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Practice into Policy: AMS Earth System Education Policy Statement

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Monday, 5 January 2015: 11:15 AM
125AB (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
John Moore, AMS Board on Outreach and Precollege Education, Laurel Springs, NJ; and D. J. Charlevoix and R. gird

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Statement, Earth System Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education was adopted by the AMS Council in May 2014. This policy statement provides critical support and guidance to the precollege and STEM Education community in the development of practices related to the study of Earth as a system, STEM Education initiatives, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The policy supports the notion that Science should inform Science Education, or putting practice into policy. This presentation will highlight key components of the policy and examine potential opportunities for innovative thinking and collaborations between industry, government, and education. This policy statement connects to the three identified themes for education and professional development of the 2015 Annual Meeting:

Education and professional development to ensure our students, researchers, and workforce can continue to push the forefront of weather, water, and climate information capabilities Professional issues and policy approaches to ensure we as a community guide these new activities with integrity and that we serve all needed uses effectively Community diversity at all levels, encompassing cultural, ethnic, and gender issues

Earth System STEM is defined as the use of datasets, computer models and visualizations, remote-sensing technologies, and field experiences related to the study of Earth as a system. Earth System STEM Education provides ever-evolving and challenging opportunities for students as they participate in meaningful scientific and technological experiences focusing on the Earth system utilizing an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and synergistic approach. Endorsing an Earth Systems approach to STEM education, the AMS promotes the use of remote sensing products and technologies in the precollege community to investigate and understand our planet. The policy calls for the higher education community to view Earth System STEM courses as rigorous in their admissions policies. Furthermore, this policy statement provides guidance for the development of potential PBL strategies for successful implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards in the Earth and Space Sciences.

This AMS policy statement encourages the development of new and innovative opportunities in which the scientific and educational communities can collaborate addressing the needs and concerns of our nation.