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2016 Earth Educators' Rendezvous

July 18-22, 2016
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Conference Chairs: David McConnell (North Carolina State University), Karen Viskupic (Boise State University), Laurel Goodell (Princeton University)

Design your own professional development opportunity at the second annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous in Madison, WI. Events will include workshops, oral and poster sessions, plenary talks, and working groups. Capitalize on experience from your colleagues at a variety of workshops, present and discuss your own findings, and network with others engaged in improving undergraduate Earth education.

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Traveling Workshops Program

The NAGT Traveling Workshops Program brings national leaders in geoscience education to your campus or regional event to help faculty develop stronger courses or departments or a mixture of both.

Application Deadlines: Oct 15 (for Spring 2016), Jan 15 (for Spring/Summer 2016), Mar 15 (for Fall 2016)

Academic 2015-16 Workshops

Workshop for Early Career Geoscience Faculty: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career

July 24-29, 2016
University of Maryland with an optional visit to the National Science Foundation on Friday, July 29.
Conveners: Rachel Beane, Bowdoin College; Tessa Hill, University of California - Davis; Sarah Penniston-Dorland, University of Maryland
Application Deadline: March 16, 2016

Workshop sessions on effective teaching strategies, course design, establishing a research program, working with research students, writing strong proposals, balancing professional and personal responsibilities, and task management.

Preparing for an Academic Career

July 18-20, 2016
Earth Educators' Rendezvous, Madison, WI
Conveners: Ankur Desai, University of Wisconsin Madison; Lisa Gilbert, Williams College; Lynsey LeMay, Thomas Nelson Community College; Erika Marin-Spiotta, University of Wisconsin-Madison; David Reed, University of Wisconsin-Madison

This workshop is designed specifically for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and others who are interested in pursuing academic careers in the geosciences. Workshop leaders will provide guidance and information that will help participants to be stronger candidates for academic positions and to succeed in academic jobs. Session topics focus on becoming both a successful teacher and researcher.

Teaching Geoscience with MatLab

October 18-20, 2015
Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Conveners: Lisa Kempler (MathWorks), Cailin Huyck Orr (SERC), Cathy Manduca (SERC)

Application Deadline - August 28, 2015

This workshop is designed to explore how teaching with MATLAB can enhance the student learning environment in undergraduate Earth Science and related courses. MATLAB can be applied to solving problems and developing systems involving mathematical computation, data analytics and statistics, signal and image processing, geographical mapping, and more in the scientific and engineering domains.

(Re)Designing your Earth-related Course for Improved Student Learning

Friday, October 23, 2015
University of Washington-Tacoma
Part of the NAGT Traveling Workshops Program

Our understanding of how people learn and what classroom practices best support that learning has grown and solidified over the past few decades. We now have the opportunity to make changes in our own classrooms that can result in improved student learning. In this workshop, you will both learn about and be engaged in those best practices as you design (or redesign) your own course. We seek regional participants from all types of institutions of higher education in a variety of scientific disciplines that address learning about Earth, including the geological, atmospheric, and ocean sciences, environmental science, physics, biology, and chemistry.

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Past Workshops

Academic 2014-15 Workshops

Face-to-Face Workshops

Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences
May 31-June 3, 2015
Location: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Conveners: Barb Tewksbury (Hamilton College), Ankur Desai (University of Wisconsin - Madison), Matt Kirby (California State University - Fullerton), and Cailin Huyck Orr (SERC-Carleton College)
Application Deadline: March 2, 2015

Early Career Geoscience Faculty: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career
July 26-30, 2015 (optional trip to NSF on Friday, July 31)
Location: College of William and Mary
Conveners: Rachel Beane (Bowdoin College) and Tessa Hill (University of California - Davis)
Application Deadline: March 18, 2015

Teaching Undergraduate Atmospheric Science in the 21st Century

This workshop was cancelled.

Virtual Workshops and Series

Making Good Courses Great with Educational Technology
January 12-16, 2015
Convener: Jonathan Tomkin (University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign)
Application Deadline: November 17, 2014

Student Learning About Critical Earth Issues Through the Use of Large Online Digital Data Sets
Date: Six, 2-hour virtual sessions - May (6, 13, 20, 27) and June (17, 24) 2015
Convener: Michael Wysession (Washington University, St. Louis)
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2015

Partnership or Professional Society Events

Geological Society of America - NAGT 4-Pack

517A. Teaching Geoscience in Society: Building Relevance and Interest in the Geosciences by Adding InTeGrate Resources to Your Class
When: Sat., 18 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon
Instructors: Anne Egger (Central Washington University) and David McConnell (North Carolina State University)
Course Description

What can we do to reframe the geosciences in ways that engage students in our classes? How do we prepare these students for a future where they will confront climate change, water availability issues, resource depletion, and other grand challenges that will require a robust understanding of the intersection between the geosciences and society? One key strategy is to incorporate these issues into geoscience teaching at all levels and for all students. InTeGrate has developed a set of community-built modules that directly address Earth-related grand challenges. These modular units can be adopted wholesale or in parts, and each feature resources to develop students' abilities to address interdisciplinary problems, improve geoscientific thinking skills, make use of authentic geoscience data, and incorporate systems thinking. These materials have been developed and tested by faculty at a variety of types of institutions and come with built in assessments and resources for both instructors and students. Topics range from environmental justice and freshwater resources to climate change, mineral resources, sustainable land use, and natural hazards. In this workshop, we will explore the InTeGrate materials, discuss the underlying design rubric, and work with participants to adapt the materials to their institutional and geographic setting.

