Tamara Ledley

Center for STEM Teaching and Learning

Bentley University, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 20452 Past: Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, 2017; TERC, 1997-2017

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, Webinar Participant, Website Contributor

Project Leader

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.

Website Content Contributions

Activity (1)

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of 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 Presentations (3)

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) part of 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 ...

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2019:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
It is important that we prepare tomorrow's scientists, decision makers, and communities to address the societal impacts of a changing climate. In order to respond to, manage, and adapt to those changes, ...

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday
It is important that we prepare tomorrow's scientists, decision makers and citizens to address the societal impacts of a changing climate. In order to respond, manage, and adapt to those change citizens of all ...

Other Contribution (1)

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 ...