Tamara Ledley

Center for STEM Teaching and Learning


Dr. Tamara Shapiro Ledley, a senior scientist and chair of the Center for STEM Teaching and Learning at TERC, received her PhD from MIT in 1983 and her BS from the University of Maryland in 1976. Early in her career she led a research program in Earth system science and climate change at Rice University. She joined TERC in 1997 to pursue her science education interests. She led the development of the award winning Earth Exploration Toolbook. She is now leading the development the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Collection of rigorously reviewed climate and energy educational resources and is chair of the CLEAN Network, a professionally diverse community of climate and energy literacy stakeholders. She also leads the EarthLabs project that focuses on development of curriculum materials, teacher professional development programs, and science education research focused enabling the effective teaching and learning of climate science. She is the 2013 American Geophysical Union's Excellence in Geophysical Education Awardee for her work in bring Earth science data and tools to teachers and students and for her leadership in climate literacy. She serves on the External Advisory Board of the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University, the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Science Boston, and the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Earth Science.

Project Leader, Workshop Participant, Website Contributor

Project Leader

part of Earth Exploration Toolbook
The Earth Exploration Toolbook is a collection of computer-based Earth science activities. Each activity, or chapter, introduces one or more data sets and an analysis tool that enables users to explore some aspect of the Earth system.

CLEAN - a Collection of Climate and Energy Education Resources part of CLEAN
A collection of 650+ free, ready-to-use resources rigorously reviewed by educators and scientists. Suitable for secondary through higher education classrooms. Explore the Collection » Ice Core Secrets Could ...

Climate Education in an Age of Media (CAM) part of Climate Education in an Age of Media
The CAM project is developing approaches to bring student media production into climate change education in ways that are engaging, empowering, and can be readily adopted in a wide range of instructional environments.

EarthLabs part of EarthLabs for Educators
EarthLabs units offer sequences for learning science concepts through hands-on experiments and data analysis.

AccessData Workshops part of Using Data in the Classroom:AccessData
AccessData Workshops bring together earth science data providers, data access and analysis tool experts, scientists, curriculum developers, and educators to explore and address issues regarding data use in education.

DataTools part of DataTools
DataTools prepares you to use scientific data and data analysis software with your middle and high school students and helps you develop strategies that promote student inquiry, analysis, and dialogue - processes that are key to working with data.

Website Content Contributions

Activities (2)

Using GLOBE Data to Study the Earth System part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Using GLOBE Data to Study Earths System
DATA: Student-collected environmental data TOOL: GLOBE Online Graphing Tool SUMMARY: explore, graph, and compare data from the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program.

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Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
Tamara Shapiro Ledley TERC - The Earth Exploration Toolbook (EET) provides step-by-step instructions for using Earth science datasets and software tools in educational settings. Each chapter of the EET walks users ...

Conference Presentation (1)

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) part of Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Unlike many problems of the past climate change is impacting and will impact a broad cross section of society. In order to respond, manage, and adapt to those change citizens of all ages need accurate, up to date ...

Other Contributions (3)

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Pathway part of CLN:Climate Change Education Projects
http://cleanet.org/ National Science Foundation

Earth System Science: A Key to Climate Literacy part of CLN:Climate Change Education Projects
National Science Foundation

Exploring Aerosol Optical Thickness Using MODIS Satellite Imagery in NEO part of Using Data in the Classroom:Datasheets
"Aerosol Optical Thickness is the degree to which aerosols prevent the transmission of light" in the atmoshpere.1 "An aerosol optical thickness of less than 0.1 indicates a crystal clear sky with ...