IGES-Challenger Center Partnership Leads to Climate Change Education Courses
July 16, 2012
The NASA-funded Challenger Center for Space Science Education’s Global Climate Change Education (GCCE) project has partnered with IGES’ Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) to provide professional development opportunities for educators. After taking part in ESSEA’s online courses, participating educators created a set of five units for classroom teachers (grades 6-9), each presenting a climate-focused events as seen through the lens of four of Earth’s interconnected spheres: lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. Visit GCCE Education Resources to learn more.
“This is another example of the far-reaching impact of improved professional development for teachers. We could not be more pleased to see that ESSEA has contributed to the development of new global climate change education resources,” said IGES Vice President for Education Theresa Schwerin.
ESSEA is a NASA, NSF and NOAA-supported program implemented by IGES to improve the quality of geoscience instruction for pre-service and in-service K-12 teachers. Started in 2000, ESSEA supports more than 40 educational institutions across the country through a series of online Earth system science courses for teachers. Working in collaborative groups, teachers earn graduate or continuing education credit while solving problems, building models, and designing classroom activities.
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