PBL for Global Climate Justice

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Zachary Herrmann

School Affiliation: Graduate School of Education
Secondary Investigator: Taylor Hausburg
Country or Region Engaged: Global
Fund: Global Engagement Fund, India Research Engagement Fund, Holman Africa Research and Engagement Fund
Year Awarded: 2023-24
Expertise: Climate Change, Sustainability, Education
Climate change is a serious threat facing humanity, which is why the UN’s SDG 4.7 calls for transformative climate education. The Project-Based Learning for Global Climate Justice program aims to support educators in designing transformative experiences that engage students in exploring critical climate justice issues. To this end, the program integrates the climate justice research and teacher development work occurring throughout the University of Pennsylvania, with the expertise of environmental organizations and educators across the world. Together, we explore issues of global climate justice in educator-participants’ local communities, envision meaningful and contextually relevant educational projects, and enact those projects with the support of small, transglobal, collaborative teams of teachers. In doing so, we hope to better understand the challenges and opportunities of project-based learning as an authentic and contextually relevant teaching methodology, as well as effective, scalable, and sustainable models of professional learning for teachers.