Teaching Extreme Weather

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Teaching Extreme Weather

This Teaching Extreme Weather course provides K-12 science teachers with an opportunity to explore the driving forces behind extreme weather events, specifically those occurring where they live. While not all extreme weather events are correlated to climate change, climate change is playing an increasingly primary role.

During this Teaching Extreme Weather course, teachers will create a lesson or series of lessons focused on extreme weather that align to the Next Generation Science Standards as well as to State Standards for their grade level. The course prepares science teachers to help their students understand the causes behind disruptive extreme weather events as well as what can be done to mitigate them.

This course is for science teachers who want to go beyond just downloading extreme weather resources or lesson plans and instead want to explore how to integrate the topic into their classroom curricula. This course provides a deep dive into how to teach about extreme weather and make it relevant to your own location and the opportunity to collaborate with peers and benefit from the support of an expert instructional facilitator.

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Dates and Fees

Start Dates:

February 14, 2022 | April 11, 2022


PD hours/CEU Course: $0*
Graduate Credit Course: $128

*Thanks to generous funding there is no cost to enroll for teachers taking this course for PD hours or CEU units. 

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

    • Explain the fundamentals of extreme weather; 
    • Analyze how climate change and extreme weather events are related; 
    • Explore regional extreme weather events in the US;
    • Design a lesson or series of lessons that include extreme weather events;

Participation in the Teaching Extreme Weather course gives K-12 teachers the competencies and confidence to teach about extreme weather events within their own local context, and as an integral part of their subject area.

Note: Course participants also have the option to join the live webinars taking place as part of our Teaching Climate Change Essentials course during the month they are taking the course. Dates and topics will be shared during week one of the course.

Teachers taking this course can earn recognition through teacher professional development hours, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Graduate Credit.

Course Overview

  • Duration4 weeks
  • Modules4
  • Time3-4 hrs/week
  • FormatOnline
  • Class SizeMax 100

PD hours | CEUs | Graduate Credit

Course participants have the option to receive Professional Development (PD) hours, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Graduate Credits. Participants who complete the course can claim 15 PD hours, 1.5 CEUs or 1 Graduate Credits.

Note: participants will need to confirm acceptance of the professional development hours or CEUs by your district or state agency. Download this pre-made email template and instructions for use to get PD hours or CEUs approved through your district.

Meet the Facilitator

Alyson Mike K-12 Teacher Professional Development Climate Education Program Director

Alyson Mike

The outdoors has always played a key part in Alyson’s life. During her career as a middle and high school science teacher, Alyson was selected to represent Montana as the state’s Teacher of the Year and received both the Milken Educator Award and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. As a lifelong educator, Alyson is deeply committed to building scientific literacy among youth to help them become true stewards of the environment. Alyson is currently Director of Online Learning and K-12 Development and Strategy at Presidio Graduate School. She is the lead instructional designer of our climate change education program courses for K-12 educators.


Do you offer any scholarship opportunities? How can I apply for financial aid?

Yes! Our vision is to equip teachers with the tools they need to clearly and confidently teach about extreme weather events and the role climate change and global warming play in causing them to occur, despite financial limitations. Thanks to our funders, we are able to offer generous scholarships for to teachers wishing to take this course for PD hours or CEUs.

If you are looking for financial support to enroll, please submit an application. Just complete the simple form with your name, role, and school district, as well as a 500-word description of your need for the scholarship and a 500-word statement sharing the benefits and outcomes you expect in your classroom and/or community as a result of incorporating climate education in your curriculum. In your description of need, please help the Scholarship Committee understand how this scholarship is essential to your participation in the program, and why it would not be feasible for you to attend without financial support.

We hope to see you in class!

Note: scholarships are not available for those taking the course for Graduate Credits.

As an educator I want to support climate literacy, but I’m not a science teacher! Is the Teaching Extreme Weather course relevant for me?

Our Teaching Extreme Weather course has been designed to engage, support, and equip science, math and English Language Arts teachers with the tools they need to develop lesson plans aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and the State Standards in their subject area. Teachers of all subjects wanting support to advance climate literacy in their classroom, should check out our Teaching Climate Change Essentials course for all K-12 educators.

What background knowledge is necessary to take the course?

None! We designed the course so that we can meet you wherever you are in terms of your knowledge and understanding of extreme weather events and ability to develop lessons and curricula on the topic aligned to NGSS and State Standards in your subject area.

What is the time commitment for the program? Can I complete coursework on weekends?

The course is administered completely online and takes 3 to 4 hours per week. We’ve designed it to fit into teachers’ busy schedules. Related coursework can be completed during any window within each week-long module.