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22nd Symposium on Education

The theme for the 22nd Symposium on Education is “Creative and Effective Teaching in Challenging Times”. Papers are solicited on all aspects of educational outreach in the atmospheric, oceanic and hydrologic sciences, including topics on K-12 and informal, university, and professional education. Preference will be given to papers that connect to the theme of the Symposium and to that of the annual meeting “Taking Predictions to the Next Level: Expanding Beyond Today’s Weather and Climate Forecasts and Projects.”

Two joint sessions are scheduled. A joint session with the Fourth conference on Weather, Climate and the New Energy Economy focuses on "Challenges and Opportunities in educating about the new energy economy.” The reasons for and the answers to the challenges of the new energy economy will require a better understanding about weather and climate in the general public as well as among both public and private decision makers. Presentations are requested which share effective relevant education efforts aimed at both the general public and K-12 education.

A joint session with the 29th Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies (formerly known as Interactive Information Processing Technologies (IIPS)) will focus on “Using Technology to Enhance Learning: Ideas and Examples.” Abstracts focusing on the interplay between technology and education focused on innovative technologies for education and outreach in formal and informal venues are encouraged.

A K-12 focused session encourages educators focus on curriculum and alignments with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The NGSS are in draft form as of this solicitation and preference will be for specific lessons and curricular and extra curricular ideas that align and support the NGSS.

University focused papers on education in the atmospheric, oceanic and hydrologic sciences at the university level are solicited. Innovative presentations showcasing new and innovative approaches to university-level education are strongly encouraged and will be considered for longer presentations. In particular “hands-on” demonstrations and interactivity are encouraged. This session may feature multiple simultaneous demonstrations through which attendees can circulate.

A special panel session will highlight the talents and experiences of recent AMS Teaching Excellence Award winners, focusing on the theme of the Symposium. Presentations will include innovative and/or interactive teaching methods, as well as discussion. Participants will include past winners Robert Fovell (2012), Steve Ackerman (2009), and more.

For additional information please contact the program chairpersons: Raj Pandya, UCAR/Spark, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO  80307-3000 (tel:  303- 497- 2650; email: pandya@ucar.edu) or Donna Charlevoix (email: donnac@unavco.org).

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