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Understanding Global Change

A summer workshop for environmental science, Earth science and biology middle and high school teachers

The Earth is a changing set of systems. We can see what is happening right now, and the rocks provide us a history of Earth.  But what does change mean?  How do we know (what is the evidence)?  How fast (or slow) and how much is actually changing?  This workshop will feature discussions and presentations by scientists whose research intersects with a variety of global change topics, from climate change to nitrogen and carbon cycling to ocean acidification.

The University of California Museum of Paleontology together with the National Center for Science Education are launching a new web resource – Understanding Global Change – this fall. During the workshop, teachers will use and review resources and materials that support the site and teaching of global change.

2015 Details

  • Professional development workshop – July 13-17, 2015 (at Stanford University, Monday through Friday, all day)
  • $200 stipend, yet a $50 refundable application fee

  • Lunch provided every day
  • optional Stanford University Continuing Education Units (3 quarter units for $75)

Project Commitment
We expect that you will fully participate in the workshop week during the summer and be open to using the resources in your classroom. We also expect you to reflect on your experience and provide feedback during the workshop. You will be refunded your $50 at the beginning of the workshop or if you cancel 3 weeks before the start of the workshop (before June 22).

Applications were due before May 15.  We had an overwhelming response and have a long waitlist.

This is a non-residential program, so out-of-town participants must find their own lodging. 

This is offered in partnership between the Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and the University of California Museum of Paleontology.  Funding for the workshop is provided by these organizations as well as from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the National Science Foundation and Shell Oil Company.

For more information, please email Director of Outreach Education Jennifer Saltzman, or call her at (650)725-2410.