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NOAA Planet Stewards Book Club


NOAA Planet Stewards has a terrific line-up for our book club this 2018/2019 academic year!

All book club meetings begin at 8:00 pm Eastern Time
Anyone can participate. Just read the book prior to the discussion, and on the day of the meeting dial in using our toll free number 1-866-662-7513. Then use the passcode 1170791#
Before each meeting we’ll send out a reminder note through our email list along with series of discussion questions the meeting leader will have prepared.
Please be aware there are a limited number of seats available for each meeting, so try to dial in just a few minutes before the official start time.
Have questions? Contact: Molly.Harrison@noaa.gov


NOAA Planet Stewards book club 2018/2019 academic year schedule


NOAA Planet Stewards Book Club Discussion Questions

  • Monday, November 26, 2018 - Tales from an Uncertain World: What Other Assorted Disasters Can Teach Us about Climate Change by Lisa Gardiner


    Overall: What did this book make you wonder?

    1. About coping and resilience: The bulk of the stories in chapters 2-7 are examples of how individuals cope with environmental change. What types of environmental change happen in your region and how have you coped with those? How is coping with small-scale change like coping with a large-scale change? How are they different?
    2. About uncertainty in science: How people interpret and understand information that has some uncertainty is a recurring theme in this book. In chapter 8, the author tests her own ability to make decisions based on uncertain information by relying on a Magic 8 Ball’s wishy-washy answers for guidance. How do you deal with uncertain information in order to make decisions in your own life? How do your students think about uncertainty in science? How do you teach about scientific uncertainty?
    3. About the natural and human-built world: Through the book’s examples of disasters, the choices that people make and the emotions they are feeling are often related to the way they see nature and their role in it. What stories and characters resonated with you? How would your students define nature? Would their definitions include the human-built world?
    4. Envisioning the future: Chapter 9 explores past visions of the future and wonders about how we see the future today. Is it possible to look at the future with optimism when there are problems like climate change? Or does the future look like a dystopia? How do you teach about environmental problems that have long-term impacts without depressing students about the future?

NOAA Planet Stewards Webinars


Join us on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm Eastern Time for:

The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change: A Free Resource to Help You Teach Climate Change AND Stay Sane.

The NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project is pleased to welcome Don Duggan-Haas, Director of Teacher Programs at The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), and Dr. Ingrid Zabel, Climate Change Education Manager at PRI as our featured speakers this month.

A photo of Don Duggan-haas and Dr. Ingrid Zabel

The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change is a free resource that offers a clear overview of the physical science of climate change while also addressing the social science that makes teaching about it a different kind of challenge than teaching photosynthesis (for example). The book and this presentation also dig into the science and its scary implications without losing hope. The session will include an overview of the book, discussion of how and why to keep hope in approaching the teaching of climate change, and time for open discussion.

Register for this webinar at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6003360270296999693

Important information on the day of the broadcast:

  1. Log into the webinar AT LEAST 5 minutes before the scheduled start time. GoToWebinar continually upgrades their software. We want to be sure you can access the broadcast when it begins.
  2. Plan to use the VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) to listen to this presentation. All participants will be muted during the broadcast.
  3. If you have difficulty listening using VOIP, dial 1-415-930-5321 for audio. The access code is: 562-150-414. You will be charged for this call. No Audio Pin is needed to listen.
  4. If you have difficulty logging in, go to: https://support.logmeininc.com/gotowebinar/contactus?p=0 The ID Number for this Webinar is: 534-961-491

Join us on Tuesday, November 20 at 8:00 pm Eastern Time for:

The What's, Where's, How's and Why's of Joining the NOAA Planet Stewards 2019 Stewardship Community.

Would you like to learn how to write a Federal funding proposal? Meet educators from around the country who share your interest in STEM education and environmental stewardship? Have the opportunity to receive up to $2,500 to carry out a project focused on responding to environmental challenges? Then you need to join the NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project's 2019 Stewardship Community!

A photo of Molly Harrison

NOAA Planet Stewards is now accepting applications for formal and informal educators working with elementary through college aged students to join its 2019 Stewardship Community. Join Molly Harrison, Stewardship Project Coordinator as for a brief presentation where she will review the goals, processes and benefits of joining the Community. She'll explain where and how to apply, and answer your questions.

Register for this webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6928630091374196482

Important information on the day of the broadcast:

  1. Log into the webinar AT LEAST 5 minutes before the scheduled start time. GoToWebinar continually upgrades their software. We want to be sure you can access the broadcast when it begins.
  2. Plan to use the VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) to listen to this presentation. All participants will be muted during the broadcast.
  3. If you have difficulty listening using VOIP, dial 1-213-929-4212 for audio. The access code is: 971-999-615. You will be charged for this call. No Audio Pin is needed to listen.
  4. If you have difficulty logging in, go to: https://support.logmeininc.com/gotowebinar/contactus?p=0 The ID Number for this Webinar is: 625-461-411

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