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ICEE from the University of Colorado at Boulder's CIRES Education & Outreach

Principal Investigators: Susan Buhr, CIRES, University of Colorado
Project Website:
NASA's Global Climate Change Education Grant #

Project Description

Funded by NASA's Global Climate Change Education program, the Inspiring Climate Education Excellence (ICEE): Teacher Professional Development for Effective Instruction in Climate Science Literacyproject is a teacher professional development that addresses important climate science content along with the pedagogical skills necessary for effective instruction.

ICEE is led by the Education and Outreach Group at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Project partners include NASA-funded climate scientists, the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), the GLOBE program, the Climate Literacy Network, and the Independent Learning group at the University of Colorado, Boulder, which is currently offering an online Climate Literacy course.

ICEEwill showcase climate data and platforms from NASA and other federal agencies, especially those associated with Arctic climate systems and global sea level change.

ICEE emphasizes both content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), or the pedagogical skills particular to teaching climate change science and solutions. While effective climate change education requires that teachers understand the content of climate science, it also requires teachers to bridge the science content with effective pedagogy. Pedagogical issues related to effective climate change education include aligning interdisciplinary climate science with existing science curricula, anticipating student misconceptions, and being prepared to address public controversy around climate change in the classroom.

Using the Essential Principles of Climate Literacy (EPCL) and building upon NASA and other climate science and learning resources, ICEE integrates pedagogical aspects of teaching climate change and best practices in integrating climate science and solutions. The EPCL have been reviewed and endorsed by the US inter-agency Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), now the US Global Change Research Program, which integrates federal research on climate and global change.

ICEE will host a six day workshop for teachers June 10-16, 2010 in Boulder that will be followed by an online self directed course especially geared to GLOBE teachers participating in the Student Climate Research Campaign in the Fall of 2010. A facilitated online course will also be offered for credit in 2011.

Contact Information:
Mark S. McCaffrey- 303.735.3155
or Susan M. Buhr- 303.492.5657