Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2015

July 13-17, 2015 | University of Colorado, Boulder

Thank you for attending the highly successful first annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous! View pictures from 2015 (MP4 Video 24.7MB Aug4 15) and save the date for the July 18-22, 2016 Rendezvous in Madison, Wisconsin.

Design your own professional development opportunity at the first annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous. Capitalize on the experience of your colleagues in a wide range of fields at a variety of workshops, present and discuss your own findings, and network with others engaged in improving undergraduate Earth education. Events will include workshops, oral and poster sessions, plenary talks, and working groups. The meeting will bring together activities that support faculty in improving their courses, departments or programs; in increasing their overall impact of Earth education; and in building a collective capacity to use and conduct education research.

Overview Program Participant Information


The Rendezvous will help us individually and collectively address the suite of interrelated challenges faced by undergraduate Earth Education today:

  • developing students' higher order geoscientific skills, from data analysis to critical thinking to effective communication
  • increasing the number and diversity of students who learn about Earth
  • collaborating with colleagues across the disciplines to situate learning about Earth in a societal context
  • supporting current and future teachers in successfully implementing the Next Generation Science Standards
  • preparing competitive graduates who move easily into and within the broad and changing geoscience and environmental science workforce
  • pursuing education research that supports our ability to address these challenges

Conference Chairs

Cathryn A. Manduca, SERC, Carleton College
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary
Laurel Goodell, Princeton University - Contributed Program

Local Host

Susan Buhr Sullivan, CIRES, University of Colorado- Boulder

From InTeGrate

  • Cathy Manduca, SERC, Carleton College - InTeGrate lead
  • David Blockstein, National Council for Science and the Environment
  • Tim Bralower, Pennsylvania State University
  • Diane Doser, University of Texas, El Paso
  • Anne Egger, Central Washington University
  • David McConnell, North Carolina State University
  • Elizabeth Nagy-Shadman, Pasadena City College
  • Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College
  • Hannah Scherer, Virginia Tech
  • Tim Shipley, Temple University


  • Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary - NAGT lead
  • Rachel Beane, Bowdoin College
  • Anne Egger, Central Washington University
  • Jan Hodder, University of Oregon
  • Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
  • Randy Richardson, The University of Arizona
  • Susan Buhr Sullivan, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Katryn Wiese, City College of San Francisco
  • Karl Wirth, Macalester College
From SERC and elsewhere
  • Amanda Morton -University of Colorado at Boulder - On-site logistics
  • Krista Herbstrith -SERC, Carleton College
  • Kristin O'Connell -SERC, Carleton College

Contributed Papers Committee

  • Laurel Goodell, Princeton University - Contributed program chair
  • Katherine Ryker, Eastern Michigan University - GERD
  • Ellen Metzger, San Jose State University -TED
  • Adrianne Leinbach, Wake Technical Community College - 2YC
  • John Brady, Smith College-at large
  • Andrew Goodliffe, University of Alabama-at large
  • Gary Weissmann, New Mexico State University-at large

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