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Brey J.A.,American Meteorological Society Education Program | Mills E.W.,American Meteorological Society Education Program | Day-Miller E.A.,BridgeWater Education Consulting LLC | Geer I.W.,American Meteorological Society Education Program | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Geoscience Education | Year: 2015

The DataStreme Earth’s Climate System (DataStreme ECS) course implementation has been built on 20 years of American Meteorological Society (AMS) in-service K–12 teacher professional development experience, and is supported by educational research. Using the Targeting Outcomes of Programs model, DataStreme ECS was evaluated over a three-year, six-semester (spring 2011–fall 2013) study period through content and pedagogical focused pre- and posttests, a postcourse assessment, and an environmental literacy evaluation. During the NASA and NSF-supported study period the course prepared 1,027 teachers, via 25 Local Implementation Teams serving 35 states, to lead and assist their students and peers in understanding climate and global change issues. Notable evaluation results include an average 28% grade increase for teacher participants from pre- to posttest, as well as an average of 98% of participants reporting that their environmental literacy had increased (some or much) as a result of the course. There was a 99% completion rate for registered participants, demonstrating the value teachers placed on the course. Additionally, in a spring 2011 evaluation of peer-training workshops given by a specialized group of DataStreme ECS-trained teachers, 94% of attendees gave the highest possible response when assessing workshop content, and 98% recommended that the workshop be offered to others. DataStreme ECS can serve as a curriculum and instruction model for those designing long-duration teacher professional development courses to work with a network of educators and scientists to increase program reach and build public scientific literacy. © 2015 National Association of Geoscience Teachers Source

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