Distinguish Yourself in Earth Science Teaching: The New Certified AMS Teacher (CAT) Program

Wednesday 2:00 PT / 3:00 MT / 4:00 CT / 5:00 ET Online
Oral Session Part of Oral Session III


Diane Ripollone, Cardinal Gibbons High School
Wendy Abshire, American Meteorological Society

AMS has proudly offered certification programs for broadcasters and consulting meteorologists for decades. Now it is introducing its first new certification in to recognize K-12 educators who have demonstrated exceptional understanding of weather, water and climate science and have successfully implemented it in their classrooms. With the launch of the Certified AMS Teacher (CAT) program, the Society has created stronger ties for educators to engage in AMS activities, stay abreast of scientific advancements, and create a community of educators with a passion for educating students about the weather, ocean, and climate sciences. Details of the CAT program were co-developed by members of boards and committees under the Commissions of Professional Affairs and Education and Human Resources and included both former and current teachers as well as AMS staff. As the CAT program gains momentum, it will provide networking opportunities and meaningful engagement with the membership and activities of the American Meteorological Society including the teacher professional development activities offered by the Education Program.

In this presentation, one of the first Certified AMS Teachers will share the program's vision and details on how one can become a Certified AMS Teacher. We will highlight the online DataStreme Courses and Summer courses available for Teachers through the AMS Education program. Completing just two of the five graduate credit courses are the underpinnings for teachers to earn the new AMS certification. Information on how to become involved with the program and AMS will be given to those who are interested.

Presentation Media

CAT Program (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 9.1MB Jul8 20)

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