Edward Williams: B.S. Florida Agricultural And Mechanical University. Currently teaching seventh grade science at Christ McAuliffe Middle School Boynton Beach, Florida. Previously Science Department Head Christa McAuliffe Middle School. FCAT Science Item Review Team Tallahassee, Florida Fall 2003. Palm Beach County Science Diagnostic Test Review Team Summer 2009. DataStreme Course Climate Studies. Spring 2011 Member Palm Beach County Project Smart. (Initiative to integrate technology into the classroom). Member of Palm Beach County Science Educators and National Science Teachers Association.
Both Christa McAuliffe Middle School and Bridgewater Middle School are A rated schools within their districts and the state of Florida. Edward currently works in The School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC) which has maintained an A rating for the seventh consecutive year and is the only large urban district in Florida to achieve this distinction. Orange County Schools had the distinction of being an A school for several years but dropped to a B this year. From fiscal year 2010 to fiscal year 2011, the percent of A-rated schools increased from (63% to 66%), and the percent of A-rated or B-rated schools exceeded 80% in the Palm Beach County School District.
One of the highlights of the DataStreme Earth's Climate System Course was a visit to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. Members of the course were given the opportunity to visit the situation room which serves as the television broadcast center for the tracking and monitoring of tropical storms and hurricanes.
I. Climate Studies can be incorporated in the following Florida, Orange County and Palm Beach County District Science Standards at almost all grade levels: Big Idea 1: The Practice of Science Big Idea 2: Characteristics of Scientific Knowledge Big Idea 4: Science and Society Big Idea 11: Energy Transfer and Transformations In our teaching, we intend to include the following science content information and pedagogy gained from taking the DataStreme Earth Climate System: A. The Global Atmospheric Circulation, Water in Earth's Climate System, Climate Change and Public Policy B. We and fellow teachers will use the website products. http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/ECS/learn//news.html http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/ECS/DSIMlinks10.html http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/individual.html II. Information obtained will be used to nurture positive student attitudes toward science by providing a classroom environment that is enriched with diverse instructional materials and activities. Further, we will inspire our students' awareness of historical and present day changes in climate information and data. We can demonstrate how scientific theories change as information changes as a result of technology and scientific investigation. We will use the American Meteorological Society Web Site to introduce our students to Meteorological careers. III. Assistance we intend to provide to our colleagues in teaching meteorology and Earth science will be influenced by what was learned in DataStreme Earth's Climate System: A. Websites, images, worksheets and investigations manuals will be shared and created for colleagues participating in the ongoing presentations and workshops. B. The number of colleagues who may receive direct training will be approximately 10 teachers at each of our schools: however, approximately 100 teachers will have access in Orange County as lessons and worksheets are uploaded to a common PDS Online for Earth Science site and in Palm Beach County lessons will be uploaded to a teacher servers impacting more teachers.
IV. Orange County department chairs will be presented information and receive the curricula, worksheets and developed lesson plans during district science department chair meetings. Posting of the same information online will further influence school/district/state curricula with information from DataStreme Earth's Climate System.
V. Workshops/seminars to be presented based on DataStreme Earth's Climate System information: A. One or more in-house workshops with 4-12 teachers to cover climate change, energy levels dealing with the water cycle, interrelationships of abiotic and biotic organisms, impact of man on all aspects of our Earth system. Some of this has already begun by letting our departments know of the resources we have available through AMS, NOAA, and DataStreme as well as the notebooks/books we have available on our shelves.