Earthed2YC: NASA-NAGT Earth Community Initiative for Two-Year College Faculty

Friday 11:30am-1:30pm UMC Aspen Rooms


Amber Kumpf, Muskegon Community College
Russanne Low, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Two-year colleges educate more diverse and first-generation college students than any other sector in higher education and provide foundational STEM coursework for the majority of our Nation's pre-service teachers. EarthEd2YC is a venue for two-year college educators and E/PO professionals who want to share lesson ideas, activities, resources and implementation tips with this important sector of higher education and a way for Geo2YC and the Earth SMD E/PO Forum to support Earth science faculty that have been historically underserved.

EarthEd2YC provides a monthly idea exchange webinar connecting two-year college faculty, the NASA Science Mission Directorate for Education and Public Outreach (SMD E/PO) Earth Forum and the Two-Year College Division of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGTGeo2YC). By and for two-year college faculty, EarthEd2YC launched in the Spring of 2014 in response to a documented need for resource dissemination and access for faculty who rarely have the opportunity to share their ideas with peers and who rarely attend national meetings where educational materials are routinely shared by NASA SMD E/PO professionals. This initiative connects two-year faculty nationwide and provides educational leadership, mentoring, professional development, and community building, while simultaneously disseminating NASA E/PO products and programs to a broader underserved audience.

EarthEd2YC provides highly valuable resources in the short periods of time available to 2YC faculty with heavy teaching loads at no cost to the participants using technology typically available at two-year colleges. Webinars are 30 minutes long, split equally between presentation and discussion. Webinars are also recorded and archived on the NAGT GeoEd2YC website for those unable to attend in real time. We are actively seeking your participation in our project as well as other ideas about how to reach and support our colleagues in the two-year and community colleges.