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Diane Ripollone Diane Ripollone 2525 Points

Hope Everyone is staying safe and healthy. Please bear with the long post. The American Meteorological Society has started its registration for next semester of courses. If you teach about the Atmosphere, Ocean, or Climate, this is a great way to boost your knowledge. If you are interested, please see below.

American Meteorological Society DataStreme courses are great way to get some background on Atmosphere, Climate and Ocean.   It creates opportunities to be an earth science leader and local expert in your school, district, and state. Materials not only invigorate your own confidence in teaching these topics, but also align with the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas for Earth and Space Science, specifically ESS2.C, ESS2.D, ESS3.B, ESS3.C, and ESS3.D. Addresses NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Energy and Matter, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change. Below is information for Teachers, you can use this information to find your LIT Mentor in your area. 

DataStreme Courses begins its Fall Semester on August 24, 2020. Registration deadline is August 20, 2020.

Calling all educators, both classroom and informal! Are you interested in adding to your curriculum to meet STEM standards? The American Meteorological Society (AMS) offers an on-line course for K-12 teachers to help you brush up on your atmospheric science. The course will increase your understanding of important earth science concepts while leveraging a dedicated mentoring team of education and scientific experts throughout the semester-long graduate courses. The mentor/coaching model allows you individual feedback on challenging material and the opportunity to leverage relationships for future collaboration. Participants may have optional in person and/or virtual field trips relevant to their studies, enhancing their course experience.

The total cost of DataStreme Courses for the 2019/20 academic year is $450/semester (only $350 for AMS members; note that K–12 teacher annual membership in the Society is $58 per year). The DataStreme course fee covers all course materials including textbooks, university academic fees, as well as the three tuition-free graduate credits per course. The fee is nonrefundable. Instructions on paying the course fee will be distributed after acceptance to the course. By leveraging grant funding, each DataStreme course costs participants a fraction of total value of over $1900 per semester. (If costs are a worry please contact someone at AMS for information on you might be able to get help)

  1. Successful participants will receive three (3) hours of graduate credit in science through California University of Pennsylvania. The main cost to you (besides the academic fee) is your time – time to complete the weekly investigations. This course will require 4 to 6 hours of focused work each week depending on your science background and experience. 
  2. Successful completion of two courses is the main requirement to becoming an AMS Certified Teacher
  3. Successful completion of 3 of the 5 AMS/Cal U Teacher PD opportunities earns participants an AMS DataStreme Certificate from CalU. A great credential!
  4. All 3 DataStreme course credits (total of 9) can be applied to a Cal U Masters of Educational Leadership: Weather and Climatology creating a reduced cost path to a fully online Master’s degree.


For additional information, please visit the DataStreme Course website 

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are interested in participating in a DataStreme course during the next academic semester (currently Fall 2020) and are notMentor Teams, please fill out this Google Form

For more information, please contact Diane Ripollone



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