How Was the Module Developed?

PINEMAP and Project Learning Tree partnered to develop, test, and implement the Southeastern Forests and Climate Change secondary module.

The module development team was led by PINEMAP faculty and students at the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation.  The team was guided by an advisory committee of teachers, PLT staff and coordinators, and educators from the Climate Literacy Network.

  1. A needs assessment of teachers in the Southeast was conducted. Respondents were interested in using materials in one or two-week units with activities that enable students to use data, practice critical thinking, and engage in this issue.  Read a summary of the needs assessment.
  2. Existing climate change education literature and curriculum materials were reviewed.
  3. Activities were developed that follow PINEMAP’s research framework and fit PLT’s Conceptual Framework. Faculty and graduate students at land-grant universities in the Southeast contributed to and reviewed the activities and the supplemental resources offered on this site. Their interdisciplinary research inspired many of these science-based activities.
  4. The module was used in a pilot test with over 40 teachers in the Southeast in fall 2013. Pilot teacher experiences and suggestions informed the revision of the module, and their comments are included throughout the activities to help other teachers gain from their insights.

More than 140 people helped with the module development through writing and reviewing activities, or participating in the advisory committee, expert content review, or pilot test. Find out who helped make this module!