[CESElist] IGES Now Accepting Proposals to Participate in ESSEA

ESSEA essea at strategies.org
Wed Feb 28 07:34:32 MST 2007

IGES Now Accepting Proposals to Participate in ESSEA
Educational Institutions Can Apply to Offer Online Earth System Science
Arlington, Va.--The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is
accepting proposals from colleges, universities and other educational
institutions to participate in the Earth System Science Education Alliance
(ESSEA), an innovative professional development program for pre-service and
in-service middle and high school teachers.
Selected institutions will receive funding and training to offer a series of
online Earth system science courses geared toward teachers of specific grade
levels and aligned to national science education standards. Working in
collaborative groups, teachers who enroll in an ESSEA course can earn
undergraduate, graduate or continuing education credit while learning to
teach Earth system science using inquiry-based classroom methods.
ESSEA is funded through a cooperative agreement with the National Science
Foundation. The NSF-funded program will build and expand on the original
ESSEA program funded by NASA and administered by IGES from 2000 to 2005.
IGES is currently updating the existing courses with additional online
tools, modules and materials, and the number of educational institutions
offering the courses is expected to increase from 17 to 40.
IGES will assist participating institutions by helping them create a
sustainable infrastructure for delivering the courses, and by providing
evaluation tools to ensure that, upon course completion, teachers have a
strong understanding of Earth system science and how to effectively teach
the subject. In addition, IGES will inform ESSA participants about the
latest Earth system science research and teaching practices through
presentations at conferences, Web seminars, teleconferences and e-mail
Institutions can propose to become either full partners, funded at $40,000
over a 29-month period, or associate members. Differences between the two
levels of participation are described in the request for proposals document
on the ESSEA Web site. ESSEA teams that were previously funded under the
NASA-sponsored program are eligible to apply for partner status.
A notice of intent to propose, which is strongly recommended but not
mandatory, is due by March 19, 2007. Proposals are due by April 18, 2007.
Located in Arlington, Va., IGES was established in 1994 and is a 501(c)3
nonprofit organization supported by public and private entities. IGES is a
trusted leader in Earth and space science education, communication and
outreach, and in fostering national and international cooperation in
observing the Earth.
For more information, including proposal instructions, technology
requirements and to view the current ESSEA courses, please visit:
Theresa Schwerin
Associate Director, Education
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Email: theresa_schwerin at strategies.org

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