UMaine Hutchinson workshop series for climate, weather teachers

Sep 21, 2017

Belfast — 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 to 6 p.m. The second and third sessions will be Thursday, Oct. 26, and Thursday, Nov. 16, all 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 in 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 UMaine School of Earth and Climate Sciences, will facilitate the workshops. Schauffler, co-founder of the Maine Data Literacy Project, is 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 preservice teachers. Preregistration is required and available online: Registration is limited to 12 participants; preference will be given to those who can attend all three sessions.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Diana McSorley, 338-8093,


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