Elders in the Third Act Educators Working Group have joined together to address the climate crisis and threats to democracy that imperil the future of children and young adult students.

In order to address the climate and democracy crises, Third Act Educators brings together teachers from schools, colleges, and universities who are committed to ending fossil fuel investments; to joining with the next generations of climate activists to co-create climate curriculum that is relevant, engaging and inclusive; and to ensuring free and fair elections.

All are welcome here — whether you’re actively working as an educator, have worked in K-20 teaching, are a lifelong learner, or feel any other connection to this affiliation. The group needs your ideas, input, expertise, and passion. Join us!

What We Do

Learn what is involved in joining Third Act Educators—about our goals and approaches, our monthly group calls, and the K-20 coordinating committee that administers and guides our work.

Divestment Actions

Aligned with Third Act’s “Banking on Our Future” campaign, the Educators Working Group is engaged in two initiatives. One is supporting the total divestment from fossil fuels of college and university endowments across the nation: “No Donations without Divestment.” Our second initiative is to support the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act of state teachers’ pension systems in California (SB 1173) and New York (SB 4783—A), and to promote comparable legislation nation-wide.

Climate Change Education Initiatives

Third Act Educators are supporting students for climate action around the globe.


In 2020 New Jersey became the first state in the nation to mandate climate change education in K-12. New York and California are currently considering various bills to do the same,  and other states  are moving in a similar direction. We are mobilizing educators to contact state legislators about the need for this curriculum on our new CCEL  (Climate Change Education Legislation Project Team) led by Kate Goss whose goals are to:

  1. Examine the current state of Climate Change Education Legislation
  2. Develop templates to encourage states to pass Climate Change Legislation
  3. Identify and cultivate relationships with key allies in state legislative bodies and CCE advocacy groups
  4. Mobilize key groups to increase support of public education, climate change education, and green school infrastructure bills in order to create the groundswell of support needed to pass CCEL.

An energized group of our K-12 members are participating in a Classrooms for Climate Action initiative. They attended the call which you see below and continued work in a breakout room of our July 27 working group call where they were joined by others. Come join us in the good hard work and fun.

Third Act “Teach-In In-A-Box”

Third Act Educators are preparing climate-crisis materials that can be used for events at public education events.


Democracy Initiatives

Prior to the midterms, Third Act Educators are actively involved in writing postcards, phone banking, social media monitoring for disinformation, and training to become poll watchers and ballot observers. You can learn how to engage in these opportunities here.


Monthly Calls

Our Working Group calls take place once a month. Our next one is Wed. November 9, at 3:00 pm PT / 6:00 ET.

Register in advance for this meeting. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Resources

Third Act Educators have begun to compile and are constantly updating a list of resources that may be of interest for educators around climate and democracy.


Coordinating Committee

Our Coordinating Committee is currently comprised of K-12, community college, and university educators from California,  New York, Ohio, Texas, Massachusetts, Georgia and Virginia. Please join the Educators Working Group. We have many roles to fill and initiatives to advance, including ideas you bring!