THIS CLASS WILL MEET VIA ZOOM ON THURSDAYS AT 4:00, THROUGH AT LEAST 2/25. IF STUDENTS ARE SELECTED FOR THE CLIMATE SUMMIT PANEL, CLASS WILL CONTINUE IN MARCH AND APRIL, AND THERE WILL BE NO CLASS ON THURSDAY, 4/1.
Get ready to participate in KCS II and act on climate change!!
Context: The Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) and its partner, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), have teamed together to sponsor (for the second year) a kids climate summit designed to allow students in upper elementary school and middle school to engage with experts in the field of climate change. The 2021 Kids Climate Summit will focus on community and will be held in a hybrid format: a virtual town hall (given the pandemic restrictions) and an outdoor celebration in June of 2021.
Challenge for LOGYC students: We would like to pilot a climate change class at LOGYC with two aims: 1.) to work with a community or communities to foster community action on this crisis and 2.) to field a panel of upper elementary students prepared to question experts at the virtual Summit. In terms of the town hall format, we anticipate that the upper elementary school panel will run from 3-4:30, and students who demonstrate strong inquiry skills and mastery of climate change will be invited to sit on the Summit’s upper elementary panel. Class will run from 1/28 through 2/29, with continued participation for those who participate in the upper elementary panel.
Community outcome: We are hoping that students can convince a community (a town near LOGYC or perhaps Skokie itself) to adopt measures to combat climate change or take community action. Students will be given the opportunity to research action taken by communities around the country and choose options that would be the best fit for our local area, and make recommendations to community members. Measures that have been previously adopted include a ban on Styrofoam and local tree planting projects. Let’s see what we can accomplish!
Summit outcome: All class members will participate in the Summit, either as panelists or members of the audience, and it is anticipated that students will be able to share their community efforts as part of Summit programming. And, we aim to safely celebrate our learning and our action in June!
Minimum number of participants: 2
Maximum number of participants: 10
Teacher: Rhonda Stern
Rhonda Stern has worked in the field of gifted and talented education since 2000. An environmental activist since 2002, Stern has taught a variety of climate change units, including sustainable practices, the impact of warming on the Polar Regions, deforestation in the Panamanian Rainforest, and innovations in renewable energy. In 2009, Stern participated in an international climate mission to Antarctica and attended the COP15 climate talks as an observer. Stern and her students founded HP Greenkids in 2010, an organization that acted locally to ban styrofoam usage in restaurants. This year, Stern successfully defended her dissertation, The Case for Joy in Learning: Teacher and Students' Perceptions of Flow Experiences in Upper Elementary Classrooms and was awarded a doctorate in Curriculum Studies in 2019.
Supplies required: Please bring a notebook and a pen or pencil to each class.
Family must register for LOGYC Co-op,
in order to receive a code to sign up for classes.