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When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Where: United States

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Dear Arizona Educator, 


My name is Dana Perry, and I am the Arizona education representative to the American Meteorological Society (AMS). I am writing to invite you and your colleagues to participate in an online climate course offered by the AMS. Earth's Climate System (ECS) is a free 12-week online course for teachers and staff at K-12 schools and districts. 


Please submit applications by May 31, 2017. Applications for both the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters are being accepted at this time. Note on your application the semester you wish to apply for, but also note that you are open to either semester if you are not accepted to the semester of your choosing. 

Yes, the course is free! All course materials are provided at no cost to course participants, plus participants get three graduate-level credits from the State University of New York, again, at NO cost. By taking ECS, the AMS hopes that teachers/staff will become climate resource persons to their schools, districts, and communities. 

• The course is online, with the exception of two group meetings per semester in Tempe. Participants email weekly assignments to their mentors. One portion of those weekly assignments is found on the AMS webpage for ECS, where AMS takes advantage of the online venue by providing up-to-date exercises related to current weather and/or climate events. 

• The weekly workload takes about 3-5 hours, based on input from past participants. Over the past five years, nearly 70 K-12 teachers/staff from around the state have participated in the ECS course and developed their plans for becoming climate resource persons. The participants said they spent anywhere from 2-4 hours per week for the assignments, which include reading, answering questions, and completing three investigations. As they started to develop their lesson plans, participants added approximately 1 hour per week. 

• Participants work with mentors who are professionals in the field of weather and climate. The Arizona Local Implementation Team of mentors consists of Nancy Selover (Arizona State Climatologist and ASU faculty), Lynn Newman (Physical Geography faculty at Glendale Community College), Paul Iniguez (Phoenix National Weather Service meteorologist), and myself; I am a chemistry instructor at Glendale Community College. 

• Interdisciplinary! Teachers from various science areas, such as biology, environmental science, earth science, physics, and chemistry have participated, in addition to teachers in social science. Math teachers are encouraged to apply, as much of the data is mathematically based through the use of graphs and equations. 

• Hurry and apply! the course has filled quickly the past five years, and several teachers have already applied for the Fall 2017 course! Only 8 participants are accepted each semester. The AMS gives PRIORITY to applicants who apply in TEAMS from the same school or district. 

To apply for the ECS course, complete the DS ECS application. Download it at 


This program offered by the AMS is an excellent professional development/continuing education opportunity for K-12 teachers and staff, so I encourage you and your colleagues to apply. If you would like more information, please contact Dana Perry, or; 623-236-9391 if you have any questions. 

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