Education and Outreach

The Arctic is rapidly changing, impacting the daily lives of communities and youth throughout the region, as well as climate across the globe. The NNA-CO takes to heart the responsibility to support NSF investments in Arctic research in benefiting local communities and today’s youth as our next generation, and to empower their active participation in Arctic science and climate change action.  The NNA-CO will develop and implement a coordinated strategy to ensure integration of NNA education and outreach into existing and trusted education networks and locally identified education priorities, and provide training for NNA researchers on culturally responsive approaches to education and outreach efforts.

Primary goals within Education and Outreach (E&O) will be to 1) build capacity within Alaska and Arctic-interested educators to leverage NNA knowledge and research discoveries in their classrooms and empower youth engagement in Arctic issues; 2) Build capacity within NNA researchers for coordinated, impactful, and culturally appropriate E&O; and 3) Develop E&O engagement opportunities and resources in collaboration with local educators for NNA researchers. In support of these goals, we will provide training to Alaska and Arctic-interested educators on leveraging NNA research in their classrooms and embedding the science in culturally responsive learning frameworks through virtual or in-person teacher training workshops. We will provide training for NNA researchers at annual NNA investigator meetings and through open virtual training sessions on evidence-based culturally responsive education and outreach practices. These will include teaching methods that engage youth in local problem-solving through co-created projects across school, community and NNA research, and linking to existing education and outreach efforts that span the Arctic such as Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE). We will also establish an NNA Broader Impacts Network to provide guidance and knowledge sharing for current and prospective researchers. The network will provide coordinated opportunities for community outreach through network-wide events, outreach fairs, and science storytelling workshops.