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Earth System Science for Elementary Teachers

Earth System Science for Elementary Teachers (ESSET) supports teachers in grades K-5 in their pursuit of knowledge and understanding of inquiry-based Earth System Science learning and stewardship directly tied to school curriculum, with particular interest in increasing climate literacy.

Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this initiative will provide professional development and graduate-level course work for K-5 teachers in the areas of inquiry-based science and climate literacy. The program includes continued professional development and connections to ASU faculty over a four-semester period:

  • Spring 2013 – Online graduate-level course (eight weeks starting in March) titled  “Inductive Methodology in Elementary School Science”
  • Summer 2013 – Workshop for graduate credit (July 15-Aug. 2) on the ASU campus, with a participant-led Climate Camp for students in grades 3-5 during the last week
  • Fall 2013 – Implementation in your classroom, online support and site visits from ASU faculty, and at least three face-to-face meetings on the ASU campus
  • Spring 2014 – Earth System Science Conference held at ASU

The ESSET grant covers participant expenses for this program. You will receive six hours of graduate credit, a stipend, resources for your classroom (including a weather center) and a laptop computer. The program also provides networking opportunities. You will not only be learning, you will also be having fun doing it!


This grant is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, grant number NA12SEC0080014.

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These weather-related lesson plans were developed by educators participating in the ESSET program.

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