First of four online climate science courses for teachers launches

As part of its professional development programming for science teachers, the Institute on Ecosystems is developing four online graduate courses on climate science, which, together, will form an online 12-credit graduate certificate. Designed to serve K-12 and community college teachers from Montana and around the world, the program is part of the acclaimed National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) of online courses. NTEN is one of just six learning partners affiliated with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).


The first course, “Plant and Animal Response to Climate Change,” was developed by IoE Affiliate and Earth Sciences Professor Dave McWethy and launched in October 2013. Four Montana tribal college faculty members received scholarships to participate in the course. 


The next courses in the series, “Weather and Climate for Teachers” and “Understanding Climate Change” will be taught in Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 by Jordy Hendrikx. Hendrikx is director of the Snow and Avalanche Laboratory and an assistant professor in the department of Earth Sciences at MSU. He has taught several online courses for science teachers via NTEN.


Four tribal college faculty members received scholarships to participate in the Plant and Animal Response to Climate Change course, which launched in Fall of 2013.



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