The Dynamics of Climate: Curriculum for Basic Climate and Climate Change Education

The Dynamics of Climate Toolkit was developed to support those interested in implementing professional development that prepares all kinds of educators to both understand the science of climate and climate change and the pedagogy for effectively teaching about climate and climate change. The toolkit includes curriculum for an 8 hour workshop that can be presented anywhere in the nation. The workshop addresses the major misconceptions students and adults hold about climate, global warming, and climate change. The workshop activities engage participants in analyzing and interpreting climatic data sets and visualizations. Pedagogically, the workshop promotes active learning and collaboration.

The toolkit was developed by Professor Dan Shepardson (Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences), Purdue University, Project PI and Professor Dev Niyogi (Departments of Agronomy and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences), Purdue University, Project Co-PI and Indiana State Climatologist, in collaboration with:

  • Adam Baker, Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Indianapolis
  • Mary Cutler, Naturalist, Tippecanoe County Parks and Recreation Department
  • Olivia Kellner, PhD student, Purdue University
  • Mark Koschmann, Science Teacher, St. John’s Lutheran School, Midland, MI
  • Ted Leuenberger, Former Science Teacher, Benton Jr./Sr. High School
  • Ian Pope, Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue
  • Hans Schmitz, Extension Educator, Purdue
  • Jan Sneddon, Director, Indiana Earth Force and President, Environmental Education Association of Indiana

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the Dynamics of Climate Toolkit, please send an email to us at pccrc@purdue.edu.

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