Learn about PBL for Global Climate Justice and how to engage your students in authentic, action-oriented, and meaningful learning experiences. 

The time to take action on global climate change is now. This program equips educators with the knowledge and skills they need to design projects that engage students in this important environmental justice work.

What Sets Us Apart

  Learn from leading climate and education experts
  Create PBL experiences for your students
 Receive ongoing support from coaches and fellow educators

About the Program

The PBL for Global Climate Justice program brings together secondary school educators from across the country and around the world to design project-based learning curricula focused on the problems and questions of global climate change. This interdisciplinary program combines Penn GSE’s expertise in project-based learning with the expertise of leading scholars in climate change research from the broader Penn community.

Ideal Candidates

Anyone interested in designing climate change projects for secondary school students. This may include:

  • Secondary school educators in all subject areas
  • Instructional leaders
  • NGO educators and leaders
  • Out of school educators
Programs for Working Professionals

This fully virtual professional development program includes 3 parts:

Part I: Explore
During part I, you will deepen your own understanding of global climate change issues and learn about how scholars and practitioners working in different disciplines authentically engage with such issues by exploring resources, materials, and videos on our online learning platform. 

Part II: Envision
In part II, you will learn about the principles of project-based learning and sketch out potential project ideas. To accommodate different schedules and learners from across the globe, we offer more than one option to attend.

Part III: Enact
During part III, you will implement your project with your students in your local context. You will also participate in multiple live virtual sessions with small teams of colleagues to connect, collaborate, reflect, and learn from each other's experiences. Your small team will be facilitated by an instructional coach to help you reflect and develop as a project-based learning educator.

Our next PBL for Global Climate Justice cohort starts Fall 2023, and applications will open soon. Sign up below to be notified when applications open or click “learn more” to download our program brochure.



Penn GSE partners with schools, universities, and communities to expand educational access –especially for those underserved by society. Through rigorous research and innovative programs, we develop new knowledge, and transformational teachers and leaders in pursuit of educational opportunity. To that end, this program has a set of scholarships reserved for educators in the School District of Philadelphia. If you’re interested in this opportunity, click here to access our scholarship application.

Our Faculty

We are excited to announce this year’s program collaborators:

Program Leadership

Dr. Zachary Herrmann
Academic Director
Executive Director, Center for Professional Learning
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Penn GSE