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Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA)
NASA Global Climate Change Education (GCCE) Project

Principal Investigators: Robert J. Myers (lead); Theresa Schwerin, IGES
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NASA, NSF, and NOAA Grant #

Project Description

ESSEA is an IGES initiative through funding from NASA, NSF, and NOAA. NASA support for ESSEA under the GCCE program is enabling IGES to develop shared educational resources – including modules and courses – that are based on NASA climate science and data, and disseminated through the ESSEA consortium of 40+ educational institutions.

Our NASA GCCE project goals are two-fold:

Goal 1: Provide pre- and in-service educators with high-quality, engaging learning environments focusing on global climate change and using NASA data and information.

Goal 2: Catalyze change in K-12 education through teacher pre-service and in-service education focusing on understanding global climate change science and how to teach this content through inquiry methods.

To meet these goals, IGES is developing a new K-4 ESSEA course and 16 new ESSEA modules for middle and high school teacher preparation and professional development. We will field test and review the new courses and modules with at least two ESSEA institutions, and will disseminate the courses and modules through the ESSEA consortium of 40+ educational institutions nationwide.

Initial topics for the new NASA climate modules were developed through a fall 2009 workshop. At this workshop, faculty and advisers analyzed and aligned existing and in-development ESSEA modules to the climate literacy framework, identified gaps and potential topics for ESSEA modules to full those gaps, and corresponding NASA climate data sources. Module topics include Smaller Plankton Blooms, Sun Spots, Particulates and Thermal Islands.

To reach broader audiences, IGES will also conduct workshops through NASA's Digital Learning Network and at national and regional education conferences.

NASA funding is also enabling IGES to develop a curriculum guide for ESSEA courses that demonstrates sample approaches for using and combining ESSEA modules into courses to introduce students (in this case students are teachers in the ESSEA courses) in a logical, sequential, and meaningful manner to climate science. The guide could be used by universities to create a certificate program or emphasis in a degree program on NASA climate science.

Contact Information:
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Myers, IGES,
Co-Investigator: Theresa Schwerin, IGES,