Maximizing the Value of Your Intro Course for K-12 Teachers

Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am CIRES Fellows Room


Anne Egger, Central Washington University
This workshop will highlight an array of strategies for increasing the opportunities for students in your intro course who are interested in teaching, from rethinking the pedagogy in your course to incorporating teaching discussions as part of a special lab section. Participants will explore resources and develop a plan for increasing the value of their course for future K-12 teachers that is appropriate for the range of students in their course and their institutional context.


If your department or program offers general education courses, you undoubtedly have future K-12 teachers in your classrooms, and those courses may be their only chance to learn about Earth before they are in a position to teach about it. How can you make what they learn in your course(s) stick? In this workshop, we will explore best practices from the research on learning, resources developed by the teacher preparation community, and connections to the Next Generation Science Standards to help you and your department or program reach this critical group of students. The workshop will include presentations, group discussions, and individual and small-group work time.


The goals of this workshop are to:

  • Explore resources available to instructors and administrators for reaching future K-12 teachers in their introductory courses effectively,
  • Become familiar with the Next Generation Science Standards and discuss ways to incorporate the science and engineering practices,
  • Collaborate with colleagues in similar institutional settings, and
  • Develop an action plan for maximizing the value of your introductory course(s) for future teachers.

Target audience

This workshop is most appropriate for:

  • Faculty and instructors who teach introductory courses in the STEM disciplines,
  • Faculty and instructors in teacher preparation programs,
  • Department and program administrators in charge of curriculum decisions,
  • Graduate student teaching assistants and future faculty.

Please see the program page for a detailed agenda.

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