Date(s) - 12/03/2024
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Research-informed guidance for English teachers and librarians on student book choices that engage with the climate and nature crisis.
From dystopian sagas to animal adventures, the young adult (YA) market is crowded with books that relate explicitly or implicitly to the climate and nature crisis.
But which are the right ones to recommend?
Which is a good choice for a young person burdened with worry about the environment?
Which will inspire a student who doesn’t want to think about it?
Which books acknowledge the wide range of ways the changing climate affects different sections of society?
Bringing together research on mental health, climate communication and YA publishing, this course will take librarians and English teachers through the range of relevant YA books available. It will explore the value of classic and recent publications in deepening young people’s understanding of climate and nature. It will raise their awareness of some familiar tropes and narratives, considering whether these are likely to be harmful or helpful. By the end of the session, teachers and librarians can be confident in recommending the right book on this issue to the right child. They will be able to put together book lists and displays that inform and encourage students by helping them make sense of the changing world they are living in.
Suitable for English teachers, librarians, reading leads
Dr Megan Murray-Pepper is an English teacher and sustainability educator, with 10 years’ experience in independent schools in London and Oxford. Within the school context she has driven sustainability initiatives both operational and curricular, working closely with students and senior staff to devise practice and initiate change. She delivers training to school staff on the context-specific inclusion of climate and ecological content in the curriculum, and appropriate frameworks through which to address these complex issues as they arise in the classroom. Megan is also a ‘Climate Cafe’ facilitator in the local community, with training from the Climate Psychology Alliance.
Phoebe Mortimer is an English teacher and KS3 Leader, working at Cheney School, a large comprehensive in Oxford. She is also the Sustainability Lead for the River Learning Trust, where she is responsible for devising a strategy for embedding sustainable practices across nine secondary schools and supporting a network of school sustainability leads to implement it.
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