"In science teacher Ali Coker’s sophomore biology class, students became
farming activists attending a G7 summit. Coker wove in facts about food
insecurity, and by the end of the week, her pupils were writing plans for local
crops. The role play was all part of a lesson on food justice and the impacts
of climate change on agriculture in the state of Washington, where Coker
teaches at Camas High School.
Though Camas High is in a semi-rural region of the state, the topics were new
to her students. Still, Coker says, she saw the exercise “activated something
inside of them.”
She crafted the lesson based on a year of professional development with
Washington state’s ClimeTime. The state education program helps high school
teachers introduce climate change and environmental justice into their
classrooms by focusing on how the issues are playing out in their backyards.
Through seminars and in-person sessions, teachers (who participate voluntarily)
become the students — soaking up knowledge from climate scientists, activists
and science education professors."
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