Peabody Fellows in Global Change
The classic atmospheric carbon dioxide graph from Mauna Loa, Hawaii. NOAA image
Maple sap runs earlier in the winter than it used to.

Peabody Teachers Collaborative on Global Change

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History was awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the 2012-2014 school years to deliver a teacher professional development program in ecology and environmental science, the Peabody Teachers Collaborative on Global Change (CGC). This project grows out of the Museum’s 2009 National Leadership Grant, the "Peabody Event-Based Teachers Collaborative," inwhich the development of standards-based curricula for the classroom took place through a unique collaboration between teachers and the museum.

 

The project begins with a traveling exhibition, Seasons of Change (on view December 15, 2012 through February 24, 2013), with associated activities for K–12 groups and Museum visitors. The major activities in Year 1 are curriculum writing by a team of experienced science educators, two summer institutes for 20 teachers each, and the production of classroom materials that include Museum objects and specimens. Teachers who participate in the summer institutes will receive year-round support the following year through a variety of means.

 

The content focus of the project is on Connecticut Science Standard 4.2: All organisms depend on the living and non-living features of the environment for survival. The standard will be addressed with a focus on Global Change, including climate change and its many associated effects on ecosystems and living things. This topic is well-suited to the Peabody collaborative approach, and will also enable us to employ an event-based science curriculum model. The project will enable us to make excellent use of our exhibits, particularly the world-renowned diorama halls and our outdoor spaces.

 

CGC will develop two products that will be widely disseminated: 

  • An inquiry-based science curriculum mini-unit and kit with museum objects and specimens for science teaching in grade 4 that will meet Connecticut and national standards developed in collaboration with teachers. The project will benefit from significant involvement of both teachers and scholars in its design and execution. The Yale Climate and Energy Institute is a key partner in this regard; their faculty, primarily those who also serve as Peabody Museum curators, are a significant resource for the program. CLICK HERE for the Migration in the Balance mini-unit.
  • Detailed evaluation reports that will be posted on the Museum’s web site as well as disseminated via other professional web sites and venues and promoted to Museum colleagues. The evaluation of the project will be conducted by Dr. Kenneth Rath of SageFox Consulting Group and will have two major foci: to determine the extent to which the project objectives are being met and to provide the project leaders with ongoing feedback they can use to improve the program, and make changes during the project.