SISL

Sustainability Improves Student Learning (SISL)

SISL is a select group of academic associations and disciplinary societies* working together to:

  1. increase students' learning in undergraduate courses, and
  2. better prepare students for the 21st-century "Big Questions" that relate to real-world challenges such as energy, air and water quality, and climate change.


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  • Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2016—Important Deadlines Approaching

    Interested in joining the 2016 Rendezvous but funding is a challenge? This year's Rendezvous includes addition funding for specific morning workshops. Stipend application deadlines for the following workshops are approaching:

    • Preparing for an Academic Career—Feb.10
    • Geoscience Education Research (GER) Community Planning—Feb. 15
    • GeoNeeds: Broadening Participating in the Geosciences Workforce—March 1

    Don't forget that Contributed Program: Oral, Poster, and Teaching Demonstration Sessions application deadline is March 1.

    Join us in Madison!

  • Announcing the 2016 Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career
    Are you in your first three years of a permanent academic position? Apply to join us for a multi-day workshop where you will participate in sessions on topics including effective teaching strategies, course design, establishing a research program in a new setting, working with research students, balancing professional and personal responsibilities, and time management. Date: July 24-28, 2016 with optional trip to NSF on July 29. Location: University of Maryland, College Park. Application deadline: March 16, 2016
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Why This Is Urgent

"Climate, soil, air, water, energy resources, food, fisheries, and biodiversity are all elements of the global commons, and all have prospects that range from uncertain to perilous." - Editorial, Science

The lack of scientific literacy is helping humans cause a dangerous disruption of the thermal stability of the planet. Students do not understand the threats to our ecosystems that we all depend on for life. Each educator has a unique and important opportunity to help our students understand the need to use knowledge to care for our global commons and help create a sustainable future.

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* Founding associations/disciplinary society partners:

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
American Psychological Association (APA)
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)

National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
National Numeracy Network (NNN)
Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE)

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