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The conference has been cancelled due to low number of registrations.


This one day conference will provide an overview on climate change education in New Jersey, with a special emphasis on English-Language Arts and Mathematics at the K-8 levels.
Expert TCNJ Faculty members, Dr. Emily Meixner and Dr. James Beyers will provide tools and strategies to support teachers in integrating climate change into these important content areas. Guest speakers include’s climate reporter, Steven Rodas, and former NPR education correspondent Anya Kamenetz. Dr. Lauren Madden, New Jersey’s Leader in Climate Change Education, will host the event.


When: Tuesday June 4, 2024 from 8:30am – 3:00pm
Location: Education Building.
Standard Fee: $275.00
TCNJ Professional Development School Network Members: $175.00
Attendees are provided:

  • Lite Breakfast and Lunch
  • Certificate of Completion for 6 hours Professional Development
  • Workshop materials

Sponsorship Opportunities are available.

For questions about registration, payments,sponsorships:
Contact George at

For questions about content areas
Contact Dr. Lauren Madden at

Payment Information

Purchase Orders or payment due by May 16, 2024

Checks/Purchase Orders:
The College of New Jersey
George Hefelle
Education 108
PO Box 7718 Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

Fax: 609.637.5196
Credit Card: 2.85% non refundable fee applied
Link for credit card payment provided after registration submitted

The Conference Instructors and Guest Speakers

Emily Meixner received her Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory & Multicultural Teacher Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the coordinator of the Secondary English Education Program and regularly teaches courses on secondary reading and writing pedagogy as well as children’s and young adult literature. Her research interests include secondary literacy best practices, LGBTQ* children’s and young adult literature, and teacher professional development. Dr. Meixner works regularly in local school districts consulting and providing professional development on such topics as reading/writing pedagogy, reading strategies and close reading, and children’s and young adult literature. She currently serves on the executive committee of the Conference on English Leadership and on the board of the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English.




James Beyers is a Professor of Mathematics Education | Chair, Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education Mathematics Education, Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2008 – Curriculum and Instruction, MEd, University of Delaware, 2003 –  Pure Mathematics, B.S., Towson University, 2001






Dr. Lauren Madden is a Professor of Elementary Science Education at The College of New Jersey. She holds a BA in Earth Sciences-Oceanography, MS in Marine Science and PhD in Science Education. Dr. Madden’s work advocates for scientific literacy and the health of our planet through teaching and learning. Her research has been supported by grants from the New Jersey SeaGrant Consortium, National Science Foundation, and US Environmental Protection Agency. She has written a textbook on Elementary Science Teaching Methods along with more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She was named the 2021 Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year by the Association for Science Teacher Education and served as the inaugural iCAN STEM Role Model Award by the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network. In recent years, her work has focused directly on K-5 climate change education, and she was the lead author on the New Jersey School Boards’ Association & Sustainable Jersey For Schools’ Report on K-12 Climate Change Education Needs in New Jersey. Her expertise in climate change education in New Jersey has been featured prominently in many media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, NPR, and the Star Ledger.



Steven Rodas is a bilingual (English/Spanish) reporter who covers all things about New Jersey’s changing climate and the people who are impacted. He has reported on environmental justice, new climate legislation and budding development in parts of New Jersey most vulnerable to future storms. He attended Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School Of Public Communications.



Anya Kamenetz speaks, writes, and thinks about generational justice; about thriving, and raising thriving kids, on a changing planet. Her newsletter on these topics is The Golden Hour. She covered education for many years including for NPR, where she co-created the podcast Life Kit: Parenting. Her newest book is The Stolen Year: How Covid Changed Children’s Lives, And Where We Go Now. Kamenetz is currently an advisor to the Aspen Institute and the Climate Mental Health Network, working on new initiatives at the intersection of children and climate change.