The NSF-funded Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) assembles a new peer-reviewed digital collection as part of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) featuring teaching materials centered on climate and energy science for grades 6-16 and for citizens.
The CLEAN Pathway project uses the Essential Principles of Climate Science (CCEP 2009) and newly-developed Energy Awareness Principles to steward a broad collection of teaching materials that facilitate students, teachers, and citizens becoming climate literate and informed about climate and energy science and solutions.
The first part of the collection was launched in the fall of 2010. Each featured teaching material has undergone a rigorous review process and provides teaching tips by experts on how to implement the materials in the classroom. All materials are aligned with Benchmarks for Science Literacy. The alignment with the National Science Education Standards and the Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning through interactive strandmaps will be completed by the fall of 2011.
Efforts to build a community of practitioners in climate education have started and will continue in the following years. In the spring of 2011 the CLEAN team will offer professional development opportunities related to the collection.