Classroom
Encounters’ material to Massachusetts’ Schools
through the Mass Technology Collaborative
and EnergyTeachers.org Inc
Encounters dominated the front page of film fan site Counting
Down for a day (5/23/06).
Social Entrepreneur Award Finalist
Chang joins Advisory Board to proposed Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics Film Series
Journal Reviews Snowball Earth (updated as "Thin
Ice - Earth in the Time of Climate Change"),
February 2007 and Freeze, Freeze, Fry, October, 2007.
Snowball Earth SLJ Review: "...Paul
Hoffman, professor and field geologist at Harvard University,
visits a high school science class to share his knowledge of climate
history and global climate change that might lead to Snowball
Earth, a new ice age. Maps, illustrations, photographs, props,
and rock specimens are interjected at key points to enhance the
lecture. Among the topics covered are radiation, the Ice Ages,
sea currents, rising water levels, plate tectonics, how volcanoes
control temperature, and the lasting effects of Snowball Earth
and the ability of humans to survive it. The students, who are
well versed in the subject, ask questions. The first DVD offers
all of this as one lengthy lecture. Students interview Dr. Hoffman
about what inspired him to become a scientist. The on-screen teacher
also interviews him seeking advice on how to keep students motivated.
The second DVD has chapter stops which make it more classroom
and student friendly."
Freeze Freeze Fry SLJ Review:
Dr. Daniel P. Schrag, geochemical oceanographer, paleoclimatologist,
and Director of the Center for the Environment at Harvard University,
presents the third program in the series. It is comprised of three
segments which include the classroom encounter, the student interview,
and the teacher interview… Thirty-nine topics covering planetary
changes ranging from the greenhouse effect to coral reefs are
presented. Earth's thermostat, ice ages, hurricanes, ocean cores,
global winds, ocean conveyor belt, climate records, and alternative
energy are among the topics discussed. Dr. Schrag includes the
latest scientific discoveries and concerns related to global change
in one to eight minute chapters which also can be accessed individually.
The presentations are supplemented with photographs, graphs, charts,
maps, satellite images, and original illustrations. The last two
parts of the program feature two question-and-answer sessions
with students, the classroom teacher, and the scientist. Students
interview Dr. Schrag concerning his position on current science
issues, and the teacher's interview is centered on ways to motivate
curiosity in students and integrate the sciences… -Linda
Teel, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
T.V. Interviewed Rita Chang for Cable News Show!
Also interviewed were a couple of Ms. Chang's students
on what impact the series has had on them, and how they have been
involved with Global Change before and after exposure to the series.
The interviews were shown with the broadcasting of the first two
DVDs in the series.
prestigious American Library Association published its positive
review of Freeze, Freeze, Fry in its widely circulated magazine,
Booklist, in the Focus on Science and Technology December
Booklist December 1, 2007, Page 62
Freeze, Fry: Climate Past, Present, and Future
2007, 1.5 hr. Midwest Tape, DVD, $50 Gr. 9-12
In the first segment of a three-part program filmed
at Wellesley High School in Massachusetts, Daniel P. Schrag, a
professor at Harvard University, presents a lesson on global warming
to a group of very bright high-school students. Schrag, a paleoclimatologist
and geochemist, focuses on the history of climate change from
the formation of the 3earth to present times. The graphs, field
photos, satellite images, art-work, and terminology are sophisticated,
yet his explanations are surprisingly accessible and easily grasped
by the eager students. In a second section, students interview
the professor about his career as a scientist and his memories
of high-school science classes, and in the final segment, Schrag
answers a teacher's request for tips on integrating science into
lessons, stimulating students, and encouraging science as a career
choice. Frequent chapter breaks allow teachers to zero in on pertinent
segments and give flexibility to this program, which is a useful
classroom resource. -- Candace Smith
Inconvenient Truth's Laurie David
meets Rita and students!
Laurie David, a producer of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth
Chang and two of her students.
was a private "meet and greet" gathering for Ms. Laurie
David, a producer of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth at
MassBay Community College. Ms. Chang, two of her students,
and Ms. Mirkin, Principal of Wellesley High were invited to join
College President, Provost, Deans, and several members of the
faculty at a screening of the film.
Ms. David was inspiring and encouraging to all gathered, with
offers to help spread the word. She visited MassBay because it
chose An Inconvenient Truth as it's "one book"
for the faculty, and will be focused on integrating climate change
across the curriculum this coming year. Ms. Chang was invited
after a Globe article (see below) described Ms. Chang's pioneering
climate change teaching work at Wellesley High and her collaboration
with filmmaker Alan Fine on the Classroom Encounters DVD series.
The private meeting set off sparks among everyone in the room
so hopefully more good things will come from this "encounter."
