Theme: Teacher Preparation, Professional Development and Policy Issues

The programming listed below seeks to address the topic of Teacher Preparation, Professional Development and Policy Issues.

Integrated Environmental Systems at TSU Farm WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Farm: 31

William Sutton, Tennessee State University
Tom Byl, US Geological Survey
Steven Goodbred, Vanderbilt University

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This workshop presents educators at all levels with activities and lessons to help incorporate nature into their classes. The TSU campus farm and wetlands provide important ecosystem services and avail magnificent ...
A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Short Videos for Geoscience Courses AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Lawson: 110

David McConnell, North Carolina State University

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A few years ago, we began creating short instructional videos for an introductory geoscience course. While we had little prior experience in making videos, previous research provided us with some principles for ...
Teaching & Perpetuating Earth Stewardship Education AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Lawson: 112

John Warford, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

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Earth Stewardship - our deliberate and continuous effort to fulfill our sacred obligations and duties to the realm that makes Life itself possible - Mother Earth. The teaching of Earth Stewardship is needed now ...
Using Community Science to Advance Earth Science Learning AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 13

Rajul Pandya, AGU
Sarah Wilkins, American Geophysical Union

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This workshop is for anyone interested in leveraging their Earth science teaching to produce meaningful local impact. We will introduce the practice of community science, in which projects are designed in ...
Beyond the 3 Dimensions: Integrating Identity and Interest in NGSS Geoscience Investigations ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:30pm

Susan Meabh Kelly, Connecticut State Department of Education

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A Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council, 2012) outlines research-informed ways to support more equitable engagement in science learning. This research suggests students should have ...
Scale, Proportion, and Quantity in K-8 Science: The NGSS and Science Textbooks ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:45pm

Kim Cheek, University of North Florida

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An accurate conception of scale is important in all science disciplines, perhaps none more so than geoscience. While some geoscience processes and events occur at spatial, temporal, and numeric scales perceivable ...
Model-Based Teaching and Learning about Earth's Climate: Two Secondary Teachers' Implementation of a Curriculum Unit ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:00pm

Kimberly Carroll Steward, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Devarati Bhattacharya, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Mark Chandler, Columbia University in the City of New York

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The Next Generation Science Standards (Next Generation Science Standards Lead States, 2013) and the Essential Principles for Climate Literacy (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2009) have helped ...
Come Out to Sea - It Will Change Your Life! ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:15pm

Sharon Cooper, Columbia University in the City of New York
Raquel Bryant, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Jonathan Lewis, Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
Lisa White, University of California Museum of Paleontology

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In efforts to address the lack of diversity across the geosciences, the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) and STEM Student Experiences Aboard Ships (STEMSEAS) program have worked to provide targeted ...
Enhancing Weather, Ocean, and Climate Science Literacy by Leveraging the American Meteorological Society-Cal U DataStreme Partnership ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:30pm TSU - Humphries: 203

Chad Kauffman, California University of Pennsylvania
Wendy Abshire, American Meteorological Society
Elizabeth Baugher, American Meteorological Society
Abigail Stimach, American Meteorological Society
Elizabeth Mills, American Meteorological Society
Elizabeth Day-Miller, BridgeWater Education Consulting

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For more than 25 years, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Education Program has been enhancing K-12 Geoscience teacher preparation and practice, and ultimately student learning through the DataStreme ...
Near to Us or Seemingly Far from You: South Padre Island as an Important Global Setting SHARE-A-THON
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:40pm

Wendi Williams, South Texas College
Ahyde Martinez, Texas A & M University
Alexia Frayre, South Texas College

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Our curriculum team of community college students and myself will share activities developed to bring a better understanding of "sense of place" related to South Padre Island geo-ecosystems. One of the ...
Life Through Time: Interactive Time Line SHARE-A-THON
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:40pm

Molly Miller, Vanderbilt University
Krista Castillo, Metro Nashville Parks

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We have a color-coded timeline from the formation of the earth to the present at a scale of I inch = 20 million years. Colored zones include: 1) first life;, 2) first complex life; 3) Paleozoic; 4) time during ...
CLEAN SHARE-A-THON
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:40pm

Katie Boyd, University of Colorado at Boulder

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The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Collection is a database of reviewed educational climate and energy science resources for grades 6-16. CLEAN helps teachers find quality resources and ...
Off Base - Acidity of Oceans TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 2:50pm-3:10pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Cheryl Manning, Evergreen High School

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The teaching demonstration is intended to inspire student questions from which they can design an investigation regarding ocean's carbonate buffer system, how changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels may ...
Telling a New Climate Story — Giving Students a Positive Voice in the Age of Science Denialism AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 222

Cheryl Manning, Evergreen High School

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Forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and famine are challenging problems. It doesn't help that the "grown-ups" running our country can't seem to agree on anything. For any individual, it seems like ...
Broaden and Diversify Your Reach Through Expanding Your Definition of ‘Community of Practice’ AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 13

Margie Turrin, Columbia University in the City of New York
Katie Farnsworth, Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus

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Community of Practice (COP) is a term for the collective learning that develops when people who desire to reach a common goal build a support network that fosters open communication and includes shared resources, ...
The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Katie Boyd, University of Colorado at Boulder
Anne Gold, University of Colorado at Boulder
Frank Niepold, NOAA
Jennifer Taylor, University of Colorado at Boulder
Susan Lynds, University of Colorado at Boulder
Sean Fox, Carleton College
Monica Bruckner, Carleton College
Karin Kirk, Freelance Science Writer and Geoscientist
Cheryl Manning, Evergreen High School
Amanda Morton, University of Colorado at Boulder
Tamara Ledley, Bentley University

