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Blue Ridge
Earth Science Collaborative


University of Virginia
James Madison University


Registration for Meteorology Spring 2014 is closed

Meteorology Resources for Teachers

Spring 2014 Meteorology Course

The Spring 2014 Meteorology Course is full. We are no longer accepting applications.

January 20-April 19, 2014

Face-to-face meetings at James Madison University on February 8, March 22, and April 19.

The Blue ridge Earth Science Collaborative will be offering a blended meteorology course for high school and middle school teachers from Follow this link to register for the course.

Workshop Description
  • GEOL 501 Online Weather Studies is an meteorology course for high school and middle school teachers
    • No previous meteorology experience required
  • The course will primarily be taught online with three required face-to-face meetings on February 8, March 22, and April 19, 2014.
  • In the course, you will develop new knowledge and skills that will help you more effectively address the Virginia Standards of Learning related to meteorology and the nature of science
  • The course includes
    • Inquiry-based classes on meteorology
    • Instruction on innovative methods for teaching meteorology
    • Time for developing your lesson plans
    • Hands-on laboratory work
  • Eric Pyle, James Madison University
    • email:
    • Phone: (540) 568-7115
    • Eric Pyle is a professor of geology in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science at James Madison University. He has a strong background in K-12 and college-level STEM education and program assessment and evaluation. Dr. Pyle was a member of the Earth and Space Science Design Team for the Nationa Research Council's "A Conceptual Framework for K-12 Science Education." He is a past president of both the Virginia Association of Science Teachers and the West Virginia Science Teachers Associaton. He currently serves as the co-director for the James Madison University Center for STEM Education and Outreach and is a National Association of Geosciences Teachers' Counselor for Virginia. He has a B.S. in Earth science from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, an M.S. in Geology from Emory University, and a Ph.D. in science education from the University of Georgia.
  • You will receive 3 graduate credit hours for XXXX 0000
  • You will receive a textbook and other materials for teaching meteorology
  • Free housing at a local hotel for teachers that cannot commute each day (double occupancy)
    • If you prefer a single room, the grant will cover 1/2 of the cost (cost to you is about $50 per night for a single).
  • Modest stipend for food
  • Attend all three face-to-face sessions
  • Complete all assignments and activities
  • Thanks to funding from an Improving Teacher Quality State Grant, teachers are required to pay a reduced tuition of only $150 for the course. This is approximately 1/5 of the cost of full tuition.
  • Please check with your school division on reimbursement policies for professional development courses. Your school division may cover some, or all, of the cost.


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Funds for this project were provided by a grant from the federal Improving Teacher Quality State Grants (Title II, Part A) Professional Development Program administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Additional support comes from the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences, the Curry School of Education, the Center for the Liberal Arts, and the Friends of the Leander McCormick Observatory.

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