Scripps Classroom Connection (SCC)
Short Abstract

The Scripps Classroom Connection (SCC) aims to systematically and simultaneously improve communication skills of Earth Science graduate students and K-12 education in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). These goals are relevant because Earth Science literacy is fundamental to the success of our society that must practice much more effective stewardship of our very fragile planet and that needs to understand how planet Earth works as an integrated chemical, physical and biological system.

The Scripps Classroom Connection is based on a close collaboration between UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), a world-class research institute in Earth and ocean science, and the SDUSD, the 8th largest urban school district in the US. Key efforts and outcomes of our project include: (1) Development of an enduring, pedagogically-robust curriculum in Earth Sciences through a collaboration between scientists, teacher-educators, teachers and graduate students; (2) Training of a new breed of graduate students that is equally comfortable communicating their science to their specialist peers and to lay audiences; (3) Effectively raising Earth Science literacy in schools laying a foundation for a public that becomes an effective steward of our planet Earth.


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