(The Classroom Encounters DVDs were also a hit!) Talk is ongoing
about how Classroom Encounters, Wellesley High, and MassBay might
creatively work together to further climate change education.
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."
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.
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Robert Watson, one of the foremost scientists in the world on climate
change, is the former Chair of the United Nation's Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change, the authoritative body on climate change
that has brought together thousands of climate scientists from around
the world to monitor planetary change on an ongoing basis. He is currently
the Chief Scientist and Director of the World Bank's Sustainable Development
Network. As Chair of the Millennium Assessment, he oversaw the work
of fourteen hundred scientists from ninety-five countries investigating
the health of the earth's ecosystems. Four years in the making, the
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment's goal was to conduct a global
inventory of the state of our ecosystems, quantify the effect that
human activities have on them and make suggestions for the future.
Christa McAuliffe Center for Education and Teacher Excellence
at Framingham State Teams Up with Classroom Encounters
The Christa McAuliffe Center
for Education and Teaching Excellence has teamed up with Classroom
Encounters to help disseminate videos of students interacting
with world-class scientists and to find ways to introduce teachers
to what they view as unique learning resources on climate and planetary
change. "Whether you realize it or not, you've created a new
and exciting way of learning about cutting edge science and we need
to help get the word out about the Classroom Encounters DVDs,"
says Mary Liscombe, Associate Director of the Christa McAuliffe Center
for Education and Teaching Excellence at Framingham State College.
"The mission of the
Christa McAuliffe Center is to support teachers in their work. Classroom
Encounters DVDs make first class science resources available
in the classroom and inspire and model creative ways of learning.
This is an incredible resource for Earth Science teachers to use in
Conversations are ongoing.
In the meantime, a presentation for teachers this spring, and a 1-2
day workshop over the summer -- both at the McAuliffe Center -- are
from recent Classroom Encounters considered for the Museum
of Science Exhibit Floor
The Museum of Science’s
Science and Technology Forum continues to be an enthusiastic supporter
of Classroom Encounters and has proposed the showing film
clips from the Classroom Encounters series interspersed with
Nova segments on a plasma screen on the floor of the exhibit hall.
Raising Pilot Launched to Provide Free Copies of Classroom
Encounters material to Massachusetts’ Schools through
the Mass Technology Collaborative
EnergyTeachers.org Inc. is a Newton, MA based non-profit organization
that provides free resources to teachers interested in teaching about
renewable energy and energy use, including climate change topics (www.energyteachers.org).
EnergyTeachers.org Inc. is also the legal fiscal sponsor for Classroom
Encounters’ Free Distribution Program with the Mass Technology
Donations to EnergyTeachers.org Inc. cover the costs of providing
free copies of recent Classroom Encounters with Global Change
Scientists materials to up to three hundred schools in Massachusetts.
Please contact email@example.com
for more information on how you can join civic minded citizens and
businesses that wish to support teachers and schools by providing
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Social Entrepreneur Award Finalist!
Encounters was a finalist for a prestigious award that recognizes
outstanding social entrepreneurs and innovators in the Boston area.
Classroom Encounters Volunteer Summit took place January
14th and 15th at the luxurious conference room at the Wellesley Public
Library. We want to thank all those teachers, parents, students and
scientists who participated. To see pictures, click
Chang joins Advisory Board to proposed Harvard-Smithsonian Center
for Astrophysics Film Series!
Ms. Chang has been invited
to join the Advisory Board of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics'
film series. The Annenberg Foundation awarded the Harvard Center’s
Media Group funds to produce a 13-part on-line environmental science
course for teachers. The Science Media Group's course will be on the
human impact on the environment and will feature top scientists from
across the country.
Shop at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Chang and Alan Fine presented new 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.
at the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society's 2006 Conference
entitled Environmental Education Crossings: Connecting Arts,
Language, History, Math and Science
March 8, 2006, Rita Chang and Alan Fine will be showing new excerpts
from Classroom Encounters with Global Change Scientists series
as a new
resource for teachers at the Massachusetts Environmental Education
at the First Annual Center for Ocean Science Education
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, will be co-presenting at the first annual Center
for Ocean Science Education Excellent-New England community conference,
"Partnerships in Ocean Science Education-New England" (POSE-New
England.) Their presentation topic is Ocean and Climate, and will
include 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.
Encounters dominates film fan site!
good to have friends who run a website. Because of them, Classroom
Encounters dominated for a day (5/23/06) the front page of film fan
site Counting Down. You can click
here to see the moment captured for posterity with links to three
current pages about us still on their site. Nice to be in the company
of "Over the Hedge," "Pirates of the Caribbean
2" and "Mission Impossible III," however