92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Monday, 23 January 2012
“ECS School/Community Implementation Strategies for Middle and High School Teachers”
Hall E (New Orleans Convention Center )
Diane Ryan, Prescott, AZ; and M. A. Winslow and T. L. Lake

“ECS School/Community Implementation Strategies for Middle and High School Teachers”

In spring semester 2011, DataStreme Earth's Climate System (ECS) was first offered in southern Arizona as part of an effort to increase climate literacy in areas of the U.S. particularly sensitive to climate change. The DataStreme ECS Local Implementation Team (LIT) offering the course is made up of the following individuals: Dana Perry (Glendale Community College), Paul Iñiguez (NOAA National Weather Service), Erinanne Saffell (Mesa Community College), Nancy Selover (Arizona State University) Teacher participants taking the course from the LIT included: Mary Ann Winslow and Diane Ryan (Prescott High School), Matt Schmitt, Eric Schneider, and Eric Gurulé: (Glendale Union High School District), Julio De Jesus and Luz Rivera: (Intellexi Foundation), and Terri Lake (Arts Academy at Estrella Mountain) The DataStreme ECS course through a series of weekly questions and investigations that utilized many climate information websites, helped teachers become more knowledgeable about climate issues and how to access information for the teaching of climate-related units. In addition, the implementation team was available to help participants understand areas they were having difficulty with. These lessons specifically addressed Arizona science standards for high school regarding history of science as a human endeavor (S2 C1), changes in environment (S3, C1), science and technology in society (S3,C2), and energy in the Earth system (S6,C2). The goals of DataStreme ECS are to provide information about climate education not only to individual classroom teachers, but to colleagues in other disciplines as well as to the surrounding community at large. This presentation will cover strategies in which climate education and information can be implemented across the curriculum in middle and high schools. Also included, will be ways in which students can be actively engaged in presenting climate education through the use of school fairs, parent information nights, local media, and community events.

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