Current and Past Research

Current Research

  • Weather and Climate Education

I am currently redesigning the WMU GEOG 1900: Exploring Earth Systems: The Atmosphere course.  This course serves the K-8 teacher candidates as their content course in Science Education.  It is being redesigned to map more accurately to Michigan Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Math and Literacy Standards, and to the Michigan teacher licensure examinations.  Next semester, we will be testing elements of this course design for effectiveness in promoting science literacy and weather and climate literacy among teacher candidates.

  • Teacher Professional Development

I am currently in discussions with the WMU College of Education on how to include more data analysis and science observation work in the pre-service curriculum.  I am also beginning discussions with the Kalamazoo Nature Center regarding the possibility of hosting teacher professional development workshops on environmental observation using the GLOBE program protocols.  

I am also waiting to hear word on a proposal to improve how NASA does teacher professional development using mission science and data.  This work has been proposed under the NASA Science Education Cooperative Agreement Notice.  It focuses on using professional learning communities for both the model of teacher professional development and as a model for professional development of the PD providers at NASA.

Here is a link to my 2016 GSA Presentation: Using MyNASADATA to Assist Pre-Service Teachers in the Generation of Authentic Data Visualizations as well as ancillary links for the live demonstrations


Past Research

  • Teaching Inquiry using NASA Earth-system Science (TINES)

This NASA Grant, which ended Summer 2015, focused on development of a teacher PD model that engaged in-service teachers in use of NASA Science Data and GLOBE Observational Protocols to design authentic scientific investigations in their classrooms.  This three year program had cohorts in Colorado, North Carolina, and New York, and featured partnerships with local teacher PD organizations and the NSTA Learning Center.  Publications from this work are forthcoming.

  • Improving Computer Use in Meteorology

This NSF funded (CCLI, now part of IUSE) program focused on infusing computer programming and data analysis throughout the meteorology curriculum at SUNY Oneonta, including an intensive computer methods course in the 3rd semester that taught skills in Perl and IDL specific to the context of meteorology.  Student data showed increased comfort using computers in their classes and improved preparation for meteorology jobs and graduate work.

© Todd D. Ellis – 23 September 2016