College of Education

Impact on Science Education

Arctic Paleoecology Workshop


Status: Archived


The Arctic Paleoecology Workshop series is an opportunity for junior high and high school teachers to interact with nationally and internationally acclaimed ecologists involved in cutting-edge research at the University of Illinois. The 2017 Arctic Paleoecology Workshop, called Plants: Past, Present, and Future, includes scientific presentations, discussions, and original lesson plans all aimed at helping teachers incorporate ecosystem science and paleoecological concepts into their classrooms. The emphasis is on current climate change topics, ongoing research, and “real data.” The goals of this project are to provide an introduction to core concepts related to climate change, ecosystems, and paleoecology; develop a framework for engaging students in critical thinking about ecology; provide curriculum materials and lesson plans for teachers; and build bridges between educators, scientists, and students.

Outcomes and Opportunities

The Arctic Paleoecology Workshop series will develop curriculum materials and provide teacher workshops for junior high and high school teachers in the summer. Learn more about upcoming workshops on our Teacher Education page or sign up for our newsletter to hear about opportunities when they become available!

Partners and Funding

Dr. Barbara Hug has partnered with members of Dr. Feng Sheng Hu's lab, Dr. Katy Heath's lab and Dr. Jonathan Greenberg's lab at the University of Illinois to develop curriculum and plan workshops. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation through Award No. PLR1418339.