The UW Program on Climate Change, in partnership with UW in the High School, the UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and NASA Global Climate Change Education, is supporting the teaching of climate science by high school teachers. Scientists and high school teachers have been and continue to partner in the development of climate science content for the classroom, as well as responding to specific classroom requests.
Climate science modules and a full semester or year-long high school curriculum are being implemented in many classrooms including UWHS Oceanography, 9th grade integrated science, Sustainable Design, UWHS ATMS 211 and more.
Examples of integration of the UWHS ATMS 211 into a full year curriculum include:
High School teachers interested in incorporating climate into their existing classes, and those interested in teaching the ATMS 211 course in climate science offered through the UW in the High School (UWHS) should contact Miriam at the UW Program on Climate Change (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tim Stetter at UW in the High School (email@example.com).
Master of Science in Science for Teachers is a program for science teachers with classroom experience who want to strengthen content knowledge in their chosen discipline and build background and skills to complete meaningful scientific research. Applications for 2014-2015 are currently available at: http://www.grad.washington.edu/GradPrograms/grad_program.aspx?progid=727
There are several on-line courses that we recommend, for high school teachers interested in expanding their general knowledge of the climate system.
UWHS ATMS 211: We have several models and examples of UW (ATMOS 211) and high school syllabi, schedules, presentations, exams and more. The textbook required for ATMS 211 is "The Earth System" by Lee R. Kump, James F. Kasting, and Robert C. Crane, Prentice Hall, 2010.
Pearson (Prentice Hall) Educator Website.
One-day professional development opportunities around climate science topics are now offered annually, focusing on a different theme each year. Periodically we offer a full week PD for high school teachers interested in teaching ATMS 211. During this full week we delve into the content of the course, available through a CourseSite, a cloud-style course page that contains chapter materials such as labs and activities, homework, lectures, and background information that were collected collaboratively by the second cohort of UWHS ATMS 211 teachers in 2011/2012. This resource is available to teachers of the UWHS course.
and more are under development.
PCC Climate Scientist Interviews on Youtube
Additional Interesting Links:
Contact Miriam (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on UW field trips (climate related), speakers on specific climate topics, and our collaborations with high school teachers.