About this Project
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An integral part of the fabric of geoscience education and a major source of teaching resources, the program is now a cooperative venture of geoscience professional societies managed by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. On the Cutting Edge programming has been expanded beyond beyond its original focus on courses, pedagogy and career management to include activities that strengthen departments. These activities build on workshop programs and websites that originated as part of the NSF-funded Building Strong Geoscience Departments which involved more than 185 departments. The InTeGrate STEP Center for the Geosciences is also a major contributor to programming. Learn More About Cutting Edge
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The On the Cutting Edge Management Committee includes representatives from the three primary contributing professional societies (AGU, GSA and NAGT), the NAGT treasurer, and the original Cutting Edge and Strong Departments grants. Appointed by the NAGT Executive Committee, this committee is responsible for the overall management of the program and its financial affairs. Professional societies who become substantial financial supporters of the program will have representation on this committee.
The NAGT Professional Development Program Committee is responsible for the management of the professional development activities and the website content, including peer review of teaching activities. The committee determines workshop offerings, appoints workshop conveners, and creates committees to manage other activities. They are responsible for the ensuring that the workshop offerings in aggregate address the needs and priorities of undergraduate geoscience education and for the quality of the individual activities. The committee was established in an MOU between NAGT and the NSF-funded On the Cutting Edge project leadership. Committee members come from NAGT leadership and the former On the Cutting Edge PI Team.
The Teach the Earth Website Committee oversees stewardship of the Teach the Earth website and reports to the NAGT Professional Development Program Committee. Its members come from a variety of groups within NAGT that use, update, and manage the website. NAGT has responsibility for the Teach the Earth (TTE) website which will is by SERC. NAGT maintains a reviewed collection of teaching activities hosted by SERC that are within the scope of TTE; these form the NAGT collection of exemplary teaching activities and are branded as such on the activities. NAGT also maintains a reviewed collection of sites that are exemplary resources for geoscience educators and these are also branded as such. The On the Cutting Edge collection is part of TTE with editorial and design decisions resting with SERC and guided by policies set by the NAGT Teach the Earth Website Committee. New activities that produce website content undertaken through the On the Cutting Edge program approved and funded by the management team and designed by the NAGT professional development planning committee or their designate) will be added to the Cutting Edge site. New website content could also include activities that have their own funding where the PI approaches NAGT in advance and obtains approval.
The program is funded by support from sponsoring professional societies, remaining NSF funds, registration fees, and contributions from individuals to the NAGT Professional Development Fund.
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education under Cutting Edge grants DUE-0127310, DUE- 127141, DUE- 127257, DUE- 127018, DUE- 618482, DUE- 618725, DUE- 618533, DUE- 022680, DUE-1022776, DUE-1022844, and DUE- 022910 and Building Strong Geoscience Departments grants EAR-0331930, EAR-0331933, EAR-0614926, EAR-0614570, EAR-0614393, DUE-0817353 and DUE-0817265. Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
- The National Association of Geoscience Teachers with over 1300 geoscience educators working together to foster improvement in teaching about Earth science at all levels of formal an informal instruction.Past On the Cutting Edge Workshops
and Presentations at GSA Meetings »
- The Geological Society of America advancing geoscience research and discovery, service to society, stewardship of the Earth, and the geosciences profession.Past On the Cutting Edge Workshops
and Presentations at AGU Meetings »
- The American Geophysical Union
- For further information about the On the Cutting Edge program:
- Cathy Manduca, email@example.com, NAGT Executive Director
- For further information about the workshop program:
- Rachel Beane (firstname.lastname@example.org ), NAGT Professional Development Committee Chair
- For further information specifically about this website:
- Cathryn Manduca, email@example.com, Carleton College
- For further information about an individual workshop:
- Go to the Workshop Schedule page, which contains links all the websites for current and past workshops. Workshop and contact information is available at each workshop site.