517B. Improving Spatial Thinking in the Geological Sciences
When: Sat., 18 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon
Instructors: Basil Tikoff (University of Wisconsin – Madison) and Tim Shipley (Temple University)
Course Description

This course is designed to help educators improve students' spatial reasoning. The material is a based on a decade-long collaboration between cognitive scientists, geoscience educators, and geoscience researchers through SILC (Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center). The workshop consists of mostly hands-on activities with some introductory lectures. Lectures will focus on known difficulties in student learning of spatial skills, laboratory studies designed to evaluate and improve spatial skills, and a cognitive framework for addressing spatial cognition. Hands-on sessions will highlight effective interventions that can be used in a geoscience classroom, including artificial intelligence–based approaches to sketching.

517C. Student Learning Outcomes and Program Assessment
When: Sat., 18 Oct., 1–5 p.m.
Instructors: David Mogk (Montana State University) and Mary Savina (Carleton College)
Course Description

This course is intended for department heads/chairs and faculty interested in curriculum development at the department level. This interactive workshop will use the "matrix method of curriculum design" to help you define student learning outcomes related to mastery of geologic concepts and content, technical skills used in the geosciences, geoscience "habits of mind," higher-order thinking skills, and other professional skills (e.g., communication, quantitative, interpersonal, information). This approach can be used as a guide for faculty to define course goals and specific student learning outcomes in individual courses. In aggregate, this method can be used to map student learning outcomes for entire degree programs to identify areas of strength in departments or to conduct a gap analysis in course offerings. The results can then be used to assess degree programs with respect to the current state of knowledge and conduct of modern geoscience, expectations for students entering the workforce, and alignment of degree programs with departmental or institutional role and scope statements. This workshop will help you explore the student learning outcomes that are most important to your degree program(s) as they apply to your students, institutional type, geographic setting, breadth of disciplines covered in your department, departmental resources, and faculty.

517D. Extreme Makeover Geosciences Style—Infusing Existing Curricula with the Spirit of the New Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Integrating Content, Scientific and Design Practices, and Cross-Cutting Themes
When: Sat., 18 Oct., 1–5 p.m.
Instructors: Aida Awad (Maine East High School), Susan Buhr (University of Colorado), and Sara Harris (University of British Columbia)
Course Description

What happens when you give your existing curricula an extreme makeover? During this half-day workshop, we'll work together to infuse existing curricula with the spirit of the Next Generation Science Standards: integrating content, scientific and design practices, and cross-cutting themes. Increase your impact by including more systems thinking, modeling, designing solutions to global challenges, and quantitative thinking in your instruction. The approach we will take is relevant to instruction from pre-college through undergraduate levels and teacher professional development. The workshop will include an introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards, an opportunity to experience teaching material examples before and after, and working in small groups to makeover one of your own lessons or units.

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

Getting the Most Out of Your Introductory Courses
When: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 1-5 PM
Workshop Leader: Anne Egger (Central Washington University)
Workshop Description

Introductory courses in the geosciences (geology, oceanography, atmospheric science, Earth system science) play a pivotal role in undergraduate education. They serve as recruiting grounds for majors and future professionals, provide critical experiences in geoscience for pre-service teachers, and may be the only course in geoscience that future policy makers, business people, professionals, and citizens ever take. In addition, they often provide teaching experiences for graduate and undergraduate teaching and learning assistants. We need to make the most of these courses, but how? This workshop builds on a virtual workshop of the same name offered in March, 2014, and will facilitate discussion, exchange of information, and sharing of resources to get the most out of your introductory courses. Participants will perform a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis of their course(s) and select an objective to work towards. They will explore and contribute resources to a growing website. Faculty, instructors, adjunct faculty, lab coordinators, department chairs, and teams of faculty from all institution types are encouraged to apply.

Ticketed event: $25 per ticket

Sponsored by NAGT and AGU Education and Outreach

Broadening Access to the Earth and Environmental Sciences
When: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 1-5 PM
Workshop Leaders: Dallas Rhodes (Humboldt State University), Gary Weissmann (University of New Mexico), and Diane Doser (University of Texas - El Paso)
Workshop Description

Geoscience has the lowest ethnic diversity in its graduating student population of any STEM discipline. This workshop will discuss three strategies departments and programs are using to recruit and retain a more diverse student population: 1) providing courses that are rich in societal context; 2) developing an inclusive culture within the department; and 3) more fully incorporating opportunities to learn about and prepare for professional careers in the geosciences. In addition to supporting participation of underrepresented minorities in the geosciences these strategies are foundational to improved learning and career preparation for all geoscience students.

