Education Outreach Program

ICEE: Inspiring Climate Education Excellence


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Funded by NASA's Global Climate Change Education project, the Inspiring Climate Education Excellence  (ICEE):  Teacher Professional Development for Effective Instruction in Climate Science Literacy project is a teacher professional development that addresses important climate science content along with the pedagogical skills necessary for effective instruction. ICEE showcases NASA data and platforms, especially those associated with Arctic climate systems and global sea level change.

While effective climate change education requires that teachers understand the content of climate science, it also requires teachers to bridge the science content with effective pedagogy. Pedagogical issues related to effective climate change education include aligning interdisciplinary climate science with existing science curricula, anticipating student misconceptions, and being prepared to address public controversy around climate change in the classroom. 

No climate science professional development available today addresses both content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), or the pedagogical skills particular to teaching climate change science and solutions.  Using the Essential Principles of Climate Literacy (EPCL) and building upon NASA and other climate science and learning resources, ICEE integrates pedagogical aspects of teaching climate change and best practices in integrating climate science and solutions. Click here for a full description of the Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts of climate literacy (PDF).

The EPCL have been reviewed and endorsed by the US inter-agency Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), which integrates federal research on climate and global change.

ICEE is led by the Education and Outreach Group at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Project partners include NASA-funded climate scientists, the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), the GLOBE program, and the Climate Literacy Network.

For more information contact Dr. Susan Buhr (susan.buhr at )