Polar Educators


PolarEDUCATORS Workshop

Calling all Educators!

Are you interested in ...

  • Learning more about the polar regions?
  • Hearing presentations from leading experts on polar issues and the latest polar science findings?
  • Learning hands-on teaching methods to excite your students about science and the poles?
  • Interacting with other teachers from around the world?

As part of the IPY 2012 From Knowledge to Action Conference, a PolarEDUCATORS Workshop (April 20-22, 2012) is being organized to bring together 150 international educators to attend a two-day professional development workshop. Participants will hear stimulating talks from polar scientists, educators, indigenous Arctic community members, as well as leaders and innovators working on some of the most critical issues facing the planet. You will try new activities, experiments and lessons that you will be able to adapt for use in your own classroom.

Participants will also take part in the From Knowledge to Action Conference (April 22-27, 2012) which will bring together the latest science findings from the Arctic and Antarctic on everything from oceans to the atmosphere, to snow, permafrost and sea ice, to vegetation and wildlife, to economic and social development and the people and communities who call the Arctic home. The conference will feature speeches and panel discussions by visionaries and leading world experts in polar issues, including Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, a Special Envoy on Climate Change for the United Nations Secretary General and Dr. Sheila Jasanoff from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. The conference also includes special sessions dedicated to public engagement, education and outreach, including presentations on best practices in teaching polar science and inspiring youth. Presentations and discussions at the conference will help to shape the stewardship, sustainable development and environmental protection of the poles over the coming years.


April 20-27, 2012
PolarEDUCATORS Workshop April 20-22, 2012
From Knowledge to Action Conference April 22-27, 2012


Montreal, Quebec, Canada


CAD $295, includes accommodation and registration for both the PolarEDUCATORS Workshop
and the From Knowledge to Action Conference (value of over CAD $1,400)
* Some meals will be covered during the PolarEDUCATORS Workshop
** Travel subsidies may be available for some applicants


Application: There are a limited number of participant positions still available.
Please contact if you are still interested in applying.
The first round of successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance by December 22, 2011.
Accepted applicants must register for the workshop and conference by January 20, 2012.

To apply to attend this Workshop:

  1. Download the application form
  2. Fill out the form and save it on your computer with your full name in the file name (ex: John_Doe.doc)
  3. Send the form to:

Who should apply?

The PolarEDUCATORS Workshop is intended for educators working both inside and outside of formal classrooms. While the focus will be on natural science and social science educators working at the high/secondary school level, the workshop is also open to educators working at elementary/primary school or college level. Candidates for PolarEDUCATORS should have little or no previous background on the polar regions. Workshop participants should be outstanding educators who are committed to sharing what they learn at PolarEDUCATORS with students, school communities and broader educational circles and communities and have a demonstrated capacity to do so. At the workshop you will have an opportunity to interact with IPY education mentors who will be experienced polar educators. You will take home a copy of Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education and Outreach, which includes over 40 polar-related learning activities.

Organizers: This event is being organized by Students on Ice. Since 1999, Students on Ice has been a respected global leader and pioneer in Polar Education. The award-winning organization has taken over 1,800 students, teachers, scientists, elders, artists and leaders to the Arctic and Antarctic on educational expeditions and has been involved in many other Polar Education outreach and communication activities, including various projects for International Polar Year 2007 2008.

Students on Ice is proud to be working in collaboration with the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada and Montreal's Space for Life, who are generously providing the venue for the 2-day PolarEDUCATORS workshop.