educational affairs Establishment of the American Meteorological Society's Atmospheric Education Resource Agents (AERA) Program David R. Smith* and Ira W. Geer+ 1. Introduction provide the interface between the AMS education office and the thousands of teachers across the coun- At the 1990 Annual Meeting of the American Meteoro- try requiring assistance in teaching weather and ocean logical Society (AMS), the council approved a land- topics. mark decision to support the educational needs in the Forty-eight teachers (see Appendix), representing atmospheric and oceanic sciences for elementary and 29 states, were selected as charter members of the secondary schools. The society announced the AMS AERA program. These teachers have all participated educational initiatives for the 1990s and made a sub- in at least one special meteorological educational pro- stantial financial commitment to support this educa- gram for teachers (e.g., NSF-supported programs tional program (Houghton 1990). Part of this program such as the Everyday Weather Project, Atmospheric involves the formation of an education office to serve Science Education Program for Teachers, or Missouri as the umbrella structure for the proposed elements comprising the educational initiatives. The AMS education office is becoming de- fined under the leadership of Executive Director Richard Hall- gren,
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: May 1, 1991
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