Eco-Schools USA Climate Change Connections
Eco-Schools USA Climate Change Connections is a high school curriculum, designed to build upon and utilize the many NASA mission resources, programs, and associated interfaces to enhance educator and student authentic learning experiences, and develop an integrated systems thinking approach to understanding and acting upon the issue of climate change. In collaboration with mission education specialists from ICESat, LandSat, Terra, AQUA, and AURA, a cross-programmatic curriculum was developed to provide a unified or systems thinking approach to addressing real-world Earth systems problems.
The goals of the curriculum are to:
- Improve teacher competency for global climate education
- Utilize NASA Earth system data, models and resources to strengthen teaching and learning about global climate change
- Help educators understand the connection to STEM standards and application
Climate Change Connections Professional Development Institutes
All together NWF's Eco-Schools USA trained thirty middle and high school teachers from Boston, Austin, Seattle, Washington, DC, Alaska, Georgia, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Ireland. Joining the Eco-Schools USA team were our partners NASA Goddard, NASA Langley Research Center, Chicago Botanic Garden, and the University of New Hampshire for the NASA/Eco-Schools USA Climate Change Connections professional development institutes held at NASA Goddard in 2010 and in Washington D.C. in 2011. We are very thankful for their hard work and dedication in finalizing the curriculum for national dissemination.
Below are blogs from our teacher training institutes in 2010 and 2011.
And view this news article which wraps-up the whole professional development institute.