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E.I. Teach Series to Host Educator Training on the Science of COVID-19

We are excited to announce that registration is open for the next installment of E.I. Teach, the Earth Institute’s professional development initiative for K-12 educators.

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The next live virtual event will focus on the science behind the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will take place on Saturday, December 5 from 10:00am – 1:30pm ET. The training will provide educators with knowledge and insights into the origins of the virus, the transmission dynamics, what the future might hold, and the impacts of the pandemic on teaching and learning. Columbia experts from the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, and the Mailman School of Public Health will seek to make sense of the questions that many have been grappling with since the pandemic first emerged, including: How did we get here? How do we learn from what we know? And where do we go from here?

Participants will learn from world-class scientific experts and leaders in the fields of ecology, epidemiology, public health, disaster and pandemic response, and climate science. While many people are getting COVID information from news and media sources, the Earth Institute aims to connect educators directly with scientific experts. The goal is to provide education professionals with trusted information and data that can be brought into the classroom and other education spaces.

A tentative agenda, a list of speakers, and additional information about the event is available here.

All K-12 pre-and in-service educators as well as administrators and district leaders working in formal and informal learning environments, regardless of subject area expertise, are encouraged to attend. There are no prerequisites to attend this professional development event. Participants will need access to a computer in order to join the livestreamed event.

All participants will:

  1. Have live access to the event and all of the session recordings.
  2. Learn from world-renowned scientists and incorporate the science of COVID-19 into different learning environments.
  3. Receive a certificate of participation.

Don’t miss out on this exciting new opportunity. Register now — space is limited!

If you have questions about the event, please contact Cassie Xu (

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