Recognition of MADE CLEAR by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

MADE CLEAR is pleased to report national recognition of the project in November and December 2014, and February 2015. In response to “A call to action to advance climate education and literacy” issued by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in October, MADE CLEAR sent OSTP information about the MADE CLEAR project and our upcoming events and programs. The Recommendations to the President published by the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience on November 17 included a call for climate education. This is the first time education has been explicitly included as a component of national responses to and preparation for climate change. MADE CLEAR was the only climate education project highlighted in the report, on page 45. The description of the MADE CLEAR project that was included in the report is copied below.

MADE CLEAR   Maryland and Delaware

The Maryland and Delaware Climate Change Education, Assessment and Research (MADE-CLEAR) program is supported by the National Science Foundation as a member of the Climate Change Education Partnership, through a grant awarded to the University System of Maryland. MADE-CLEAR addresses Maryland and Delaware’s shared regional climate change concerns and aligns with the States’ STEM education emphasis. Its primary goal is to build partnerships among state universities, public schools, informal science education institutions, Federal agencies, and the private sector to support climate education. Currently, MADE – CLEAR is advancing climate science as a part of the curriculum in K-12 classrooms, informal science education programs, and university courses; developing new pathways for teacher training and development in climate science education; engaging in research on how students learn climate content; and enhancing public outreach on climate policy and science.

On December 3, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy launched a new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative to help connect American students and citizens with science-based information about climate change. On that day, the White House OSTP hosted a Roundtable discussion at the White House. MADE CLEAR Principal Investigator Dr. Boesch represented the project at the Roundtable, which provided an opportunity for leaders from the public, private, academic, nongovernmental, and philanthropic sectors to discuss opportunities and new steps for providing students and citizens with the skills they will need as community leaders, city planners, and entrepreneurs, to address a changing climate.

On Monday, February 9, the White House OSTP hosted an event recognizing “Champions of Change,” individuals helping to increase science-based understanding and awareness of current and future climate change, enhancing climate literacy in K-12 classrooms, on college and university campuses, and in parks and museums across the country. Four members of the MADE CLEAR team were invited to participate in this prestigious event: Gary Hedges, a partner at Maryland State Department of Education, Tonyea Mead, a partner at Delaware Department of Education, Dr. Rose Ozbay, who teaches climate science and climate education at Delaware State University, and Dr. Dana Veron, an atmospheric scientist who heads the Higher Education team at MADE CLEAR.

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