Call for Climate Classroom Teachers

we're looking for climate classroom teachers

We are excited to share this call for climate classroom teachers! For a comprehensive overview, please refer to this project description and timeline.

The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities is looking to co-create ten climate classrooms in schools across greater Philadelphia. We want to partner with you to support climate literacy in our region! The My Philadelphia Climate Story project is a two-year engagement that centers educators and students and the power of personal narratives. It addresses the climate emergency with workshops, curriculum building, experiential learning, and multimedia storytelling. 

If you:

  • Are a high school teacher working in a Philadelphia classroom
  • Have an interest in bringing themes of climate education and justice to your students
  • Would like a stipend and material support for bringing an exciting new curriculum to your classroom in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania
  • Can commit to a two-year project requiring approximately six hours per month in the academic year

We would love to hear from you! 


Please reply to with: 

the name of the school you teach at;

what grade level(s) you teach;

a short personal statement about why you would like to be involved (200 words or less); 

a lesson plan you currently use that relates to climate, storytelling, environmental education, social justice, or other related area; 

a teaching philosophy (100 words); 

any questions you may have. 

For a full description of My Philadelphia Climate Story, please read on and visit my-climate-story-org.

My Philadelphia Climate Story recognizes the urgent need to integrate climate literacy into all levels of education and training. It responds to that need by sharing and expanding interactive climate literacy materials, piloted in AY 2020-21 in twenty remote workshops, with ten high school Philadelphia-area public school teachers. A short documentary about this pilot project is viewable here. Working with faculty and students from the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, the Netter Center, and the Graduate School of Education, participating teachers and students develop climate stories, i.e., personal stories about how local climate impacts are shaping their life stories--and about how those impacts are making them feel.

We’d be grateful if you shared this call widely. Thank you for your interest and your help in spreading the word about this exciting new project.