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The University of Northern Colorado's (UNC) Math and Science Teaching Institute (MAST), in partnership with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), proposes to establish a Climate and Global Change Research Experience for Teachers Institute (RETI) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder (NCAR), Colorado. The goal of RETI is to enhance STEM knowledge and pedagogical skills of twelve secondary level science teachers through coursework, research experiences, and planning of standards-based classroom modules that utilize NASA data to understand climate change and its impacts on society. This effort is aligned with NASA's goal to improve teaching and learning about global climate change in secondary schools and the number of students using NASA Earth Observation data/Earth system models to investigate and analyze global climate issues. RETI's program objectives offer a blend of secondary science teacher professional development opportunities with research experiences. This program will address needs to: (1) reform science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) secondary education; (2) enhance teachers' knowledge of climate and global change in ways that enrich standards-based teaching and assessment; (3) strengthen teachers' understanding of the scientific process through experience with research using NASA data; and (4) integrate global climate change content knowledge and research experiences into inquirybased modules for use in secondary science classes.

Project PI: Dr. Steven William Anderson/UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO

MAST Institute, The University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO 80639.

Email: steven.anderson@unco.edu

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