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MEDIA ALERT March 24, 2010 Online Professional Development Course on 'Global Climate Change Education' From PBS TeacherLine® and NASA Now Available Developed with grant funding from The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), PBS TeacherLine's new online professional development course that helps educators teach global climate change will open for enrollment on April 3. It is the first offering in a series of courses and modules that PBS TeacherLine®, the premier provider of online professional development services for preK-12 educators, is creating under the NASA Global Climate Change Education grant. "STEM 412: Global Climate Change Education for Middle School" enables teachers to strengthen their subject-area knowledge and instructional skills to engage students in critical lessons on climate change, while teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts. Teachers will learn how to use a problem-based learning approach and STEM methodology, and to integrate media-rich educational resources from NASA, PBS and other online sites into classroom instruction. Through current missions such as Terra, Aura and SORCE, NASA is generating valuable data for the study of climate change, including measurements of atmospheric temperatures, sea ice thickness and extent, solar radiation, sea surface height, and aerosol concentrations. NASA also offers a variety of relevant classroom resources and data collections like Visible Earth, My NASA Data and S'COOL. PBS TeacherLine is offering the first run of the course during its Summer session, which starts June 23. The six-week, 30-hour course costs $199 (costs may vary for courses offered locally through PBS stations.) Teachers can earn professional development points, continuing education units, or graduate credit. To learn more about PBS TeacherLine, or to enroll, go towww.pbs.org/teacherline. # # # Note: The contents of this news brief were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the government.