Workshop Overview

2010 AMQUA Workshops Calendar

This workshop is being held in conjunction with the American Quaternary Association biennial meeting. The Cutting Edge Teaching Climate Change workshop will take place August 10-11, with a field trip August 12. The AMQUA meeting begins August 12 with the joint field trip, and continues through August 17. Participants may attend either one of the events or both of them. Note that the registration is separate for each event. This web page is for the Cutting Edge Teaching Climate Change workshop only.

The goals of the workshop are to:
  • Learn more about the science of climate change, especially the use of the geologic record to understand past environments and past climate conditions.
  • Learn pedagogic strategies and approaches that are well suited to this complex topic
  • Collect and create examples of educational materials that can be used to teach about past climate change
  • Create a network of scientists and educators who can collectively increase our ability to teach climate change effectively.

Workshop activities will include presentations, large and small group discussions, demonstrations, and planning/writing sessions. Instructional materials and other information will be organized and compiled as collections of digital resources to support teaching about climate change around the world.


The workshop will begin on Tuesday afternoon, August 10, 2010 and will end after dinner on Wednesday, August 11. Participants must attend all sessions. The field trip is optional and will be held on Thursday, August 12.


Participants are expected to:

  • Prepare in advance for the workshop via readings, writings, discussion or other activities developed by workshop leaders.
  • Participate fully in the entire workshop and attend all sessions
  • Participate in the creation of a teaching idea, to be published on the workshop website (see examples from the ice core workshop)
  • Submission of a poster for the poster session is strongly encouraged.


The workshop fee is $70. This includes dinner on August 10 and breakfast, lunch and snacks on August 11.
There is a special rate of $25 for high school teachers, community college faculty and graduate students.
The fee for the optional field trip is $50. The workshop fee is payable online, and is due by July 30, 2010.

Part of the operational costs of the workshop and workshop materials are covered by a grant from the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE-0127310). Participants or their home institutions must provide transportation and lodging.

Application and Selection Criteria

Your online application must be submitted by July 15, 2010. The final list of participants will be established with the goal of assembling a group with expertise in geoscience education, paleoclimatology, climate science, as well as a spectrum of institutional settings and teaching experiences, and a diversity of participants. Preference is given to applicants who hold faculty positions at colleges and universities. Accepted applicants must also register to confirm their attendance at the workshop.

For more information visit the general information for workshop participants page.

Registration for the AMQUA meeting is a separate process. For details, see the AMQUA Meeting website.


Participants are responsible for making their own lodging reservations, and the cost of lodging is not included in the workshop. A variety of lodging options are available in Laramie.

For More Information

Please contact Karin Kirk (kkirk at