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It is important that we prepare tomorrow's scientists, decision makers, and communities to address the societal impacts of a changing climate. In order to respond to, manage, and adapt to those changes, ...
Redesigning earth science for preservice elementary teachers: Changes (or not) in curriculum, instruction, and learners POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Danielle Ford, University of Delaware
Susan McGeary, University of Delaware
Jennifer Gallo-Fox, University of Delaware
Cheryl Ackerman, University of Delaware
Lauren Stegeman, University of Delaware

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The authors present the design, research, and evaluation of an earth science course for preservice elementary teachers that is place-based, hands-on, technologically enriched, and aligns with the Next Generation ...
"How can I help?": Evidence of changing student attitudes about climate change at a private four-year liberal arts college POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Kevin Theissen, University of St. Thomas (MN)

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As part of a larger study of student learning about climate change, I have collected survey data in my introductory-level paleoclimatology course, "The Earth's Record of Climate", since Fall 2012. ...
The Loooong Walk: Revisiting a First Day Gallery Walk on the Last Day of Class POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Fred Marton, Bergen Community College

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Last year, I presented a first day ice-breaker activity for my intro courses, a gallery walk to get students to start thinking about science and science education by answering the questions "Why take this ...
Education, Environment and Social Learning: participative methodologies to geoconservation and sustainability POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Vania Maria Nunes dos Santos, University of Campinas
Denise Bacci, University of São Paulo

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This paper analyzed the contribution of participatory methodologies focused on placed education and social learning processes for geoconservation and sustainability, as a proposal of teacher training in the Gold ...
Connect with Students by Leveraging Phenomena and Incorporating Modeling into the K-12 Earth Science Classroom WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am TSU - Humphries: 103

Kim Kotowski, Wilson County Schools

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For ALL Earth Science teachers! Participants will learn to leverage scientific phenomena and align them to appropriate standards (NGSS with connections to TN science standards and others) We will use anchoring ...
Undergraduate Writing Assignments on the Nature of Science using the NSF-funded "The Story Behind the Science" ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:30pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Carrie Wright-Tyler, University of Southern Indiana

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Scientifically literate citizens are able to actively participate and make decisions in the discourse of science in a global society dealing with scientific issues such as climate change because they have ...
Addressing Bias in Teaching AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 13

Blair Schneider, University of Kansas Main Campus

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Unconscious biases can impact the way we teach – from our interactions in the classroom to how we grade assignments or exams. And it isn't just our own personal biases that affect our teaching – each of ...
Building a Portfolio of Teaching and Service AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Lawson: 107 B

Cody Kirkpatrick, Indiana University-Bloomington
Megan Plenge, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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This workshop is designed for faculty members who need to illustrate their teaching and service contributions for hiring, retention, or promotion. Our workshop will provide a template for organizing, expanding, and ...
Teaching Evolution through the Scientific Method ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:15pm TSU - Humphries: 203

Jennifer Hargrave, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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Geoscience educators often present topics that are considered controversial, such as the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Evolution. However, these topics are often met with objection due to personal beliefs. As ...
Leveraging Local Connections to Provide Combined Research and Professional Development Opportunities for Undergraduates ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:15pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Katie Farnsworth, Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
Holly Travis, Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
Matt Genchur, White Township, Indiana County, PA

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Students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) are provided with opportunities to participate in undergraduate research. This provides them with many well-known benefits. These well documented benefits ...
Fossil Finding at Fort Negley in Nashville: Linking Deep-Time and Civil War History ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:30pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Molly Miller, Vanderbilt University
Gregory Smith, Vanderbilt University
Krista Castillo, Metro Nashville Parks
William T. Harris, Metro Nashville Parks
Kitty Porter, Friends of Fort Negley
Jon Badgett, Vulcan Materials Company
Jennifer Berry, Metro Nashville Public Schools

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The Friends of Fort Negley Park(FOFNP) have partnered with Vanderbilt University (EES Department), Vulcan Materials Company, and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to provide fossil programs at the urban ...
Paleo-Peterson Grabs of Ancient Sea Floors as a Tool to Understand Longer Term Sea Level Change TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Friday 1:30pm-1:50pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Michael Gibson, The University of Tennessee-Martin

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The fossiliferous sediment record contains the necessary comparative information for us to evaluate modern sea level change consequences. How does one bring the modern ocean experience into a land-locked classroom ...
Building Diverse and Integrative STEM Continua Using Socio-Environmental Systems In and Out of Neighborhoods (DISCUSSION) POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Gregory Goins, North Carolina A & T State University
Tonya Gerald-Goins, Ph.D., North Carolina Central University
Porche' Spence, North Carolina Central University
Caesar Jackson, Ph.D., North Carolina Central University

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DISCUSSION is a collaboration between two major HBCUs located 50 miles apart NC (NC A&T) and North Carolina Central University (NCCU). This pilot communicates the words and needs for families who seek avenues ...
Promoting Student Understanding of the Earth's Climate through Model-based Learning in Secondary Geo-Science Classrooms POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Devarati Bhattacharya, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Kimberly Carroll Steward, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Mark Chandler, Columbia University in the City of New York

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Learning about Earth's climate system and global climate change (GCC) is critical and has gained impetus with the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States, 2013). One approach ...
Project EDDIE: Supporting Teaching Quantitative Reasoning Using Large Data Sets POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Andrew Haveles, Carleton College
Ellen Altermatt, Carleton College
Susan Eriksson, Eriksson Associates
Kristin O'Connell, Carleton College
Ellen Iverson, Carleton College
Cailin Orr, Carleton College
Catherine O'Reilly, Illinois State University
Dax Soule, CUNY Queens College
Rebekka Darner, Illinois State University
Thomas Meixner, The University of Arizona

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The increasing availability and wealth of large, environmental datasets creates new opportunities to teach scientific concepts and quantitative reasoning with these data. Project EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven ...