Workshop: Education for Resilience in Pennsylvania
Educators—join the NOAA Environmental Training Center, Stroud Water Research Center, DCNR-Pennsylvania State Parks, regional science and policy leaders, and fellow educators in a collaborative two-day learning opportunity designed to explore some of the science, policy, and social/environmental justice aspects of resilience and consider how resilience is and can be integrated into education programming.
Communities throughout the region are dealing with environmental issues and hazards due to extreme weather events, the impacts of climate change, and other social and environmental changes. Education can, and often does, play a key role in shaping how longer-term environmental changes and episodic events are dealt with by supporting students' and the general public’s deeper understanding of scientific processes and ways in which human and natural systems interact. This deeper understanding can ultimately enable communities to make informed decisions that reduce their vulnerability to environmental hazards and stresses and become more resilient.
During this workshop we will:
1. Develop awareness/understanding of the variety of ways in which we define/discuss resilience (what do we mean by resilience in different contexts, and what is the resilience landscape?).
2. Develop an understanding of existing regional science and how it supports resilient communities and ecosystems.
3. Develop awareness of regional resiliency efforts—actions being taken and ways to connect to/celebrate those actions.
4. Discuss and learn about models of how resilience fits within education programming (existing or new) and identify ways we can connect to regional resiliency efforts.
5. Develop capacity to integrate programming related to and supportive of community resiliency.
6. Consider education’s role as a key driver in student, teacher, and public understanding of resiliency.