Tamara Ledley

Professional Title
Senior Scientist, Chair of the Center for STEM Teaching and Learning
About Me (Bio)
Dr. Tamara Shapiro Ledley, a senior scientist and chair of the Center for STEM Teaching and Learning at TERC, received her PhD from MIT in 1983 and her BS from the University of Maryland in 1976. Early in her career she led a research program in Earth system science and climate change at Rice University. She joined TERC in 1997 to pursue her science education interests. She led the development of the award winning Earth Exploration Toolbook (http://serc.carleton.edu/eet. She is now leading the development the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Collection of rigorously reviewed climate and energy educational resources and is chair of the CLEAN Network, a professionally diverse community of climate and energy literacy stakeholders http://cleanet.org. She also leads the EarthLabs project http://serc.carleton.edu/earthlabs that focuses on development of curriculum materials, teacher professional development programs, and science education research focused enabling the effective teaching and learning of climate science. She is the 2013 American Geophysical Union's Excellence in Geophysical Education Awardee for her work in bring Earth science data and tools to teachers and students and for her leadership in climate literacy. She serves on the External Advisory Board of the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University, the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Science Boston, and the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Earth Science.

For a more detailed curriculum vitae see http://serc.carleton.edu/eet/people/ledley.html
TERC, Inc., Michigan State University (MSU), Mississippi State University (MSU), North Carolina State University (NCSU)

This project is developing inquiry-based, lab-focused, online Climate Change EarthLabs modules as a context for ongoing research into how high school students grasp change over time in the Earth System on multiple time scales. This project examines the challenges to high-school students' understanding of Earth's complex systems, operating over various temporal and spatial scales, and by developing research-based insights into effective educational tools and approaches that support learning about climate change and Earth Systems Science.

TERC, Inc.

This project is developing a week-long unit of activities focused on the cryosphere, implementing the activities with students, and studying the activities’ effectiveness. The overarching goals of this project are to build a sequence of scaffolded investigations that will help students more fully understand the cryosphere; and investigate the effectiveness of the sequence of and investigations at helping students understand how and why a component of the Earth system varies over time.