Hutchinson Center Announces Workshop Series for Science Teachers:  Teaching Climate and Weather using Data

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Belfast, ME– This fall the University of Maine Hutchinson Center will offer a series of three professional development workshops for teachers on teaching about climate and weather using data. The first session is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 11, 4 p.m.–6 p.m. The second and third sessions will be on Thursday, Oct. 26 and Thursday, Nov. 16. All three sessions will be held at the Hutchinson Center.

The Climate, Weather, and Data series will be of special interest to middle and high school science, math, and social science teachers who seek to engage their students with an evidence- based understanding of Earth’s climate system. In addition to learning about climate and weather, a central goal will be to develop students’ data literacy skills. The sessions will use data from NOAA, the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, and other sources, combined with teaching strategies and technology to support students’ ability to explore and interpret weather and climate.

Molly Schauffler, an Assistant Research Professor in the University of Maine School of Earth and Climate Sciences, will facilitate the workshops. Dr. Schauffler is a co-founder of the Maine Data Literacy Project, and a member of the Climate Change Institute and the Center of Research in STEM Education. Her work centers on improving how students learn to collect, graph, and reason about data as evidence when learning science.

The workshops are free to in-service and pre-service teachers. Participants must pre-register to reserve a spot; to register online go to hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu/professional-development. Registration is limited to 12 participants; preference will be given to those who can attend all three sessions.

For more information contact Diana McSorley, 338.8093, diana.mcsorley@maine.edu

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's only public research university. It celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 63 countries. It currently enrolls 11,219 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world- class scholars. The University of Maine offers 30 doctoral degrees and 80 master's degrees; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors

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