GEBG Summits

Global Summit on Climate Education

January 26-27, 2024 // Teachers College, Columbia University, New York


Join us for an exploration of education in the era of climate change, as schools seek to develop and empower students as active and engaged global citizens. Hosted in partnership with the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University

As the impact of climate change continues to be felt across the world, students and educators are increasingly looking for ways in which they can respond. Research on youth climate anxiety highlights the challenge it presents for young people but also identifies the power of climate action as its antidote. Join us for an exploration of education in the era of climate change, as schools seek to develop and empower students as active and engaged global citizens, in the classroom and beyond.

What are schools, leaders, educators, students, and community partners doing in response to climate change? How are schools rethinking traditional models to center engaged and active student learning for today’s world? Examples of innovation in the area of teaching climate action are emerging in significant ways, and this summit will provide the opportunity for educators to learn about trends, models, and tools that can directly impact their work in schools. 

Educators in a variety of positions, from across grade levels and disciplines, will share how they intentionally embed student action in their learning design, and participants in this summit will learn from these case studies as well as emerging research in the field of climate education. Schools will leave with new ideas and resources on how to engage students in a myriad of ways from civic and political engagement to partnering with local artists, immersive learning experiences, and school-wide sustainability programs. Participants will also be able to connect and collaborate with each other as they consider future opportunities for their schools.

Organized by the Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) in partnership with the Klingenstein Center and hosted at Teachers College of Columbia University, this summit will provide school leaders and educators the opportunity to build community, to share and collaborate, and to learn from scholars and leaders in the field of climate education. 

General Schedule

> Thursday, January 25: 9:00am – 4:00pm Pre-Summit Workshop (Optional add-on)

> Friday, January 26: 9:00am – 4:00pm Summit at Teachers College, Columbia University

> Saturday, January 27: 9:00am – 12:00pm Summit at Teachers College, Columbia University

Recommended Hotels


Hotel Belleclaire

2175 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

The Arthouse

2178 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

The rates negotiated by the university can be obtained by contacting the hotel directly by telephone and requesting the Columbia rate which may be slightly cheaper than what’s available online.

Public transportation is available from these hotels to Columbia University.


> Member School  and Teacher’s College Student Discount $350 USD per person // Non Member School $395 USD per person // Presenter Discount $295 per person USD

> Friday lunch and refreshments throughout the event included

Call for Proposals

The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, October 20.

Click here to submit a proposal

Climate Summit Presentation Proposal

Thank you for applying to present at the 2024 GEBG Climate Summit, taking place January 26-27, 2024 in New York City.

Proposal Guidelines

Through this Call for Proposals, we are seeking educators interested in sharing innovative models of teaching and learning in the era of climate change. 

> Do you have examples of programs, courses, curriculum units, or whole school initiatives that intentionally embed student learning or action on climate issues in the learning design? 

> Have you created immersive or experiential learning experiences that engage students in climate issues? 

> Are you articulating the knowledge, skills, and dispositions you want your students to develop to support their local action on this pressing global issue?

> Are you building new partnerships and collaborations?

> Are you discussing and responding to student climate anxiety or apathy?

> Are you teaching systems or futures thinking in the context of supporting our students to imagine multiple possible futures?

> Are you providing meaningful professional learning and support for your faculty across the curriculum?

> Are you bringing whole school initiatives to life across campus and partnering with multiple stakeholders?


*With the objective that presentations directly resonate with the event’s primary audience of school-based educators, proposals that include at least one presenter currently working in a school will be given priority.*

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If you have any questions about the application–or would like to make any changes after a proposal has been submitted–please email Florence Pi at


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