University of Vermont

SWAC CLIMATE EDUCATION LITERACY & NEEDS ASSESSMENT

Name?
School at which you teach?
Grade(s) and subject area(s) taught?

How did you learn about the SWAC program?

Are you currently planning to teach about:
  Yes No
Weather
Yes
No
Hydrologic Cycle
Yes
No
Climate
Yes
No
Climate Change
Yes
No
Engineering Principles
Yes
No
What types of activities would be most appropriate for your grade level(s)?

What resources are currently available for activities at your school/classroom?

What resources (electronic, field-based, lab-based etc.) would most benefit your pedagogy?

Do you think that your students understand how the atmosphere works? If not, why not?
Yes
No

Where do you think most of their information about the atmosphere, weather, climate etc. originates?

Is there a gender difference between how well the boys and girls in your class(es) understand scientific concepts? Weather and climate concepts?

If there is a difference, do have any thoughts on what might be the cause? What might you do to rectify this gap?

What skills/concepts would you like to acquire to better assist you in teaching about weather and climate?

What new technologies or data access tools would you love to learn and use with your students?

Do you work in a Team at your school to design your curriculum? What subject area expertise do you and your colleague meld together?

What would your ideal Professional Development experience look like?

Do you have specific accreditation needs?

Are you/have you ever been a SWAC participant? If yes, number of years with the program ?
Yes
No

What are some good strategies to help expand SWAC’s professional learning community/community of practice?

Do you have suggestions to support weather, climate and engineering implementation at the elementary and middle grades?