Investing in the transformative power of communities.

Education partners across the Northeast are connecting to build local learning communities committed to empowering the next generation of climate stewards. Together, we will forge learning ecosystems that connect educators of all kinds to build the climate and data literacy youth will need to tackle the challenges ahead.

Investing in the transformative power of educators.

Formal and informal educators alike are powerful role models. Interacting with classroom teachers, 4-H volunteers, librarians, and other educators through shared investigations demonstrates the relevance of science for local communities. We envision learning ecosystems that enable educators to provide youth with multiple pathways to gain confidence, interest, and agency in science.

A woman with glasses faces the camera, with a big piece of white paper behind her with blue marker writing on it. She is wearing a white mask and seems to be intently listening to someone out of frame.
Masked educators and CLE facilitators stand in a circle in a room with a bright wood floor, speckled with circular white reflections from lights above. A facilitator stands in the center of the circle in a maroon shirt, with her arms outstretched to the sides, palms up.
Two masked people stare at a big white piece of paper on a circular round desk. The person on the left has glasses on and is standing, leaning over onto the desk in a blue shirt and blue mask, holding a blue pen.. The woman on the right is facing the camera, sitting down, with a black and brown striped shirt and a white mask.

Learning Ecosystems Northeast

We envision a growing network of regional learning ecosystems across the Northeast who are supporting one another to create and implement innovations. And we are building communities that gain independence and sustainability over time as local institutions and educators take the reins from project partners and staff.

Science centers are learning ecosystem hubs across the Northeast.

With support from NASA, small science and technology centers across the Northeast have gathered in a community of practice focused on creating data-rich climate learning experiences for informal spaces. From small nature centers to regional science museums, this diverse peer community regularly meets to experiment with exhibits and workshops designed for a variety of museum audiences. Members are now in the process of strengthening partnerships with local formal and informal educators as the foundation for connected learning ecosystems serving their regions.

Community of Practice partners
Students sit cross-legged on the ground in a room dimly lit with purple walls, so that the whole room feels purple. In the center of the room there is a large glowing purplish globe-like structure, streaked with cloud-like white patterns. Glow in the dark five-pointed plastic star shapes dangle in lines from the ceiling, they are green, pink, yellow, orange, and red.

Guiding principles of Learning Ecosystems Northeast