National Science Foundation Proposal
Wisconsin, one-time home to pioneer environmentalists such as John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and Gaylord Nelson, has always actively pursued knowledge at the forefront of conservation and environmental protection. Today, climate change is no longer a debate but an accepted global problem that needs immediate attention. While advanced scientists research ways to mitigate the global crisis, educating our next generation is key to sustaining this quest to overcome such a global event. A recent survey of 31 middle and high school teachers in La Crosse, Wisconsin, indicated that 97% of them did not have formal training in climate change concepts, even though 67% teach it. While these teachers understand the urgency to instill climate change concepts in the nations' students, they lack the training and funds to formulate an effective climate change curriculum. This proposal brings together University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L) geography/earth science and education professors, sixth through twelfth grade teachers, and administrators from the School District of La Crosse (SDLX) to collaborate and create climate change curriculum that aligns with state standards by incorporating hands-on, inquiry-based lessons to educate future Wisconsin and United States leaders.
Original proposal: RUI-Integrating Geographic Information Science into a K-12 Curriculum on Climate Change (pdf)