The toolkit utilizes climate datasets and activities to develop understanding of how the Earth’s climate system is changing. Small group and individual activities require participants to interpret, analyze, and represent climatic data and use scientific concepts to explain climate events. Conference sessions take participants through the implementation of the professional development toolkit. Included in the toolkit:

  • professional development program manual
  • PowerPoint presentation with video clips and talking points
  • presenter’s guide that details the talking points, video clips, and instructional activities
  • materials packet including the handouts, visuals, and data sets for the instructional activities and program
  • teachers’ guide for climate system instruction
  • administrative packet for implementing a professional development program in climate education

The program and toolkit were developed in collaboration among 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, and:

  • 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

Activities For Conceptualizing Climate And Climate Change Highlights

The activities were developed in collaboration among Dan Shepardson, Purdue, Project PI and Dev Niyogi, CoPI and Indiana State Climatologist, Purdue University Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, and:

  • David Burch, Eastern Greene Junior-Senior High School, Bloomfield, IN
  • Mark Koschmann, St. John’s Lutheran School, Midland, MI
  • Ted Leuenberger, Benton Central Junior-Senior High School, Oxford, IN
  • Graduate Students Umarporn Charusombat and Soyoung Choi, Purdue University
  • Mary Maxine Browne, Copy Editor

The activities are designed to promote active learning, viewing students as active thinkers who construct their own understandings. The activities, therefore, require that students:

  • interpret, visualize, and transform scientific data and apply scientific concepts
  • analyze, evaluate, and explain scientific evidence and information
  • discuss and represent ideas and different perspectives
  • work collaboratively to make decisions and draw conclusions

The activities are grouped into four modules as shown in the table below.

Module Activity Title/Topic
Fossil Fuels and Greenhouse Gases Energy, Fossil Fuels, and the Carbon Cycle Fossil Fuel Use and Carbon Dioxide Emissions Case Study: Carbon Dioxide and Global Warming: What is the evidence? Your Family’s Carbon Footprint Climate Change: The Debate
Climate and Severe/Extreme Weather Weather and Climate Climate Change or Climate Variability Mid-Latitude Cyclones and Climate Change Case Study: Hurricanes and Global Climate Change Climate Change
Climate Change and Ecological Impact Climate Change and the Arctic Ecosystem Climate Change and Biomes Case Study: Climate Change and the Arctic Ecosystem Bird Migration and Climate Change
Natural Processes and Climate Change El Niño and Global Warming Volcanoes and Global Warming Milankovitch Cycles Case Study Sun Spot Activity Case Study