ACLIPSE Overview

The ACLIPSE university course instructional materials, and associated grades 6-12 teacher professional learning opportunities and materials, engage participants in climate science activities while using data in authentic and locally-relevant ways.

The curriculum course, and teacher professional learning opportunities use climate science as the context for teaching about and applying current teaching and learning research, as well as how to use real and near-real time data in the classroom in engaging ways to build teachers’ and their students’ data skills.

Additionally, the course and materials support understanding of three-dimensional instruction, as called for in A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards.

The session write ups, accompanying PPTs and handouts are freely available. Session themes are:

  • Session 1. Teaching and Learning Science
  • Session 2. Learning Conversations and Ocean Currents
  • Session 3. How Learning Happens and Ocean-Atmosphere Connection
  • Session 4. Introduction to Working with Climate Data
  • Session 5. Three-Dimensional Learning and Energy and Matter
  • Session 6. The Nature of Science and the Greenhouse Effect
  • Session 7. Using Evidence and Reasoning, and Tracking Carbon
  • Session 8. Designing Learning Experiences, and Carbon Cycle
  • Session 9. Stability and Change in Global Atmospheric Carbon
  • Session 10. Cause and Effect, and Ocean Acidification
  • Session 11. Evidence of Sea Level Rise and Climate Change