The Role of Two-Year Colleges in Geoscience Education and in Broadening Participation in the Geosciences
Workshop ProgramAll events are at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), Annandale Campus. Most events are in the Forum; concurrent sessions will be in the Forum or one of the Seminar Rooms (A, B, C, or D). Breakfast is provided at the hotel.
Thursday, June 24
5:15 Workshop registration opens
5:30 Opening Reception, Icebreaker, Welcome, and Dinner
7:00 Workshop Goals, Introductions and Evening Program
The Role of Two-year Colleges in Geoscience Education and Broadening Participation in the Geosciences: Goals, Challenges, and Opportunities8:30 pm Vans depart from the Ernst Community Cultural Center, NOVA Annandale Campus
Friday, June 25
Supporting Students in Two-year Colleges
8:00 am Vans depart from the Comfort Inn University Center8:30-10:00 Teaching General Education: Strategies for Supporting All Students to be Successful
Regardless of whether we recruit students to become majors or not, we want all of our students to be successful, regardless of background and skill level. This session will begin with three speakers, each introducing a program or strategy that addresses some of the challenges students face in becoming literate in the Earth Sciences. We will discuss these strategies (and more) and make key recommendations for success and resources.
- Strategies for Addressing Misconceptions in Introductory Courses (PowerPoint 409kB Jun25 10) - Becca Walker (Mount San Antonio College)
- Math You Need When You Need It: Resources for Supporting Quantitative Skills in a Diverse Student Population (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 140kB Jun25 10) - Eric Baer (Highline Community College)
- Peer Mentoring and Tutoring (Acrobat (PDF) 231kB Jun23 10) -- Keeping Self-identified Earth Science Enthusiasts and Star Performers Engaged and Learning by Having Them Work With, Help, and Inspire Current Students - Katryn Wiese (City College of San Francisco)
The goal of this session is to describe what we currently know about students and faculty in geoscience programs around the US in the 2YC's. The speakers will provide a springboard for a conversation about the role of two-year colleges in broadening participation in the geosciences, current programs and projects, and where we go from here.
- A National Perspective on Geoscience in Community Colleges (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 782kB Jun25 10) - Leila Gonzales (American Geological Institute)
- 2YC and Broadening Participation in the Geosciences: Some Data and Some Questions (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 468kB Jun25 10) - Heather Macdonald (College of William and Mary)
1:30-2:40 Preparing Geoscience Students for the Future: Concurrent Sessions
Each of these concurrent sessions will look at broader issues that we face in supporting students at 2YC to be successful in the geosciences and in preparing them for the future (earth science literate citizen, technical/professional workforce, geoscience major). Following two short presentations, a moderator will facilitate the discussion.
- Recruiting and Retaining Students in the Geosciences - facilitated by Laura Guertin (Penn State- Brandywine)
- Geoscience, Student Ambassadors and the Local Community (PowerPoint 80kB Jun25 10) - Richard Gottfried (Frederick Community College)
- Using Extended Field Trips to Broaden Participation in the Geosciences (PowerPoint 16.2MB Jun25 10) - Suki Smaglik (Central Wyoming College)
- Career Preparation and Workforce Development - facilitated by Kaatje Kraft (Mesa Community College)
- Developing a GIS Program for Workforce Development at Foothill College: A Case Study in Envisioning the Future (PowerPoint 3.1MB Jun25 10) - Chris Dileonardo (De Anza College)
- 2YC Technical Training - Alternate Path to a Geoscience Career - Bob Blodgett (Austin Community College)
- Transfer, Collaborations, and Partnerships - facilitated by Bob Filson (Green River Community College)
- Working Toward Course Transferability Within and Beyond the Colorado Community College System (PowerPoint 1.2MB Jun25 10) - Eleanor Camann (Red Rocks Community College)
- Strengthening a Community College Geoscience Program through Collaborations with University and Research faculty (PowerPoint 2.3MB Jun25 10) - Allison Beauregard (Northwest Florida State College)
2:45-3:00 Report Back from Each Group
Supporting Students and Faculty in Two-year Colleges
3:30-5:00 Professional Organizations and Two-year Colleges
The purpose of this session is to learn about current programs that are successful in supporting two-year college faculty and/or students, to discuss what works, and what can be extracted from these ideas to support students, faculty, and the development of our own community.
