The Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) is a NASA, NSF and NOAA-supported program implemented by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) to improve the quality of geoscience instruction for pre-service and in-service K-12 teachers. Started in 2000, ESSEA supports more than 40 educational institutions across the country through a series of online Earth system science courses for teachers. Working in collaborative groups, teachers earn graduate or continuing education credit while solving problems, building models, and designing classroom activities.

“Working collaboratively with teachers in Maine, New York and Japan was quite enlightening, I wish all my graduate courses were this engaging and that they encouraged such camaraderie.”

Erin Gannon, high school teacher from New York