Education for Community Resilience

When: March 3-4, 2020

Where: National Aquarium Animal Care and Rescue Center, Baltimore, MD

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Communities throughout the region are dealing with environmental issues and hazards due to extreme weather events, the impacts of climate change, current and historical injustices as well as other social and environmental changes. Education plays a key role in shaping how social and environmental justice issues, longer-term environmental changes, as well as episodic events, are dealt with through supporting student’s 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 and thoughtful decisions that reduce their vulnerability to environmental hazards and stresses and to become more resilient.

Please consider joining NOAA and the National Aquarium, regional science and policy leaders, and fellow educators in a collaborative 2-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 within education programming.

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 – 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 and/or local resilience 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 resilience efforts.
  5. Develop capacity to integrate programming related to and supportive of community resiliency that is conscious of bias responsive to community needs/perspectives.
  6. Consider education’s role as a key driver in student, teacher, and public understanding of resiliency.

Resilience Workshop Poster – MD