2008 Joint Meeting of The Geological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies with the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM

Paper No. 4
Presentation Time: 9:00 AM

AMS K-12 Teacher Enhancement Program

BREY, James A.1, GEER, Ira W.2, WEINBECK, Robert S.3, MORAN, Joseph M.4, BLAIR, Bernard A.4, HOPKINS, Edward J.5, MILLS, Elizabeth6 and KILEY Jr, Thomas P.4, (1)Director, Education Program, American Meteorological Society, 1120 G Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005, (2)Education Program, American Meteorological Society, 1200 New York Ave NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005, (3)Department of the Earth Sciences, SUNY College at Brockport, 350 New Campus Drive, Brockport, NY 14420, (4)Education Program, American Meteorological Society, 1120 G Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005, (5)Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1225 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53706, (6)American Meteorological Society, 1120 G Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005-3826, moran@dc.ametsoc.org

The American Meteorological Society has joined forces with NOAA through the Cooperative Program for Earth System Education (CPESE), NASA, the U.S. Navy, and NSF to enhance public understanding of the fluid Earth system and to promote greater human resource diversity in the atmospheric, oceanic and hydrologic sciences. Key components in this process are the AMS' K-12 teacher enhancement summer workshops (Project Atmosphere, The Maury Project) and courses on the fundamentals of weather (DataStreme Atmosphere), oceanography (DataStreme Ocean), and the global water cycle (DataStreme Water in the Earth System). These courses, offered each fall and spring semester over the past 12.5, 5, and 7.5 years, respectively, have trained nearly 14,000 teachers in the use of current online environmental data to bring excitement and motivation to their classrooms and to be resource teachers for their colleagues. Courses model scientific inquiry and foster development of critical thinking skills. The DataStreme experience is delivered to small groups of teachers at locations nationwide in a partnership of AMS, NOAA and SUNY Brockport via several meetings, weekly mentoring and twice weekly online Internet delivery of course study materials. Special efforts are made to recruit teachers who are themselves members, or teach in schools that serve underrepresented student populations.