- Strategic Importance of Community College Membership to the Geological Society of America (PowerPoint 1.4MB Jun28 10) - Wendi Williams (Northwest Arkansas Community College and University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
- The Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) Pacific Partnerships - A Collaboration between Marine Researchers and Community Colleges to Increase Ocean Literacy (PowerPoint 6.4MB Jun25 10) - Jan Hodder (COSEE- University of Oregon)
- Physics in Two-year Colleges and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 246kB Jun25 10) - Warren Hein (Executive Director of American Association of Physics Teachers)
- Table discussions
5:00-5:30 Reflection on Where We Are, Daily Roadcheck
6:00 Dinner (with optional dinner discussion groups, e.g., teaching online courses (moderated by Pamela Gore), field courses, involvement with K-12 education, other topics as suggested by participants)
Participants who bring a poster, copies of a handout, and/or their laptop will give a 30-60 second highlight of their contribution at the beginning of this session. Then, we'll have the opportunity to learn more from each other about a wide range of activities, approaches, classroom assignments, and projects.
8:30 pm Vans depart from the Ernst Community Cultural Center
Saturday, June 26
Supporting Faculty in Two-year Colleges
8:30-8:40 Report of Daily Roadcheck, Plan for the Day
8:45-9:55 Addressing Isolation and Building Our Community: Concurrent Sessions
The purpose of this session is to explore ways that faculty in two-year colleges have built a community of their own. Each concurrent session will start with two short presentations and will be led by a facilitator who has experience in the topic of the session. Each group will discuss how the theme under consideration might be used to support geoscience faculty in two-year colleges.
- Interdisciplinary Curriculum and Collaborations: Facilitated by Bob Filson
- "Asset Earth" as a Method of Building Community at Waubonsee Community College (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.3MB Jun25 10) - David Voorhees (Waubonsee Community College)
- Building Partnerships Through Interdisciplinary Collaborations (PowerPoint 118kB Jun23 10) - Ann Hadley (Manchester Community College)
- Scholarly Practices: Facilitated by Kaatje Kraft
- Geoscience Education Research at a Two-Year College: Colleagues in Research (PowerPoint 24kB Jun30 10) - Karen Kortz (Community College of Rhode Island)
- Creating a SOTL Community on Campus (PowerPoint 2.3MB Jun28 10) - Kaatje Kraft (Mesa Community College)
- Using Web 2.0: Facilitated by Laura Guertin
- Building Community Online: Using a LinkedIn Group for Focused Discussion - John Bartley (Muskegon Community College)
- Digital links; Real Connections: How Blogging Helps Build Community (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4.1MB Jun25 10) - Callan Bentley (Northern Virginia Community College)
- Working with Adjunct Faculty: Facilitated by Bob Blodgett
- Part-time Faculty in Community College - Surviving and Contributing Over the Long Haul - Frank Granshaw (Portland Community College)
- Greater than the Sum of the Parts: The Full-time/Adjunct Faculty Team (PowerPoint 514kB Jun28 10) - Amanda Julson (Blinn College)
10:00-10:30 Short reports from each group followed by discussion.
10:45-12:00 Plenary Session: Where do we go from here? Set up writing groups and begin work.
12:00-1:00 Working Lunch - Writing Groups
1:00-2:30 Writing Groups
2:30-3:05 Structured Comment Session on Preliminary Writing Group Reports
3:15 pm Vans depart from the Ernst Community Cultural Center to the Comfort Inn and then to the Vienna Metro Stop
6:30 Dinner - Dinner groups in DC (self-organized) Meet in front of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (ground level on side of the museum facing the Mall).
The goal of these field excursions is for participants to see some of Washington DC while keeping our "teaching hats" on to discuss how we might be able to use spaces in museums or in the urban environment to engage our students. While these will be facilitated by session leaders, the goal is to share pedagogical ideas with each other about how to maximize experiences for our students.
- Using Museums for Teaching - Laura Guertin (Penn State - Brandywine) and Jackie Hams (Los Angeles Valley College): This excursion will take place in the Smithsonian Museum stopping at key locations in order to facilitate discussions about how to engage students to learn geosciences in a museum setting.
- Walking Urban Geology - Callan Bentley (Northern Virginia Community College) and Kaatje Kraft (Mesa Community College): This excursion will occur along The Mall, examining key locations that can facilitate the discussion for ways to engage our students in the environment in which they live.
Sunday, June 278:00 am Vans depart from the Comfort Inn University Center
8:30-9:15 Writing Groups Revise Reports
9:15-10:30 Writing Groups Present Reports
10:45-11:45 Recommendations, Plans for the Future, Reflections, and Closing Remarks
11:45-12:00 Workshop Evaluation
12:00 Vans depart from the Ernst Community Cultural Center, other departures to airports
12:30 - 5:00 Local Field Trip: Billy Goat Trail - led by Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College (Optional)
The Billy Goat Trail preserves more than half a billion years of geologic history downstream of the scenic Great Falls of the Potomac River. The area has transitioned from a deep ocean basin to the center of a Paleozoic mountain belt. Participants will see outcrops of metagraywacke, lamprophyre, migmatite, amphibolite, and geomorphic features including potholes, bedrock terraces of the Potomac River, and the uncannily-straight Mather Gorge.