The Dynamics of Climate

The Dynamics of Climate Toolkit was developed to support those interested in implementing professional development that prepares educators to understand both the science of climate and climate change and the pedagogy for effectively teaching it. The toolkit includes curriculum for an 8-hour workshop, with activities designed to engage participants in analyzing and interpreting climate data sets and visualizations in a collaborative setting. The workshop also addresses major misconceptions students and adults hold about climate, global warming, and climate change.

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

Please contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns about the Dynamics of Climate Toolkit. We are also available to help you find potential speakers for a workshop, and to provide suggestions for workshop logistics. You can reach us by email at, or by phone at 765.494.5146.

This work was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation through the Geoscience Education program under grant number GEO- 1034821. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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