Admission for this event costs $25 per ticket.

This workshop is sponsored by the InTeGrate STEP Center for the Geosciences, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Professional Development Program, the SAGE 2YC project, and the AGU Education and Outreach Program.

Ongoing Projects

Classroom Observation Project

Cutting Edge is sponsoring a research project to observe geoscience teaching in classrooms across the US. This project makes use of the Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP). You can find out more information on the website about observing a class or volunteering to have your class observed.

Past Building Strong Geoscience Departments Workshops

Academic 2013-14 Jump Down To: Virtual Workshops | Partnership Workshop

Face-to-Face Workshops

Innovative Approaches to Teaching Sedimentary Geology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology

June 16-20, 2014 - University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Conveners: Heather Macdonald, Tom Hickson, Bob Gastaldo, Karen Gran, and Kevin Theissen
Application deadline: February 17, 2014

Early Career Geoscience Faculty: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career
June 22-26, 2014 with an optional trip to NSF on June 27, 2014 - University of Maryland, College Park
Conveners: Rachel Beane, Tessa Hill, and Richard Yuretich
Application deadline: March 1, 2014

Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences (a workshop for graduate students, post-docs, and others)
June 30-July 3, 2014, University of Pittsburgh
Conveners: Barbara Tewksbury and Rachel O'Brien
Application deadline: March 3, 2014

Undergraduate Research in Earth Science Classes: Engaging Students in the First Two Years
August 10-13, 2014 - Montana State University
Conveners: David Mogk, Michael Wysession, Allison Beauregard, Kathy Surpless, and Linda Reinen
Application deadline: March 1, 2014

Virtual Workshops and Series

Designing and Using Videos in Undergraduate Geoscience Education
Virtual workshop: Spring 2014 (Fridays 12-2 pm EST) Feb. 7 | March 7 |April 4 | May 2
Conveners: Katryn Wiese and David McConnell
Application deadline: January 17, 2014

Getting the Most Out of Your Introductory Geoscience Courses
Virtual Workshop: March 10-12 and 17-18, 2014
Conveners: Anne Egger, Cathy Manduca, and others
Application deadline: January 17, 2014

Teaching at Scale: Effective Strategies for Higher Order Learning in Large, Very-large, and Massive Courses
This workshop has been cancelled.

Partnership or Professional Society Workshops

Teaching GeoEthics Across the Geoscience Curriculum
June 10-13, 2014 - Chico Hot Springs/Montana State University
Conveners: David Mogk, Sue Kieffer, John Geissman, Daniel Vallero, Shaun Taylor, and Michael Reidy
Application deadline: extended to March 1, 2014

GSA 2013 Geoscience Education Workshop 4-pack
Saturday, October 26, 2013 - held at the GSA Annual Meeting
Building off the 4 successful workshops offered at the 2011 and 2012 GSA meetings, this 2013 series will offer another set of four popular and relevant topics in undergraduate teaching: geoscientific thinking, climate, sustainability and energy. Each ½-day session will provide concrete examples and strategies you can bring to your classroom.
Registration Deadline: October 25, 2013

Bringing Active Learning into Your Classroom
December 10, 2013, 1:00-5:00 PM - In conjunction with the American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, CA
Leaders: Anne Gold and Sara Harris
An important strategy for improving student engagement and understanding of complex, controversial or misunderstood topics is to use active learning methods. This half-day workshop will provide opportunities to learn specific techniques for using active learning and immersing students in their learning. Participants will have hands-on time using various tactics and will emerge with a set of resources that they can apply to their own classrooms.

Traveling Workshops

Traveling Workshop Programs bring national leaders in geoscience education to your campus or regional event.
Application deadlines: November 15, 2013 and January 15, 2014. Late applications will be accepted for as long as funding is available.

InTeGrate and NAGT are joining forces to enhance the Traveling Workshop program. As part of this process, we invite you to recommend new workshop leaders. We are looking for those who stand out as strong leaders who can help departments and programs learn from experiences across the country, apply them to their own context, and craft a plan for moving forward.

Ongoing Projects

Classroom Observation Project
Cutting Edge is sponsoring a research project to observe geoscience teaching in classrooms across the US. This project makes use of the Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP). You can find out more information on the website about observing a class or volunteering to have your class observed.

Academic 2012-13 Jump to: Virtual Workshops

Face-to-Face Workshops

Virtual Workshops and Series

Ongoing Projects

Academic 2011-12 Jump to: Virtual Workshops, Ongoing Projects

Face-to-Face Workshops

Virtual Workshops and Series

Ongoing Projects

Academic 2010-11 Jump to: Workshops and Series

Virtual Events

Workshops and Series

Academic 2009-10 Workshops Jump to: Virtual Workshops, Partnership Workshops

Virtual Workshops

Partnership Workshops - Associated with other meetings or organizations

Academic 2008-09

Academic 2007-08

Academic 2006-07

Academic 2005-06

Academic 2004-05

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