earth and space science

Air: The Atmosphere Outside and Inside Your Classroom

Registration for Summer 2024 is now open.

This free course focuses explicitly on the teaching practices that support Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) instruction.

Engage with pedagogical practices that support NGSS instruction in order to facilitate student ownership of their learning. Experience learning situated in lessons that focus on gaining a deeper understanding of climate, atmosphere, and their relationship with the Earth.

This course* will consist of five in-person days, and four subsequent hour-long virtual check-ins scheduled on convenient dates (tbd) during the 2024-25 school year between September and April.

Throughout the course, teachers will:

  • Develop their understanding around pedagogical practices that support the type of instruction that is required in an NGSS classroom.
  • Participate in a supported learning community alongside their peers to build content and pedagogical knowledge and skills.
  • Experience phenomena-driven lessons which model three-dimensional teaching and learning that supports NGSS appropriate for students in grades 3 to 8.
  • Implement new practices within their classroom and discuss with a virtual professional learning community between course days. 
  • Engage with practices that establish and maintain learning environments to support students as they develop ownership of their learning.
  • Better understand climate patterns and how they are influenced by the interaction of the Earth's spheres.
  • Analyze local and global data to draw conclusions around real world impacts.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe

  • ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System

ESS2: Earth’s Systems

  • ESS2.A: Earth’s Materials and Systems
  • ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

PS1: Matter and Its Interactions

  • PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

Summer 2024 session

Five days: Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28, 2024
Session are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MSI.

Applications for Summer 2024 are now open.
The deadline to apply is Friday, May 31, 2024.

How to apply


Free* - meals, materials, and parking are included.


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* Teacher courses include instructional resources, classroom materials, course instruction, and meals on course days. Priority Schools** will be eligible to request reimbursement for the cost of substitutes for participating educators and the cost of up to two field trip buses per school.

** Priority Schools are defined as schools that are Title I eligible or whose total student population is 70% Black and/or Hispanic or Latino.