Climate change — two words that stir up passion on either side of the issue among scientists, politicians and the common man. With a focus on energy and the environment, the Blue Skies discussion group was launched in February 2018 with the support of the Institute for School Partnership.

The group meets monthly. It is open to all K-12 science educators, but has a particular focus on middle and high school science teachers. The discussion group asks that participants come with an open mind and be willing to discuss these issues from multiple perspectives. Facilitators aim to create a culture of tolerance for careful inspection of ideas. Participants will assess current ideas about climate change and evaluate sources of information. Visiting scientists will join the discussion group.
Questions? Contact Dr. Sophia Hayes at

  • Sophia Hayes, chemistry professor, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Kathleen Dwyer, chemistry teacher, Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School
  • Lauren Ashman, curriculum coordinator, Institute for School Partnership