Earth SySTEM Teacher Professional Development Series 


The Institute for Earth Observations  introduces “Earth SySTEM Teacher Professional Development Series” consisting of one-two hour introductory teacher seminars. This series is designed to give teachers and administrators an overview of programs, resources, and activities that can often be immediately incorporated into the classroom and/or used for curriculum development. Teachers are eligible to receive CEU credits for their participation. 

  GLOBE Program
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE's vision promotes and supports students, teachers, and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system. These investigations are conducted in close partnership with NASA, NOAA and NSF Earth System Science Projects (ESSP's) in study and research about the dynamics of Earth's environment.
  GLOBE Student Climate Research Campaign
The GLOBE Student Climate Research Campaign (SCRC) aims to engage students in measuring, investigating, and understanding the climate system in their local communities and around the world. Drawing on GLOBE protocols and data, as well as other datasets, students take climate-related measurements and investigate research questions about climate.
  NASA S’COOL Program
The S'COOL Project involves students (ages 5-20+) in real science, making and reporting ground truth observations of clouds to assist in the validation of NASA's CERES satellite instruments.
  Using Google Earth in the Classroom
Learn how to develop a Remote Sensing Lab using real and near real time Geoscience data sets and Google Earth layers including clouds, radar, earthquakes, and ocean data.
  USGS Remote Sensing
The surface of the Earth is changing rapidly, at local, regional, national, even global scales, with significant repercussions for people, the economy, and the environment. Remote sensing satellites and aircraft monitor the Earth providing information that is broad, precise, impartial, and easily available. In addition to operating two remote sensing satellites LandSat 5 and LandSat 7, USGS provides the Nation's portal to the largest archive of remotely sensed land data in the world, supplying continuous access to current and historical land images worldwide. These images serve many purposes from assessing the impact of natural disasters to monitoring global agricultural production, from monitoring the impact of climate and other global changes to supporting national defense.
  Geoscience Literacy Library: Atmosphere, Oceans, Climate, Earth, and Energy
The Federal Agencies have joined together to produce a series of national “Literacy Documents” that apply to citizens. Learn how these concepts can be incorporated into your classroom.



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  American Meteorological Society’s Education Programs      

Project ATMOSPHERE is the comprehensive national program of teacher enhancement of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) based on studies in the atmospheric sciences. It is directed towards improving teacher effectiveness in generating interest and understandings in science, technology, and mathematics among students at precollege levels.

The Maury Project is a teacher enhancement program of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) based on studies of the physi¬≠cal foundations of oceanography.  It is directed towards improving teacher effectiveness in generating interest and understandings in science, technology, and mathematics among precollege students. The project is named after Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873), considered by many as the founder of the science of oceanography.

The DataStreme Project promotes the teaching of atmospheric, oceanographic, and hydrologic sciences through pre-college teacher training and instructional resource material development. Three graduate level online courses will be offered during the 2012-13 academic year: DataStreme Atmosphere, DataStreme Earth’s Climate System, and DataStreme Ocean.  Space is limited.

  Eyes in the Sky
Eyes in the Sky II is a long-term professional development program that prepares high school science teachers to use NASA data and visualizations along with other geospatial information technologies. Throughout the program, teachers and students investigate both global and local environmental issues.     

Earth System Science Education Alliance
The Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) is a NASA, NSF and NOAA-supported program implemented by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) to improve the quality of Geoscience instruction for pre-service and in-service K-12 teachers.