Looking Back and Looking Forward: 10 Years of Earth Educators' Rendezvous

Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm
Poster Session Part of Monday Poster Session


Monica Bruckner, Carleton College
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
Kristin O'Connell, Carleton College
Ellen Iverson, Carleton College
Mitchell Bender-Awalt, Carleton College
Cailin Huyck Orr, Carleton College
Sean Fox, Carleton College

2024 marks the 10th year of the Earth Educators' Rendezvous. This presentation aims to highlight the history of the Rendezvous program, from its inception as part of the On the Cutting Edge and InTeGrate programs, through its evolution to NAGT's signature professional development event. We also invite input on future directions for the Rendezvous programing, format, and community.

The inaugural EER was held in Boulder, CO, in 2015, attracting 300 participants. Since then, it has drawn between 223 and 433 participants from across the country, including students, K12 teachers, higher education faculty, and informal educators. The Rendezvous program is designed to provide participants the opportunity to create their own professional development experience, choosing from multi-day and half-day workshops, informal roundtable discussions, and a contributed program. Program content relies on the Earth education community - the planning committee, workshop and roundtable leaders, speakers, and participants - who come together to identify interests, needs, and emerging ideas; to share their expertise and experiences; to discuss challenges faced in the field; and to work towards solutions. The ultimate goal is to build a program that offers professional development opportunities that support teaching and learning of timely topics that are of interest to the community to improve student experiences and outcomes and thus help shape the future of Earth education.

Additionally, the Rendezvous highlights current and emergent topics in Earth education through its plenary sessions, forums, town halls, and panels, and provides opportunities for participants to share their work. Further, the program is designed to maximize opportunities for participants to network and collaborate with others and to learn about what others are doing in Earth education and education research.

As the Rendezvous transitions to a biennial format, we invite the community to weigh in on their perceptions of strengths of the Rendezvous as well as areas where the programming may be strengthened.