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NYC Teacher Leader Brings Climate Lessons to Harvard

August 25, 2022
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Dr. Elisa Margarita dialogues with a group of teachers seated at tables

On August 15, Dr. Elisa Margarita, veteran high school science teacher from Brooklyn Technical High School and long-time teacher-leader in the Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology Program, co-presented an interactive workshop at the Arnold Arboretum with Harvard Forest scientists and educators.

About 20 teacher participants, all from the Boston Public School district, spent several hours learning about the Witness Tree science and social media project and its role in the classroom, and trying out a series of lesson plans created by Dr. Margarita and her students in summer 2022. The lessons are now freely available for use, and employ data from sensors on both rural and urban trees to highlight real-world climate issues such as urban heat island effect, photosynthesis and carbon storage, and symbiotic relationships between species.

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