October 30, 2014
For the first time in two years, the UW in the High School program is now accepting applications from teachers who are interested in teaching UW Atmospheric Sciences 211 Climate and Climate Change in the 2015-16 school year or beyond.
This 5-credit interdisciplinary course covers the fundamentals of climate science including the physical and chemical processes that control Earth's climate, the history of Earth's climate, what we might expect for the future, as well as the practices and tools scientists use to study the climate. The course emphasizes the quantitative aspects of climate science and integrates the use of real climate data, empowering students with the tools to ask and answer their own questions. Students have the opportunity to access data that measures changes in the earth's climate globally and locally, model the processes that contribute to the observed changes, and test the relationship between predictions and observations.
Five high schools are offering the Climate and Climate Change course this year (2014/2015). It is being offered as either a semester-long or year-long science elective for students in grades 11 and 12. To ensure consistency in the curriculum, schools offering the course are required to use the same textbook as used on campus (Kump, Kasting, & Crane. 2009. The Earth System. 3rd Ed., Prentice Hall. Pearson (Prentice Hall) Educator Website).
Qualifications for teachers to be accepted:
* Required: MS or MA in Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science/Geology, Oceanography, Atmospheric Science or Engineering OR B.S. in one of the above fields AND recent significant involvement in climate change literacy or field-based research experiences related to climate change.
* Strongly recommended: College-level coursework in Climate Science.
To apply, teachers should send their current resume and a cover letter. The cover letter should address the teacher's qualifications for teaching the course and how the course will fit within the school's current course catalog.
Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 1, 2015. Teachers who are accepted to teach the course will participate in several days of training at UW in the spring and/or summer of 2015.
Note that applications for all other UW courses http://www.uwhs.washington.edu/uwhs/courses/ will not open until mid-January 2015. This is an early process so schools have time to add this innovative course to their catalogs for 2015-16.
Emily Edmiston, Program Administrator, UW in the High School (email@example.com) with questions about application process or
Miriam Bertram, UW Program on Climate Change and UWHS ATMS 211 Liaison (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions about the course or training.
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 high school 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:
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.
One-day professional development opportunities around climate and other earth system topics are now offered each fall by the UW Program on Climate Change. The last workshop featured a presentation on understanding the short and long term carbon cycles, and labs on Ocean Acidification, Rain-On-Snow Flooding, Isotopes and Paleoclimate, Glacial History of Puget Sound, Climate Models, and ENSO. Most of these labs are or will soon be available through the links below. Let us know (email@example.com) if you are interested in being notified of our next one-day workshop, scheduled for fall 2015.
Periodically UWHS offers training for high school teachers interested in teaching ATMS 211, and as indicated at the top of this page, a training will be offered to teachers accepted into the program by March 1, 2015. During this training teachers work through homework from the course textbook, followed by discussion with scientists, and delve into additional course content, tailored to the specific training group needs. A wealth of teaching materials were collected collaboratively as part of past workshops made possible through a grant from NASA Global Climate Change Education. These are made available to UWHS ATMS 211 teachers as part of the training.
Extensive labs with supporting materials including powerpoint presentations, student handouts and more, that may be used in ATMS 211 or other geoscience courses, are available through the links below. You'll also find below links to YouTube interviews of graduate students talking about their research. Many of these students helped shape the UWHS ATMS 211 course and content. Faculty and high school teachers were also instrumental in creating materials that fit within the curriculum of the ATMS 211 full year curriculum. Grants from NASA, NSF and ongoing support from the UW College of the Environment and Program on Climate Change have made these possible. Contact Miriam at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like the lab developer to present materials in your classroom.
Within each lab and module link is an overview of the activity, focus questions, and files needed for the labs.
and more are under development.
PCC Climate Scientist Interviews on Youtube
Additional Interesting Links: